December 2017 - What’s Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:55

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Instructor Certification Workshop for Young Horses
Dec. 4-6 in Stanislaus County’s Waterford

Connie Arthur’s Lone Tree Farm hosts this Instructors’ Certification Program Workshop for Young Event Horse Trainers and Riders. “If you already have your ICP Certification, please consider coming to get additional certification,” Connie says. “But if you haven’t been through the ICP program, here is an outstanding chance to get more education, meet your peers and become certified!”

It’s likely the riding spots are full at this point, but auditors are encouraged. “If you have anything to do with young horses - either riding or coaching students who ride young horses, this workshop is for you!”

For more information, visit

Composting Manure Benefits Horses and Humans
Dec. 9 in San Diego County’s Lakeside

Horses, rabbits, and goats; oh my! All that manure attracting those flies. Improperly dealt with manure not only attracts flies, it is also a major cause of stormwater pollution. Run-off from manure contains high concentrations of pathogens such as bacteria, parasites and viruses. Manure is also high in nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen. In waterways, these nutrients cause algal blooms and degrade water quality, but in a compost pile, they can do wonders.

Horses typically generate about 50 pounds of manure each day. Composting is a highly recommended management practice because it’s good for the health of the animals, can save money, and protects our waterways.
Learn how to compost that mountain of manure at Solana Center for Environmental Innovation’s free Manure Management Composting Workshop at 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 9 in Lakeside.  Funded by the County of San Diego, Solana Center’s experts show you how easy it is to start composting manure and answer your questions.

The ideal carbon to nitrogen ratio in a compost pile is approximately 30 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen (30:1). For example, chicken manure is 7:1, cow manure is 18:1, and horse manure is 25:1. In comparison, straw is 75:1 and sawdust is 511:1. Manure is considered high in nitrogen (a “green” in compost-speak) whereas something like straw and sawdust are considered high in carbon (a “brown” in compost-speak). Mix browns and greens with some water and air and presto, you’ve got compost!

Keep in mind that if manure is being used in a compost pile, it is important that a ditch or berm is placed around the pile and the pile is located at least 150 feet away from drainages, ponds and wells to prevent polluted runoff.

To sign up for Solana Center’s free Manure Management and Composting Workshop, register online at

Other manure management resources include the County of San Diego’s Equine Best Management Practices Manual developed for horse owners and equine facilities to manage stormwater runoff. 

Candice Schlom King Clinic & Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Show
Dec. 8, 9-10 in Burbank

“From Racehorse to Sporthorse” is the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show’s motto and to that end, they’ve added a clinic with top East Coast show jumper Candice King, Dec. 8, the day before their annual Thoroughbred Holiday Classic show.

Candice King is a world class Grand Prix show jumper who has garnered multiple FEI titles and awards over the past two decades. She has represented the USA on multiple Nations Cup teams and was also the top ranked US rider at the 2001 World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since winning the coveted 2001 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the CSIO5* Hickstead in England, Candice has continued to rack up top placing Grand Prix finishes nationally and internationally. She was short­listed for the 2006 World Equestrian Games, was a member of the second place U.S. team at the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows and was a member of two winning FEI Nations Cup teams in 2015.

The weekend show presented by the Siegel-CARMA Foundation offers former racers chances to compete in several disciplines: from cross-rail jumpers up to an Open 3’7” division, to dressage from Intro Test A to Fourth Level, Western Pleasure, Western Dressage and “showmanship” classes. Highlights include an available horse showcase and Saturday night’s Exhibition Dinner & Calcutta. In this feature, Thoroughbred Racing Teams comprised of racing trainers and jockeys try their hand at Calcutta format jumping competition A party on the berm enables exhibitors and guests to dine, enjoy comedic commentary and bid on the outcome of the class.

Proceeds will go to winning bidders and CARMA, which stands for California Retirement Management Association. The association is dedicated to providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of California-raced Thoroughbred horses.

For more information, visit

Michael Nyuis Scholarship Deadline
Jan. 1

Now it its fourth year, West Palms Events’ Michael Nyuis Scholarship program is accepting applications through Jan. 1 and the winners will be named Feb. 15. The scholarship provides resources to further training and equestrian education through horse showing. It is named in memory of West Palms Events’ Dale Harvey’s nephew, who always helped others whenever he had the chance.

The scholarship gives five young riders $6,500 in horse show credit toward any West Palm Event competition, except the Del Mar National. The West Palms Events’ selection committee seeks applicants with commitment to, love for and dedication to the sport. These scholarships are intended for riders who have the passion and drive to compete, but lack the financial resources to do so consistently throughout the year.

One of the scholarships is reserved for the winner of the Onondarka Medal Finals, which this year was Avery Glenn. Four scholarships are earmarked for American riders and one for a Canadian.

For more information and the application, visit

CPHA & PCHA Convention & Awards Dinner
January 5-7 in downtown San Diego

This will be a fun-filled weekend that you don’t want to miss. The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Awards Dinner will be Friday night as well as the silent auction. Saturday will be a day filled with all sorts of meetings from the open Western meeting, to the open Hunter/Jumper meeting, the Annual General Meeting, guest speakers and more. The silent auction will be open all day Saturday as well as the PCHA Awards dinner on Saturday evening.

Make reservations early to get the group rate which is available until December 18. Visit this link to make a reservation at the group rate:

Gold Star Clinic with Richard Spooner, Rich Fellers & Others
Jan 18-21 in Thermal

The USHJA gets its Gold Star Clinics for young jumper riders off to a great start with Richard Spooner as the headliner for the West Coast sessions, Jan. 18-21 at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal. Olympian and 2012 World Cup Finals champion Rich Fellers will be among the superstars also lending their expertise to young participants.

“We are thrilled to bring these exceptional clinics to riders who have excelled in the competition arena this year,” said Larry Langer, chair of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Athlete Task Force. “These athletes represent the best of the best at their level, and this is the first time in our sport’s history we’ve been able to identify Jumping athletes this early on in their riding careers.”

These clinics are part of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which was launched earlier this year in conjunction with the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, (see story, page 60) to identify Jumper athletes who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport.

Individual medalists from the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships receive the designation of Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders, regardless of age, and are invited, along with their coaches and parents, to attend one of these clinics. Additionally, USHJA will admit a select number of Wild Card participants. Any member who competed in the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, the FEI Children’s Rider Nations Cup™ at Langley, or the Children’s section of the FEI North American Children, Junior, and Young Rider Championships for Jumping may submit a Wild Card Application.

The four-day Gold Star Clinics will offer horsemanship, stable management, mounted instruction and additional education from top clinicians, such as Diane Carney, Kirsten Coe, Tanya Johnston, DiAnn Langer, Bill Leggett, Colleen Reed, Steve Stephens, Hardin Towell and Dr. Geoff Vernon.

Each Gold Star Clinic will offer education for Gold Star Jumper Coaches to help them understand the Jumping Athlete Pathway, a joint USHJA-US Equestrian effort that identifies and nurtures Jumping athletes as they advance through the sport to enhance future success for Olympic and international teams representing the United States.

Auditors and auditor donations are welcome for the clinic’s mounted session: RSVP to Erin Keating at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by January 10.

Learn more about the Emerging Jumper Rider Program at

California Dressage Society Meeting  & Symposium
Jan 19-21 in Sacramento

CDS continues its tradition of including terrific education in its annual meeting and the 2018 session is no exception. Featured clinicians Willy Arts, of top breeder DG Bar Ranch, and competitor/trainer David Wightman will address the question: “So, I have this young horse, now what do I do with it?”

The meetings and awards presentations are set for the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront hotel and the riding sessions will take place at Starr Vaughn Equestrian in nearby Elk Grove.

For more information, visit

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