December 2017 - West Coast Dressage Convention

Edward Gal, left, and Hans Peter Minderhoud.

International stars Edward Gal & Hans Peter Minderhoud headline educational April event, along with Monty Roberts.

West Coast passion for high level dressage and young horse training will find fulfillment next spring when international stars Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud step into the arena at the beautiful El Campeon Farms in the Los Angeles area’s Thousand Oaks on April 21-22, 2018.

December 2017 - Walking & Watching

Riding isn’t the only way to learn how to tackle a Grand Prix track.

by Ginger Freeman

Watching a Grand Prix is always exciting, but understanding how to create a plan for the course is particularly energizing. With a total of 22 entries, the $35,000 CWD Wine Country Grand Prix was a fast-paced spectacle on November 4 at the Paso Robles Horse Park. There was rain off and on all weekend and with rain clouds looming dark in the sky, I walked the course with my two trainers, Matt and Lindsay Archer, who are both veteran Grand Prix riders. My trainer, Lindsay Archer, would be competing on the careful and quick mare, Enita, (owned by Rhys Farms), while Matt would help her with strategy and warming up.

November 2017 - Clear Spring Farm

Newest Offering in Equestrian Real Estate’s Long History with Exceptional Properties

photos by David Hebble

Realtor Caren Kelley began specializing in equestrian estates about 12 years ago despite speculation that “I was crazy because it was too narrow of a market,” she remembers.  Accomplished as both an equestrian and a commercial realtor then, Caren saw the opportunity to use her unique combination of horse sense and broad real estate savvy to serve those seeking to buy or sell high-end equestrian properties. Since then, she and her five-agent team at Equestrian Real Estate have become synonymous with horse properties featuring aesthetic, safety, comfort and performance characteristics to rival any in the world.

December 2017 - Know Your Rights

Lessons learned in 2007 fires could be relevant for equestrians affected by the Northern California fires.

Since the Northern California fires began on October 8, they have burned over 200,000 acres, destroyed more than 7,900 structures, and severely damaged more than 600 others. (California Riding Magazine, October 2017) Of those affected by these tragic fires, many are members of the California equestrian community including horse owners, trainers and boarders.

November 2017 - The Gallop: Red October

Firestorms leave heartbreak & heartening stories in their wake, and a long, costly road to recovery.

by Kim F. Miller

The night of Saturday Oct. 7 was a happy one for California horse people. Local favorite Mandy Porter had just won the Longines FEI World Cup class at the Sacramento International Horse Show at the Sacramento area’s Murieta Equestrian Center. Equally popular Californians Jenni McAllister and Richard Spooner were right behind her on the winner’s circle and spirits were high through the night of celebration that followed.

November 2017 - World Cup Wonders

Barge, Porter, McAllister & Spooner lead the West League World Cup charge.

The reliably exciting Longines FEI World Cup Jumping League is in full swing and sweeping full houses of happy fans along with it. The last West league leg of the year, Nov. 18 at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, is sure to be a showdown between our many locals on a hot streak and contenders visiting from other leagues in the hunt for points toward a Finals in Paris next spring.

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