December 2019 - What's Happening
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Sunday, 01 December 2019 07:49
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No Shows
Dec. 1 & Jan. 4 in Orange County’s San Juan Capistrano

These are popular opportunities to get show experience at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park venue without the related show fees. Instead, at $30 per round, riders and horses gain experience over “A” show caliber jumps and courses, including an option with the open water jump. Set in two rings, courses range in fence height from .70M to 1.4M, and rounds are unlimited. Show stalls are available to rent for the Saturday night before each show.

Clients of Apollo Equine Transport and Horseflight participate in the No Show for no cost.

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Ladies Night at Big Horse Feed
Dec. 3 in Riverside County’s Temecula

It’s Ladies Only after-hours shopping at Big Horse Feed and Mercantile in Temecula on Tuesday, Dec. 2. From 6-8 p.m. this Southern California one-stop shop for all things equestrian welcomes women to enjoy store-wide discounts on everything from horse care supplies and equipment to jewelry and apparel, for riding, everyday wear or a night on the town. It’s also a perfect time to identify wish-list items for Big Horse’s popular gift registry.

For more information, visit www.bighorsefeed.com.

Straightening the Crooked Horse
Dec. 5-9 in Los Angeles County’s Agoura Hills

Renowned author and trainer Klaus Schoneich and Gabrielle Rachen-Schoneich have taught their holistic training system at their Center for Anatomically Correct Horsemanship in Germany for over 30 years. They’ve trained top FEI Grand Prix dressage horses and Olympic FEI dressage riders and rehabilitated thousands of incorrectly moving horses.

The Schoneichs’ method teaches the horse to carry itself freely with a swinging back, resolving 90-95% of motion-related problems. Their system is described as the “missing link” when preparing horses for performance, whether they are Olympic hopefuls, “problem” steeds or everyday riding partners.

The clinic will take place at Lion Heart Ranch. For more information, visit www.lionheartranch.com.

Holiday Fun Schooling Show
Dec. 7-8 in Alameda County’s Pleasanton

Alameda County Equestrian hosts this day of dressage practice, with the added attraction of a holiday boutique and crafts. Divisions include dressage, hunters, equitation and jumpers in front of dressage judge, USDF L official Ivette Harte, and Jay Arend, a USEF R judge for the hunter/jumper classes.

The venue is the Pleasanton Equestrian Center, located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. This series of fun, community focused competitions continues in the new year with January, February, March and May dates. Team competitions, barn challenges and fun and functional prizes are more highlights.

For more information, contact organizers Greg and Dawn Benson of Alameda County Equestrian at www.alamedacountyequestrian.com.

Landsafe Equestrian Clinics
Various dates, starting Dec. 8, & locations throughout California

Physical training on gymnastic mats and a mechanical horse teaches techniques for minimizing injuries in falls. Excellent for riders in all disciplines. See story, this issue.

Anne Kursinski Clinic
Dec. 13-15 in Burbank

Anne Kursinski is a five-time Olympic show jumper with two team silver medals. Her teaching resume is approaching similarly high status with many years giving clinics throughout the country. She is a tough taskmaster with clear explanations of the reasons behind her instructions and insights from her many years of success.

The clinic will be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. For riding and auditing information, call organizers Stacie Ryan and Karen Perlow at 818-309-5001.

Indoor Eventing
Dec. 14-15 in San Juan Capistrano

The Pacific Indoor Eventing Series began in 2014 as a “way to rally excitement for eventing, bring new riders into the sport and allow current event riders to school cross-country questions in a contained environment,” says its website. “Inspired by similar shows in Canada, the PIE shows are heavy on fun and have plenty of classes for all abilities of riders.”

Divisions range from Walk/Trot to Preliminary with 3’6” fence heights, plus special classes including a Training Level Gambler’s Choice and a Pony Club Challenge for U.S. Pony Club Members. Each regular division has two rounds, one over a course of show jumping style fences, and another over cross-country style jumps, both in the covered arena at Sycamore Trails Stables. The Pony Club Challenge has a third phase: a written horsemanship test administered in the office.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.pacificindooreventing.com.

EquestFest presented by Wells Fargo
Dec. 29 in Burbank

Get up close and personal with the 2020 Rose Parade equestrian units at EquestFest presented by Wells Fargo. Watch beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills and dances and demonstrate trick riding and roping.

Attendees can also stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various tack and the many different breeds while enjoying the vendor court, displays, great music, food, and drinks.

Staged at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, this is a great reminder of the many ways in which horses are enjoyed and the role they’ve played in much of our country’s past and present. Excellent event for experienced horse people and those new to the equestrian world.

Doors open at 10 a.m., the show begins at noon and the vendor court and activities continue until 3 pm.

Advance tickets are available through www.sharpseating.com and day-of tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.