October 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:51

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Foxfield Jumping Derby & Medal Final
Oct. 7-8 in Westlake Village

This is an absolute fave among exhibitors, but you don’t have to be a participant to enjoy the Foxfield Riding School’s annual equitation and jumping showdown. Spend a weekend in magical Sherwood Forest and watch riders in the Foxfield Medal, adults and juniors, navigate tracks that take them in and out the property’s famous sunken arena. Super friendly atmosphere, great vendors, VIP opportunities and good food available all weekend.

For more information, visit www.foxfield.com.

World Cup Jumping
Oct. 7, 21, 28 & Nov. 18

The race for a spot at the Longines/FEI World Cup Finals, set for Paris in April of 2018, will be in full swing this coming month. In the North American League, the West sub-league begins its California swing in Sacramento, Saturday Oct. 7 during the Sacramento International Horse Show. This is a typically sold-out evening, with lots of pre-show fun. Del Mar is next on Oct. 21 during the Del Mar International Horse Show. Next it’s Calgary, Canada on Oct. 28 at the Royal West Horse Show. Both Sacramento and Del Mar are West Palm Events competitions. In November, it’s Blenheim EquiSports’ turn with the Nov. 18 staging of the qualifier during the Las Vegas National Horse Show.

After her terrific third place finish at Thunderbird, in Langley, British Columbia, (see page, 10) Jamie Barge leads the West rankings among Americans. Karl Cook, Eric Navet and Mandy Porter are familiar names in the hunt, while up and comers including Zazou Hoffman are on hot streaks and sure to make things interesting. These tournaments always attract contenders from far afield, most likely some East Coast-based Americans, plus Canadians, Mexicans and riders representing further flung countries.

All these California shows do a terrific job with presentation and great competition is assured. But if you can’t go in person, watch the action online at www.fei.org.

Area VI Eventing Championships
Oct. 20-22 in Fresno

The Fresno County Horse Park hosts this year’s Area VI Championships with competition from Introductory to Intermediate levels. Participation is open to all who have placed first through third in any of those divisions, at any event in Area VI. Closing date for entries is Oct. 3. (see page 18 for more information.)

For more information, visit www.areavi.org.

Classical Dressage Symposium
Oct. 21-22 in Healdsburg

Compassionate, sustainable, honorable and enlightened training practices are the focus in this 15th edition of Barbier Farms’ Symposium. The sessions take place at Dominique and Debra Barbier’s farm in Sonoma County’s Healdsburg, where the couple emphasizes French Classical Dressage and breeds and develops Lusitano horses. After a day of Dominique working with riders and presenting his expertise in lecture format, a lovely “champagne dinner” in the barn is part of this unique experience.

For more information, visit www.dominiquebarbier.com.

Lynn Palm Western Dressage Clinic
Oct. 28-29 in Industry Hills

The California Western Dressage Association brings renowned trainer Lynn Palm to Industry Hills Expo Center for a riding clinic. The emphasis will include exercises to improve position and balance, use of natural aids in simple and advanced transitions and dressage training figures and transitions to control the horse’s balance, just to name a few topics. Each participant will ride a test and receive feedback on it from Lynn, whose many credentials include that of Western Dressage Association of American judge.

Riding slots are going fast and open to all with discounted rates for CAWDA members. Auditors are welcome at $45 per day, or $75 for the weekend.

For more information, visit www.cawda.org.

Galway Downs International Event
Nov. 2-5 in Temecula

With $50,000 in prize money, this annual event is sure to bring out the best eventing pairs, from the West Coast and likely well beyond. Those who haven’t competed at the Temecula wine country venue in a while will be in for a pleasant surprise because the property has undergone a significant upgrade. Along with the first flight events that Robert Kellerhouse has organized there for many years, Galway now hosts weddings, concerts and special events. The grounds are lovely and will make the International Event even more special this year for exhibitors and fans alike.

For more information, visit www.galwaydowns.com.

Cavalia Returns
Starting Nov. 11 in Ventura County

Ventura County will welcome the original show Cavalia and its second theatrical adventure Odysseo, starting Nov. 11. The internationally acclaimed entertainment company is the world’s largest touring production. This latest production will be presented under its signature White Big Top in Camarillo. Odysseo will call Ventura County home through Thanksgiving with matinee and evening shows scheduled until November 26.

For tickets and more information, visit www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

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