June 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:58

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Informational IEA Meeting
June 3 in Moorpark

This is an informational welcome meeting for returning and new team members. Anyone interested in learning about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association may attend. The IEA is open to middle school and high school riders and Elvenstar’s teams welcome riders from other barns. Returning team members will share their experiences during this session.

The location is the Elvenstar, in Moorpark, at the clubhouse.

For more information or to rsvp, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dressage Young Horse Program Benefit Clinic
June 3-4 in Encinitas

Ad Astra Stables hosts a benefit clinic for the Markel USEF Young Horse Program featuring the National Young Horse coach Christine Traurig and USEF Sport Horse and ‘S’ Dressage judge Arlene Rigdon.

Each morning will start with a 90-minute presentation and discussion by Arlene about conformation, biomechanics and how to select the ideal young horses for dressage. Christine will then follow with seven lessons ranging from 4-year-olds to Grand Prix horses, teaching riders how to best cultivate and develop young horse stock up through the levels.

Tickets to audit are $50/day and include lunch. Riding spots are likely full at this point, but no harm to contact organizer Rebecca Ridgon at the e-mail below just in case.

As a fundraiser for the Young Horse program, the weekend includes a silent auction that will conclude before the last ride on Sunday. “We will also have several fantastic sponsors,” Rebecca reports. “Some of our sponsors will include Horse and Rider Boutique with a lovely pair of Deniro boots, a flight up the West Coast in a private two-seater plane, a weekend getaway in Vegas, the LHB entire line of skin products, and the stunning Mastermind breeches, just to name a few. Saturday afternoon following the clinic, Markel Insurance will be hosting a party with champagne, hors d’oeuvre’s, and a DJ on our patio area right next to our arena! This event will help our future potential Olympic hopeful horses and riders in the U.S, and give you a wealth of knowledge and be fun!”

For more information, e-mail Rebecca at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Paso Robles Dressage Classic
June 8-11 in Paso Robles

This show was a big hit last year in its inaugural year at the beautiful Paso Robles Horse Park and the second outing is likely to be even better. Lisa Blaufuss of Crackerjack Productions is at the helm again and with plenty of new perks. The Riding Warehouse has stepped up to sponsor the new Top 10 Stars program for amateurs; there’s a weekly hospitality package available thanks to Markel Insurance; and Sabine Schut Kery will give a free mini-symposium for Saturday’s Lunch & Learn event. This is free to exhibitors and all visitors.

Competition includes CDI1*, CDIAm, CDIJ, CDIY, CDIYH and if you can’t show this time, consider volunteering!

For more information, visit www.crackerjackproductionsllc.com.

Horse Expo
June 9-11 in Sacramento

The most elite equine exposition in the United States, California’s Western States Horse Expo, is a must-attend event for any horse owner. In three short days attendees can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with horse friends.

Held at Cal Expo in Sacramento, the expo is more than a weekend away, it’s a yearly pilgrimage with friends, a way to stay engaged in the horse industry and to ensure you have the tools, knowledge and products to help make the most of the investment in the horse owning lifestyle year round.

The best equine experts grace the stages and arenas of Western States Horse Expo each year. One ticket price provides access to unlimited learning, whether you’re a competitor looking for an edge, or a recreational rider looking for a relaxing ride!

For more info, visit www.horsexpo.com.

Sunday Brunch WCHR Spectacular
June 11 in San Juan Capistrano

The United States Hunter Jumper Association will hold the $25,000 World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular at the Blenheim June Classic I Horse Show on Sunday, June 11 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. This year the exciting featured class will offer spectators a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Sunday Brunch Gala to benefit the WCHR Program, which in part supports the USHJA Foundation Horseman’s Assistance Fund.

For more info, visit www.showpark.com.


Woodside Hunter/Jumper Shows
June 21 – July 9 in Woodside

Three weeks of hunter/jumper shows organized by Langer Equestrian Group get a fresh look, feel and footing this summer with new footing and a reconfiguration of the show facility at the Woodside Horse Park venue. Starting with the Woodside Circuit Opener June 21-25, and including the Bay Area Summer Festival June 28-July 2 and the Golden Gate Classic July 5-9, exhibitors will enjoy GGT Footing in the Grand Prix Ring and Main Hunter Ring, with high quality sand in the rest of the arenas. The newly arranged Bay Arena Complex will feature Hunter 2 and Hunter 3 rings, while the Jumper 2 action will take place in the Polo arena.

The three-week circuit features a Grand Prix, USHJA National Hunter Derby, and medals and other classes for all levels of horses and riders.

For more information, visit www.langershows.com.

Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby
June 24-25 in Carson City, NV

The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby presented by Water & Rails and hosted by the MacLean Family, celebrates its eighth consecutive year showcasing a weekend of Hunter excellence, in Carson City, Nevada. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are beneficiaries of this charitable event.

Saturday, June 24th, begins with the $1,000 Welcome Stake Sponsored by Breakaway Farms followed by the $10,000 Franktown Meadows 3’ Hunter Derby Sponsored by Carson Valley Inn. A $2,500 Jr/Am High Score Award Sponsored by Cheval Farms at Paris Ranch will also be presented between the highest scoring junior and amateur participating in the Franktown Meadows 3” Hunter Derby.

On Sunday, June 25th, the weekend continues with the $30,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby Sponsored by Land Rover of Reno.

Officials Jessica Lang of Jackson, WY and Carleton Brooks of Los Angeles, CA will judge riders on Saturday, and will be joined by Shane George of Magnolia, TX and Troy Hendricks of Glenmoore, PA on Sunday to complete the International judging panel. Franktown Meadows welcomes back Philip J De Vita for his seventh year, as both Competition Manager and Course Designer.

For more information, visit www.fmhunterderby.com.

Free: Sarah Lockman Dressage Clinic
June 25 in Orange County’s Irvine

Free is only part of the appeal of this clinic for US Pony Clubbers (and anybody else under 25). Sarah is a graduate B Pony Clubber herself and an FEI dressage trainer. Held at Peacock Hill Equestrian Center in Irvine Regional Park, the day has spots for 10 riders and will also include unmounted educational sessions, including a talk on equine nutrition by reps from Platinum Performance and Americas Family Feed. Auditors are welcome and also free!

To rsvp as a rider or auditor, email Hayley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Area VI Young Riders Camp
June 29-July 1 in Paso Robles

Bec Braitling and Lauren Billys continue their Young Riders coaching road show as leaders of this Area VI camp for eventing young riders. The location is the Twin Rivers Horse Park in Paso Robles and both education and fun are on the agenda.

Visit www.areavi.org for more information and sign-up forms.


USDF Youth/Young Adult Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Seminar
July 1-2 in Hanford

Melissa Creswick, Willy Arts and Kevin Reinig are the presenters in this two-day seminar at the sporthorse breeding hub of DG Bar Ranch in Central California. “It’s an outstanding educational opportunity for youth and young adults ages 14-27 to be introduced to the sport horse breeding farm,” says the USDF PR. “Participants will experience sessions specific to mare and stallion management, the handling of foals and young horses, as well as training strategies. Also discussed will be the ideal conformation and movement of the dressage sport horse, with participants gaining the opportunity to evaluate the gaits of young horses under saddle.”

Dutchman Willy Arts is the longtime breeding guru of DG Bar and advocate for growing the knowledge base and quality of horses in the U.S. Melissa Creswick is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist, USEF “S” Dressage Judge and “R” Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge. In addition to serving as CDS president, Kevin Reinig is partner with his wife Ericka in KEFA Performance Horses dressage breeding program in the Sacramento area.

More information and the registration form can be accessed through www.usdf.org, under the education tab.

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