May 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 18:58

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

New H/J Shows
May 12-13 & 17-20 in Paso Robles

The Spring Fling Schooling May 12-13 is the second in a new series of hunter/jumper schooling shows staged by and at the beautiful Paso Robles Horse Park. Whether you’ve taken a long break from competitions, are considering getting your feet wet for the first time, or just looking for an organized, affordable and fun show jumping experience, this is your ticket. Meet fellow horse enthusiasts, compare your skills to other riders, and hone your competition skills in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Held in partnership with the Santa Barbara Riding Club, the series continues in October with the Harvest Special and concludes this year with the Winter Wonderland in December. The schooling shows are designed to give local equestrians access to affordable, well-run competition at a first class facility.

The Horse Park’s first rated show, Rosé In May, May 17-20, has a “Regional 1” rating from the United States Equestrian Federation. It’s a great reason to spend time in the gently rolling hills of Coastal California wine country and the Horse Park has amenities that will hook horses, too: Six arenas and a 300’ by 500’ field with excellent footing and turf, respectively.

There’s a feel-good factor, too. The Park Foundation is dedicated to events that support and promote the relevance of horses in today’s world and “its unique ability to enhance the quality of life for all, particularly the handicapped and underprivileged. Jack’s Helping Hand equestrian therapy program in nearby Nipomo is an initial beneficiary. Colorful Adirondack chairs that line the venue’s grassy berms are available to all, with suggested donations going directly to the Foundation for its growing roster of good work.

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Horsenality Class
May 17 in San Diego County’s Poway

The Poway Equestrian Center’s new Equine Studies of San Diego launches its first class, a six-week course on Thursday nights starting May 17. The program aims to welcome new and old enthusiasts to horse-related education and activities.  Created for animal science students, horse owners, stable employees, horse businesses, sustainable living researchers and those who believe that being involved with horses can contribute to the well-being of all Americans.

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Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship Tour
May 19 in San Diego County’s Lakeside

San Diego’s East County Equestrian Foundation is teaming up with Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship in Lakeside to host a fundraising tour and demonstration.

The purpose is to expose new people to see how wonderful horses are for all humans. Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship program helps individuals of all ages with special needs, post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges. ECEF and Partners want to invite newcomers to see first hand the horses, riders and instructors in action.

Pre-registration is required and there is a 100 person limit. $5/person donation and attendees must RSVP by May 15th either by donating online at www.Lakeside, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call ECEF board member Cheryl Erpelding: 858-967-5765.



CalNet Horse Show
May 18-20 in Burbank

The CalNet Horse Show will once again be held at the prestigious Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Ride On Therapeutic is hosting the show and taking a team of riders, horses and volunteers to compete in classes including equitation, showmanship, trail, pole bending, futures and dressage.

CalNet is one of the largest horse shows for riders with disabilities in the country. The all-volunteer effort marks its 31st year (the same age as California Riding Magazine!) and welcomes spectators.

An unmounted “hands on” obstacle clinic is a highlight on Friday and Ride On instructor and open dressage trainer and coach Megan McQueeney will offer dressage clinics throughout the day.

On Sunday, CalNet competition will be staged alongside an open dressage schooling show, which includes Western Dressage classes that count toward California Western Dressage Assn high point awards.

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The Movement
May 23-24 in Solvang

“To take as many people as possible on a journey to discover the unique power of horses,” begins this event’s mission statement. It continues, “To find mindfulness, to learn and apply non-violent forms of communication and leadership and to help humans and horses live a better life.”

“Demonstrations, discoveries and pathways” is the theme of this two-day symposium and awards dinner. It will be in the arena and in the classroom where presenters and trainers will share their unique perspectives of the flight animal and how their vocations were changed when they were able to use horses as a metaphor for a better understanding of their work and relationships.

Monty Roberts, author of The Man Who Listens To Horses, has been deeply impressed with this extraordinary list of presenters who will move you with their stories of horses transforming humans.

Monty and his Certified Instructors will work with a range of young and remedial horses. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge during demonstrations, lectures and discussions. This event is for the novice rider, the non-rider, as well as the advanced student who wants to observe advanced horsemanship at work. There will be demonstrations on how to communicate with horses in their natural language in various situations.

The Movement takes place at the Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms in the Santa Ynez Valley’s Solvang.

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