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September 2019 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:00
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August is vacation month for much of the world, but not for many West Coast-based equestrians. Through late July and August, our region’s riders contributed to great results at the Pan American Games and the North American Youth Championships. You’ll find reports on all those competitions in this issue, along with coverage of the many and diverse shows and events in California – from the Hansen Dam Summer Junction’s chance to dabble in different disciplines to Dancing King Farm’s celebration of the P.R.E. horse. Enjoy!

 
September 2019 - Mark Watring Stables
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:54
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Expert training and a happy, family atmosphere distinguish thriving hunter/jumper program.

by Kim F. Miller

As a coach and horseman, Mark Watring brings a remarkable breadth of experience to clients at his hunter/jumper training program in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley. His dossier is dotted with Olympics, Pan American Games and eight international championship medals, along with World Cup Finals and many other international competitions. And he’s far from done as a contender himself, giving his students an ever-fresh and relevant take on tackling riding, horsemanship and horse care questions in every form.

 
September 2019 - Hoof Insights
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:49
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Balance radiographs offer valuable views of issues impacting long-term hoof health.

The “no hoof no horse” adage is a hallmark of Mark Silverman’s, DVM, MS, life’s work. The San Diego-based sporthorse veterinarian has a passion for equine podiatry that keeps him at the forefront of ways to maintain hoof health and to capitalize on the hoof’s role in supporting overall horse health and performance.

 
September 2019 - Vitaly Important Signs
Written by by Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak Medical Director/Staff Veterinarian
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:44
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Taking and recording temperature, pulse & respiration rates is an important part of regular care.

by Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak Medical Director/Staff Veterinarian

Knowing how to measure your horse’s temperature (T), pulse (P) and respiration (R) is a basic barn skill every owner should have. Typical ranges for normal are: T = 99.5 – 100.5°, P = 28-42 beats per minute, and R = 8-12 breaths per minute, but you should figure out what is normal for your horse.
Let’s start with temperature.

 
September 2019 - Farriers’ Fix Hoof Oil & Equine Flavor Fix
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:38
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Two new products help horses.

Farriers’ Fix Hoof Oil was developed by a farrier to draw out soreness and toughen horses’ hooves. It is an all natural therapeutic product that is effective in treating many basic foot problems, including: sore feet, feet that are too hard and brittle, feet that are too soft, thrush, quarter cracks, laminitis and white line disease. In many cases, horses suffering from stone bruises or trimmed too short, are rideable the next day.

 

 
September 2019 - All In For EAP
Written by by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos © Alden Corrigan Media
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:29
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Parents value the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program as much as their participating kids.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos © Alden Corrigan Media

The Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session, held at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma from July 17-21, was a huge success on many fronts. Clinician Cynthia Hankins, Stable Manager Nanci Snyder, and USHJA Representative Amy Owen Center were the formidable team educating and supporting 19 eager young riders during 5 days of intensive training at Ned Glynn’s beautiful facility.

 
September 2019 - Pan Am Games: USA Eventing Gold
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:11
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Californian Tamie Smith is part of eventing team that scores gold & secures ticket to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The U.S. eventing team concluded competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games capturing the team gold medal and securing their qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next summer.. The team finished on a collective score of 91.2, producing four double clear efforts in the final phase. Brazil earned the second Olympic qualification slot and ended on a 122.1 to collect team silver. Canada finished in third place with an overall score of 183.7, for bronze.

 
September 2019 - Rebecca Farm Reflections
Written by article & photos by Alice Chan
Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:51
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First time visitor shares the lore and allure of unique eventing competition in Montana.

article & photos by Alice Chan

Coming from parched California to ride on the green field of dreams that is the Event at Rebecca Farm in Montana is an annual pilgrimage for many West Coast eventers, and a rite of passage for others.

Each year almost 600 horses and riders converge from across the country for four days of nail-biting competition. And the excitement is only increased by the fact that the North American Young Eventing Championships (NAYC) run in parallel.

 
September 2019 - How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Written by by Elisa Broz
Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:33
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California hunter/jumper student summers in France to ride with Alice Debany Clero.

by Elisa Broz

Elisa Broz is making a name for herself on the California circuit, but she jumped on a summer detour to train and compete in France. The accomplished student of Cassie Belmont’s training program in Watsonville was happy to share her unique summer story with California Riding Magazine.

 
September 2019 - North American Youth Championships
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:45
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Local jumping and dressage pairs make their cross-country trips to international championships worthwhile.

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It all came down to the last round, but the Canadian team clinched victory in the USHJA North American Young Rider Show Jumping Team Championship at the Adequan® FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY on August 2.  The Championships were held July 30-August 4 and included both dressage and jumping. (The eventing counterpart was staged during The Event at Rebecca Farm in late July. See story, this issue.)

 
September 2019 - The Gallop: A Change of Reign
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:58
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Thermal & Arizona show circuits, and Thermal venue, in new ownership group’s hands.

by Kim F. Miller

Talk of the HITS Desert Circuit hunter/jumper series being sold has been circulating for a few years. It happened in early August when the newly-formed Apex Equisport announced its purchase of HITS’ hunter/jumper competition series: the two-week Sunshine Series and eight-week Desert circuits in the Palm Spring area’s Thermal, and the six-week series in Tucson, AZ. The purchase includes the 3,000-stall competition facility in Thermal, all from Tom Struzzieri, founder and CEO of Horse Shows In the Sun, which is based in Saugerties, NY. The Thermal venue will now be called the Desert International Horse Park.

 

 
September 2019 - Feet In The Heat
Written by by Dr. Eleanor Kellon
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:51
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Sound nutrition is key to healthy hooves in hot, dry weather.

by Dr. Eleanor Kellon

Healthy hooves can withstand hot, dry weather without cracking.  Throughout history, horses have been able to perform and thrive in very hot, even desert, environments. Breeds such as the Arabian, Akhal-Teke and predecessors like Turkoman and Byerly Turk are among the many desert-adapted breeds.

 
September 2019 - HoofSearch
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:47
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Subscription service delivers direct, efficient connection to newly-published hoof and lameness research.

“Is there a new study on mismatched feet in Warmbloods?”

“What does the very latest research on support limb laminitis say?”

“Didn’t I hear that someone just published a new hoof wall biopsy technique? I went online, but I couldn’t find it…”

 

 
September 2019 - SafeSport
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:43
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Participation ban for industry legend George Morris intensifies an ongoing debate about the best means for protecting all equestrians.

“Safe Sport” discussions in the equestrian world reached a new level of intensity on Aug. 5 when the U.S. Center for SafeSport announced a permanent ban on participation to industry legend, George Morris, 81. The ban resulted from an investigation of allegations of “sexual misconduct involving a minor” between 1968 and 1972. The same day, Morris issued an email in which he contested the findings and stated that he would dispute them in an appeal process.

 
September 2019 - Lauren Billys & Purdy: On Track for Tokyo
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:34
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Respiratory recovery & a reserve finish at Rebecca Farms CCI4*-L set stage for an Olympic return.

by Kim F. Miller

Rio Olympic eventer Lauren Billys had trouble containing her emotions en route to a clear finish over the rigorous CCI4*-L cross-country track at the July 26-28 Rebecca Farm competition in Montana. Her partner of six years, Castle Larchfield Purdy, felt literally better than ever and they were leading the three-phase meet after a lovely dressage test.

 
September 2019 - “It Is Possible!”
Written by by US Equestrian Communications Department • Photos: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:16
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Sarah Lockman and First Apple remain undefeated at Lima 2019 Pan American Games to take individual gold in dressage.

by US Equestrian Communications Department • Photos: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian

Sarah Lockman and First Apple performed a stunning Intermediate I Freestyle to capture individual gold, concluding dressage competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The duo recorded a personal high score of 78.890 percent in only their second international Freestyle together. Tina Irwin of Canada and her mount Laurencio took silver after receiving a 77.780 percent, while the U.S.’s Jennifer Baumert (Wellington, FL) and Handsome secured bronze with a score of 75.775 percent.

 
September 2019 - Pan Am Jumping
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:59
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Team & individual bronze for U.S. and great championships experiences for the future.

The U.S. jumping team brought home the bronze medal on Wednesday, August 7, at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the team of Lucy Deslauriers, Alex Granato, Eve Jobs, and Beezie Madden put in solid performances with three members contesting their first championship competition.

 

 
September 2019 - Feedlot to Show Ring
Written by by Hailey Esses
Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:42
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Rescued pony is not just a number anymore.

by Hailey Esses

Cup of Tea, also known as “Ravioli,” has gone from only a number, 9432, to a superstar. He was an auction pony from the North Texas Feedlot, but he is now is a champion show pony.

 
September 2019 - Menlo Charity Highlights
Written by photos by Alden Corrigan Media
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:52
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Heritage show benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is another big hit at the Menlo Circus Club.

photos by Alden Corrigan Media

The 49th Menlo Charity Horse Show came to a close as over 200 volunteers were carefully packing up and storing everything from table cloths to jumps, while at the same time planning for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration next year.

The gorgeous Northern California weather made for a spectacular week of three-ring competition across the country club setting at the Menlo Circus Club.

 
September 2019 - Keep Calm & Canter On
Written by by Amelia Enzminger
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:42
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The in’s and out’s of NAYC through the lens of a junior competitor.

by Amelia Enzminger

For junior and young riders across the continent, qualifying for the North American Youth Championships is among one of the greatest accomplishments in our careers thus far. Riders battling for a spot on the Zone 10 team know all too well the excitement of traveling from show to show, gathering as many points as possible in the Junior and Young Rider Selection Trials. Showing throughout the California coast all for the chance to fly our horses across the country to compete for a spot on the podium.

 
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