February 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 22:02

Event Calendar

Horse Expo Pomona: Feb. 5-7 in Pomona

We may all be getting a little spoiled by the quality of clinicians Horse Expo regularly delivers, this month to Pomona and every summer to Sacramento. This year’s Pomona line-up, Richard Winters, Craig Cameron, Pat Parelli, Brandi Lyon, etc., is familiar to most as returnees to one or both Expo locales and typifies the top-of-the-line horsemen the event brings to the masses at a very affordable admission price.

But don’t stop at these marquee names. Presenters on smaller stages throughout the three-day event may not be so famous, but the information and experience they bring is no less valuable. The breadth of ideas and knowledge they collectively represent provides the proverbial something for everybody.

We are particularly intrigued by some of the presenters and ideas scheduled for the Horse Expo University sessions that run all three days. Starting with equine nutrition expert Dr. Gabi Gross. Read “Dr. Gabi’s” article on the difference between calories and nutrients on page 56 and you get a sense of how clearly and colorfully she illustrates this and other nutrition topics.

She has a lot of good company on the Horse Expo University faculty. Laura Batts’ presentation, the Model Farm for Environmentally Conscious Horse Keeping, looks interesting, as does Chemaine Hurtado’s Save A Horse, Ride A Yoga Ball. And that’s barely a peak at the agenda.

The central entertainment event is the Ultimate Super Horse Challenge, set for Saturday night at 6 pm, and, of course, shopping opportunities offer more than anyone could ever haul home.

For tickets and more info, visit www.horseexpoevents.com.

The No Show: Saturday, Feb. 20 in San Juan Capistrano

Blenheim EquiSports’ popular No Show Jump Day is set for another staging Feb. 20 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. Conducted in a European format designed to give young horses and/or young riders ring experience. The course, designed by Robert Ridland, will include 12-14 obstacles at the “A” show standard with a liverpool and an open water option in the Olympic Arena, which has sand footing.

Cost is $25 per round and course heights go from 1.1M to 1.4M, then .07 to 1.0M.  There are no other fees!

For more information visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EquiSportsTheNoShow/or contact Lorena Swift, 949-633-3445, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mid-Winter Dressage: Feb. 25-28 in Burbank

California Dreaming Productions will host its second show of the year, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Feb. 25-28. The CDI event includes the second of two World Cup Finals qualifiers. The organizer’s schedule of super-service shows continues March 10-13 with the Dressage Affaire at the Del Mar Horsepark and the Festival of the Horse March 30-April 2 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. The latter two are both CDI 3*s.

For more info, visit www.californiadreamingproductions.com.


The Equestrian – a film by Sybil H Mair: Sunday, March 13 in the Bay Area’s Redwood City

The San Francisco Peninsula Chapter of the California Dressage Society hosts a showing of this short film that includes a cameo appearance by British dressage great Carl Hester.

Here’s the plot: “Equestrian tells the story of the relationship between Freddie and his black stallion, Gaius, who look set to take the dressage world by storm. When pride and vanity get in the way, things take a turn for the worse.

What was once a close partnership based on trust looks irreparable.”

The venue is the Canada College Theatre and the movie will be followed by freestyle videos to get everybody fired up about the Chapter’s freestyle clinic in April.

For more information, contact Gigi Noerr at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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