July 2017 - The Gallop: Changes Afoot for NAJYRC Qualification

Everybody wants Zone 10 riders atop the NAJYRC podium,  but there’s debate about the best way to get there.

by Kim F. Miller

As young jumper riders battled to represent Zone 10 at this month’s FEI/Adequan North American Junior Young Rider Championships, behind-the- scenes debates roiled about the best way to qualify teams in the future.

Everybody wants the same thing: getting the zone back to its streak of dominance that began a decade ago. From 2007 to 2010, Zone 10 earned a total of nine gold medals, including team and individuals. The years from 2011 through 2013 saw Killian McGrath’s individual YR gold and team bronze in 2012, and Young Rider team silver and individual bronze in 2011. Last year’s Young Rider team brought home bronze and the Juniors scored silver, but 2014 and 2015 were medal-less outings. (See sidebar for the decade’s medal count.)

 
June 2017 - Cheers & Tears

Ashlee Bond soars and Flexible says farewell at Del Mar National.

The Grand Prix of Del Mar, presented by Pacific Sotheby’s International Equestrian Division on May 6, provided a thrilling night of competitive show jumping for a full house at the Del Mar Arena. The 29 starting horse and rider pairs were tested with Marc Etter of Switzerland’s course of 15 efforts in the first round and eight fences in the jump-off.

 
June 2017 - More Than Just Riding

FEI JR/YR & U25 Clinic with Charlotte Bredahl-Baker welcomes California and Oregon up-&-comers to the dressage community.

by Cassidy Gallman

There is something about Epona Farms. It may be the green color of the hills that surround it in the Westlake Village area’s Hidden Valley. It may be the peaceful quiet. It may be the charm of the barn or may be simply that Epona Farms inspires.

 
June 2017 - Del Mar National Dressage

Steffen Peters reigns as king of California dressage.

by Marie Sebastian with Megan Mc Gee

The 2017 Del Mar National put an exclamation point on Steffen Peters’ reign as the king of California Dressage. Competing on three different mounts owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, Olympian and World Cup Champion Steffen Peters took home the first place honors in all his CDI and US Equestrian Selection classes and won some First Level classes just for good measure.

 
June 2017 - Hilda Gurney Clinic

The 2017 Linda O’ Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinic Series concludes with June 9-11 session in Sacramento area.

photos by Nancy Albright

In 1997, the California Dressage Society started a series of clinics to honor Linda O’Carroll, who donated an endowment to fund Adult Amateurs’ education. For two decades, amateur dressage riders who normally would not have an opportunity to train with top professionals in their sport, receive the chance to learn from the best due to the generosity of Mrs. O’Carroll. Each CDS Chapter sponsors at least one qualified rider annually.

 

 
May 2017 - The Gallop: And Now For Something Completely Different

Education & equitation meet with a $10,000 prize for trainers in exciting new class in June.

by Kim F. Miller

"They are the Harvard educators of the equitation world,” says Georgy Maskrey-Segesman of the presenters in the all-new Whitethorne American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge. Georgy is the mastermind behind this unique, three-phase class.

It’s open to all riders of all ages, both juniors and amateurs, and debuts this summer at the Blenheim June Classic III show in San Juan Capistrano. Prizes include a $10,000 cash award for the winning trainer and a new Butet saddle for the winning rider.
Rounds 1 and 2 are set for Tuesday, June 20, and round 3 for Wednesday, June 21.

 
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