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January 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:36
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editors notes

We are thrilled to kick off the New Year with this 100-page issue packed with educational, inspirational and newsworthy content. Thanks to all the individuals who lent their time as article sources and contributed thoughtful pieces.

For the fifth consecutive year, we are honored to produce personal tributes to the recipients of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association’s Special Awards. Each of their stories reflect the very best of the West Coast equestrian world that California Riding Magazine has been reporting on for 33 years.

 
January 2019 - Van Vleck Sporthorses
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:24
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cover story

Joy of the process drives top hunter/jumper team.

by Kim F. Miller

The Van Vleck name is as recognizable as the broad-brimmed sun visor Kelly Van Vleck wears everywhere on the hunter/jumper A circuit, except at awards banquets. The double Vs have graced many year-end honors since the Sacramento-area native turned professional in 1993. But, to Kelly, Van Vleck is more brand than name and more reflective of her entire team than of any one individual, especially herself.

 
January 2019 - Golden Opportunity with Katie Prudent
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:04
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news & features

Star show jumper headlines USHJA Gold Star clinic January 17-20.

Living legend show jumper Katie Prudent is the featured clinician for the California leg of the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s second Gold Star clinic. Part of the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Pathway, the clinic is set for Jan. 17-20 at the HITS Thermal venue. Riders earn spots through Zone Jumper Championships and a few wild card options, and auditing is free, open to all and highly recommended.

 
January 2019 - CPHA Wrap-Up
Written by by Jeni Brown, president
Friday, 28 December 2018 03:44
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cpha spotlight

Growth, good work & good times.

by Jeni Brown, president

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association had a great year in 2018.  We so appreciate the support of all our members and sponsors who helped to make it so special.

 

 
January 2019 - Breeding After Colic
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 03:40
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breeders

Study finds positive odds for pregnancy after abdominal surgery.

Colic can strike at any time in any horse, but certain types of colic occur more frequently in particular breeds or horses used for specific purposes. Broodmares, for example, tend to suffer colic due to large colon volvulus—a full twist of the large intestine that completely cuts off the flow of ingesta, as well as the stream of blood, to that region of the gastrointestinal tract.

 
January 2019 - Fire Aftermath
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:21
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health & horsemanship

Prevent your horse’s health from going up in smoke.

by Nan Meek

The damage done by last fall’s Camp and Woolsey fires is well known in terms of lives and property lost. Less known is the effect of smoke that lingered in the air for weeks afterward. During and after the Camp fire in Paradise, hazardous air quality hovered hundreds of miles away in San Francisco where the air quality index was worse than the notoriously smoggy cities of India and China. Smoke spread far over the ocean, and across vast swaths of California farmland and urban areas alike.

 
January 2019 - Tred Carefully
Written by by Tab Pigg, Certified Journeyman Farrier, Vettec, Inc.
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:14
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health & horsemanship

Making the switch from shod to barefoot.

by Tab Pigg, Certified Journeyman Farrier, Vettec, Inc.

The long debate of shod versus barefoot has yet to rein in for horse owners and hoof care professionals alike. However, proponents of either side can agree that the transition from shod to barefoot requires extra steps and precaution.

 
January 2019 - Eventing
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 00:10
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state of the sport

Many-hat wearing Robert Kellerhouse on international, national & regional outlook.

Like the rest of life, eventing is constantly in a state of transition, notes Robert Kellerhouse. As California’s most prominent eventing competition organizer, a longtime volunteer in sport leadership and facilities manager at the ever-evolving Galway Downs venue in Temecula, he has a broad perspective on the state of eventing.

 
January 2019 - Hunter/Jumper
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 00:05
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state of the sport

Escalating costs put premium on finding the  right business niche for Kelly Maddox Training.

Complaints about the cost of the sport are a year-round conversation and the topic is especially well-trod during year-end convention season. Kelly Maddox laments the loss of affordability as much as her contemporaries. She’s also doing something about it at her multi-level Kelly Maddox Training in the East Bay Area’s Castro Valley.

 
January 2019 - Leaning Toward Limitless
Written by by Amelia Enzminger
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:48
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news & features

Educational opportunities are as important as saddle time on the road to show jumping dreams.

by Amelia Enzminger

Horses have always been a part of my life, whether mucking a stall or feeling the rush of the show ring, this sport has shown me the importance of holding onto the childlike excitement that struck me the first time I climbed into the saddle. As a first generation show jumper starting around the age of 10, my riding journey didn’t begin with trainer parents or posting the trot before

 
January 2019 - The Gallop: The Equine Platform
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:33
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gallop

New horse selling/buying endeavor brings outside tech into the equestrian arena.

by Kim F. Miller

It didn’t take long for rising Grand Prix jumping star Mavis Spencer to sign on with start-up company The Equine Platform. She didn’t know much about the thriving luxury car marketing companies Donny Gath operates, but she recognized the equestrian world applications of his expertise early in his call to recruit her to the new company.

 
January 2019 - The 2018 NorCal Clinic with Mandy Porter
Written by by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:12
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health & horsemanship

A report from the sidelines.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos by Kim F. Miller

Forty eight lucky riders were treated to the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association’s clinic with superstar grand prix rider and trainer Mandy Porter. The clinic, which was really two clinics spanning over two days each, was hosted by Leone Equestrians in Sacramento from November 29-December 2, 2018. An annual NorCal tradition, the free-to-members clinic had almost 100 applicants for the coveted spots.  

 
January 2019 - Tribute Time
Written by produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony
Friday, 28 December 2018 03:46
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cpha spotlight

Close friends go beyond the winners circle to shed light on the recipients of the CPHA’s Special Awards.

produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

For the fifth consecutive year, California Riding Magazine is privileged to produce these tributes to the recipients of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association’s special year-end awards. Thanks to the trainers, friends and family members who give us a glimpse into the personalities and characters of these accomplished horse people and horses. The recipients will be honored at the CPHA banquet, Friday Jan. 4 in San Diego, during the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association meeting weekend.

 

 

 
January 2019 - Predicting Foaling Time
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 03:41
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breeders

New science provides help during this tricky time.

Many broodmare owners like to attend foal births to ensure the proceedings unfold smoothly and the foal stands, nurses and consumes sufficient colostrum. Most owners, however, don’t have time to hover over late-pregnant mares 24/7, which makes any way to predict foaling highly coveted.

 

 
January 2019 - Serotonin May Improve Stallion Fertility
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 03:37
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breeders

Good results in humans may also apply to horses.

Horses remain resistant to certain assisted reproductive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization, that help preserve desirable genetic traits and minimize economic losses associated with reproductive failure.

 
January 2019 - Academy of Animal Sport Science
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:18
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health & horsemanship

Newly launched educational endeavor helps professionals master & keep pace with a rapidly evolving field of cutting-edge horse care.

by Kim F. Miller

Three well-known figures in horse health and owner education have realized a dream three years in development with the launch this month of the Academy of Animal Sport Science.

 

 
January 2019 - Janet Reed’s Natural Horse Feeders
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:10
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health & horsemanship

High praise for feeders that require a low head position.

Dressage trainer Janet Reed is always looking out for her horses. Compassion for equines drives her in her training business and is what drove her to build a better feeder.

Too many horses eat with their heads up high and Janet knows that a horse’s head reaching towards the ground is the best way for a horse to eat. It’s the natural grazing position that makes the horse a happy creature.

 

 
January 2019 - Dressage
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 00:07
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state of the sport

USDF Region 7 director Carol Tice on the status of sport participation & educational programs.

by Kim F. Miller

Membership size is the basic barometer of the health of USDF Region 7, which encompasses California, Hawaii and Nevada. Numbers are not near their peak of about 5,000 before the 2008 recession but they are staying stable at around 3,400. Growth would be great, of course, but stability is good, too, says Carol Tice, veteran sport leader, volunteer and current USDF Region 7 director.

 

 
January 2019 - A Horse Owner’s Day at the AAEP
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:51
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news & features

The American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention was meant for vets, but had a lot to offer a layperson.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

We greatly enjoyed being among the 5,100 plus to attend the 2018 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in San Francisco in early December. I am not an equine practitioner and could only spend one day there, but as a proactive horseman it was a day well spent and much enjoyed.

 
January 2019 - Parent’s Perspective
Written by by Alice Chan
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:44
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news & features

Putting teens on horses is the best RX for surviving the high school years.

by Alice Chan

I’ve heard it said that parenting toddlers and parenting teens is not so different. Each age group is struggling for its independence. Each wants you, but needs to push you away for their own development. Each has a hard time regulating their emotions. And they are deep in their experimenting phases.

 

 
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