June 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:20

OK. Maybe we went a little crazy on riding schools this issue. Given that they are the entry point for most who enter the sport, can you blame us? For the second year, we’re using this month’s issue to celebrate California (and Nevada) riding schools and revisit the reasons why they are so critical to our sport’s health and growth by keeping riding accessible to as many as possible.

Our cover article is about the fulfillment of Graeme Dixon’s dream to own his own training and boarding facility, which is also home to UK Equestrians’ riding school in Rancho Santa Fe. Not far away in Encinitas, equestrian Alan Smith has exciting plans for his recently purchased Wildflower Farm. These include a “developmental” riding school involving all the hunter/jumper pros based there. And going a little throw-back, we take an in-depth look at Lowrey Jones’ Farfetched Farm in the East Bay Area. It’s a key piece in a feature on three generations of “hand me down” horsemanship that comes current with Stanford Equestrian Team stand-out Kristen Blomstrom.

Now we’re off and running with our July issue, featuring horse & human nutrition and fitness, plus a spotlight on the always-excellent young riders who’ll be representing our region in jumping, eventing and dressage competition at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships.

Late Breaking News: Sorry to report that the Longines Masters Series has moved the Los Angeles event to New York, where it will be the final of three legs, in April 2018. Event organizer EEM’s Christophe Ameeuw said, “We are so appreciative of our time in Los Angeles and all of the people that made the American leg a success through the years. We are excited and proud to bring the event to New York, expanding the Longines Masters experience from coast to coast.”

Also, this October’s three week Del Mar International Horse Show is relocating to the Del Mar Horse Park, from the Fairgrounds, after much consideration and triggered by the timeline for the racing’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup. That means the FEI/Longines World Cup qualifier will be held outdoors, on the grass, instead of indoors. Del Mar had been one of four West League venues to offer an indoors setting, which is better preparation for the indoors final, set for Paris next spring. Also, the 12 & Under Onondarka Finals will now be held the third week, Oct. 25-29.

Happy Riding!

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