October 2017 - Horse People: Amanda Gomez

Headed to this month’s Thoroughbred Makeover, 14-year-old is already an inspiring ambassador for re-purposing racehorses.

by Kim F. Miller

As Amanda Gomez heads to the Retired Thoroughbred Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover this month in Lexington, KY, the 14-year-old probably feels like a pretty normal horse crazy kid. It’s likely she’ll leave the competition understanding that she is anything but.

 
October 2017 - Fresh Air & Free Riding

Laramie River Ranch gets vacationers off the grid in Colorado.

by Linda Ballou

Ever dream of loping over expanses of silver sage to mind-expanding vistas of snow-streaked spires on the back of a good horse? Would you like to pull the plug on technology and let your mind wander over seemingly endless rolling hills uninterrupted by the mark of mankind for just a little while? Breathe deeply of the pine-scented forest, listen to the rustle of aspen leaves spinning in a crisp wind, and be intoxicated by crystalline air? This step back into a quieter time awaits you at the Laramie River Ranch.

 
September 2017 - The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival

New series of four CDIs has the dressage community abuzz.

by Kim F Miller

The debut of the Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival has competitors and fans abuzz with excitement over the circuit of four CDIs, three of them brand new. The brainchild of event producer Scott Hayes, the series begins in Galway Downs in Temecula Jan. 3-7 of next year, then moves to the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego for another three weeks of international competition: Jan. 18-21, Feb. 1-4 and Feb. 14-17. The weeks between international shows will likely be filled with one or more national shows sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Dressage Society.

 
October 2017 - Generation Next

Kate Cohee and Pik’s Allegro in the Team Championships Jog.

New additions to CDS’ Junior/Young Rider Championship add extra inspiration and preparation for upcoming stars.

by Kate Cohee

It is early morning, and a pink sun is just beginning to peer over the tops of the distant Cuyamaca Mountains. The only sounds to be heard on the grounds of the lush Del Mar Showpark are of horses chewing hay, the clip of lunge lines onto halters, and the occasional clang of bits being cleaned. For the 35 juniors competing at CDS Southern Section Junior Championships in early August, this was the pinnacle of years of blood, sweat, and tack soap.

 

 
September 2017 - The Gallop: CPHA Finals Kick Off Medal Season

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss & Vancouver, Nina Vogel & Durango take top honors in CPHA Junior & Amateur Medal Finals

by Kim F. Miller

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals, Aug. 18-19, launched the medal final season that culminates a year of hard work toward goals often set in January. If the quality of competition seen in the Blenheim Farms indoor arena, provided by ACE Equestrian, is an indicator, we are in for top-notch showdowns in both age groups.

 

 
September 2017 - Care & Feeding of an Equine Partnership

Jenny Karazissis & Big Shot

by Kim F. Miller

Big Shot has lived up to his name since he joined the Karazissis family’s Far West Farm program this past January. He came through Buffy and Rick Oas’ Pollyrich Farm as a sales prospect, but star hunter rider Jenny Karazissis couldn’t bear to let his “beauty, style, good brain and overall quality” go to another barn. Clients, the Morris family, were easily persuaded to buy “Dude” for their daughter Dulcie Lou to campaign as a Junior Hunter next year. This year, Jenny and the 6 year old Holsteiner (Lordanos X Corrado I) have dominated the 3’3” Hunter Division and were headed to the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Incentive Championship in Kentucky in mid-August.

 
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