February 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:54

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Adequan/USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference
Feb. 6-7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Johann Hinneman is the featured trainer in this year’s Adequan USDF FEI Level Trainers Conference. Recognized worldwide as a trainer and coach, having served as Canada’s team trainer and German National Coach, alongside Klaus Balkenhol, his student roster reads like a “Who’s Who” of Olympic medalists and various national champions, including Steffen Peters, Coby van Baalen, Marlies van Baalen, Ulla Salzgeber, Heiki Kemmer and Alexandra Simmons de Ridder.

Auditing is available for USDF members. To purchase tickets, visit www.usdf.org.


Equine Microchip Clinic
Feb. 10 in San Diego County’s Vista

There are many good reasons to microchip your horse. Most importantly, it’s a way rescuers can identify horses that have been hastily evacuated in a disaster and need to be reconnected with their owner. It’s also required now in USEF-sanctioned hunter, jumper and equitation competition as a means of ensuring fair play. That rule went into effect December 1 of 2017 and there’s a grace period of one year until microchip ID numbers must be recorded with the USEF in order to compete in USEF sanctioned shows in 2019.

This microchipping clinic is hosted by the Vista Palomar Riders, in the main arena at their facility in San Diego County’s Vista, from 1-3 p.m. Dr. Emily Sanders of Pacific Coast Equine will provide the microchipping service. The only cost involved is for the microchip and its lifetime registration, which is $40, cash only. Pre-registration is required by calling 760-518-0497.

For more information, visit www.vistapalomarriders.com.


Big Jumping at HITS Coachella
Feb. 10 & March 18

The West league’s final qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals is set for Saturday Feb. 10. Five weeks later, on March 18, it’s the AIG Million Grand Prix. Both are terrific showdowns in front of full houses out in the desert. HITS Coachella Desert Circuit features eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers with total prizes of nearly $3 million, including two USHJA International Hunter Derbies.

For tickets (for the two big Grand Pix) and schedules, visit www.hitsshows.com.


Enhanced H/J Series
Various dates starting March 16-18 in Lake View Terrace

The Verdugo Hills hunter/jumper series of shows at the Hansen Dam Horse Park is underway. After two shows in January, the hunter/jumper series resumes March 16-18, and continues in April, May, June and three shows in October. Now sponsored by Valencia Sport Saddlery, the series has new features this year: USHJA National Hunter Derbies, Langer Equestrian Group Jumper Championships, new footing in the Main Hunter Ring, A-rated hunter classes, medal classes and more.

For more information, visit www.langershows.com.


Dressage Workshop & Clinic with Elizabeth Johnson
March 3-4 in East San Diego County

submitted by Elizabeth Johnson

How do those aides work?

Have you ever wanted to ask a rider why they are doing something or how it works, especially in the middle of a movement? Or ask, “Please, can you clarify the aides and why they work?” I am planning an informational workshop day for exactly this situation. I have been teaching for many years and so many times I have “played horse” to show my students how I want the horse to step in a movement or I try to mimic a rider’s movement as an explanation. It is so much better on a real horse!

On Saturday March 3 at 1 p.m. I will do just that and host a free-of-charge workshop. I will hold a Q&A while riding my FEI gelding, Artisan. We can pick apart movements and aids as I work him. Afterwards, we can have impromptu refreshments at my home barn in El Cajon/Lakeside, ask any further questions, or just get to know each other.

On Sunday March 4 at 9 a.m., I will hold a clinic at Peppertree Farms in Poway, where I will conduct individual lessons open to anyone. Anyone who came on Saturday can have thought about any further questions that pertain to themselves or their horse. Saturday attendance is not a pre-requisite for Sunday’s clinic, but I think it will be fun to tie the two days together while it is fresh in the student’s mind.

Sunday clinic cost is $65 per lesson, and the trailer-in fee is $22.

Please RSVP for the workshop and/or sign up for the clinic by March 1. Contact Elizabeth at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 619-508-0661, Facebook: Artisan Dressage Training.


Horse Expo
March 9-11 in Pomona

The Southern California edition of the Western States Horse Expo is a little later in the calendar this year, but otherwise it’s the usual bursting to the seams agenda of horsemanship education, exhibitions and shopping opps. Clinicians include Jonathan Field, Olympic eventer Gina Miles, show jumping star Rob Gage, Warwick Schiller, saddle-fitting master Jochen Schleese, Craig Cameron and the super interesting veterinarian David Ramey, DVM—just to name a few. Entertainment highlights include Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race set for Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit www.horseexpoevents.com.

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