November 2017 - Care & Feeding of an Equestrian Partnership: Auburn Excell

Eventer augments riding with plenty of additional exercise and the same care for her own body that her horses receive.

by Lyndsey Gruber of Athletux

While most people would call riding eight to 10 horses a day plenty of exercise, Auburn Excell Brady of Excell Equestrian in San Juan Capistrano doesn’t just do her cardio on the back of a horse. Eventing may be the equestrian version of a triathalon, but Auburn considers it important to incorporate the human version into her fitness routine. She spends time in the pool several days a week and calls a good swim “low-impact but a total body workout.” She also enjoys spin classes for a cardio fix. Exercise outside of the saddle is incredibly important to her success in the saddle, and the Excell Equestrian team goes on group work-out sessions whenever possible.

 
November 2017 - Cavalia Returns

Odysseo brings equine dreams to Ventura County.

by Patti Schofler • photo: © Jak Wonderly Photography

Opening November 11 in Ventura County, the spectacular production Cavalia Odysseo comes to life under the world’s largest touring tent. More than 110 horses and artists portray the tale of the horse and human journey through nature, wedding enchanting, athletic equestrian arts, breathtaking stage arts and unique high-tech theatrical effects.

Odysseo’s signature White Big Top presents incredible large-scale staging where spectators are mesmerized by the feats and beauty of the equines, riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians, on a stage that equals the dimensions of an NFL football field.

 
October 2017 - The Gallop: Langley Is Lovely!

Up & Comers: Matt Archer & Legolas on their way to third in the 6-Year-Old Showcase on Saturday.

Lost At The Last! San Diego-based French champ Eric Navet and the increasingly impressive Catypso had a truly heartbreaking rail down at the very last of 13 efforts.

Thunderbird Show Park offers happy atmosphere for highest levels of sport and all those who enjoy it or aspire to it.

photos and article by Kim F. Miller

O Canada: For years we’ve been hearing great things about Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia. We finally got to see for ourselves in late August during the Summer Fort Festival that included the kick-off of the Longines FEI World Cup™ show jumping season in the West.

 
November 2017 - Robinson & Potter Top Talent Spotting Finals

Tomorrow’s stars stand out in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals & the USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals.

Halie Robinson and Payton Potter displayed bright futures in major, jumper-oriented West Coast medal finals. Robinson took top honors in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West. Potter did the same in the inaugural USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals West. Both took place Sept. 22-23 during Blenheim EquiSport’s International Jumping Festival in San Juan Capistrano.

 
November 2017 - IEA Update

The High School and Middle School equestrian season is underway.

photos: Sarit Mintz Photography

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association season is in full swing, with Northern California’s first show at the Stanford Red Barn Sept. 23-24, then at the Monte Vista Equestrian Center in Watsonville on Oct. 7-8.

 
October 2017 - Mangalarga Marchadors

Versatile, fun Brazilian breed is poised for popularity in the United States.

by Kim F. Miller

Mangalarga Marchadors are a rare breed in the United States, but those who own them comprise a passionate minority. So much so that these carefully-bred Brazilian horses are poised for popularity here as owners spread infectious enthusiasm for the Marchadors’ trustworthiness, versatility, beauty and the flat-out fun of owning, riding and having them as part of the family.

 
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