March 2019 - What’s Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:08

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Equine Dentistry Talk
March 5 in Norco

SoCal Equine Hospital’s Dr. Rebecca Gilday will speak on equine dentistry as the latest in the Hospital’s regular series of educational talks. It takes place from 7-9 pm and is free.

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Endurance Riding Conference
March 8-9 in Reno

Endurance competitors and enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada will gather for the annual American Endurance Ride Conference convention March 8-9 in Reno, Nevada, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. This year AERC will be joined by the North American Trail Ride Conference and will welcome all distance riders to attend.

Education is a main component of AERC, a 46-year-old nonprofit organization that sanctions rides ranging from 25 to 100 miles in one day, and the convention’s nine seminars will provide cutting-edge knowledge for current and prospective endurance riders. Metabolic problems, gait assessment and pacing are among the seminar topics.

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Beefed-Up Blenheim EquiSports Series Begins
Beginning March 20-24 in San Juan Capistrano

The Blenheim EquiSports hunter/jumper season begins March 20-24 in San Juan Capistrano, with a new grass field to play on and a total of five FEI Grand Prix jumping competitions throughout the year. The first of those is an FEI CSI3* during the Blenheim Spring Classic II, a week that also features a USHJA National Derby, Zone 10 NAYC selection trials and hunter classes held on the Grand Prix Field.

Founders Club opportunities continue for passionate supporters: perks include watching the big classes from a neat viewing stand in the middle of the International field and presenting awards in sponsored classes. Blenheim’s spring series concludes with the Showpark Spring Festival in Del Mar in late April, followed by summer and fall competitions that conclude with the Las Vegas National Horse Show. The mid-November finale keeps growing, again hosting both a World Cup™ Jumping qualifier and the AON/USHJA National Championships.

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Photo: MGO Photography

Kristin Hardin Clinic & 1-Day Jumper Show
March 22-24 in Nipomo

Marcly Farms Equestrian Center is becoming a favorite hang-out for Central Coast riders to learn, practice and have fun. Their latest offering features Grand Prix jumping rider Kristin Hardin as the clinician, teaching in a unique format. On Friday, March 24, it’s private jumping lessons; Saturday, it’s group lessons; and Sunday, it’s a schooling jumper show during which Kristin will provide instructive feedback after each round. Participants can sign up for one to three days; although the first two days quickly sold out by press-time. Sunday is open and auditing all three days is free and encouraged.

Marcly Farms is owned by the Greene family, whose 21 year old daughter Taylor rides with Kristin. Mom Kelly Greene describes Kristin as a “very encouraging teacher” who leads participants to feel more confident and secure after their work. She acknowledges that some are initially intimidated by Kristin’s show ring success and outgoing character, “but you realize quickly that she’s there to help the horse and rider become better partners. She’s very attuned to making that happen: it’s kind of amazing to watch.”

The Greene family’s 17-stall private farm is perfect for schooling shows and clinics, which they’ve been hosting for eventing and hunter/jumper riders for a few years. While sheparding Taylor and her brother Jacob through their sports (Jacob is a motorcross rider), dad Marcus Greene inadvertently became an excellent sports photographer. Requests from friends to photograph their children evolved to Marcus becoming a sought-after show photographer at several West Coast events under the MGO Photography watermark. Kelly handles the editing and together they’ve become a well-known and much appreciated pair on the circuit.
Along with good quality training, relaxed fun with horses is always on the agenda at Marcly Farms. This month’s schooling show includes a low height bareback jumping class, a team challenge, Gambler’s Choice and a Four-Bar challenge.

More similar events are set for July and December.

For more information, visit Marcly Farms Equestrian Center on Facebook.


USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic
March 23-24 in Reno

The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby and Silver State Pony Club present a USHJA Trainer Certified Program approved clinic with Diane Carney. All proceeds from the clinic will benefit Silver State Pony Club. Trainers seeking credit toward the educational requirement of the Trainer Certification Program must notify Franktown Meadows of their intent, must attend all sessions in their entirety and must sign in and out each day of the TCP Clinic on the official form provided by the USHJA. Auditors are welcome at a fee of $100 for both days and $75 for one.

Diane Carney is a passionate educator and a lifelong, dedicated horsewoman, emphasizing horsemanship in every aspect of her world. Her versatility and in-depth knowledge as a Grand Prix rider, hunter rider, clinician, USHJA certified trainer, event organizer, commentator, course designer, USEF R judge, USEF International Disciplines Committee member and USHJA Board of Directors member, gives her a well-rounded perspective on the industry.

Galway Downs International Horse Trials
March 29-31 in Temecula

Entries are open through March 12th for this well-established competition that now hosts California’s first CCI4*-S (for “short”) event. That reflects the biggest sport-wide change this year in the addition of a fifth level of FEI-sanctioned international competition. The new, lower level 1* upshifts what were 3* to 4* events, and 4*s to 5*s. One benefit of the move is bringing eventing in line with its Olympic counterparts, show jumping and dressage, in having five levels. Simultaneously, the “CIC” designation is retired and replaced with CCI long (L) and short (S) formats at the 3* and 4* level.

Every inch of the constantly upgraded Galway Downs equestrian venue will be in use this weekend with divisions ranging from the 4*-S to Training Level for horse and riders, plus a fun competitors party on Saturday night.

USET High Performance director Erik Duvander is expected to be at Galway for the Trials, his second visit to California this year already. (See story, page 10). He’ll be scoping out riders at the higher levels for this year’s Pan Am Games and next year’s Tokyo Olympics potential and on the lookout for up and comers.
Great sport and good fun as an exhibitor or spectator at a beautiful wine country venue.

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Dressage Clinic with Lilo Fore
April 12-14 in Templeton

The United States Dressage Federation has rolled out nine new education events, as a part of the USDF National Education Initiative. The primary objective of the NEI is to create and support new and affordable programs, hosted by USDF Group Member Organizations that engage members. Each of these events is USDF University accredited, with attendees automatically earning USDF education credits.

GMOs that participate in the USDF National Education Initiative demonstrate their commitment to providing affordable, quality educational opportunities at all levels. The first such event on the West Coast is an Adult Amateur Clinic with USEF ‘S’ Judge and USDF Instructor/Trainer Examiner Lilo Fore. It will be hosted by California Dressage Society April 12-14 at the beautiful Templeton Farms in the Central Coast area’s Templeton.

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