Aprll 2018 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:42

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Good Horses Galore
Three dates in three locations.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program has three Mustang adoptions set for this month: April 7-8 in King City; April 8 at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove; and April 13-15 in Paso Robles during the Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous. In each case, there will be plenty of wild Mustangs available for meet and greets and to consider making your own. Used in every imaginable discipline, Mustangs are naturally healthy and hearty horses. Owners and trainers describe them as loyal and eager to please.

Amy Dumas is a believer well beyond her responsibilities as manager of the Wild Horse and Burro program. She currently has four Mustangs and two burros and “wouldn’t trade them for the world.”

Along with the personal enjoyment of owning Mustangs, Amy has first-hand experience with another benefit of taking on “a living symbol of our American history:” the gratification of giving a good horse a home and being part of the solution to America’s long-standing challenge of maintaining its wild horse herds. Call it the equestrian version of the “doing well while doing good” social investment strategy.

For more information about the process and suitability of adopting a BLM Mustang, see our December 2017 article and visit www.blm.gov.

Young Event Horse Seminar
April 11-12 in Paso Robles

The main topics covered will be learning the new Young Event Horse scoring system, judging the dressage, conformation and jumping/gallop phases, as well as tips for organizers, competitors and everyone involved. This will count as credit for YEH judges to remain on the judges list by learning the new scoring and judging system.

A team of top professionals will help cover these topics using powerpoints, videos, practice judging and Q&A sessions. The presentations will be led by Gretchen Butts, Bea DiGrazia, Loris Henry, Mark Weissbecker, Karen Winn and Daniel Zilla.

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Del Mar National
April 17-May 6 in San Diego

Western Week kicks off this proud tradition of three weeks of top competition in three disciplines. Each week includes a special Saturday night presentation that’s good fun and entertainment for all.

Western Week, it’s Night Of The Horse on Saturday. Dressage Week (see story, page 42) features Evening of Musical Freestyles April 28, with the extra special moment of the retirement ceremony for Steffen Peters’ star, Legolas 92. And, hunter/jumper week is showcased with the May 5 $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar, presented by Sotheby’s International Equestrian Division.

For tickets and more information, visit www.delmarnational.com.

Temecula Valley National Horse Shows
First of three shows April 18-22 in Temecula

Ali and Francie Nilforushan and Nilforushan Equisport Events bring their vision to life with this first staging of their new hunter/jumper series at Galway Downs in Temecula. Using ideas culled from their own experience as competitors and Ali’s experience in the entertainment industry, the shows strive to combine first class competition, social opportunities, fine dining and spectacular sport.

An April 18 kick off party illustrates the organizer’s approach with the Bright Lights, Vintage Nights party. “The village at Galway will be transformed into a modern supper club inspired by social clubs of the past for our welcome party,” says the NEE website. “Special guest performances by Malik Pointer, Tru Collins, Skye Dee Miles, Aaron Turner, Vegas Showgirls, an All Star Band and much much more! The intimate performances come with a twist of old and new cabaret, with music from every genre and era.”

While fine dining and first rate everything are a priority for the Nilforushans in this new show series, they also want to make competition more affordable for those entering the sport or participating on a budget. Free class entries for those on Off the Track Thoroughbreds and young horses and three levels of stabling fees are among the ways they are accomplishing that.

The rest of the show series takes place May 23-27 and May 30-June 3. (See story, California Riding Magazine, February 2018)

For more information on the three-week series, visit www.jump-nee.com.

Riding Head Strong
Saturday, April 21 in San Diego

Noted performance psychologist and author Dr. Simon Marshall will provide expert tips on “how to stop your three-pound lump of crazy from sabotaging your riding.” Dr. Marshall is “an expert in sports psychology and UC San Diego professor of mental toughness.” That’s per the website for Braveheart Coaching, an endeavor he shares with his wife, World Champion triathlete Lesley Patterson.

The talk for equestrians will address scenarios familiar to most: fear of getting back on after a fall; lacking confidence to move up to the next level; fear of leaving the arena or taking risks in or out of it.

The free presentation will take place at Carmel Creek Ranch in San Diego. For more information, call Tanja at 858-395-3873.

West Coast Dressage Convention
April 21-22 in North Los Angeles County’s Hidden Valley

Dutch Olympians Edward Gal and Peter Hans Minderhoud are headliners in this intensive dressage clinic in the intimate, beautiful setting of El Campeon Farms in Hidden Valley. Renowned natural horseman Monty Roberts is on the bill, too, with demonstrations geared toward helping dressage horse and rider pairs strengthen their bonds. This is the fifth “Convention” staged by Scott Hayes Productions, and follows extremely well received California events with British dressage stars Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin.

For information, see article this month and visit www.westcoastdressagefestival.com or https://ca.shproductions.ca to purchase tickets and/or VIP tables.


Woodside Hunter Jumper Series
April 25-July 8 in the Bay Area’s Woodside

From the Woodside Spring Preview starting April 25 to the closing week of the Golden Gate Classic in July, the Langer Equestrian Group presents top competition at a top facility.

Every week includes a $15,000 Grand Prix and USHJA National Hunter Derbies, Pony Hunter Derbies, North American League Qualifying classes and CPHA Pre-Green Incentive classes with downtime fun via the Carousel Club and exhibitor parties.

For more information, visit www.langershows.com.

Fiesta Charity Horse Show
April 26-29 in Burbank

Now celebrating its 20th year, this competition and Saturday night Mane Event exhibition bring together beautiful and versatile breeds, along with their dedicated owners and riders in an educational, entertaining and fun showcase. Even better, proceeds benefit cancer awareness and research.

The competition starts Thursday, April 26, with all breeds dressage and western dressage and the action concludes with Saturday’s Grand Finale exhibition.

For tickets and more information, visit www.fiestaspanishhorse.org.

Flintridge Horse Show
April 26-29 in the Los Angeles area’s La Canada Flintridge

The 97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show will welcome hundreds of horses from all over the United States and Canada. This boutique competition takes place on the spectacular oak-studded grounds of the Flintridge Riding Club founded in 1922.

A benefit for the Huntington Hospital and the Pasadena community, the historic show has several highlights. Friday night’s Tandem Hunt Class is a costumed favorite for young riders and spectators and Saturday’s $15,000 Grand Prix of Flintridge and the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby are big draws. Social events surround the action, and sponsors including Land Rover of Pasadena and the Allen Lund Company make it an extra special affair for exhibitors, family and friends.

For more information, visit www.westpalmsevents.com.

Horse Trials with Novice Three-Day
April 27-29 in Fresno

The Fresno County Horse Park responds to interest in a Novice Three Day by including one in this month’s Horse Trials, making it the only venue in Area VI to host one this year. The competition includes divisions from Training to to Preliminary, with USEA recognized tests from Training Three Day to Young Event Horse 4- and 5-year-olds.

Entries close April 10. For more information, visit www.fresnocountyhorsep.com.

Talk Derby To Me
May 5 in Orange County’s Silverado

Giracci Vineyards and Farms hosts the 4th Annual “Talk Derby To Me” viewing party for the Kentucky Derby. The beautiful equestrian facility and vineyard gates open at 11:30 a.m. with a riding demonstration, including a lovely dressage freestyle, at 12:30. Festivities surrounding the watching of the famous race include a hat & bow tie contest, lawn games and live entertainment, along with beer, wine and a food festival.

For tickets and more information, visit www.giracci.com.

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