December 2018 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 November 2018 19:11


My Christmas wish is that we all continue contributing what we can to those struggling in the aftermath of November’s cruel fires: evaluating what we truly need against what we can give to those with more pressing needs. This issue’s articles detail our equestrian community’s renowned courage and generosity in the worst times. As we went to press just before Thanksgiving, the fires were out for the moment but the need for help will extend for months and years.

The issue also brings bright spots of November. We thought the Las Vegas National Horse Show and inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships wonderfully fulfilled sport leaders’ visions for uniting all levels of the hunter/jumper world. Having affiliate members from Reno compete in the same arena as World Cup athletes was inspiring for everybody. The tournament’s marquee competition, Saturday night’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, displayed the pinnacle of horsemanship in pursuit of our sport’s highest athletic goals. Nayel Nassar and Lordan’s partnership of mutual trust earned them a second World Cup win in two weeks.

We greatly enjoyed the educational sessions woven into the AON/USHJA National Championships. The more we know about all aspects of the sport, the more fun and rewarding it is.

Thanks to our cover sponsor Big Horse Feed & Mercantile in Temecula. In this changing world, the store has held fast to its mission of being “more than just a feed store,” with a huge array of products, rock-solid customer service and responding to the changing needs and preferences of its big customer base. California Riding Magazine is about the same vintage as Big Horse. Thanks to our readers and advertisers’ help, we’d like to think we are doing the same.

Happy, safe holidays with family and friends, two and four-legged.

Kim F Miller, Editor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 949-644-2165


Hello Editor


I  read the article about Camelot Equestrian Park (no longer hosting rated competitions, California Riding Magazine, October 2018).  I understand their issues and fully support their decision. If you review all the fees, rent and insurance, etc., that it takes to run a show, it’s becoming a very narrow hosted sport.

Exhibitors spend hundreds of dollars on drug fees, office fees, county fees and many other fees, per show. It’s to the point that it’s almost impossible for a young rider to even get started.

I have watched many talented young riders as well as adult amateurs riders unable to compete because of the expense of rated shows. Not everyone can get an outside sponsor or a sugar adult that can support this growing expensive sport.

The USEF, USDA and any other associated program needs to reevaluate the actual costs and try to make it affordable to a wider group of riders.

I fully support Camelot Equestrian Park for taking the steps to open their program to schooling shows and promoting the schooling events. I hope that attention is brought to this issue and maybe a solution can be found for the expense of the rated shows.

Thank you,

Brenda Anderson
Mira Loma, CA




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