January 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:42

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Masterclasses & Freestyles

Some of the horse world’s best minds and most talented riders will share their knowledge and insights with spectators and competitors at the 2018 Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival during the crowd-pleasing Masterclasses. These will be held on Festival Saturday evenings prior to the much anticipated FEI-level freestyles.

The Masterclasses taught by the US, German and British dressage and eventing equestrian team members, and a world famous horseman are:
•    AWCDF I, Temecula, Galway Downs, Jan.3-6 – Masterclass Jan. 6 with Boyd Martin, Monty Roberts
•    AWCDF II, Del Mar, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Jan. 17-20 – Masterclass Jan. 20 with Laura Graves
•    AWCDF III, Del Mar, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Feb. 1-4 - Masterclass Feb. 3with Helen Langehanenberg
•    AWCDF IV, Del Mar, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Feb. 14-17 – Masterclass Feb. 17 with Charlotte Dujardin

In related news, WCDF designates Brooke USA as its official charity. Brooke USA is the U.S. division of the international equine welfare organization.

Ticket prices for the Masterclasses and the Freestyles range from $39.95 for single night general admission, to multi-show or multi-season VIP boxes. For tickets and more information, visit www.westcoastdressagefestival.com.

Equine Emergency Preparedness Expo
Jan. 20 in Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez Valley Riders host their first annual Equine Emergency Preparedness Expo, a free event. Jan. 20. This timely event starts at 9 a.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association Party Barn. Speakers will include emergency personnel teams, Santa Barbara Equine Evacuation and Assistance Team, Inc., HEET - Horse Emergency Evacuation Team of San Luis Obispo County, CAL FIRE, and veterinarians are lined up as presenters, along with speakers for emergency preparedness, and communication. “By joining these valuable trained personal, together we can help prepare you and your home for any emergency. This is valuable information, because being prepared in the event of any emergency can save your life and your animals,” say Julie Monser, one of the organizers.

The location is 195 N Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez. The venue’s use was donated by the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association. For more info contact Julie Monser at 805-264-3422 or Dawn Perrine at 805-245-6727.

Ranch Trail & Cowboy Dressage Clinics
Jan. 20 in Silver Lakes

Riders spots are already full for these clinics, but auditors are welcome. There’s lots to learn from Mary Rose Anderson on the Ranch Trail side and from Jessica Hutchings on the Cowboy Dressage side. These instructional sessions set the stage for a series of two-day competitions, Saturday devoted to Ranch Trail and Sunday to Cowboy Dressage. They’ll take place in February, March and April, all at the Ranch at Silver Lakes Park in Norco. The new venue gets a lot of use for soccer and other sports and its equestrian facilities are becoming increasingly popular.

For more information, visit www.silverlakespark.com.

UC Davis Extension Summer Programs
Enrollment Open Now


UC Davis Extension has two exciting outdoor adventures that take participants into the California wilderness on horseback— Mustangs: A Living Legacy and Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness. Past participants have acclaimed these courses “an outstanding adventure” and “a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Mustangs: A Living Legacy: Track wild horses and relive the Old West in the seldom-visited Pizona area of Inyo National Forest. From a central meadow camp, riders track Mustangs in their natural pinyon forest habitat and learn the social behavior of the horses and their current struggle. This program is a special opportunity that combines a rustic outdoor adventure and a unique educational experience in exploring the biology, ecology and behavior of a proud and beautiful animal— the North American wild horse. The dates are June 9-12, leaving from Bishop.

Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness: This deluxe seven-day pack trip covers the essentials of horsepacking in the wilderness— with the Golden Trout Wilderness of the High Sierra as your laboratory. The instructor will discuss equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry. The dates are July 8-14, out of Lone Pine.

For more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit https://extension.ucdavis.edu.

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