January 2020 - What's Happening
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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 19:46
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Ashlee Bond Clinic
Jan. 4-5 in Lake View Terrace

International show jumping rider Ashlee Bond is coming to The Hansen Dam Horse Park for a jumping clinic on January 4-5, 2020. Ashlee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of show jumping. Most recently, Ashlee helped the Israeli Equestrian Team qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

There will be four groups, ranging in height from .80m to 1.30m.     

The clinic will be held in the Hansen Dam Grand Prix Arena featuring geotextile footing and show quality jumps.  Spur Tech Spurs will be one of our sponsors and each rider will receive a pair of spur straps courtesy of Spur Tech. There will also be professional photography from Kristin Lee Photography.

Auditing is free for spectators – come watch and learn. Lunch will be provided for clinic participants.

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Fundraising Clinic
Jan. 4-5 in Fresno

The Fresno County Horse Park stages its annual fundraising clinic with Jock Paget as the star attraction and a roster of top regional professionals donating their time to help all get ready for the 2020 season.
Bunnie Sexton, Chris Scarlett, David Adamo, David Koss, Deb Rosen, Kristi Nunnink, Natalie Brady and Wendy Wergeles are among the pros available for lessons.

For more information, visit www.fresnocountyhorsepark.com.

CDS Annual Meeting & Symposium
Jan. 11-12 in Sacramento

The California Dressage Society has designated Freestyle as the focus of the educational symposium that is always a big draw for this gathering. This starts Saturday afternoon with a video and talk by designer Terry Gallo and judge Janet Foy. That is followed by a Sunday live demo and discussion of freestyles at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center.

Friday and Saturday morning activities take place at the convention’s main venue, the Embassy Suites, Sacramento Riverfront. Committee and chapter meetings occupy these time slots, with Saturday night set aside for the annual awards gala. It’s a nice evening of connecting and celebrating with friends and the chapter gift baskets in the silent auction are always fun to peruse and bid on.

For more information, visit www.california-dressage.org.

USHJA Gold Star Clinic with Kirsten Coe
Jan. 15-19 in Thermal

Now in its third year, the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Gold Star Clinics have become widely recognized as a terrific educational opportunity. That’s especially so for the junior and amateurs who earn full participation privileges by qualifying at the Regional Team Jumping Champs or through a wild card bid. And there’s plenty to learn by auditing.

This year’s main clinician is Grand Prix jumping rider Kirstin Coe, also the daughter of USEF Youth chef d’equipe DiAnn Langer. The Gold Star clinic format extends well beyond riding. Unmounted sessions in the past have taken deep dives into breeding and young horse evaluation, building a brand as a rider and, always, numerous aspects of horse care and show preparation.

The clinic overlaps with the first week of the Desert Circuit at the Desert International Horse Park.

For more information, visit www.ushja.org.

Galway Downs Fundraising Clinic
Jan. 18-19 in Temecula

Ian Stark once again headlines this great start to the 2020 eventing season. Jumping lessons with the British star and a long list of top regional professionals help participants up their game, while entry fees go toward improvements at Galway Downs Equestrian Center, the Southern California eventing hotspot in Temecula.

Alice Sarno, Auburn Excell Brady, Barb Crabo, Emilee Libby, Erin Kellerhouse, Gina Economou, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jennifer Wooten-Macouzet, Taren Hoffos, Liza Horan and Susan Friend are just a few of the pros donating their time to this cause. Taking lessons as a rider is ideal, but auditing is a wonderful way to learn from all instructors. Auditing is free, with a suggested donation.

For more information, visit www.galwaydowns.net.