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Erik Duvander, US Eventing Performance Director, & Ian Stark, U.S. Cross-Country Advisor, Headline 21st Annual Fundraising Clinic
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 19:06

Insights & inspirations await riders & auditors Jan. 19-20 in Temecula.

Jan. 9, 2019, Temecula, California: The 21st Annual Eventing Fundraising Clinic invites riders and horses of all levels to leap into the New Year with new insights, ideas and inspirations. Set for Jan. 19-20 at Galway Downs in Temecula, the intense educational weekend is headlined by new USET High Performance director Erik Duvander and USET cross-country advisor and longtime Galway Downs coach and course designer Ian Stark.


Trauma Void™ Announces Release of “Best in Test” Rated Helmet
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 22:34

Trauma Void, LLC is thrilled to offer the Lynx™ riding helmet to their addition of ASTM/SEI certified riding helmets.

A 2018 Independent Study tested 15 models of riding helmets sold on the Swedish market.  Testing 30% better than the average helmet, the Lynx received the title of “Best in Test” and has since been highly sought-after.  The deeper profile, custom fit, and Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (or MIPS), are just a few features which makes the Lynx marginally safer than its competition.  

Story of Hope and Healing, Unbridled Opens in Select Cities January 18
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 03:16

Directed by John David Ware and starring Eric Roberts, T.C. Stallings, film is inspired by benefits of emotional equine therapy

Cinespots and Moving Visions Entertainment today announce the select cities across the U.S. where UNBRIDLED will open on January 18, 2019. UNBRIDLED tells the powerful story of an abused girl who teams up with an abused horse on a journey of healing. Directed by John David Ware, the film stars Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight; The Expendables) and T.C. Stallings (War Room; Courageous) and introduces Tea McKay as protagonist Sarah Miller. With themes of hope and redemption, the film tackles such sensitive subjects as sex trafficking, domestic abuse and suicide with grace and dignity. A full list of January 18 opening cities is below; learn more at

ASPCA Announces Recipients of Equine Welfare Safety Net Innovation Grants
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:46

ASPCA grants $125,000 to elevate new thinking and support innovative approaches to help at-risk horses

The ASPCA ® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ®) today announced that it has granted $125,000 to three organizations to support their efforts to create one-of-a-kind, innovative programs that keep owned horses out of risk and in their homes.

The ASPCA Equine Welfare Safety Net Innovation Grant Program inspires new thinking and initiatives to improve equine welfare and expand safety net services for equines. The grant program supports new initiatives designed to identify owners with at-risk horses to deliver services and resources to help keep horses in their homes or provide access to euthanasia to alleviate suffering.

January 2019 - Slow Recovery
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 14 December 2018 22:33

news & features

Grand Prix rider shares the slow struggle to recover from a sudden loss.

by Kim F. Miller

Francie Nilforushan looks forward to the moment when gratitude outweighs grief over losing her Grand Prix jumping partner Clarinius.

She’s not there yet.

Golden Opportunity with Katie Prudent
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 06 December 2018 22:58

Star show jumper headlines USHJA Gold Star clinic January 17-20.

Living legend show jumper Katie Prudent is the featured clinician for the California leg of the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s second Gold Star clinic. Part of the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Pathway, the clinic is set for Jan. 17-20 at the HITS Thermal venue. Riders earn spots through Zone Jumper Championships and a few wild card options, and auditing is free, open to all and highly recommended.

2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals Returning to Las Vegas at the Newly Renovated Thomas & Mack Center
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 December 2018 00:00

The FEI World Cup™ Finals are returning to Las Vegas and the newly renovated Thomas & Mack Center in 2020. The world's best show jumping and dressage horses and riders will return to the "Entertainment Capital of the World" on April 15-19, 2020 for thrilling equestrian competition at a world-class facility that is now ideal for one of the sport's premier showcases.

The FEI World Cup™ Finals feature the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final and are the biggest annual individual championships for horses and riders in both Olympic disciplines. The world's top competitors, including Olympic and World champions, come from all over the globe to compete for the prestigious title of FEI World Cup™ Champion. This will mark the seventh time that Las Vegas will host the FEI World Cup™ Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Know Before You Show: New Rules for a New Competition Year
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Rules affecting Hunter/Jumper competition taking effect Dec. 1, 2018

The USHJA is helping members Know Before You Show with a simple guide of rule changes taking effect for the new competition year. Most importantly, the 2019 competition year brings new requirements for competing members and horses with the implementation of the Safe Sport training requirement for all USEF members 18-years-old and older with a Competing Membership, and microchipping for all horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA sanctioned competitions with Hunter, Hunter Breeding, Jumper and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation classes not restricted by breed. Click here for a comprehensive list of rule changes that were approved in early 2018 and will take effect for the 2019 competition year. View the entire 2019 USEF Rulebook here.

Haygain USA Heads to AAEP in San Francisco
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:37

Company and veterinarian’s association missions are closely aligned.

By Kim F. Miller

With horse health as its mission, Haygain USA looks forward to sharing ideas and perspectives with hundreds of like-minded individuals at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention. The event takes place December 1-5 in San Francisco, at the George Moscone Center.

In Loving Memory of California Horseman Bobby Drennan
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 16:41

Celebration of Life for Bobby Drennan to Be Held January 22 in Rancho Mirage, California

As many of you know, beloved horseman Bobby Drennan passed away in late 2018. All friends of Bobby Drennan are cordially invited to participate in a celebration of life event, to be held Tuesday, January 22 in Rancho Mirage, California (a short distance from HITS Coachella). The event will be held 5:30 - 7:30pm at the home of Janie Andrew.

Keep Your Horse at His Optimal Winter Weight
Written by CRM
Thursday, 03 January 2019 19:08

Dr. Joyce Harman offers expert advice on keeping your horse at his prime over the winter months.

As humans, we have winter-weight everything: winter-weight jackets, socks, hats—we may even find a new weight for ourselves over the course of the cold months! But, how closely do you monitor the winter weight of your horse?

“Because many of us see our horses every day, it’s easy not to notice subtle weight-changes,” said internationally known integrative veterinarian Dr. Joyce Harman, owner and operator of Harmany Equine. “We might not even notice our horses have lost or gained weight until their weight has changed a substantial amount. Also, so many times horses are hiding under blankets— their body condition might be a surprise when we go to remove their blanket.”

New Northern California Shows Coming in 2019
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:48

West Palms Events to Host Five Total Weeks of NorCal Qualifying Shows in 2019

West Palms Events is excited to announce three new shows to take place in Northern California in 2019 - all approved by the Northern California Hunter Jumper Association.

"We are excited that West Palms Events is offering new shows in Northern California for 2019," said Jen Lampton, President of the Northern California Hunter Jumper Association. "Additional shows will provide our exhibitors extra opportunities to earn points towards year end awards and to qualify for the NorCal Medal Finals at the Sacramento International Horse Show in September."

US Equestrian Looks to the Future of U.S. Eventing with Reinvented Pathway Program
Written by CRM
Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:52

from the US Equestrian Communications Department

US Equestrian has announced that changes are on the horizon for U.S. eventing as they roll out the first phase of a restructured and reinvented U.S. Eventing Pathway Program in 2019. As presented and discussed at length at the 2018 United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Annual Meeting in December, and with U.S. Eventing Director of High Performance Erik Duvander at the helm, the program looks to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for eventing athletes in the United States. Duvander will work closely with Leslie Law, USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete and Development Potential Coach, Joanie Morris, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, and her team, along with the Selectors and Eventing team staff.

‘Desert Flight: A Love Letter to the Sport of Show Jumping’ Takes Top Honors at EQUUS Film Festival in New York City
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:44

'Desert Flight’ was selected as Best of Festival as well as Best Sports Documentary from more than 40 U.S. and International entries in the annual festival which showcases equine themed films in all lengths and genres. The honors were presented during the Winnie Awards Ceremony on the final evening of the festival which took place in the theater at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.

Produced by Tell Studios in association with Samia Staehle’s Filter 4 Productions, the 39-minute documentary is a compelling look at the horses and riders that compete in this highly demanding sport. Executive director, Staehle, who competes herself, wanted to show the drive that it takes to be the best in the sport, and the compelling bond that is the only way to make the horse and rider team successful in competition.

Hansen Dam Horse Park Happenings
Written by CRM
Thursday, 06 December 2018 00:00

Ever At The Ready: “We Never Want to Turn Away a Horse in Need.”

Once again, Hansen Dam Horse Park was there when the Southern California equestrian community needed it most. The 38-acre facility in the Los Angeles area’s Lake View Terrace was officially designated an emergency evacuation site for horses around 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8. What would become one of California’s most devastating fires, the Woolsey fire, had begun that afternoon and the Horse Park was ready. So were savvy horsemen set on getting their horses to safety at the first spark of risk.

Nilforushan Equisport Events Adds World Champion Hunter Rider Week to Show Schedule
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 December 2018 00:00

Following the highly-publicized success of the 2018 Temecula Valley National Horse Show series, managed and organized by Nilforushan Equisport Events, the team behind the spring circuit is proud to announce that the 2019 show will now feature four weeks of exciting competition, one of which will be a World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) week. From April 17 to 21, 2019, the initial week of the 2019 Temecula Valley National Horse Show series will feature qualifying WCHR classes and other hunter highlights.

Exciting news from Vitafloor at AAEP in San Francisco!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:56

We are pleased to announce that after 5 years of working together with Sedelogic, Vitafloor has recently acquired their Sedelogic Saddle Pad line.

We will be present at the AAEP convention in San Francisco this week (booth 1747) and would love to see you there to talk about what the Sedelogic® Saddle Pads and Vitafloor® Whole Body Vibration can do for you and your horses.

Parent’s Perspective
Written by by Alice Chan
Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:02

Putting teens on horses is the best RX for surviving the high school years.

by Alice Chan

I’ve heard it said that parenting toddlers and parenting teens is not so different. Each age group is struggling for its independence. Each wants you, but needs to push you away for their own development. Each has a hard time regulating their emotions. And they are deep in their experimenting phases.

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