May 2019 - The Gallop: The Horse Park at Woodside


Nearing 40, the non-profit venue looks & functions fabulously for a range of equestrian pursuits & pleasures.

by Kim F. Miller

It was just your average Saturday at The Horse Park at Woodside in mid-April. Dressage and hunter/jumper schooling shows were underway, the Mid-Cal Pony Club Region was in rally mode and a Woodside Vaulter held an exalted pose atop a handsome steed in one of two rings footed specifically for that discipline.

May 2019 - Everyday Footing


You can’t always get what you want …but sometimes, you’ll get what you need.

by Premier Equestrian

So last week you competed at a facility with a surface that was perfect for every ride… and there were hundreds of them. A rainstorm even came through and the arena drained quickly and was back in use faster than you expected. Now you’re thinking this is the perfect surface for your arena at home. However, some equestrian professionals and veterinarians agree that the footing at your last horse show is not necessarily what you need at home. Horse show surfaces are designed with very specific goals in mind. These objectives are different than those you may have for your own arena.

May 2019 - Beneath The Hunt Coat


Four young equestrians share their experience excelling in and out of the ring with Type 1 diabetes.

by Aimee LaFayette

Charitable giving is at the heart of Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby, set for June 21-23 in the Reno area’s beautiful Washoe Valley. All profits from this exceptional equestrian event and social occasion are earmarked to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. JDRF tirelessly pursues better treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications through critical research.

May 2019 - What to Watch for When Buying a Saddle (new or used)

by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE - ©2019 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

The show season is about to start in earnest for many riders, which means that you might be thinking about getting a new saddle for yourself and your horse. Maybe a brand-new saddle (hopefully one that fits you and can be adjusted to ensure optimum fit for your horse), but there are also ‘previously loved’ options out there that could be just as good. Used saddles can be on the market for a number of reasons, some of which could be:

April 2019 - Del Mar National Preview


Equestrian excitement abounds at the Del Mar National, starting April 16.

Get ready for a thrilling three weeks of world-class equestrian competitions at the 74th annual Del Mar National Horse Show April 16-May 5, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Del Mar National Horse Show is steeped in tradition and has a rich history of showcasing some of the most exciting and prestigious equestrian competitors in the country. The show attracts nearly 1,500 horses in three distinct disciplines: Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper.

April 2019 - Double The Challenge


Whitethorne LLC adds a second unique equitation competition to the West Coast hunter/jumper circuit.

Whitethorne LLC and Georgy Maskrey-Segesman are pleased to announce their sponsorship of two exceptional equitation events for 2019. The 2019 “American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge” will be featured for the third year at the Blenheim June Classic III at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano from June 17 – 19, under the management of Blenheim EquiSports. Georgy created this class initially in 2017 to bring a new perspective and opportunity to the equitation ring.

May 2019 - Western States Horse Expo


New venue, Equus Masters & rare breeds are among many highlights for May 9-12 event.

The Western States Horse Expo is “movin’ on up!”

After 20 years at a state-owned facility, the 2019 Expo, Thursday – Sunday, May 9-12, is shedding its old digs and moving “down trail” to the country. As one exhibitor said, “The best exposition in the United States is moving to the largest equestrian facility in California.”

May 2019 - Cabaline Country Emporium

Adventures begin at this historic Pt. Reyes store.

Explore a bit of West Marin history--and find something wonderful to take home with you. The historical Cabaline building has been standing since the turn of the 20th Century. Over the years we have been visited by people who remembered when it was being built, people who remembered sitting around the wood stove in back when it was the general store, and people who performed in plays when it was the community center, but it’s been the Cabaline Country Emporium for the last 40 years.


May 2019 - Finish Line® Horse Products


Trusted brand trots out a new fast-acting muscle builder at Western States Horse Expo this month.

Those who answer the phones fulfilling Finish Line’s long-standing offer to refund the purchase price of products customers are not happy with – for any reason – are not kept very busy by that task. Unlike the Maytag repairman of yesteryear ad campaigns, however, they’re neither lonely nor bored. These real people – not automated voices – keep plenty busy answering customers’ questions about product use and distributor requests for more of Finish Line’s 43 horse care, health and performance products.

April 2019 - Rainbow Equus Meadows


Elite Hanoverian & Oldenburg NA breeding program builds on 31 years of expertise & integrity in producing superior horses for appropriate partners.

Thirty one years ago in a town of approximately 4,700 people, Susan Worthington, with her children and 21 horses, six dogs, six cats and a monkey, purchased a cattle and hay farm and named it Rainbow Equus Meadows. “With God’s guidance and blessings, determination, dedication and hard work, my childhood dream of a beautiful and successful horse breeding farm, with white fences and green meadows, became a reality,” Susan explains.

April 2019 - Backyard Horse Keeping


What to consider before you commit.

by Denise Y. O’Meara, PLA for ELCR

There are many considerations that make backyard horse keeping a viable option. Maybe there are no nearby boarding stables, or the cost of boarding at someone else’s facility is prohibitive. Perhaps you’re already set up with an existing barn and fencing. The presence of a great trail system or other equine facility nearby may make stabling your horse elsewhere a non-starter. In fact, your neighborhood may be home to many small horse properties, with regular riding companionship!

April 2019 - Spring Fling


April 26 USET Fundraiser set to spring loose funds for Team USA.

A month of training in Florida with Olympian, World Cup Champion and USEF dressage technical advisor and chef d’equipe Debbie McDonald tops a growing list of auction items for an April 26 United States Equestrian Team fundraiser. It’s been a few years since the USET has had a big shindig out West and efforts are underway to make up for lost time.

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