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Cassio Rivetti and Kaiser Win the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix Series
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:59

During the last week of the Delmar International horse show produced by Dale Harvey and his team at West Palms Event Management, the GGT Footing grand prix series came to a close for 2019.

Cassio Rivetti is the proud winner of the check and other perks that go along with the win!

 
Ante Up!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 17 October 2019 18:10

Split Rock Jumping Tour debuts ground-breaking $1.5 million Grand Prix in Rancho Santa Fe in April 2020.

The Split Rock Jumping Tour will host a new concept in show jumping as part of its 2020 national tour. The $1.5 Million “Ante Up” Grand Prix will debut April 7 at Pomponio Ranch in San Diego County’s Rancho Santa Fe.

“The main purpose of the Ante Up Grand Prix is to introduce a completely new dynamic to show jumping that currently does not exist at the highest level,” said Derek Braun, Founder and CEO of the Split Rock Jumping Tour. “Riders, owners, sponsors, and spectators will each play a valuable part in helping the sport progress to unprecedented heights. The format will allow each participant to be part of a unique, high intensity Grand Prix that is sure to draw attention and raise awareness around the world.

 
Hard Work Pays Off on First Day of Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show
Written by CRM
Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

by Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Where there’s a will there’s a way, and for adult amateur competitor Lindsey Schulz, hard work and dedication paid off in spades on the first day of the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, being held September 19-22, 2019 at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta.

Aboard Nora Capers’ Lippizaner mare Delia 87, Schulz (representing the Los Angeles Chapter) topped a tough field of 11 predominantly open competitors in the Region 7 Intermediaire Freestyle Championship, earning the unanimous win under both judges with a top score of 74.300% (watch her winning ride HERE).

 
AMHA Board Unanimously Approves Home Office Relocation Proposal
Written by CRM
Monday, 09 September 2019 00:00

Shelburne, VT—At the Third Quarter Board meeting held Saturday September 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, The American Morgan Horse Association’s (AMHA) Board of Directors unanimously approved the recommendation to relocate the AMHA home office. The office will be relocated to the grounds of the Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the main transition will take place during the holiday period that occurs between Christmas and the New Year. However, it is expected that while the new office location will open January 2, 2020, the current office will remain open through January 31, 2020.

 
GGT-Footing™ Named as Official Footing Provider to Murieta Equestrian Center
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 August 2019 21:42

California's Premiere Equestrian and Event center is host to many events from open shows to Longines World Cup finals. GGT Footing has sponsored many shows here including the Cowboy Western Final and the California Dressage Show.

GGT Footing has been used on some of the arenas previously, but now all arenas will be redone with GGT Footing textiles. The main showcase arena will now be officially named the GGT Footing Arena! We are extremely excited to be part of this lovely facility that we have watched grow immensely over the last several years.

 
Karl Cook Best in $8,500 tbird Speed CSI4*-W
Written by CRM
Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Karl Cook (USA) came away with the top spot in the $8,500 tbird Speed CSI4*-W, topping a field of 57 aboard E’Special P.S. on the second day of the 2019 Summer Fort Festival at Thunderbird Show Park.

The duo, partnered for three years, made short work of the Peter Holmes (CAN)-designed 1.40m speed track, crossing the timers in 61.92 seconds. Conor Swail (IRL) and Katelyn Denby Edwards (USA) finished on identical times of 62.90 seconds to finish second with Gamble and Kalina, respectively, while Ashlee Bond (ISR) finished fourth with 7-year-old homebred Contefina LVF on a time of 63.99 seconds; the duo led for much of the class.

 
Prize List Now Available for Del Mar International Welcome Week and Del Mar International World Cup Week
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Prize List and Entry Forms Now Available

The prize list and entry forms are now available for Del Mar International Welcome Week and Del Mar International World Cup™ Week. These two weeks of horse shows are jam packed with incredible events. Del Mar International Welcome Week features Onondarka Medal Finals, the $10,000 PCHA Child/Adult Hunter Championship, a USHJA National Hunter Derby, and the $35,000 Grand Prix of the Pacific presented by California Horsetrader and Horsetrader.com.

 

 
Albers Award Presented to Region 7 Chef d’Equipe Alison Burt-Jacobs
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that the Albers Award perpetual trophy was awarded to Region 7 Chef d’Equipe Alison Burt-Jacobs, at this year’s USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, held during the 2019 Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North (NAYC).

 
HITS Announces Sale of Thermal Series of Horse Shows and Winter Circuit in Arizona
Written by CRM
Friday, 09 August 2019 22:01

Company to fully concentrate each winter on HITS Ocala Circuit

Saugerties, NY - HITS, Inc., and CEO Thomas Struzzieri are pleased to announce the sale of the Thermal, California series of horse shows and the winter circuit in Arizona. The sale includes the eight winter Desert Circuit shows and the two fall shows that make up the Sunshine Series of events, and the six weeks held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson.

 
Julia Nickl Tops the First Round of LAHJA Junior Medal Final Presented by LEGISequine.com
Written by CRM
Saturday, 19 October 2019 03:00

Darcie Grote Clinches Round One of the LAHJA Senior Medal Final

BURBANK, Calif.– The first rounds of the LAHJA Junior and Senior Medal Finals kicked off on Thursday night at the Gold Coast October Horse Show. Horse and rider pairs navigated a course designed by Kevin Holowack of Langley, British Columbia.

Julia Nickl trained by Elvenstar Farm topped the first round of the LAHJA Junior Medal Final presented by LEGISequine.com. Julia and Nicolas, her six-year-old Belgian Warmblood, earned scores of 82 and 84 for an average of 83. In second place was Brooke Mostman trained by Stephanie Haney, receiving scores of 80 and 81 aboard her Anakin.

 

 
USHJA Member Notice of Scam Phone Calls
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

USHJA Members:

Recently, we were alerted to a phone scam in which several horse shows have reported that criminals are trying to steal credit card information from exhibitors by using fake feed and bedding order forms, or by asking for personal payment information over the phone.

 
CVHJM Comes to an End
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

It is with great sadness that we come to an end of the Central Valley Hunter/Jumper Miniseries.  

As you all know, our attendance at these shows has been less than expected and much less than fiscally viable to continue the series.  The show on September 21 suffers the same low attendance forecast. Therefore, we have come to the conclusion that we must sadly end the show series.  Luckily there are many other schooling shows in other areas nearby for your riders to participate in.  

 
Enter in September for Vegas in November!
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:21

Blenheim Equisports Presents The Las Vegas National Horse Show, CSI3*-W • November 11-17, 2019

Interested? Here's what you need to do:

• ENTER BY SEPTEMBER 13! The most important step to qualifying for the AON/USHJA National Championships is entering by Sept. 13 with your $50 application fee. Click here to enter! If you have already submitted an entry and need to add a class or section, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You do not need to do a full new entry.

• YOUR POINTS ARE COUNTING! The points you've been earning from Dec. 1, 2018, until Sept. 13, 2019, at USEF competitions are used to determine qualified riders. However, only those who enter by Sept. 13 will be considered.

• QUALIFIED? BOOK YOUR TRIP! After Championship entries are due, you will hear back from Ryegate Show Services about where you stand on the qualifying list. If you are accepted, the next step is to follow their instructions which will tell you where to send your Entry Deposit and Stall Reservation payment. Click here to learn more about lodging discounts at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.

Enter Now!

Deadline to enter and qualify: September 13th

Qualifying for the Championships differs based on the division in which you want to qualify. However, all entrants must pre-enter the competition with a nonrefundable $50 application fee by September 13.

Entries are available online through horseshowsonline.com, or members may mail their completed entry form to Ryegate Show Services. If you have already submitted an entry and need to add a class or section, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You do not need to do a full new entry. Points earned from competitions with a start date from Dec. 1, 2018, to Sept. 13, 2019, will count toward qualifying. USHJA Affiliates are invited to send their best 2' and 2'6" horse-and-rider combinations to compete in the Affiliate Championships.

How to Qualify

New Classes added for 2019!

This year's AON/USHJA National Championships, will feature more classes and more prize money. New classes include:

  • USEF/USHJA 1.0m Low Children's Jumper Championship
  • USEF/USHJA 1.0m Low Adult Amateur Jumper Championship
  • USHJA 3' Adult Equitation National Championship
  • $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • 3'3" USHJA Hunter Seat Medal
  • 3'/3'3" and 3'6"/3'9" USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake classes

The accompanying Las Vegas National Horse Show, CSI 3*-W will also offer:

  • $55,000 1.40m Jumper Division
  • $25,000 In It 2 Win It Stake presented by Omaha Equestrian Foundation
  • Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series Finals
  • Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas
  • CPHA Foundation/West Coast Equestrian (WCE) Medal Finals
  • Non-rated Hunter/Jumper classes

 

Compete. Learn. Have FUN.

The USHJA will also be hosting a series of FREE educational clinics covering a variety of topics including:

  • Sports psychology
  • Training, conditioning, and sports medicine
  • Judge's perspective
  • Hunter Derby course walk
  • Grand Prix course walk
One-of-a-Kind Equestrian Venue

Amenities offered by South Point Hotel:
  • Indoor Arena & Equestrian Center
  • Constant access to stables
  • Competition live stream the competition from hotel rooms
  • Luxurious spa
  • Casino with tables and slots
  • 64 bowling lanes
  • 9 restaurants on site
Learn more about the competition and lodging discounts at thelasvegasnational.com.

#ThePlaceToJump #LVN2019 #WestCoastShowcation #PathwayToSuccess
Press release provided by Blenheim EquiSports Management Company, LLC.
 
How to Train a Winning Race Horse
Written by CRM
Friday, 23 August 2019 23:38

Horse training isn’t an overnight affair. It isn’t something that you can just pick up and learn over a couple of days. If you want to train a winning racehorse, one that you could back at the track’s betting odds boards, it’s going to take a lot of time, effort, and pedigree.

However, training a racehorse is fun, even for beginners. Let’s go over a few basics things to keep in mind.

Pedigree

We should assume that you have considered the pedigree of your colt or filly. A proper racehorse has racing in the blood. So, if you try to train a stock horse to race, the results won’t be optimal. Stock horses have cattling in the blood. You have to think of it similar to dogs. Certain dogs have inherent behavior based on their bloodlines. A pit bull is going to excel at fighting – unfortunately. A Labrador is going to excel at retrieving. A cattle dog is going to excel at herding, etc. It’s not that other types of dogs can’t do these tasks, it’s just that the dogs that are bred for a specific task do it better. The same goes for horses.


So the first step is to make sure you are starting with a racehorse, to begin with. On top of this, the behavior is important as well. Horses can be skittish. For a racehorse, you need a relaxed, easy-going horse by nature. One that isn’t afraid of other animals or humans. This will make training him or her a lot easier.

Gate Training

Beyond your standard lead training and ground training, you’ll need to get your horse accustomed to the small enclosed area that makes up the starting gates. It can take quite some time for the horse to get used to this aspect of racing. Back in the day, the horses just lined up behind a rope, so it wasn’t as big of a training concern. But, now they must enter the small, stall-like gate which often makes younger horses nervous.

Building a dummy gate to help train your horse is a great way to slowly get your horse used to the starting gate.

Circles not Straight

Horses are natural runners, it’s what they do. But in the wild, they usually run in straight lines. You need to train your horse to run in a long circle (oval).

Lead Changes

Along with training your horse how to run on a track, they need to understand how and when to use their energy. This means you’ll need to spend a good deal of time focusing on lead changes. This doesn’t mean chasing down a horse that has the lead, but rather when the horse’s feet touch the ground. A right-side dominant horse with rin with a right lead down the straights, but when they make a counter-clockwise turn around the track, they should switch toa ‘left lead’. If they don’t, they will tire much more quickly than the horses who efficiently change lead on command.

Don’t Forget Your DMG During Workouts

DMG or dimethylglycine can be a great supplement for racehorses. The compound has shown to increase endurance and oxygen utilization as well as to limit lactic acid buildup. So, a horse that is a good starter but weak finisher can finish stronger with DMG supplementation.

These are just a couple of things to keep in mind as a beginning racehorse trainer. Remember to be patient and keep at it. As you become better at training, your horses will become better racers.

 
McLain Ward & Lee McKeever are Steamed Hay Believers
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

“We are incredibly happy to have added the Haygain hay steamer to our program,” says Olympic and World Equestrian Games gold medal show jumper McLain Ward. Steamed hay is scientifically proven to rid hay of 98% of dust, mold, fungus and bacteria that is found in even top-quality hay. That’s why McLain’s Castle Hill Farm team sought it out earlier this summer to help Contagious, the horse with which McLain was selected to represent the U.S. for the Pan American Games.

 
Three Famous Triple Crown Winners
Written by CRM
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

Horse racing is popular in many countries of the world, but in the USA and UK people share a different level of enthusiasm for the sport. The Americans have the Breeders Cup, Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes which are their most popular races.

While in the UK, the Grand National is the most popular race, and its latest edition happened in April this year. Go to Grand National review 2019 and you will know how enormous this race is in the UK.

 
A Winning Sunday in the Sun at the 49th Annual Menlo Charity Horse Show
Written by CRM
Sunday, 11 August 2019 23:21

The last day of Menlo Charity Horse Show 2019, finished on a note of celebration as riders competed in a day of Classic events.

$1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic

Tonia Cook Looker and Deja Blue won the $1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic in great style riding against a field of 17 entries. Tonia was thrilled with the performance of her young horse. Shabnam H Behzadpour on Escher followed on her heels to take second place and Emily Goldberg on Salud took home third.

 
Modified Training Challenge Draws Big Field
Written by CRM
Thursday, 08 August 2019 00:00

The Summer Event at Woodside, Aug. 9-11, supports and celebrates stars at all levels.

Aug. 8, 2019: The newly minted Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamie Smith; Olympic silver medalist Gina Miles; and World Cup Finalist Jennifer Macouzet-Wooten are among the equestrian stars bound for this weekend’s Summer Event at Woodside. But a different level of riders will dominate the spotlight thanks to tremendous response for the inaugural Modified Training Challenge, the centerpiece of the Aug. 9-11 competition at The Horse Park at Woodside.

 
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