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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 - 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.

July 2017 - LAHJA Update
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 July 2017 17:10
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More Perks in the Horsemastership Scholarship Program

Every year, the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association awards $5,000 in college scholarships to the three competitors with the highest overall score across the three phases  of its Horsemastership Scholarship Program. It consists of a written test, a hands-on stable management test, and a riding test. This competition is open to all junior members of LAHJA. Junior members of LAHJA who are interested in the Horsemastership Scholarship Program should sign up now and start studying—the written test must be completed by September 1.

July 2017 - Powerful Partnership
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 July 2017 16:54
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California Riding Magazine becomes the official publication of the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association.

California Riding Magazine and the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association (IEHJA) announce a joint promotional program by establishing Riding as IEHJA’s official publication. This program, commencing July 2017, provides benefits for both participants. Riding magazine will provide a forum for publishing IEHJA’s end of year horse show, association activities, monthly show reports, member features, trainer highlights and annual awards banquet to name a few topics. IEHJA members and trainers will receive a special advertising rate through this joint venture and all members receive a complementary subscription to the magazine, which has a distribution of 20,000 plus.

June 2017 - Californians Shine at IHSA Nationals
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:10
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West Coast Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association teams brought rays of California sunshine to the 50th anniversary party that was the National Hunt Seat Championships May 4-7. The venue was the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY and our riders made the cross-country trip worthwhile with good ribbons, rides and sportsmanship.


June 2017 - Youth Spotlight: IEHJA Stars
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:02
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Teamwork, getting back on and having fun are common denominators for Inland Empire members.

The Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association is a relatively new organization of dedicated riders and trainers who ride and compete around Southern California. Its next sanctioned competition is the Signature Show Series at Galway Downs June 24-25. For more information, visit

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.

August 2017- IEHJA Show Updates
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:53
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May & June competitions in Redlands & Temecula kick off a fun summer.

Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association (IEHJA) members successfully participated in two sanctioned shows during the months of May and June 2017. The venues included the May 21st Showcase Horse Show Series in Redlands and the June 10-11 Galway Downs County Series located in beautiful Temecula.  IEHJA riders proved to be competitive in many Divisions with a big showing in the cross-rail classes at both shows. Read more about the individual shows and rider accomplishments:

July 2017 - CDS Report
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 July 2017 16:58
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Time to RAAC in August!

The California Dressage Society is still creating and initiating new programs as well as carefully maintaining the standards of the founders. One of the most popular proposals from Peggy Klump was for the Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC).

June 2017 - SAHJA Medal Finals
Written by Stacy Garland
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:14
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left to right Josie Perez, Grace Cotter and Emilie Bell.

Emily, Ashley & Emilie take top honors.

report by Stacy Garland • photos by Clarke Miller

The Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association’s 2017 Medal Finals took place on April 30 at Leone Equestrians, located in Sacramento, with over 60 riders participating.

Medal finalists each received a classic patterned C4 belt sponsored by Leone Equestrians and Tack Warehouse. In each division, champions took home a director’s chair and $100 gift certificate; reserve champion, an engraved brush box; and third place, an equine backpack. The always fun and festive draw party took place on Saturday night with pizza and drinks provided by Leone Equestrians, in addition to complimentary wine tasting from Shadow Ranch Winery and a special dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes Folsom, sponsored by Blackhound Equestrian and Stardust Pony Dreams. Throughout the weekend, riders participated in a fun photo booth challenge and the SAHJA raffle. Additional sponsors of the SAHJA Medal Finals included Oakland Tennis Club, Delphy Construction Company, Elegant Events and

June 2017 - IEA National Finals
Written by Alex Bischoff
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:07
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Ribbons are only part of the fun at high school/middle school championship.

by Alex Bischoff

The minute you step through the doors, you find the bright lights streaming down onto the immense indoor arena. Directly in front of you are large collages of pictures of IEA riders and shows since the beginning of IEA in 2002. If you turn to your right, you see the draw table stacked with color-changing cups, one of which holds the name of your partner. If you turn to your left you find a gift shop, food and vendors. The further you walk down, the more sponsors, colleges and vendors you find.

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