April 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 00:48

Carl Hester Clinic
April 8-9 in Del Mar

The dressage community is abuzz about British dressage Olympian Carl Hester’s visit. Among many impressive credentials, Carl is the coach of reigning dressage queen Charlotte Dujardin and part owner of her spectacular partner Valegro.

This weekend clinic is staged by Scott Hayes Productions, whose hosting of Charlotte’s California visit last October was super well-received for its instructional value and overall lovely environment.

Of the many who applied to ride in the clinic, Carl choose 13 pairs, with horses ranging from 4-year-olds on up to Grand Prix. On Saturday, they are Amelie Kovac and Ivar, Sarah Lockman and Dehavilland, Lehua Custer and RJ Ramez, Tiffany Mahoney and Rey Del Mundo, Carly Taylor-Smith and Rosalut and Terri Rocovich and Uiver. During the lunch break on Saturday, Christine Traurig will present a USEF Young Horse program demonstration.

On Sunday, the line-up is Joseph Newcomb and For Finland, Terri Paton Rich and Belissa, Cyndi Jackson and Sir Amour, David Blake and Heide Spirit, Rebecca Rigdon and La Fariah, Niki Clarke and Quincy, and Charlotte Bredhal and Hamilton.
Carl will begin each day with opening remarks and the Shopping Village both days is highlighted by a Markel Insurance Happy Hour on Saturday afternoon.

(FYI for Charlotte Dujardin fanatics – and who isn’t? – Scott is bringing Charlotte back to the States: Monroe, WA on April 21; Wilmington, OH in September; and Magnolia, TX in November.)

For auditing tickets or to purchase a VIP Experience box for the weekend, visit www.shproductions.ca. (VIP Experience tables already sold out as of mid-March.)

Barn Dance
April 22 in Sonoma

Viansa wines, Barrel Brothers Brewing Company brews and dinner by TIPS Tri-Tip will fortify revelers at this fundraiser Barn Dance for the Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Petaluma. The venue is Viansa Sonoma and Buck Nickels and Loose Change are the entertainers.

For more info, visit www.giantstepsriding.org.

Sylvia Zerbini Liberty Clinic
April 23 in San Diego County’s Bonsall

This is an unusual opportunity to spend a day with Sylvia Zerbini, former star of Cavalia and a ninth generation circus performer. Working with horses at liberty is the focus of the educational session. Participants will learn Sylvia’s hands-on personalized liberty techniques, which are readily understood by horses of all breeds and ages. Whether you’re new to liberty work or already devoted to it, working with this master teacher is an incomparable experience.

Auditors are encouraged and welcomed. During the catered lunch, Sylvia will share some of her unique experiences with everyone.

Surrounding events include a silent auction, vendor area, raffles and a tack sale. All proceeds will benefit the Horse Spirit Ranch Emergency Horse Fund and the event is sponsored by the Ambassadors for Compassion, Inc. The event will be held at Horse Spirit Ranch in Bonsall.

Auditing is $50 and a limited number of participation spots are available for $150, plus a $25 facility fee.

For more information, contact Lynne Hayes at 760-822-3579 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals
April 21-23 in Lexington, VA

Though we usually reserve this space to promote events happening in our readership area, in this case many riders in our readership area will be heading to Lexington to continue IEA Zone 10’s increasingly strong presence in this national league for high school and middle school riders.

Zone 10’s regional finals were set for March 25-26 at the Brookside Equestrian Center in Northern California’s Elk Grove, so it wasn’t known at presstime which teams and individuals will earn a spot in the Finals. Looking at the standings in mid-March, several veteran California IEA teams racked up lots of points this season toward that end. Elvenstar, Monte Vista Christian School, North Peak Equestrian Center, Triple Bar, Team KMT (Kelly Maddox Training) and Woodside Equestrian are a few of the big point earners from the regular season.

The IEA is 15 years old and for much of that time was totally dominated by East Coast teams. For the last five years or so, California has come on strong and we’re thrilled to see that trend grow.

Congratulations to all of our Zone 10 teams for their seasons and especially to those who will carry our flag to the Finals! We’ll have a nice report on their efforts in our June issue.

For more information, visit www.rideiea.org.

Lucinda Green Clinic
April 23-24 in Fresno

Popular eventing clinician Lucinda Green returns to California for this weekend session at the Fresno County Horse Park. A Master of the British Empire, Lucinda has a remarkable record as an international eventer, including Olympic team silver in 1984. She is well-known for clinics that are super productive and enjoyable.

For more information, contact organizer Sue Funkey at 209-736-2216 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fiesta of the Spanish Horse
April 27-30 in Burbank

This competition and entertainment gala was great when it started 19 years ago and keeps getting better every year. It has always been a big fundraiser for cancer research and this year expands with events for all animals, including adoption opportunities. Held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, the Fiesta Charity Show spotlights Andalusians, Lusitanos, Friesians, Peruvian Pasos and Saddlebreds and showcases the Working Equitation discipline that is increasingly popular within these breeds. Festivities include music, dancing, food and shopping opportunities galore.

For tickets and more information, visit www.fiestacharityshow.com or call 818-842-8444.

Hilda, Hilda, Hilda
April 28-30 in Paso Robles, May 5-7 in Chino Hills, June 9-11 in Wilton

1976 dressage team bronze medalist Hilda Gurney was instrumental in launching the California Dressage Society 50 years ago and she hasn’t slowed down since. This year, Hilda is the star in CDS’s Linda O’Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinic Series.

In addition to many international and CDS competitive accomplishments, Hilda is an S judge and an educator extraordinaire. Riders in any discipline can learn a great deal and her presentations, while tough on technique, are usually fun to watch thanks to her wit and wisdom.

The Series consists of three clinics: April 28-30 at Golden Hills Farm in Paso Robles; May 5-7 at W Farms in Chino Hills and June 9-11 at Pacific Equestrian Center in Wilton.

CDS members should check with their local chapters about participating and auditing opportunities. The contacts for each clinic are as follows: Paso Robles: Ellen Corob, 805-440-2947: Chino Hills, Nicole Bhathal, 805-750-0065; and Wilton, Mari Naten, 916-798-5844.

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