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August 2019 - New Excitement Simmering for Summer Event at Woodside
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:35
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A new saddle plus two $2,500 cash prizes spur anticipation for the inaugural Modified Training Challenge during Aug. 9-11 eventing competition.

by Kim F. Miller

The inaugural Modified Training Challenge is attracting strong entries for The Summer Event at Woodside. The eventing competition is set for August 9-11 at The Horse Park at Woodside, one of the country’s premiere equestrian venues.

The innovative “M-Training Challenge” division is designed to prepare and showcase horses and riders moving up from standard Training Level’s test of scope and skill in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping.

August 2019 - Preparing For The Unpredictable
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:24
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Mind Body Vault offers exercises for injury prevention, with a focus on the core and spine.

As horse lovers, we know all too well, and have a much more literal appreciation for the mainstream motto: “you’ve got to get back into the saddle.” We equestrians have a wholehearted understanding that we have signed up for a sport in which there is always going to be an element of unpredictability. Horses, no matter how trustworthy and disciplined, have a reactive nervous system of their own, so it is best to be prepared for it all.


August 2019 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 22:03
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Installment #14, Metta.

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Mary and Colette had three things in common. They were 14 years old, they were crazy about horses and both had attempted suicide in the last year.

The girls came together at the ranch. Mary was the tiny, quiet one with a calm exterior and an artist’s temperament. She had Mediterranean skin and short, thick course black curls. She was what the adults called “an old soul.” The kids called her “helpful” “sweet” or “too quiet, maybe she’s kinda stuck up.”

August 2019 - Toast to New Show
Written by by Patti Schooley
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:48
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Competitors enthusiastic about first Wine Country horse show.

by Patti Schooley

Galway Downs hosted 250-plus riders at this June 13-16 event. IEHJA was one of the sanctioning organizations offering hunter, jumper and medal classes, with GSDHJA offering $1000 Jr/AM Hunter Derby and $1000 Open Hunter Derby and Apple Cider Young Rider Hack among many specialty classes. The Wine Country Horse Show provided double points to GSDHJA members.

August 2019 - Sarah Lockman
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 26 July 2019 16:30
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Pan Am Games are the current chapter in a still-unfolding story of realized dreams driven by hard work.

by Kim F Miller

Many in the international dressage world Sarah Lockman enters as a member of the U.S. Pan Am Games team July 28-31 may view her as an overnight sensation. West Coasters know better. Sometimes called the Little Richard of the horse show world, as in the “hardest working” horsewoman, Sarah fulfills a major milestone in riding for the U.S. internationally in Lima, Peru.

August 2019 - Healing Powers
Written by by Brooke Goddard
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:31
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Dementia patients are welcomed to the wonderful world of horses.

by Brooke Goddard

Dementia saps a person’s independence and creates many difficulties not only for the afflicted person, but for the family as well. Jill Hamilton knows well the toll dementia takes, as her mother is in the late stages of the disease and has to live in a special facility.

August 2019 - Still Time To Enroll
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 22:06
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North American League surges toward September finalé in the West!

The North American League (NAL) division is heating up as the summer show season is officially in full swing.

The NAL qualifying season runs from September 1 through August 31. NAL qualifying classes are open to all competitors, but only current members are awarded points. By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to qualify for the West Coast Finals held at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, Sept. 18-22 and the National Finals held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, October 10-19. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.  

August 2019 - Franktown At Its Finest
Written by photos: Alden Corrigan Media
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:15
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First-timers and returnees are stars of 10th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby.

photos: Alden Corrigan Media

The 10th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby opened on Friday, June 21, a day earlier than the normal Saturday and Sunday schedule. This year’s event welcomed many new entrants, all of whom are enjoyed the atmosphere and calm setting that is Franktown Meadows. The iconic Sierra Nevada mountain range is the stunning backdrop for this spectacular Derby weekend and draws leading professional and amateur riders from across the country. Riders strolled around the grounds prior to the day’s competition, all eagerly anticipating the opportunity to take to the pristine Franktown Meadows grass Derby Field.

August 2019 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 17:01
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California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by September 1st for the October issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

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