February 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:30

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit
Ongoing through March

Eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers competition, with total prizes of nearly $3 million, is underway. Spanning nine weeks (with one off-week) in late January through mid-March, the circuit draws thousands of equestrians to the premier Southern California show grounds.

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal (Saturday, Feb. 11) and the annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix (Sunday, March 19) highlight this circuit. This year, HITS will feature two $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies (Week IV & VIII).

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of HITS moving the series from the Polo Grounds in Indio to Thermal. The circuit is now called the Coachella Desert Circuit, though most likely its “Thermal” moniker will stick around as it continues to be held at HITS ever-evolving Thermal Desert Horse Park.

For more information, visit www.hitsshows.com.

Horse Expo Pomona
Feb. 3-5 in Pomona

One of the best horse expositions in the United States, California’s Western States Horse Expo in Pomona is a must-attend event for any horse owner. In three short days, you can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with your horse friends. Attending the expo is a low-cost, high quality way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of your investment in the horse owning lifestyle year-round.

Master clinicians John and Josh Lyons, Pat Parelli and Chris Cox are among the familiar presenters returning this year and we are thrilled to report that dressage Olympian Charlotte Bredahl joins their ranks this year as a clinician. Master Saddler Jochen Schleese is also on the docket, as is Dr. Lydia Gray, DVM MA. A dressage rider, Dr. Gray is medical director and staff veterinarian for SmartPak. That is just a quick look at the long list of clinicians and presentations. As always, there is truly something for everybody.

For tickets and more information, visit www.horseexpoevents.com.

Single Day Show Circuit
Feb. 5 – Oct. 22 in San Diego

San Diego trainers Roberta Jackson and Amy Drinco are collaborating to create the San Diego Single Day Circuit. The two are known for managing popular San Diego County single day hunter/jumper shows; Sweetwater Horse Show Series in Bonita and ECHO in Lakeside. The new circuit includes 11 shows for 2017. Exquisite year-end awards are planned for presentation during a year- end party. The shows are also recognized by the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association and competitors can accrue dual points.

“After listening to what trainers had to say in 2016, it was clear that there’s a need for another circuit in San Diego that offers competition and year-end awards for that group of riders and horses that may not be as competitive at the bigger multiday shows,” Robert explains.

“Our class schedule, management and general quality of our shows adhere to the same standards as the county’s multi-day shows,” adds Amy. “The difference is they are only one day which makes them a fraction of the cost. If your budget only allows for single day shows…you now have a circuit, If your budget only allows for some multi-day shows but you want to show more…add our shows to your calendar!

Highlights of the series include $20 entry discounts for entries received by Friday at noon; schooling rounds available for all Hunter divisions; trainer appreciation and added SDSDC classes; .6m, .7m, .85m Jumpers. Year-end champions and reserve awards, ribbons through sixth place and year-end achievement awards and special high point are extra attractions.

The SDSDC Calendar begins Sunday Feb. 5 at Sweetwater, continues with one or two shows every month until the finale Oct. 22, also at Sweetwater. A year-end awards party, of course, is in the works!

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sandiegosingledaycircuit.

USEA Area VI Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
Feb. 17-19 in Fresno

Held concurrent with the Horse Trials and CIC at the Fresno County Horsepark Feb. 17-19, the festivities begin Friday with a course walk with Rodney Powell. This will likely be mid-day, depending on ride times. That evening, it’s a screening of the Harry & the Snowman movie that is free to all, including the general public, thanks to the Friends of Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Donations are welcome.  The banquet is sponsored by longtime Area VI sponsor Professional’s Choice. The special discussion with 2016 Olympian Lauren Billys, Tamie Smith and Bunnie Sexton will be held during the banquet. Banquet tickets are included in CIC and HT entries and extra tickets are $50.

For more info, visit www.areavi.org and we look forward to seeing you there!

El Sueno Show Season Starts
Various dates in Ventura County’s Somis

A full calendar of dressage shows, event Derbys and a Pony Club fundraiser at the El Sueno Equestrian Center kicks off Feb. 18-19 with a dressage competition. Jennifer Nunes is the contact for the dressage shows, at 805-603-0309; and Debbie Rosen is the point person for the Derbys: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, visit www.elsuenoequestrian.com.

Equine Specialist Workshop
March 23-26 in Chatsworth

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship will be hosting an Equine Specialist Workshop and Horsemanship Skills Test at their Chatsworth location March 23-26.  The Equine Specialist workshop is offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues. The workshop also benefits those who work with mental health or education professionals, helping to enhance cooperation and provide a more complete experience.

This workshop will give an overview of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) standards and core values, and provide overviews of EFL and EFP programs and examples of what EFL or EFP sessions will look like. In addition, ES workshops will detail the role the equine specialist is meant to play in a session, offer lesson roleplays and hands-on experience, and discuss the therapy and education teams and the importance of the equine professional’s role in maintaining the safety of all in the team - particularly the equine partner.

Ride On also has a big party planned, March 19, to celebrate the milestone of giving 100,000 lessons. It starts at 11 a.m. in the Education and Therapy Building.

For more information, visit www.rideon.org.

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