June 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:21

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Temecula Dressage Classic
June 8-10 in Temecula

Taking up the weekend of the late Lisa Blaufuss’s neat dressage show in Paso Robles, the Temecula Dressage Classic is loaded with last-chance qualifiers that make it a must-attend for serious dressage competitors. But it’s not going to be all serious and no fun. The idea is to make the most of time spent with horses, friends and fellow dressage enthusiasts in the lovely environment of the Galway Downs Equestrian Center in the heart of Temecula wine country.

The showgrounds have been extensively revamped in both practical and aesthetic ways, and the organizer’s modus operandi is mixing top competition with low-key social events. Friday night, the Classic hosts a live band and party, followed by a “food truck festival” for the local community on Saturday.


The Classic is a final qualification on the West Coast for the 2018 Adequan FEI North America Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North; the 2018 Children Dressage National Championship; 2018 AGCO/USEF Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championships; the 2018 Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’, Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today.

For more information, visit www.temeculaclassic.com.

Gold Coast All-Arabian Show
June 8-10 in Santa Cruz County’s Watsonville

Gold Coast Arabian Horse Association’s Coast Classic show is set for June 8-10 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.  As in the past years, there will be three days of Purebred and Half-Arabian classes for both the professional and amateur including reining and trail classes, with various High Point awards for Adult and Youth Western Pleasure and English exhibitors. There are also all breed opportunity classes added to the schedule, so check the class list for information.

For more information, visit www.goldcoastarabian.org.

Western Dressage Demos
Horse Expo in Sacramento, June 8-10

California Western Dressage Association member and trainer Stacy Sutton and other CAWDA members will lead the first Western Dressage demonstrations at the multi-faceted Expo. The CAWDA will have a booth filled with lots of interesting and exciting news about Western Dressage.

For more information on this and many upcoming educational events and shows, visit www.cawda.org.

Equine Experience
June 9 in Paso Robles

“At Equine Experience, we learn from horses and nature how to become masters of living, thriving to the fullest, despite life’s circumstances and obstacles,” explains organizer Kasia Roether. “If you feel ready to start to shine a brighter you, please join us for the workshop: Shining out, the journey to all you can be, in the beautiful hills of Paso Robles.”

This is a non-riding event and no equestrian experience is required. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for weather conditions and the ranch environment, wear closed-toed footwear and provide their own sun protection. Water, coffee, tea, light snacks and lunch will be provided.

For more information about this retreat, visit www.eqiuine-experience.com.

Quadrille Clinic
June 9-10 in Santa Cruz County’s Watsonville

Multi-talented Joan Williams teaches this clinic on learning to ride in precision in a group. No easy task, but fun for sure! It’s open to riders who are new to quadrille, those who have some experience and seasoned veterans alike.

Presentations will include principles behind quadrille and mounted sessions. It’s great for horses of any size, breed and level of experience and it’s the perfect way to improve riding in a supportive atmosphere.

Joan is a USDF gold, silver and bronze medalist with a gold freestyle bar. She’s a trainer and an “R” judge, who coached the CDS Award Winning quadrille champs in 2014. Presented by the California Dressage Society, the event is open to its member and free to auditors.

For more information, contact Merily Reese at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 559-564-2038.

Equus Film Festival
June 15-17 in Burbank

The Equus Film Festival Los Angeles joins with the Los Angeles Equestrian Center-based non-profit charity, Hands On Horses, to present this two-day equine film festival featuring films, art and literary works, all about horses.

The line-up of films is almost overwhelming and quite diverse. The Story of Totilas, Dutchman Edward Gal’s record-breaking dressage star, will attract dressage devotees, while other films have farther ranging topics. A Racetrack Somewhere ventures into Australian’s most iconic and remote racing events, while Scout’s Honor follows a “remarkable woman’s journey back from a terrible riding accident.” Film lengths range from seven to 83 minutes. Super variety of offerings!

For tickets and more information, visit www.equusfilmfestival.net.

Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby
June 23-24 in Washoe Valley, Nevada

People were a little unclear what this stand-alone hunter competition was when it debuted nine years ago. But the breathtaking location, terrific competition and gracious hosts quickly made it a must-stop on the agenda of many of the West Coast’s top horses and riders.

This year’s edition features a $1,000 Welcome Stake, a $10,000 Franktown Meadows 3’ Hunter Derby, the $5,000 3’-3’3” Non Pro Hunter Classic and the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. California star Hap Hansen is a member of the judging panel and Philip J De Vita returns for his eighth year as competition manager and course designer.

For more info visit www.fmhunterderby.com.

Surf’s Up!
July 5-8 & Aug. 9-12 in Huntington Beach

You can’t beat horses at the beach, and with West Palms Events in charge, it’s sure to be a fun time at these two hunter/jumper shows staged at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center about one mile from the ocean.

The July competition features the $15,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix, preceded by the Stick Horse Relay as the marquee class. A CWD Modified Jr/Am Jumper Classic and a USHJA National Hunter Derby.

The Summer Classic in August has another $15,000 Grand Prix, this one sponsored by S & S Bank Card Systems and two Los Angeles Hunter/Jumper Assn’s medal finals: the Rosewood and the Betsy Woods Horsemanship.

Saturday night’s Free Rein Fundraiser benefits the Foundation that pairs abused and neglected horses with young people who are working on overcoming a variety of emotional obstacles.

For more information, visit www.westpalmsevents.com.

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