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November 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:31
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Volunteers are the lifeblood of many aspects of the competitive equestrian scene. It was great to see them starting young at the Woodside International Horse Trials in early October.

November 2019 - Big Horse Feed and Mercantile
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:25
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Holiday season showcases the best reasons to shop for treasures at a locally-owned Southern California retail treasure.

“More than just a feed store” is Big Horse Tack and Mercantile’s slogan. The understatement has been the Temecula equestrian treasure’s motto for most of its 21-year existence and it’s truer than ever going into the holiday season.

November 2019 - Forward Seats
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:16
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New and/or unusual saddles strive to combine comfort and performance for horse and rider.

by Kim F. Miller

Hunter/jumper trainer Mark Farndale has a frontlines perspective on the evolution of saddle design. “When I started, everybody had one saddle and we rode every horse in the same saddle,” says the 60-year-old. “Over the years, it became evident that, ‘Hey, the horse’s back mattered!’ And there was the recognition that Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods had such different shapes. Some of the things we took for naughty horses back then were just horses in pain.”

November 2019 - Draw Reins
Written by by Scott Lico • photos: Adrienne Gendot
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:56
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Used correctly, a great tool for encouraging the horse into the correct position.

by Scott Lico • photos: Adrienne Gendot

There is much debate as to whether draw reins are a useful piece of training equipment for horse and rider or a gadget that should be outlawed. Like most training devices, when used incorrectly, much damage can be made to the horse’s training and overall soundness.

November 2019 - New Breed of Horse Retirement
Written by by Christyn Hendrick
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:45
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Assurance of compassionate, individualized care eases transition to retirement – for the horse and its owner.

by Christyn Hendrick

The time comes in every horse’s life when it’s time to hang up their shoes and enjoy a well-earned retirement.  As owners, it’s our job to do the legwork and research to find the perfect retirement farm that will love and care for our horses in the same way that we do.

November 2019 - Wish Fulfilled!
Written by photos: courtesy of Lindsey Long, West Palms Event Management
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:35
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Lifelong dream realized thanks to generous Northern California equestrian community.

photos: courtesy of Lindsey Long, West Palms Event Management

The Sacramento International Horse Show and the Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada Chapter of Make-A-Wish® made a young lady’s wish come true during the competition held Oct. 4 at the Murieta Equestrian Center. The Friday before the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento qualifier, Emily was surprised by the California Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team with her very own American Quarter Horse, Maidu.

November 2019 - Laminitis: A Year-Round Concern
Written by by Becky James, BSc, MSc
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:25
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Debilitating lameness affects 1 in 10 horses.

by Becky James, BSc, MSc

Despite a long-standing belief that laminitis is a spring-time disease, a recent study identified that there is no “safe” season: laminitis remains a threat regardless of the time of year. The same study also revealed that 1 in 10 horses/ponies develop laminitis every year.

November 2019 - NorCal Stars
Written by by Lindsey Long for West Palm Events • photos: JXB Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:02
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Morgan Geller, Elisa Broz, Eva Nybo & Carmen Gonzalez are champs of the NorCal Hunter Jumper Assn. medal finals.

by Lindsey Long for West Palm Events • photos: JXB Photography

Welcome Week of the Sacramento International hosted the NorCal Senior Medal Final, the NorCal Junior Medal Final, the NorCal 3’ Medal Final, and last but not least, the NorCal Pony Medal Final.

November 2019 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:48
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Carol Dean-Porter

Much admired hunter/jumper trainer, Grand Prix rider and industry advocate Carol Dean-Porter passed away at her home on Oct. 21. She was surrounded by her husband Dan and family members. Throughout her illness, an outpouring of affection from the equestrian community reflected the many lives – humans and horses – that she touched.

November 2019 - Bond & Donatello Bag a World Cup Win
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:40
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Karl Cook maintains big lead with another top-five finish as the league moves onto Thermal and Las Vegas this month.

photos: Tina Fitch

Heading into a five-horse jump-off, Ashlee Bond (ISR) didn’t get to watch the riders ahead of her before entering the ring aboard 8-year-old Donatello.

“My mentality these days is just to go do what I feel is right for me and my horse in the moment,” she said. “Tonight, I just felt a little bit more confident.”

November 2019 - The Gallop: Ante Up!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:29
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Split Rock Jumping Tour debuts ground-breaking $1.5 million Grand Prix in Rancho Santa Fe in April 2020.

The Split Rock Jumping Tour will host a new concept in show jumping as part of its 2020 national tour. The $1.5 Million “Ante Up” Grand Prix will debut April 7 at Pomponio Ranch in San Diego County’s Rancho Santa Fe.

November 2019 - Holiday Gift Guide
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:22
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Get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Braid Bag & Coin Pouch

Handcrafted from buttery-soft genuine leather, Frankie Cameron’s Braid Bag is a go-to for wherever life takes you. Removable washable liners guarantee that no matter what life throws at you, a clean bag is just a wash away. The liner has an interior zip pocket and two reach-in pockets. As a chic tote or a clandestinely elegant diaper bag, the Braid Bag is a trusted sidekick through all life’s journeys from school, work, travel, baby, barn and beyond!

November 2019 - Leather-Covered Bits
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:12
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A hand-made tradition is modernized for more comfortable communication.

Leather-covered bits have been few and far between in the American equestrian market, but the idea is not entirely new. Horsemen on the racetrack have employed them over the years, taking their snaffles to a saddle maker to be covered with leather. What is new is the affordability and availability of a wide range of leather-covered bits resulting from design leader Metalab’s new Evolution Collection.

November 2019 - Saddle Fit and Tack
Written by by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE • ©2019 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:50
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The “other” stuff you need to ride!

by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE • ©2019 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

I don’t want to get into what helmet, gloves, or breeches to choose; this article deals with the other components you need that ‘dress’ the horse. It is surprising to a lot of riders how the accessories which we use with our saddles can really affect the way that our equipment as a whole works. From pads to stirrup irons to stirrup leathers to girths, these accessories can affect not only the feel of your saddle but the actual way that the saddle fits the horse. When a saddle is fitting your horse properly, pads, croupers, and breast collars should become unnecessary. The correct accessories for you and your horse have to be considered along with the correct saddle for both of you.

November 2019 - Horse People: Skylar Wireman
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:37
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“Yes!” is always this young horsewoman’s answer to more riding opportunities.

by Kim F. Miller

As a parent, nothing compares to having a child’s character praised by others. As the ribbons and trophies rack up in the Wireman household from 14-year-old Skylar’s hunter, jumper and equestrian accomplishments, such compliments outpace them.

November 2019 - LEGIS League Finalists Celebrate
Written by photos: Kristin Lee Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:30
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LEGIS League Hosts its Hunter/Jumper Finals at Hansen Dam Horse Park.

photos: Kristin Lee Photography

LEGIS League members came from all over California to compete at the 2019 LEGIS League Finals at the Verdugo Hills Fall Festival,(Oct. 3-6) hosted at Hansen Dam Horse Park. The LEGIS League, proudly sponsored by, awards ribbons and special prizes to the champion, reserve champion, and top ten riders in each category.

LEGIS League Finals welcomed hunter, jumper, equitation, and medal riders. Medal Final champions earned special winner packages, including vacation getaways, a white-water rafting trip, and a grant to ride in a clinic.

November 2019 - Show Report: Woodside International Horse Trials
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:07
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Bouscaren, Smith-Cook and Braitling top International divisions.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Ebay had a nice pre-wedding gift for his owner Helen Bouscaren. It took the form of what the bride-to-be described as a “very brave” run over Ian Stark’s CCI4*-S course at the Woodside International Horse Trials, held Oct. 4-6 at The Horse Park at Woodside.

November 2019 - Rising To The Challenge
Written by by Emily Randolph/Jump Media • photos by Jump Media and Shawn McMillen Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:56
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Californians make their presence known at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.

by Emily Randolph/Jump Media • photos by Jump Media and Shawn McMillen Photography

At this year’s Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, three of the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Challenge class winners, the Adult Amateur Equitation Championships winner, and the Grand Pony, Grand Junior, and Large Junior Hunter 3’6” Champions, as well as other top finishers, all had at least one thing in common: they all call California home.

November 2019 - Emma Reichow Wins Big For the West
Written by photos: Al Cook Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:45
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Harley and Olivia Brown student finishes her junior year with victory in the 2019 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championships.

photos: Al Cook Photography

A quiet intensity came over the New Holland Arena as Emma Catherine Reichow and Forever Alve entered the ring in the final phase of the 2019 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championships at the 74th Pennsylvania National Horse Show. After a perfect final round, Reichow can now add 2019 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Champion to her résumé. Reichow trains with Harley and Olivia Brown.

November 2019 - Fresno Sees Future Stars
Written by article and photos by Jessica Duffy for the US Eventing Association
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:33
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Young Event Horse champions designated for bright futures during West Coast Championships.

article and photos by Jessica Duffy for the US Eventing Association

After seeing 63 horses in the 2019 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships at Fair Hill in Elkton, MD earlier in October, there were just 11 horses to see between the 4- and 5-year-old divisions at the YEH West Coast Championships at the Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, Oct. 19-20. While there were fewer entries, they packed a mighty punch, impressing judges Chris Ryan and Sally Ike with the quality of the horses presented.

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