September 2017 - Lights, Camera, Action

Equestrian films to debut in October’s San Diego International Film Festival.

The San Diego International Film Festival, set for Oct 4-8 and produced each year by the San Diego Film Foundation, is proud to announce the addition of an Equestrian Film Track to this year’s edition. The San Diego International Film Festival features topic specific tracks that present groundbreaking, independent films telling stories that resonate with San Diego patrons in a variety of areas. Returning unique film tracks include American Indian, Environmental, Military and Social Justice. This year, there is a new track to represent our equestrian community. The Equestrian Film Track will highlight the diverse and creative efforts of filmmakers that explore topics related to horses.

 
September 2017 - 100 Miles In One Day

A completion caps a remarkable day and a life goal on the Western States Trail Foundation’s Tevis Cup Ride.

by Brenna Sullivan • photos: Gorel Baylor Photography

The Western States Trail Ride, informally known as the Tevis Cup, traverses 100 miles of the Sierra Nevada mountains every August during the full moon. Riders have 24 hours to reach Auburn Fairgrounds after traversing technical trail in the high country, heat in the canyons and the dark trail above the American River. The ride was started in 1955 by Wendell Robie on a bet that the horses of modern times were as tough as the horses of their grandparents’ generation. The ride was the first to develop strict veterinary standards, birthed the modern sport of endurance and embodies the true spirit of “to finish is to win.” Many endurance riders dream of completing Tevis; this was Brenna Sullivan’s second attempt after pulling her TWH mare Sky at Deadwood in 2016 as a rider option. This year’s ride began at 5:15 am August 5 and ended 5:15 am August 6.

 
August 2017 - The Gallop: A Day at the Emerging Athletes Program

USHJA program delivers the gift of Joe Fargis’ gentle & effective horsemanship.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Horses are a gift to us to learn about nature, sportsmanship and life,” said 1984 Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis in response to a question that began the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program training session at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center July 12-16. As he worked with 19 fortunate and motivated young riders, the much-decorated show-jumper applied that broad perspective to many details of his simple, classic horsemanship. It was a privilege to audit a day of instruction from Joe, Thursday, July 13, during which West Coast young riders also worked in small groups with stable management expert Anne Thornbury.

 
September 2017 - The Chase Is On!

Riding to the hounds in southern California.

by Julie Beer

Yes! The red coats, the hounds, Tally Ho! and all that. The real deal. Interested? Read on!

The Santa Fe Hunt, established in 1969 in Rancho Santa Fe, is alive and thriving in Temecula Horse Country. Foxhunting, also known as “Riding to the Hounds,” is the foundation of today’s hunter/jumper discipline. To be clear, coyote, not fox, are dominant in this part of the country. Because coyote are both very clever and fast, it’s extremely rare for the hounds to actually catch one; thus Santa Fe Hunt considers itself a “chase,” which is also the philosophy of the Masters of Foxhounds Association that rules all recognized hunts in the US.

 
September 2017 - Lilo Fore Honored

Local luminary named 2017 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductee.

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Liselotte “Lilo” Fore will be inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Lexington, KY. Induction into the HOF is an honor bestowed on individuals and horses that have made outstanding contributions to dressage in the United States.

 
August 2017 - Glefke and Farmer Penalized

Re-hearing results in same penalties for doping case in the hunter world.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hearing Committee held a rehearing on June 6 and 7 in a doping case against Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke. The case involved the presence of the forbidden substance GABA in the horse UNEXPECTED at a 2016 USEF Licensed Competition.

 
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