September 2019 - The Gallop: A Change of Reign


Thermal & Arizona show circuits, and Thermal venue, in new ownership group’s hands.

by Kim F. Miller

Talk of the HITS Desert Circuit hunter/jumper series being sold has been circulating for a few years. It happened in early August when the newly-formed Apex Equisport announced its purchase of HITS’ hunter/jumper competition series: the two-week Sunshine Series and eight-week Desert circuits in the Palm Spring area’s Thermal, and the six-week series in Tucson, AZ. The purchase includes the 3,000-stall competition facility in Thermal, all from Tom Struzzieri, founder and CEO of Horse Shows In the Sun, which is based in Saugerties, NY. The Thermal venue will now be called the Desert International Horse Park.


September 2019 - SafeSport


Participation ban for industry legend George Morris intensifies an ongoing debate about the best means for protecting all equestrians.

“Safe Sport” discussions in the equestrian world reached a new level of intensity on Aug. 5 when the U.S. Center for SafeSport announced a permanent ban on participation to industry legend, George Morris, 81. The ban resulted from an investigation of allegations of “sexual misconduct involving a minor” between 1968 and 1972. The same day, Morris issued an email in which he contested the findings and stated that he would dispute them in an appeal process.

September 2019 - All In For EAP


Parents value the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program as much as their participating kids.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos © Alden Corrigan Media

The Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session, held at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma from July 17-21, was a huge success on many fronts. Clinician Cynthia Hankins, Stable Manager Nanci Snyder, and USHJA Representative Amy Owen Center were the formidable team educating and supporting 19 eager young riders during 5 days of intensive training at Ned Glynn’s beautiful facility.

September 2019 - Feedlot to Show Ring


Rescued pony is not just a number anymore.

by Hailey Esses

Cup of Tea, also known as “Ravioli,” has gone from only a number, 9432, to a superstar. He was an auction pony from the North Texas Feedlot, but he is now is a champion show pony.


September 2019 - USEF/AVA Vaulting National Champs


California vaulters fly high.

The US Equestrian (USEF)/American Vaulting Association (AVA) Vaulting National Championships were held on August 7-11 at The National Equestrian Center in St. Louis, MO. Dusti Hausman captured the Female Gold Individual championship, while Mikhail Proctor claimed the Male Gold Individual championship. A composite squad from Mile-High Vaulters and Pacific Coast Vaulters won the A Team championship.


September 2019 - Para-Equestrian Beatrice de Lavalette Announces New Competition Mount


Beatrice “Béa” de Lavalette, 20, is proud to announce that she has acquired Duna, an eleven-year-old KWPN mare by Vivaldi, with the help of her parents Nicolas and Elizabeth. The mare was purchased from Judy de Winter Dressage LLC in The Netherlands.

Béa’s trainer, Shayna Simon, traveled to Europe and tried many horses in Germany and The Netherlands, but Duna, who has been ridden up to the Prix St. Georges level, offered Béa the training and experience she needed immediately.

September 2019 - Mark Watring Stables


Expert training and a happy, family atmosphere distinguish thriving hunter/jumper program.

by Kim F. Miller

As a coach and horseman, Mark Watring brings a remarkable breadth of experience to clients at his hunter/jumper training program in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley. His dossier is dotted with Olympics, Pan American Games and eight international championship medals, along with World Cup Finals and many other international competitions. And he’s far from done as a contender himself, giving his students an ever-fresh and relevant take on tackling riding, horsemanship and horse care questions in every form.

September 2019 - Lauren Billys & Purdy: On Track for Tokyo


Respiratory recovery & a reserve finish at Rebecca Farms CCI4*-L set stage for an Olympic return.

by Kim F. Miller

Rio Olympic eventer Lauren Billys had trouble containing her emotions en route to a clear finish over the rigorous CCI4*-L cross-country track at the July 26-28 Rebecca Farm competition in Montana. Her partner of six years, Castle Larchfield Purdy, felt literally better than ever and they were leading the three-phase meet after a lovely dressage test.

September 2019 - Rebecca Farm Reflections


First time visitor shares the lore and allure of unique eventing competition in Montana.

article & photos by Alice Chan

Coming from parched California to ride on the green field of dreams that is the Event at Rebecca Farm in Montana is an annual pilgrimage for many West Coast eventers, and a rite of passage for others.

Each year almost 600 horses and riders converge from across the country for four days of nail-biting competition. And the excitement is only increased by the fact that the North American Young Eventing Championships (NAYC) run in parallel.

September 2019 - How I Spent My Summer Vacation


California hunter/jumper student summers in France to ride with Alice Debany Clero.

by Elisa Broz

Elisa Broz is making a name for herself on the California circuit, but she jumped on a summer detour to train and compete in France. The accomplished student of Cassie Belmont’s training program in Watsonville was happy to share her unique summer story with California Riding Magazine.

September 2019 - Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team


Successful year includes returning to original stomping grounds at Hansen Dam.

The Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team got its start at Hansen Dam in 1957 and the troop finally returned home to the horse park this June. “It’s good to be home again,” said the team’s Janet Johnstone. “We made a bold move to leave the other facility we were riding at due to some safety issues. We didn’t have a place to ride and I am grateful that the Langer Equestrian Group’s Marnye Langer reached out to us. Everyone at Hansen Dam Horse Park has been more than accommodating.”

August 2019 - The Gallop: Anne Howard Interview


Passion for horses, dressage and biomechanics enable Northern California equestrian to carry on her mother’s legacy, for everybody’s benefit.

by Kim F. Miller

Anne Howard is a big fan of CeeCoach blue-tooth communication devices that enable her to say things like “Move your left PEA forward” to a warm-up ring student at shows without the whole world hearing. “We used to have to yell those kind of things across the arena and we got a lot of funny looks,” says the dressage coach, trainer and Grand Prix rider and physical therapist and owner of the American Sporthorse and the Center for Dressage Education in the Monterey area’s Watsonville. Anne explains that PEA stands for “panty elastic line,” a term her riders know as a specific point of seatbone connection with the saddle.


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