September 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 04:39

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Central Valley Hunter Jumper Mini-series
Sept. 15 in Fresno

The first two shows in this new series took place in March and May, welcoming many riders who previously had had to travel quite a ways to compete, explains organizer Jenny House. Staged at the Fresno County Horse Park that is familiar to eventers, the Fall Festival Schooling Show features cross-rails, hunters, jumpers and equitation. Special attractions include “breakfast on the hill” during the $200 Ariat Hunter Derby, wine and cheese at the end of the day, and a $200 Gamblers Choice jumping class.

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Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Benefit
Sept. 15 in Hidden Valley

The beautiful, privately-owned El Campeon Farms hosts this fundraising event  to benefit Ride On and the services they offer to the disabled. Nestled in beautiful Hidden Valley, El Campeon is an incredible equestrian venue that has provided the location for some of the iconic Budweiser/Clydesdale Super Bowl commercials.

The event will feature amazing and inspiring equine performances, including demonstrations by Ride On’s students and horses highlighting the programs that are offered. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, drinks and dessert will be served and there will be a silent and live auction.

Ride On teaches therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities at two locations in Chatsworth and Newbury Park.

Therapeutic riding combines instruction in traditional horsemanship skills with concepts of physical therapy that improve the strength, balance and self esteem of individuals with disabilities. In the past 24 years, Ride On has become one of the largest therapeutic riding centers in the country serving 225 riders with disabilities on a weekly basis.

The event starts at 4 pm with cocktails, silent auction and equestrian performances. Tickets are $175 per person including dinner with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Ride On. 

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit Tickets will not be available at the door.

Shea Center BBQ & Family Faire
Sept. 22 in San Juan Capistrano


It would simply not seem like fall without this annual event that’s typically attended by 1,500 friends of this great program. Highlights include country fair games for all ages, live and silent auctions, country music and dancing and, best of all, demos from the Shea’s star riders.

For more info and tickets, visit

USEA Area VI Championships
Oct. 4-7 in Woodside

These will take place concurrent with the Woodside International Horse Trials at the Woodside Horse Park. Levels are Intro to Intermediate.

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Horse Affair
Oct. 4-7 in Norco


After a great debut last year, the event “Where Horsemen Meet” is ready to top it. The George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center will be bustling throughout. Clinicians include Cowboy Dressage® expert Jessica Hutchings; dressage expert Susie Hoffman Peacock; Sheryl Lynde’s colt starting and foundational training basics; Master Farrier Jerry Lunde and many more. An equine industry symposium has a full slate of educational offerings for those in the business, and entertainment includes the Fiesta Sunday festivities. Much more…

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LAHJA Finals
Oct. 19-21 in Burbank

The LAHJA Junior Medal Final presented by and LAHJA Senior and Pony Medal Finals will be held on a new date this year at Gold Coast October (Oct. 19-21) at Los Angeles Equestrian Event Center.

“Given that the inaugural USHJA National Championship Horse Show is going to be in Las Vegas, the LAHJA Board of Directors did not want our members to have to pick between our LAHJA Junior, Senior, and Pony Medal Finals, and either attending or going to the AON USHJA National Championship Horse Show,” LAHJA President Kay Altheuser explains. “As a result, for 2018 the LAHJA Junior, Senior, and Pony Medal Finals will be held during Gold Coast October. I hope to see all of you there and then in Las Vegas!”

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Isabell Werth
Oct. 13-14 in Encinitas


Current and many-time world #1 ranked dressage rider, Isabell Werth of Germany, comes to California Oct. 13-14. She’ll be on her way home from the World Equestrian Games and prepared to coach in the intimate setting of Ad Astra Stables in San Diego County’s Encinitas. Scott Hayes Productions brings Isabell in, building on a stellar track record of educational/social events with the likes of Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud.

Thus far, the learning opportunities at these events have been exceptional, with the plus of a lovely setting, gracious hosts and shopping opportunities during breaks. The schedule calls for Isabell to work with lower level pairs in the morning and upper levels pairs in the afternoon, followed by an autograph signing session.

Riding spots are likely spoken for, but you never know, and spectator seats are going fast at this especially small venue.

For tickets and more information, visit

Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show
Oct. 27-28 in Del Mar    


Lisa Blaufuss is sadly gone but the fun, social and truly “spirited” dressage competition she started continues to remind all of her cheerful, upbeat, uncomplaining approach to life, horses and dressage. Plus, proceeds go toward helping Lisa’s and her husband John’s talented daughter Ciera with college expenses.

The show includes qualifiers for all of next year’s big championships. Equally important, fun stuff includes the $1,200 Costume Musical Freestyle, the famous Caldwell Dressage Boo Bash, the Howl’in Dog Costume Contest and the Rest In Peace Relay, Best Decorated Tent contest and more.

“Lisa loved this show and more than anything wanted the community to not take itself too seriously,” shares show director and Lisa’s close friend Kim Stordhal. “She wanted to create something where everyone could have fun. So we intend to continue that theme in her honor. It is a requirement, therefore, that you have fun. The whole weekend!”

Saturday and Sunday, it’s “get your pink on” Kim reminds of the show’s role in promoting awareness of breast cancer. That finally took Lisa but not before a good, long fight.

The spooky site is the Del Mar Horsepark. For more information, visit and enter through

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