August 2019 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 17:01

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California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

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Menlo Charity Horse Show
Aug. 6-11 in the San Francisco Peninsula area’s Atherton

One year shy of its 50th anniversary, this fixture on the California hunter/jumper summer circuit is a can’t miss for many who return to the Menlo Circus Club venue year after year. Top level sport at every level, oodles of opportunities to socialize and shop, and it’s also a fundraiser for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Over $6 million dollars have been raised for the Center during its long partnership with the show.

Over 130 volunteers work year-round to make the show special, which helps explain how it earned USEF Heritage competition designation in 2012.

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Back To School Bash
Aug. 9-10 in Paso Robles

A great inaugural year brings a repeat of the Paso Robles Horse Park’s Back To School Bash. This event will be filled with equine education, access to horses for the entire community, and fun in the sun to celebrate the relevance of the horse in today’s world. Educational sessions are completely free of charge to the public and all ages are welcome.

Activities begin Friday afternoon, when guests are welcome to haul their horses in and ride in the park arenas and grounds. There will be a movie on the L.D. Hayes berm that night, with free s’mores and snacks.

Education dominates the day Saturday, on two tracks: Introduction to the Horse and Preparing to Show & Learning More. The latter track includes demonstrations and talks about polo, Miniature Horses and driving and Off The Track Thoroughbreds, with comments from those who have successfully transitioned TBs into other disciplines. In the afternoon, it’s a meet the judge session with Sara Schroeder, a course design conversation with Sarah Dubost and a presentation on concussion safety and helmet fitting with the Park’s EMT, Anthony DiBernardino.

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Thinking Outside the Box Stall
Aug. 16-18 in Sandy, Oregon

This “Introduction to Cooperative Horse Care” explains an “outside the box” approach to training that emphasizes low-stress handling and evidence-based techniques.  Megan Phillips and Jody Ambrose of Train with Trust® have been working with horses and other animals for over 25 years, using methods that bring true innovation to domestic equine management.

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Copper Meadows Derby
Aug. 18 in San Diego County’s Ramona

Copper Meadows Derbies are a great way to experience the thrill of cross-country at this popular eventing venue. Derbies are a mixture of show jumps and cross-country obstacles incorporated into a course that winds through three arenas.  The Derby is an optimum time event, with Intro through Preliminary levels.  Courses average 17 jumps and 20 jumping efforts, and incorporate terrain, ditches, brush fences, narrows, and unique obstacles like straw bales.

Riders must check into the office before riding to receive their number and sign a waiver, and a helmet and cross-country vest required. First rounds are $75, and extra rounds are available for $50 each.

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Cool August Nights
Aug. 22-25 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center

Highlights include the Parker Equine Insurance Southern CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition and the Markel/Cornerstone Amateur High Score Awards and Markel Young Horse Talent Search.

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Portuguese Bend National Horse Show
Sept. 6-8 in Rolling Hills Estates

With the theme of “Harnessing Hope For Children” the PBNHS celebrates its 62nd year. Highlights will include PCHA 14 & Under, 18-34, and 35 & Over Medal Finals, the $15,000 Seahorse Open Jumper Classic, the $10,000 Harman Family Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and a complement of special classes.

Footing improvements under the supervision of Tractor Dean are another highlight of this benefit for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Since 1958, the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital members and their families have worked tirelessly to organize, staff, put on this show, and most importantly have raised over $16 million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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