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May 2019 - The Gallop: The Horse Park at Woodside
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:17
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Nearing 40, the non-profit venue looks & functions fabulously for a range of equestrian pursuits & pleasures.

by Kim F. Miller

It was just your average Saturday at The Horse Park at Woodside in mid-April. Dressage and hunter/jumper schooling shows were underway, the Mid-Cal Pony Club Region was in rally mode and a Woodside Vaulter held an exalted pose atop a handsome steed in one of two rings footed specifically for that discipline.

May 2019 - Everyday Footing
Written by by Premier Equestrian
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:09
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You can’t always get what you want …but sometimes, you’ll get what you need.

by Premier Equestrian

So last week you competed at a facility with a surface that was perfect for every ride… and there were hundreds of them. A rainstorm even came through and the arena drained quickly and was back in use faster than you expected. Now you’re thinking this is the perfect surface for your arena at home. However, some equestrian professionals and veterinarians agree that the footing at your last horse show is not necessarily what you need at home. Horse show surfaces are designed with very specific goals in mind. These objectives are different than those you may have for your own arena.

May 2019 - Beneath The Hunt Coat
Written by by Aimee LaFayette
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:56
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Four young equestrians share their experience excelling in and out of the ring with Type 1 diabetes.

by Aimee LaFayette

Charitable giving is at the heart of Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby, set for June 21-23 in the Reno area’s beautiful Washoe Valley. All profits from this exceptional equestrian event and social occasion are earmarked to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. JDRF tirelessly pursues better treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications through critical research.

May 2019 - Show Horses Jump for Joy!
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:45
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Specially formulated versions of original shine and health supplements keep competitors clear of drug testing rules.

Cheval International, the creators of Color Enriching horse supplements such as Black-As-Knight, Gold-As-Sun, Red-D-Vinity, and White-As-Snow, makes all Cheval products in a non-testing Show Horse Formula.

May 2019 - Prepare To Promote
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 03:09
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We can all help promote & preserve the equestrian lifestyle by helping newcomers find the best local riding programs.

by Kim F. Miller

Welcome to our fifth year of celebrating programs that introduce people to horses. They are the lifeblood of every level of the equestrian lifestyle and critical to preserving it. Most reading this don’t need a beginning riding program themselves, but we want to inspire all horse owners and enthusiasts to educate themselves on good beginner programs to recommend to those who ask.

May 2019 - From The Beginning
Written by by EqSol for Blenheim EquiSports
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 03:00
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Family footsteps led three top hunter/jumper professionals into the horse world.

by EqSol for Blenheim EquiSports

In this annual celebration of beginning riding programs, we were curious about how some of today’s top riders found their way to the sport. Hunter/jumper riders and trainers, Lindsay Archer, Joie Gatlin and Olympian Lucy Davis, were lucky to have family members and friends immersed in some aspect of the horse world that triggered their interest and fueled their passion. They all rode in lesson programs before journeying to the show ring. The importance of high-quality and affordable entry level programs is key!

May 2019 - Shop Confidently
Written by article reprinted courtesy of Saratoga Stalls
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:46
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Six essential tips on buying horse property.

article reprinted courtesy of Saratoga Stalls

If you love horses like I do and have been thinking about upgrading from the boarding stables or buying a few of these gorgeous animals, the first thing you should do is check out some equestrian real estate.  Here are some tips on buying horse property.

May 2019 - IEHJA Winter Show Roundup
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:29
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association news

IEHJA Riders shine despite a rainy start to the show season.

by Patti Schooley

Southern Californians are so lucky, our show season can start in December and run for a full 12 months! The IEHJA season starts out in December with the Willowbrook Riding School Saddle Series in Desert Hot Springs.

May 2019 - Dressage News & Views - Dressage Technology
Written by by Nan Meek
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 01:01
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dressage news

Distance learning has a valuable place in our sport.

by Nan Meek

Dressage principles stretch back in time to Xenophon, the Greek general and student of Socrates who wrote the first surviving manual of horsemanship, The Art of Horsemanship. With the assistance of technology, the study of dressage can now stretch across space and time … or at least, across geography and time zones.

May 2019 - Thoroughbred Makeover: Weekend Adventures
Written by by Kaitlyn Zaleski
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:40
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Getting out & about with Hula brings big benefits.

by Kaitlyn Zaleski

After several months of what has felt like a “three steps forward, two steps backward” dynamic, it’s finally starting to feel like we are making consistent progress with Hula. She has become so sweet to be around and easy to handle. When it comes to riding, we are starting to be able to build on previous rides each time rather than feeling like we have to start from scratch every time we sit on her back. I attribute most of this “slow” progress to her age and immaturity, and less so to the fact that she was a racehorse.  Ultimately, it’s a combination of both.

May 2019 - Western States Horse Expo
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:14
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New venue, Equus Masters & rare breeds are among many highlights for May 9-12 event.

The Western States Horse Expo is “movin’ on up!”

After 20 years at a state-owned facility, the 2019 Expo, Thursday – Sunday, May 9-12, is shedding its old digs and moving “down trail” to the country. As one exhibitor said, “The best exposition in the United States is moving to the largest equestrian facility in California.”

May 2019 - Cabaline Country Emporium
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 05:05
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Adventures begin at this historic Pt. Reyes store.

Explore a bit of West Marin history--and find something wonderful to take home with you. The historical Cabaline building has been standing since the turn of the 20th Century. Over the years we have been visited by people who remembered when it was being built, people who remembered sitting around the wood stove in back when it was the general store, and people who performed in plays when it was the community center, but it’s been the Cabaline Country Emporium for the last 40 years.

May 2019 - Finish Line® Horse Products
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:47
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Trusted brand trots out a new fast-acting muscle builder at Western States Horse Expo this month.

Those who answer the phones fulfilling Finish Line’s long-standing offer to refund the purchase price of products customers are not happy with – for any reason – are not kept very busy by that task. Unlike the Maytag repairman of yesteryear ad campaigns, however, they’re neither lonely nor bored. These real people – not automated voices – keep plenty busy answering customers’ questions about product use and distributor requests for more of Finish Line’s 43 horse care, health and performance products.

May 2019 - Prevention vs. Repair
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:43
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Preventing problems is much easier than fixing them.

The teamwork of tendons, cartilage, bone, soft tissue, and joint fluid are essential for proper joint function. A flaw with any of these working parts can create discomfort in the joint and predispose the joint to further damage.

May 2019 - Attracting & Retaining New Riders
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 03:05
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A quick poll of top riding schools spurred these suggestions for attracting and retaining new students.

Scouts & Parties

Birthday parties and Girl Scout events hosted by the Spring Down Equestrian Center in the Bay Area’s Portola Valley on weekends are a big hit. Owner Carol Goodstein gives unmounted safety clinics on holidays like this month’s Memorial Day, and a twice-a-year clinic visit from top hunter/jumper coach Nick Karazissis is a great way to help all the program’s riders work toward new goals.

May 2019 - Adding Market Appeal & Extending Life
Written by by Emily Watts ~ reprinted with permission from
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:56
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Ten ideas for improving your horse property.

by Emily Watts ~ reprinted with permission from

Keeping your own horse property does not look that difficult at first sight. However, great responsibility comes with it, and like anything in this life, it needs to be updated. By improving horse property conditions regularly, you add years to its life. Moreover, you may also reduce the cost of maintaining your horse farm by performing regular upkeep and practicing the fundamentals of prevention. For sure, maintaining a horse property requires you to invest both the time and money. If time is an issue, you can always hire somebody to help you.

May 2019 - Twin Time
Written by photos: Sherry Stewart
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:31
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Twin Rivers Spring International Event draws huge turn-out while Tamie Smith & Meg Pellegrini continue winning ways.

photos: Sherry Stewart

The West Coast eventing season is underway big time with international events at Galway Downs in Temecula and Twin Rivers in Paso Robles happening within two weeks of each other. Great turn-outs from throughout the region and beyond distinguished both events.

May 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 01:05
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After a recent work-out, my swim coach validated my enthusiasm for this issue’s annual celebration of riding programs and events that open the horse world to new people. She was fresh from a Saturday afternoon watching Grand Prix jumping at a Blenheim EquiSports show in San Juan Capistrano.  “The jumps were so big,” she said with wide eyes and a big smile. “The horses were so big! And we got to pet about 10 of them!”

May 2019 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:47
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Flying Changes welcomes your submissions. Please tell us about what’s happening in your life and/or at your barn: births, deaths, engagements, job changes, new hires, marriages, new management and barn moves. Send your reports to Kim F. Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos welcome!


May 2019 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:35
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High Fever: Installment #11

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Before the first break, Roxy and Ann had gotten eight horses to the track. Each horse trained smoothly and the girls laughed and joked like 12 year old girls riding at summer camp. The barn was running like a well-oiled machine. They were in the office planning the next sets when Jude Keenan stormed in. He refused to acknowledge Roxy’s presence and directed his comments but not his gaze to Ann while opening and closing the drawers on his desk, banging around as if to look for something.

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