September 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:56

We’re thrilled to bring you the full scoop on the West Coast Dressage Festival debut, beginning in January at Galway Downs, then moving to the Del Mar Fairgrounds through mid-February. Organizer Scott Hayes thinks the West Coast is ready for a four-CDI-W show circuit and we agree!


You don’t have to be “school age” to make the most of this “back to school month” of September. We’ve got several educational and entertaining articles about ways to keep learning, whether it’s mainstream academics, choosing the right horse-oriented school, riding for a college team or signing on for an intense and immersive horsemanship knowledge quest—for a weekend or for two years! As up and coming Grand Prix rider Zazou Hoffman says, “One thing I’ve learned in this sport is that you never stop learning.” There’s always plenty to learn about hoofcare, too, and we have several features on that topic

Congrats to Kaitlyn Lovingfoss and Nina Vogel who kicked off the medal finals season with victories in the California Professional Horsemen’s Association finals and best of luck to all exhibitors in the exciting contests ahead. We also go off the beaten path with stories of some remarkable equestrian adventures: the Tevis Cup 100-mile ride and riding to hounds. Not things all of us can do, but these engaging articles take us along for the ride vicariously!

Los Angeles is now nailed down to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, with the Valley Sports Park in San Fernando Valley set to host equestrian events. The City’s bid to host the Games details seating capacity of 15,000 and an additional capacity for 25,000 standing at this venue. Exciting for all! Yes, it’s 11 years away, but never too early to start thinking about ways to support the effort. To stay abreast of developments, visit

Happy Riding!

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