July 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 June 2018 05:14

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic with Chris Kappler
July 14-15 in San Juan Capistrano

This is a super opportunity to learn from 2004 Olympic show jumper Chris Kappler as an auditor. These sessions with the team gold and individual silver medalist in Athens, Greece, are sponsored by the United States Hunter Jumper Association. They are designed to educate and advance the skills of professional trainers, but there’s a ton to be learned for amateur riders, too. Instruction will be grouped into three levels of riders: Cross-rails; Equitation over 3’3” to 3’6” fences; and a 4’ jumping group.

The sessions will be held at Sycamore Trails Stables and auditing is available at $100 a day or $175 for both days.

For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Event & NAYC
July 18-22 at Kalispell, MT



Last year, Rebecca Farm stepped up to host the eventing portion of the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, concurrent with its long-standing competition, The Event, in July. The beloved venue and Broussard family are doing that again this year. Event organizer Sarah Broussard summed up the spirit of the event and the cause behind it beautifully last year, so we are excerpting some of those comments as a preview to this month’s repeat staging of what’s now called the North American Youth Championships for eventers, along with The Event.

“Rebecca Farm has always been about community. From the hundreds of volunteers to the 600+ competitors that made up last year’s Event at Rebecca Farm, it seems our equestrian family grows every year,” Sarah wrote. “The young rider championship is the only one of its kind hosted in North America. Some have even called it the ‘junior Olympics of eventing.’ But beyond the accolades, this competition means a lot to me, because I too was once a young rider. I understand the rush of excitement while on course, the incredible feeling of support that comes from being a member of a team and being cheered on by great spectators. It is my hope that each and every young rider feels those same things here.

“It has been my family’s hope, since The Event’s inception, that Rebecca Farm be a place of livelihood, education, and community for all, no matter one’s age. Fortunately for us, that hope has become a reality. We remain humbled by the power of our community after all these years; it’s the same community that helped raise over $130,000 for Halt Cancer at X, and created a boom for the local economy here in the Flathead Valley.

“Whether you are a seasoned attendee, or experiencing The Event for the first time, my family and I could not be more thrilled to have you here. See you out on the courses!”

For more information, visit www.rebeccafarm.org. And to meet our area’s NAYC team members, see article, this issue.

Foxfield SumFun
July 21 in Westlake Village


Entries close July 6 for the 33rd Annual “SumFun” Horse Show.  With divisions ranging from Walk/Trot Equitation and Pleasure to Working Hunters and Equitation Over Fences, the day is designed to be as advertised: fun. And it all starts at the very civilized hour of 12:30 pm.

For more info, visit www.foxfield.com.

CPHA Finals
July 27-29 in Petaluma


The Sonoma Horse Park hosts the first of several California Professional Horsemens Association finals. In this case it’s the Northern Regional Child Adult Finals and the Northern Horsemanship Finals.

For more info and a complete list of the CPHA Finals schedule, visit www.cpha.org.

Two Stepping Under The Stars
July 28 in San Juan Capistrano


This community social event is a major fundraiser for the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition. The organization has done much good work to support and sustain the equestrian lifestyle in the rapidly-growing Orange County city and to create opportunities for the public to interact with horses and enjoy horse sports. The evening includes music, dancing, food, fun vendors and a silent auction with lots of great stuff.  It’s held outdoors at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, familiar to many as home of hunter/jumper and dressage competitions and a terrific place to spend a summer evening.

For more information, visit www.sanjuanequestrian.org.

Menlo Charity Horse Show
August 7-12 in the Palo Alto area’s Atherton


It’s best to attend this USEF “Heritage” competition in person, but if you can’t, Horse Radio Network gallops to the rescue. Action in all three rings will be streamed live, for free. The stream can be found via Facebook Live on the Facebook pages for Horse Network and the Menlo Charity Horse Show.

MCHS, a 501 (c) (3) organization, was honored with the designation as a USEF Heritage Competition in 2012. Recognized as one of the finest equestrian events in the United States, Menlo is unique in that its origin and legacy is one of philanthropy.

Started in 1970 as a one-day horse show, Menlo has a tradition of providing outstanding equine competition while raising much-needed funds for numerous charities including Planned Parenthood, Amigos De Las Americas, and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The show’s current charitable partner, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Vista), was founded in 1936 and is the premier resource for individuals with vision loss in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. Vista Center helps clients reach their highest potential through programs that promote independence and improve quality of life. During our partnership, Menlo has raised over six million dollars for Vista Center.

Held at the Menlo Circus Club, “Menlo” offers exhibitors and spectators one of the best show experiences in the country. Nightly events combine the excitement of show jumping with the best of entertainment featuring casual dinners, wine and beer tastings. Sponsors are treated to breakfast, lunch, and evening wine tastings in the Mountain Home Stables Sponsor Tent. The Friday Night Gala is a favorite for the social crowd with all proceeds going to Vista Center.

Menlo is also a World Champion Hunter Rider show, as well as home to the South West Regional Awards presentation ceremony. Over 130 volunteers work year round to make the Menlo experience unforgettable. The history of show excellence and philanthropy is unsurpassed.

For more information, visit www.menlocharityhorseshow.com.

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