August 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:35

Huge congratulations to the young riders who represented our region brilliantly during the North American Junior Young Riders Championships, held July 19-23 – just as we were going to press with this issue. On the dressage front, the USDF Region 7 Junior team earned team gold and member Aleyna Dunn added gold in the individual championships and a silver in the individual freestyle.  Zone 10’s jumping teams rode to gold in the Childrens and Juniors divisions. Plus, Childrens rider Dylan Laiken and Callao jumped clear all week to add individual Childrens gold and Hannah Loly and Amya De la Demi Lune adding an individual silver in the Junior division. Dressage and jumping took place in Saugerites, NY, while the eventing ran concurrently at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, MT. There, Area VI’s One-Star team also earned a gold medal, and Mallory Hogan took individual bronze aboard Clarissa Purisima. Absolutely way to go, everybody! If you missed our July issue profiles of all our area’s NAJYRC riders, you can find them online.


Meanwhile, this issue’s extra focus on dressage brings some great reading from people who’ve been involved in very timely successes. There’s a report on clinicing with Laura Graves, who just won the CDIO Achen dressage competition – a huge feat. And, an interview on getting more kids into the sport with Jan Ebeling, who happens to train three of the four riders who made up the golden Junior team at NAJYRC. Speaking of kids, we have a fun photo page from Sarah Lockman Dressage’s free day of instruction for pony clubbers and other young riders. Mette Rosencrantz shares her experience fulfilling a longtime dream of representing the U.S. in Europe.

Finally, our cover story details how Hinnemann Farm is bringing wonderful dressage knowledge to the West Coast, in the form of year-round training and extended visits from German master Johann Hinnemann.

My good friend dressage trainer Elizabeth Johnson is once again donating her full clinic fees for another good cause: the Lakeside Equestrian Park. The clinic will be Sept. 16th at Peppertree Farms in Poway. All the details are on the Lakeside Equestrian Park Facebook page and website: I will be hosting a bake sale at that event and hope to see a lot of dressage fans at her clinic benefiting the East County Equestrian Foundation.

Happy reading and keep your suggestions and ideas coming!

Cheryl Erpelding, Founder, California Riding Magazine

Letter to the Editor

July 9, 2017

Hello All-

Just finished reading Care & Feeding of an Equestrian Partnership (see our July issue). Great perspective on fitness and nutrition for both halves of the partnership. Got me motivated to think about what I can do to tune-up my own care & feeding for me and my horse. I hope this type of article will continue in future Riding magazines. Thank you for all you do.

- Paul Kucharczyk