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January 2018 - USEA Updates
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 December 2017 05:34
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USEA Intercollegiate Championship returns to Virginia, bid process to determine future venue.

The United States Dressage Federation™ rolls out the new Adequan®/USDF Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle Awards this year. Awards will be given at the following levels; First, Second, Third, Fourth, Intermediate I, and Grand Prix, with the champion and reserve champion at each level receiving a commemorative award, presented at the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention.


January 2018 - USDF Updates
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 December 2017 05:32
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Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle Awards.

The United States Eventing Association’s 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship will be held at Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. during the Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials May 24-27, 2018.
VHT hosted the inaugural Intercollegiate Championship in 2016 as well as the second eddition in 2017. The Championship will return to VHT for one more year before moving on to a new venue.


January 2018 - IEHJA Update
Written by by Patti Schooley
Thursday, 28 December 2017 05:14
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Thanks to riders and sponsors for a successful Fall Festival Year-End Show.

by Patti Schooley

The Fall Festival year end horse show, held November 17-19 at the City of Industry Expo Center was a big hit with IEHJA competitors. The courses were challenging, the competition fierce but friendly, awesome prizes were awarded and in certain sponsored classes, monetarily rewarding. IEHJA thanks its many sponsors for their generosity including Infused Edibles (maker of CBD horse treats), The Hay Connection (a full-service feed supplier located in Norco), Caston Inc. (lighting contractors), Dover Saddlery (providing corporate support to IEHJA), Sports Life Magazine (a digital and print magazine focusing on all types of sporting activities) and Vamp Inc. (permanent make up). IEHJA also recognizes Cornerstone Equestrian Center (Susan Smith trainer) and Showcase Training Stables (Gretchen Clark trainer) for their supporting messages to all riders competing in the year end horse show. Also, a big thanks to California Riding Magazine for supporting IEHJA through its publication of monthly association related articles. Lastly, thanks to all the riders and their families who support IEHJA throughout the show year culminating in their participation in the year end horse show.

December 2017 - Know Before You Show
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:01
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USEF rule changes affecting hunter/jumper sport take effect December 1.

In an effort to help members understand the rule changes coming into play, the United States Hunter Jumper Association has issued a Know Before You Show guide of rule changes taking effect for the new competition year. The following are important rule changes that will be effective Dec. 1, 2017, for the 2018 competition year and affect hunter/jumper competition. Visit for a comprehensive list of rule changes that were approved in early 2017 and will take effect for the 2018 competition year. The entire 2018 USEF Rulebook is available at

December 2017 - NorCal Update: Perry, Sanders, Lakey & Bell Earn Top Honors
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:55
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2017 NorCal Pony Medal Champion Emilie Bell, with Trainers Jan and Emma Hainze, and members of the NorCal Board of Directors.

Medal Finals are successful & Geoff Teall set for annual clinic, held concurrent with TCP session, Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

Fall in Northern California is often a fleeting season, typically lasting only a few weeks before the heavy rains and brisk temperatures settle in the region.  This past October, the terrible Wine County fires added to the normal unpredictability of the month weather-wise, but they were far enough away from the Sacramento area for the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals Show to be held under sunny skies Oct. 11-15, at Brookside Equestrian Park in Elk Grove.

November 2017 - Come One, Come All
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:32
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The US Eventing Association Annual Meeting & Convention brings education, influence opportunities, awards and fun to California in December.

Education and awards presentations highlight the agenda for the US Eventing Association’s annual meeting, which comes to California for the first time in a decade, Dec. 7-10 in Long Beach. This being an eventing gathering, however, fun will also play a big part.


November 2017 - USDF: Hinnemann Headlines and Discover Dressage
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:25
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Hinnemann Headlines: Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference Comes to California in February.

The 2018 Adequan®/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference will be moving to California, with featured presenter Johann Hinnemann. This conference will be held February 6-7, in the main arena of the new Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival in Del Mar.

November 2017 - IEHJA Update
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:15
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Increased cash awards for Fall Festival End of Year Horse Show.

Our president Gretchen Clark announced an increase in prize money awards for the Fall Festival End of Year Horse Show. “Cash awards are really appreciated by the riders,” states Gretchen “as it helps to offset the cost of competition.” IEHJA will be offering a $500 Derby, a $100 Stirrup Classic and a $100 Green Rider Hunter Classic. In addition, the $250 rider scholarship will again, be provided. These new cash awards are higher than previously announced due to the support of new sponsors and IEHJA members. Couple the cash with the great awards IEHJA traditionally offers for class, division and medal classes and riders may reap a bonanza of prizes.

October 2017 - IEHJA Update
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:17
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Summer horse show round-up.

Summer in Southern California can be hot; sometimes it’s so hot it discourages outdoor activities like riding. But IEHJA competitors are tough and the heat did not deter them from participating in the July and August Horse Shows. Riders turned out in large numbers to compete in the Showcase Horse Show Series in Redlands and the Victory and Signature Shows held at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. What’s a little heat when chasing points in the last few months of the show year?

September 2017 - IEHJA Update
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 21:23
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Fall Festival year-end show is right around the corner.

Mark your calendars, highlighting November 17-19, 2017, and plan to compete in the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association’s (IEHJA) “Fall Festival” Year End Horse Show. The show venue will once again be the beautiful Expo Center in the City of Industry. This three-day event is open to all riders, offers 21 competitive divisions, USHJA Outreach Medals, IEHJA Medal Finals, Hunter Derby at graduated heights and a separate day devoted to jumpers only! For IEHJA members this show counts for double points.

September 2017 - USEF Equestrian Update
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 21:02
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Board of Directors meeting outlines progress & plans for drug crack-down, membership growth, sport promotion & fee increases.

Letter to members from US Equestrian president Murray Kessler

The US Equestrian Board of Directors met July 24-25. During this meeting, it was evident that our Sport and our Federation is moving in the right direction and that our Strategic Plan, while still in its early days, is working.

January 2018 - CDS Annual Meeting & Symposium
Written by by Kevin Reinig, CDS president
Thursday, 28 December 2017 05:29
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Accomplishments, education, sport growth and young horse development are this year’s focus Jan. 19-21 in Sacramento.

by Kevin Reinig, CDS president

Starting in January, the California Dressage Society heads into its next 50 years with the Executive Board Meeting, Annual Meeting and Symposium, Jan. 19-21. It will be held in Sacramento: The meetings take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the Symposium takes place at Starr Vaughn Equestrian in nearby Elk Grove.

December 2017 - Area VI News: The 2017 Championships
Written by Photos: MGO Photography
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:05
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Generous sponsors make this year’s finale extra special.

photos: MGO Photography

This years’ Area VI Eventing Championships took place Oct. 20-21 at the Fresno County Horse Park. “We welcomed sponsorship for the first time,’ says Area VI chairman Chris Scarlett. “We can’t thank them enough for their generous support and for working with the Fresno County Horse Park’s John Marshall to make the competition a very special event. They have started the ball rolling on making the Area Championships a year-end goal. The Fresno County Horse Park and the crew with course designer Bert Wood made the championship cross-country courses more challenging for the riders contesting the championships.”

December 2017 - IEHJA Update
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:59
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Meet Our Trainers.

The Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association is supported by a number of professional trainers, barns and riding academies located throughout Southern California. Their programs range from beginners on lesson horses to riders new to the hunter/jumper show scene to dedicated show competitors chasing points at the county and higher circuit level to older adult riders enjoying the schooling process. No matter your riding level, horse owner or not, competitor or casual rider, IEHJA has a trainer for you. Whether you live in the San Bernardino Mountains, the deserts of Riverside, San Diego or Riverside counties or you call urban Orange and Los Angeles counties home, there is a IEHJA trainer near you.

December 2017 - The Kids Are Our Future
Written by by Cassidy Gallman
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:52
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United States Dressage Federation Region 7 FEI JR/YR Clinic with George Williams gives tomorrow’s stars many tools.

by Cassidy Gallman

It seems like everyone these days is talking about the future of horse sports. There are thoughts, theories and hypotheses about what the future holds and what the future will look like. Well, Whitney Houston sang, “the kids are our future,” and if she is correct then the future of dressage is here.

November 2017 - A Fine 50th
Written by photos: Jennifer M. Keeler
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:27
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Golden Anniversary California Dressage Society Championship has many highlights.

photos: Jennifer M. Keeler

In 1967, the idea of the California Dressage Society (CDS) was born among friends gathered in a living room. One of their main objectives was to create an annual showcase event where competitors could gather to pursue their passion. The Championship show has grown from its debut with 67 entries paying $5 per class to the 50th anniversary show this year where 330 competitors rode for more than $30,000 in prize money.

November 2017 - SFHJA Updates
Written by by Regina Antonioli
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:20
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Top Competition is showcased at the six San Fernando Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals.

by Regina Antonioli

Over a hundred junior and amateur riders showed up to compete in the San Fernando Hunter Jumper Association’s six medal finals. Positioning itself as a bridge between the grass roots and premiere levels of equestrian sports, the SFHJA Medals have varying degrees of difficulty and fence heights, with riders ranging in age from under 10 to over 60.

October 2017 - CDS Jr/YR Champs South
Written by by Kristin Young, CDS director. Photos: Terri Miller
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:22
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Young talent shines at Southern edition of long running annual tradition.

by Kristin Young, CDS director. Photos: Terri Miller

Hosting the CDS Southern Junior/Young Rider Championship, Aug. 12-13, with the San Diego Summer Show provided a fun and cool atmosphere for the kids. The ever-popular CDS San Diego Annual International Party Friday night allowed the junior/young riders to mingle with adult amateur and open riders in a fun way. Thanks to Sara Mosqueda from the CDS Inland Communities Chapter we had a beautiful cake to celebrate the 50th year of CDS. Saturday night the CDS Junior Ice Cream Social was open to all competitors. The CDS Inland Communities Chapter provided an ice cream sundae bar along with root beer floats or adult floats for those over 21.

September 2017 - CDS Update
Written by photos courtesy of Tamara Torti
Thursday, 31 August 2017 21:25
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Dressage shows off its young & fun side.

photos courtesy of Tamara Torti

CDS may be celebrating its 50th year, but the “golden” glow recently was all about the kids at the Junior/Young Riders Championships. These scenes are from the Northern Championships, held in late July at Rancho Murieta.

September 2017 - Collegiate Equestrian Update
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 21:21
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National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association announces leadership changes & new member.

The National Collegiate Equestrian’s Association’s National Advisory Board announces the new leadership structure approved this summer. Tom O’Mara and John Hull will assume the position as co-chairs of the NAB for the next two years. Ongoing support from past co-chair Kelly Chapman will provide for an effective transition as she will remain as a member of the NAB. David May’s term on the NAB expires after serving as one of the primary architects of the NAB. Chapman and May were integral in the establishment of the NAB and provided the structure and network to support the growth of NCAA Equestrian toward championship status. “The NCEA truly appreciates the early efforts of David May and Kelly Chapman in building the NAB into a recognized entity. We are excited about the leadership transition and look forward to working closely with John Hull and Tom O’Mara,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director of the NCEA.

August 2017 - CDS Report: The Pas De Deux
Written by by Gay Weaver
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:57
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Dressage and Ballet.

by Gay Weaver, reprinted from Dressage Letters July 1972

Ballet and dressage are often compared to one another and indeed both emerged from the same sources, the Italian and French courts of the 16th and 17th centuries. One such comparison is made with the pas de deux, one of several terms that still exist in both disciplines, meaning a series of movements for two people.

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