September 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 19:59

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Lots of Learning at Maplewood
Various dates starting Sept. 5, in Reno

While much of the country is heading “back to school” this summer, the learning is pretty much non-stop at Julie Winkel’s Maplewood program in Reno. Sept. 5-10, it’s the annual Young Horse Trainer School that delves into hands-on learning on topics ranging from halter breaking foals to preparing prospects for the International Jumper Futurity.

The Sport Horse Conformation Seminar follows Sept. 11-12, with veterinarians Danny Marks and Chrysann Collatos, alongside Julie Winkel, whose credentials include USEF R-rated judge. Linda Allen and Chris Collman lead the Course Designers School on Sept. 12-14 with a mix of classroom sessions, on-site course design and live jumping demos. The Judge’s School finishes the month Sept. 15-17, when Julie is joined by Scott Hofstetter in a session that’s open to riders, trainers and anyone else interested in the process of judging and of earning judging credentials.

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50th Anniversary CDS Championships
Sept. 21-24 in the Sacramento area’s Murieta

The busy season for West Coast dressage culminates with the California Dressage Society’s Annual Championships show, Sept. 21-24 at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta. Given that 2017 marks CDS’ 50th year, you can expect mores bells and whistles than usual for this competitive and fun gathering. The show is concurrent with the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Championships and the Great American Insurance Group Breeders Championships West Coast Final. Good stuff!

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Return To Camelot
Various dates in Butte Valley

It was a little too hot to hold Camelot Equestrian Park’s scheduled hunter/jumper show in August, but there’s plenty on the fun, multi-purpose venue’s agenda going forward, including a rescheduling of the August show on November 4.  The next h/j show is Sept. 24 with Peggy Fackrell as judge.

On the dressage front a series of three shows combined with a chance to clinic with the judge concludes on Sept. 16-17, when the judge will be Colleen Reid. The optional clinic is a great way to refine performances then be evaluated on the effect.

The Park highlight in October is the Oct. 14 10th Annual Ride & Drive. It’s a fundraiser for the venue and a fun raiser for all, especially this year with the Imperial Knights Production Company set to provide their “extreme Medieval stunt show.” A trail ride through the cross-country course, courtyard games, a Halloween costume contest, Kinders BBQ dinner and  Donkey Plop Bingo with a $1,000 prize are among the festivities.

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Peruvian Paso Show
Sept. 23-24 in Temecula

The promise of experiencing the beautiful, exotic and rare Peruvian Paso Horses, the smoothest riding horses in the world, will be a reality at the Sept. 23-24 Mission Trails Fall Peruvian Paso Championship Show at Galway Downs in Temecula.

The horses will be shown in 70 classes, including one for the children, ages 2 to 6.  Some of the other events will feature halter, training, and saddle classes. The exhibitors will include professional, amateur and junior riders.

The traditional Peruvian tack and attire will be seen; delicately tooled leather, silver and wood pieces on the saddles and headgear, as well as Peruvian fabrics and hats worn by the exhibitors.

Watch as the gentle nature of the horses comes to life in the grass show arena, displaying their talent, training, and attitude.  Visit with the owners and spectators at ringside, or just walk the grounds admiring the beautiful horses.

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Flintridge Show & CPHA Benefit/World Cup Comes to Sacramento
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 & Sept. 28-Oct. 8

The Flintridge Riding Club in La Canada/Flintridge celebrates 95 years as a hub of Southern California equestrian activity and hosts the Flintridge Autumn Classic organized by West Palms Events. The show is a benefit for the California Professional Horsemen’s Foundation focused on VIP festivities surrounding Saturday night’s $30,000 Grand Prix. Ringside tables are normally $1,000, with a discounted advance purchase price of $850 if purchased by Sept. 26. It’s an elegant night of show jumping for a great cause.

The WPE team then heads north for two weeks of the Sacramento International Horse Show, the marquee of which is the Sat. Oct. 7 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping. The competition at Murieta Equestrian Center features two other Grand Prix classes, two rounds of 4, 5, 6, and 7-year-old Jumper Championships, a USHJA National Hunter Derby and much more.

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Early Call for Spooktacular Costumes
Oct. 7-8 in Del Mar

Show organizer Lisa Blaufuss’s increasingly famous Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show will be held earlier this year, Oct. 7-8, at the Del Mar Horsepark. The earlier date was triggered by the Breeders’ Cup World Championship taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Along with normal dressage competition, the weekend will include the Third Annual Caldwell Dressage Boo Bash, the Costume Musical Freestyles, the Howl’in Dog costume Contest, Best Decorated Tent contest, etc.
Entries due Sept. 25.

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Therapeutic Riding Instructor Workshop
October 11-13 in Chatsworth

Ride On will be hosting a 2 ½ day workshop designed to prepare those wishing to gain skills as a therapeutic riding instructor. The workshop covers lesson planning, disabilities, teaching theories, goals and objectives, skill progression, adaptive tack, mounting and dismounting techniques and many other topics – the majority of which apply to any horse professional wishing to improve their teaching skills.

Join over 6,000 professionals working with horses and individuals with disabilities. Therapeutic riding is a growing industry where nonprofit riding centers, such as Ride On, offer competitive pay, health insurance, 401(k) retirement plans and more.

A 1-day PATH International test for those wishing to become certified to teach individuals with disabilities will be available at additional cost the following day.

For more information contact Brie at 818-700-2971 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

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