Association News
June 2018 - Show Report: Pony Club Mega Rally
Written by by Kimberly Rhodes
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:05
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Young equestrians shine at El Sueno Equestrian Center.

by Kimberly Rhodes

The Camino Real Region Pony Club Mega Rally was held April 21-22 at the prestigious El Sueno Equestrian Center in Ventura County’s Somis. The Pony Club members competed in their choice of dressage or jumper classes as teams of three or four riders and a stable manager.

May 2018 - IEHJA Update
Written by by Patti Schooley
Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:30
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Highlights abound from a season that’s in full swing.

by Patti Schooley

The Willowbrook Saddle Series held Dec. 3, 2017 marked the start of the 2018 IEHJA horse show calendar. Held at the Willowbrook Equestrian Center in Desert Hot Springs, this was the third of an eight-show series that takes advantage of the beautiful weather during the winter, spring and fall months. In addition to the December date, shows were held on Jan. 7, Feb. 11 and Mar. 3. Future spring dates include May 20. Fall dates are set for Sept. 30 and an October date to be determined. The Saddle series is in its 26th year and is sanctioned by IEHJA, GSDHJA, OCHSA and USHJA Outreach. Class results and division champions can be found on but the following is a sampling of winners from each of the shows:

April 2018 - IEA Update
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:44
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Interscholastic Equestrian Association grows nationally & especially in the West.

Celebrating its 16th competition season, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), has again set a record for membership. This season (2017-2018), membership is nearly 14,000. While the highest concentration of members is east of the Mississippi; the Western states are experiencing a greater percentage of growth. A new membership category-Junior Contributing Member-also attracted many new IEA participants.

March 2018 - CDS Meeting & Symposium Report
Written by Anne Hempy
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:54
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Championship show change proposals & young horses in the spotlight in Sacramento.

by Anne Hempy • photos: Tamara with the Camera

The California Dressage Society Annual Meeting was held on Jan. 19-21 in Sacramento. The meeting began on Friday at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront with a meeting of the board members, and opened up to a larger audience on Saturday morning with representatives and members from all chapters in attendance.

February 2018 - CPHA & PCHA Awards Banquets
Written by photos by Tish Quirk
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:22
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photos by Tish Quirk

Hunter/jumper exhibitors traded in boots and britches for party clothes to celebrate 2017 accomplishments and contributions during awards banquets for the California Professional Horsemen’s Association and the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association. The gatherings took place in downtown San Diego, January 5-6. Tributes to the CPHA special award winners can be found at or in our January print issue.

Thank you to Tish Quirk for the photos!


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 - 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.

April 2018 - IEHJA Championship Awards Banquet
Written by by Patti Schooley
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:49
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Red Carpet awards event includes a day at the races at Santa Anita.

by Patti Schooley

The majestic San Gabriel Mountains provided the backdrop to the 2017 IEHJA Championship Awards Banquet held at Santa Anita Racetrack. This event, held Sunday, Feb. 18, included a spectacular awards presentation, a catered brunch and a day at the races. The banquet’s setting, located adjacent to the track’s finish line, offered up close race viewing. A dozen banquet tables accommodated IEHJA members, their families and friends. The awards tables ran the length of the banquet area and were layered with ribbons, jackets, trophies, silver cups, bridles, pads, picture frames and other prizes and forms of rider recognition.

March 2018 - IEHJA Update
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:03
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Many advantages of membership.

The mission of IEHJA is to sanction horse shows and events that promote safe, affordable and competitive venues for hunter, jumper and equitation riders, owners and trainers. To accomplish this mission IEHJA has a Board of Directors and various committees that review horse show venues prior to sanctioning shows, create annual horse show calendar, tracks member show points, has an awesome website with photos, a meet the trainers section, sponsor acknowledgement, membership lists, an upcoming events section and of course by-laws and organizational rules. Members receive e-mail reminders of upcoming shows, changes in dates, can pose questions and queries, send in photos and generally keep up to date with IEHJA.

February 2018 - IEHJA Update
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:32
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Meet Our Trainers - Part II

The Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association (IEHJA) 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 an IEHJA trainer near you.

February 2018 - USEF & USHJA Drug Rules Shocker
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:16
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Medications Issue Shocker: USEF & Farmer-Glefke Resolve Litigation

USEF has resolved the litigation with Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke for their alleged July 2016 GABA violation. USEF is voiding the proceeding from the outset and vacating all penalties and suspensions, thereby restoring Ms. Farmer and Mr. Glefke to active membership effective July 1, 2017. They are free to enjoy all privileges of membership including participation in competition.

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.

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