November 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:22

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Three-Day Stallion Testing
Nov. 3-5 in Solvang

Pollyrich Farm in Central California’s Solvang has been officially named as the North American Stallion Testing Host Site for a Nov. 3-5 test for the Oldenburg GOV, AHHA, Westfalen NA, AHS and Rhinelander studbooks. “It’s the first time the verbands have allowed this three-day test instead of the normal 70-day test,” explains Pollyrich’s Buffy Oas.

Open to 4-, 5-, and 6-year old stallions from the AHS, OHBS and other registries, the testing will provide North American stallion owners with an opportunity for their stallions to earn lifetime breeding approval according to the regulations of their specific registries.

An East Coast edition is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Hilltop Farm in Maryland. Each test site will hold a multi-registry stallion licensing in conjunction with the three-day test.

The three-day testing format has proven popular in Germany the past two years. Testing requirements are specific to age and discipline. Each horse attends with their own rider and there is a Guest Rider component to the scoring as well. Stallions must attend two consecutive years of sport testing to fulfill their performance requirements with the AHS and OHBS as well as achieve a minimum overall score of 7.5 at each testing.

The tests will be comprehensive and rigorous. The panel of judges and guest riders will be individuals who are approved by the German Equestrian Federation (FN). “German horses have a big influence on the breeding of sport horses in the US and stallion performance tests are one of the most important parts of a serious breeding program. The German Equestrian Federation therefore is in favor of the idea of doing a stallion sport test after the new German model in the US and will be happy to give any support needed,” states Dr. Klaus Miesner of the German FN.

The testing is being run by the North American Stallion Sport Test LLC with the American Hanoverian Society office serving as the administrator. Questions may be directed to Hugh Bellis-Jones at 859-255-4141, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Fall Central California H/J shows
Oct. 31-Nov. 4 & Nov. 10-11 in Paso Robles

It’s an especially beautiful time of year to be in Central California and the Paso Robles Horse Park is prepped to make the most of that. Competition includes USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies, and the Wine Country and Oak Tree Grand Prixs. Equally important parties include the Spooktacular Trainer Welcome Party on Halloween night as the kick-off, then the Year-End Finale party to conclude the season. Both will be held at the CaliPaso Winery.

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Sunshine Series Coachella
Nov. 1-5, Nov. 8-12 in the Palm Springs area’s Thermal

Lots of great hunter/jumper competition both weeks at the HITS showgrounds in Thermal. Week one features the Zone 10 Horse of the Year Jumper & Equitation Challenge, the National Collegiate Junior Hunt Seat Medal Finals, a $30,000 and $50,000 Grand Prix jumping and the West Coast Pony Hunter and Pony Jumper finals, with $1,500 and $1,000 in prize money, respectively.

Week II is FEI week with the $287,400 FEI CSI4* Division including the $200,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix. There’s a $30,000 National SmartPak Open Prix, the Zone 9 and 10 and USHJA Jumper Team Championships, Sunshine Equitation Championships, $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and, again, the Pony Hunter and Pony Jumper prixs.

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Las Vegas National & the No Show
Nov 14-19 in Las Vegas & Dec. 9 in San Juan Capistrano

The last Longines FEI World Cup NAL qualifier in the west this year is the showpiece of the Las Vegas National. That class is on Saturday night, and is preceded by plenty of exciting action. Highlights include finals for the Markel Grand Prix Series and Interactive Mortgage U25 Series finals, a USHJA National Hunter Derby, the WCE Medal Finals, and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jr/AO Jumper Final West.

With the show season done at Blenheim EquiSports showgrounds in San Juan Capistrano, the management company’s popular No Show returns with low-cost schooling sessions over A-circuit style courses over jumps ranging from .70M to 1.35M. Conducted in a European format designed to give young horses and/or riders ring experience. Robert Ridland, coach of the 2016 Olympic Silver Medal Jumping Team, will design the course to include 12-14 obstacles at the “A” show standard with a liverpool and an open water option in the Olympic Arena. Fees are $25 per round with pre-registration and $30 per round for day-of registration. And there’s no other fees.

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