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New Thoroughbred Makeover Award for Top-Scoring California-Bred
Written by CRM
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:50

The Retired Racehorse Project announced today the first special award for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover that honors horses bred on the West Coast. Sponsored by the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation, in honor of After the Finish Line, the $2,500 award will be presented to the top-scoring California-bred at the competition, taking place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

“The Georgia B. Ridder Foundation looks forward to its inaugural year supporting the Retired Racehorse Project,” said Michael R. Whalen, president of the foundation. “Georgia B. Ridder and her Ridder Thoroughbred Stable have a long and proud history of breeding magnificent Thoroughbred horses at her ranches in Southern California. Respecting that legacy, we are proud to honor the horses bred in California participating in this year’s training competition.”

Saddle Fit and Classical Training
Written by By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE. ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved
Sunday, 01 July 2018 00:30

By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE. ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

Very à propos to the focus of this month’s issue in California Riding, I’d like to add a small ‘saddle fit variable’ to the discussion of training. This is my educated opinion and my experience as both a competitive rider and a saddle fit expert and ergonomist buys me the right to state my thoughts.

Opening Day at Temecula Dressage Classic is a Huge Success
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:09

Photos: ©Terri Miller

The first annual Temecula Dressage Classic at Galway Downs is proving to be a great show full of fantastic riders and tests. With over 200 entries, riders are competing in large classes and against some of the best riders and trainers in the area. The competition continues through Sunday, June 10th.

Poly Canyon Ventures Announces Partnership Centered Around Funding and Assisting Cleantech Startups at Cal Poly
Written by CRM
Friday, 18 May 2018 19:13

Poly Canyon Ventures (PCV), a San Luis Obispo-based 501(c)(3) non-profit founded and managed by Cal Poly students, announced last night at its end-of-the-year event that it has partnered with Cal Poly’s Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability (EU&S) to help foster cleantech innovation at the university. With initial commitments of $10,000 from the EU&S Department and $5,000 from PCV, the two parties will work together to identify, evaluate, select, fund, and assist cleantech-focused, student-led startups on campus.


Time To Ride® Announces 2018 Challenge
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 22:18

Time To Ride® is pleased to announce that the popular Time To Ride Challenge is on for 2018!  The purpose of the Challenge is to support individual equine businesses and organizations in attracting newcomers to horses by hosting an event at their facility. This grassroots approach gives barn owners the opportunity to grow their business by introducing non-horsey people to the beauty and benefits horses bring to our lives, while simultaneously growing the horse industry overall.

The Del Mar National Horse Show Dressage Week Entertains Crowds with World Cup Qualifier and International Athletes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:28

The week hosts an array of International, special classes and qualifying classes for multiple championships, including: CDI-W, USEF Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ National Championships, Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships and the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.

Written by CRM
Monday, 16 April 2018 16:45

Including a Trainer’s Show, Exhibitor/Rider Party, Celeb Dog & Pony Show, and Dog Race

Stay On Top of Your Horse’s Health
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:29

Even for the healthiest of horses, an annual wellness exam is a key component of health care.

Ensuring the health of your horse starts with regular check-ups from a veterinarian. SmartPak stands for healthy horses and believes in the importance of horses having routine wellness visits, which is why they include it as part of the ColiCare™ Annual Wellness Requirements.

ColiCare is a free, veterinarian-directed wellness program that provides up to $7,500 in colic surgery reimbursement. It brings together SmartPak’s best hindgut supplements with annual wellness care from the veterinarian to help keep horses healthy. If your horse is already receiving annual wellness exams, you’re one step closer to meeting the requirements for SmartPak’s ColiCare Program.

Reflections from the Lilac Fire
Written by CRM
Monday, 12 March 2018 21:16

When the 2007 Cedar Fire blew through our San Diego County community I wrote in my Equestrian Newsletter,, that I wasn’t required to evacuate but was prepared to do so with trailer hooked up and then macaw cages ready.  On the morning of Dec. 7, this 2017 Lilac Fire forced me to run.  From the moment I spotted smoke to the east of our ranch I had less than an hour to load our horses, unload the safe and grab genealogy and treasured family photos on the wall before I threw the power switches on our gates and drove west with our 3 dogs.   The old Vessels Ranch was burning right across the street from our entrance gates and continued, I was to learn later, through our ranch and up over the hill to the San Luis Rey Downs Thoroughbred Training facility causing terrible devastation.

Tracy Bowman to Represent United States at FEI World Para-Driving Championships
Written by CRM
Monday, 02 July 2018 17:28

Tracy Bowman and Bella. PC: Sherry Stewart

While many may know Tracy Bowman as the trainer of multiple CCI4* riders at Kismet Farms, and be familiar with her consistent presence on the West Coast eventing scene, Tracy is also a keen competitor in Combined and Para Driving. So keen, in fact, she has been selected as a Nominated Entry to represent the United States at the FEI World Para-Driving Championships for Singles in Kronenberg, Netherlands.

Get Rewarded for Buying Your Favorite Supplements!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 21 June 2018 17:29

Introducing the Horse Care Loyalty Rewards Program for Farnam®, Vita Flex® and Horse Health™ Products Supplements

If you’re like most horse owners, you have a few favorite equine supplements that you regularly feed to your horse.  Now you can save money on those great supplements with the launch of the Horse Care Loyalty Rewards Program.

For every five of an individual qualifying Farnam® or Horse Health™ Products equine supplement purchased, horse owners will receive the next one completely FREE!  When purchasing the Vita Flex® Lactanase® packets, for every ten purchased, your next one is FREE!

Ben Ebeling
Written by by Ben Ebeling
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 17:30

California’s Ben Ebeling and his USEF European Young Rider tour teammates are en route to Hagen, Germany for the Future Champions CDIO, an event that greatly inspired Ben a few years ago. Here’s his second blog post and stay tuned for more soon. The Acres Dressage, California Dressage Society - Ventura County Chapter

European Young Rider Tour Ends on a High Note.


June 21, Hagen, Germany, conclusion of the European Young Rider Tour: I had an unforgettable experience competing in the Future Champions FEI CDIO-Y in Hagen, June 14-17.

When our team first arrived, utilizing the safe and comfortable Gellison’s Horse Transport, we all settled right in. The shavings were great, the stalls were nicely-sized, and anything that we needed was available and ready at the showgrounds. I remember the minute my horse settled in and I was just about to leave him for the night, I had a feeling of pride, happiness, and a sort of nostalgia that made me recall the times I was at this show-grounds watching my dad compete!

June 2018 - The Gallop: Under Threat
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 17 May 2018 21:16

“Where is the Equestrian Center in this project?”

by Kim F. Miller

I’m optimistic by nature, so I took a line in the proposed master site plan for the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa as good news for the fate of horse boarding there. The first point under the heading “Overall Strategy” is “Improvements be made to the Equestrian Center to enhance functionality and competiveness; more oriented to serving the youth market.” That’s verbatim from the plan the Fair Board hired consultants to create.

Silly me.

Fortunately, veteran equestrian advocates knew better. On April 26, they filled to overflowing the first public Fair Board meeting to address the site plan. Many were alumni of the Derail The Sale campaign that saved the entire Fairgrounds, a remarkable two-year effort that concluded in 2011 and prevented the 150-acre venue from being sold to likely private development. These advocates understood that the more important point was the first item in Phase III of the proposed site plan:


Smart Solutions for Your Horse and the Environment
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 April 2018 18:51

SmartPak is committed to helping the environment by maintaining a green footprint. From the materials used to manufacture products, to the processes that get them to your barn door, SmartPak aims to be an environmentally friendly company.

“We know that like us, our customers also want to have the smallest impact on the environment as possible," said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience. "That’s why we've always made our SmartPak strips from #1 PET plastic which means that they’re not only recyclable, but that they're also made from recycled material. And our commitment to the environment doesn't stop there!”

Call for Artists Art at the Classic: Equine and Western Art Show
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:15

Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, a top-ranked equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, this equine and western art show features impressive works of art in a dozen categories and more than 100 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists.  The show has become one of the premier displays of its kind - attracting both art lovers and horse lovers. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show.

Horse Show Action, Elegance and Excitement
Written by CRM
Thursday, 05 April 2018 20:15


In just a few short weeks we’ll kick off the 73rd Annual Del Mar National Horse Show, and we’re planning fantastic entertainment and activities alongside some of the most excellent equestrian competitions offered on the west coast.

Schleese Brings Revolutionary Eventing Saddle to the Market
Written by CRM
Monday, 19 March 2018 19:15

World-renowned saddle manufacturer Schleese has done it again! Together with former eventer and new General Manager of the company, Miriam Boutros Dale, the Schleese team has designed and made an incredibly light and comfortable new jumping saddle. The new “LightFlight” has been tested by Canadian Olympian Edie Tarves, who said, “this saddle affords me the closest contact I have ever felt and lets my horse move with wonderful freedom!“

April 2018 - Kudos Cristallo
Written by by Kim F. Miller • photo: Wendy Gleason/
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 07:09

A life-changing horse bids a quiet farewell to the Grand Prix circuit.

by Kim F. Miller • photo: Wendy Gleason/

"The last thing I wanted was that horse,” recalls Richard Spooner of Cristallo, the jumper with whom he wound up winning nearly $3 million in Grand Prix prize money. That was 15 years ago when the Holsteiner gelding by Carentino was 5. “I was still showing Robinson in the big classes and the last thing I needed was another maniac.”

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