September 2019 - What’s Happening...
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Saturday, 31 August 2019 17:29

whats happeningCalifornia Riding Magazine Event Calendar

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Back To School at Maplewood
Various September dates in Reno

Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables takes September very seriously as “back to school” month for equestrians interested in a range of horsemanship topics.

The month’s curriculum at the multi-faceted facility in Reno is as follows:

  • Young Horse Trainer School - September 3-8 - Jose Alejos, Linda Allen and Julie Winkel
  • Sport Horse Conformation Seminar - September 9-10 (approved by the USHJA as a USEF Hunter Breeding Judge’s Continuing Education Clinic) - Chrysann Collatos, Danny Marks and Julie Winkel
  • Course Design School - September 10-11 (approved by the USHJA as a USEF Hunter and Jumper Course Designer Continuing Education Clinic) - Linda Allen and Meghan Rawlins
  • Reno Judge’s School - September 13-15 (approved by the USHJA as a USEF Hunter and Equitation Judge’s Continuing Education Clinic) - Fran Dotoli and Julie Winkel
  • Reno Jumper Judge’s School - September 16 - (approved by the USHJA as a USEF Jumper Judge’s Continuing Education Clinic) - Jack Robson and Charlotte Skinner-Robson
  • USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic - September 16-17 - Julie Winkel and Juliana Zunde

For more information, visit

Hunter Pace
Sept. 7 in Riverside County’s Mountain Center

Santa Fe West Hills Hunt offers a new and exciting adventure for both horse and rider at its beloved hunt country in Mountain Center at Garner Ranch, in the San Jacinto Mountains. Participants will ride a marked course of eight to 10 miles in teams of two or three. Riders of all levels can participate. There will be several divisions: english or western, fast, slow, jumping or non-jumping. The course start times range from 9a.m. to 11p.m.  Entry $75 Adults, $45 Juniors Lunch/beverage optional $15.

For more information, visit

Free Riding Clinics
Sept. 15, 22, 29 & Oct. 6 in Woodside

The San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association is hosting four free Sunday riding clinics, all held at the Mounted Patrol Grounds in Woodside. The points of focus are beginning and re-entry into western riding; desensitizing your horse; ranch versatility with an intro to cowboy dressage; and english equitation.

For more information, visit

Ride On Turns 25
Sept. 15 in the north Los Angeles area’s Chatsworth

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship will pause its wonderful, extensive work to celebrate 25 years serving families with disabilities.  Harrison Ford will rejoin Ride On at its Chatsworth Ranch as the honored guest. The evening will feature amazing and inspiring equine performances including demonstrations by Ride On’s students and horses.

Live music, appetizers, dinner and complimentary wine and beer are on the agenda.

Invitations will be available shortly or you can purchase tickets securely at or contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.

Sacramento International & NorCal Medal Finals
Sept. 25-29 & Oct. 2-6 in Sacramento

“Sacramento International will be bigger and better than ever in 2019,” says Dale Harvey, CEO of West Palms Events. “We really wanted to make sure that our hunter and equitation competitions are every bit as spectacular as the jumper divisions. This is a high bar since jumpers include World Cup competition, but we are thrilled to host NorCal Medal Finals and to offer our brand new Grand Champion Hunter program.”

That means Sacramento International will offer two weeks of FEI-rated jumpers, two weeks of A-rated hunters, and two weeks of incredible equitation events including NorCal Medal Finals during Welcome Week.

The full schedule and prize list is available at

Hunter Jumper Show
Sept. 22 in Butte Valley

The Camelot Equestrian Park Foundation hosts a hunter/jumper show organized by Kendra DiGrazia and Sherry Hevner Rygh. Pre-entries are $15 per class, and $20 for day-of sign-up.

Next month the beautiful venue hosts its annual Fun, Fall Family Festival on Oct. 12th with the Ride & Dine event. As per tradition, lots of fun activities—with and without a horse.

To enter the show or find out more about the Ride & Dine, visit

Woodside International Horse Trials
Oct. 3-6 in Woodside

Eventing competition from Intro to CCI4*-S awaits this annual West Coast tradition at the Horse Park at Woodside. Continual upgrades to the stabling areas, cross-country track and arena footing enhance what has long been recognized as a great place to advance skills and enjoy top competition in a beautiful environment.

For more information, visit

Jan Ebeling Clinic
Oct. 5-6 in the Sacramento area

Michele Vaughn’s Starr Vaugh Equestrian Center hosts a clinic with U.S. Olympian Jan Ebeling. Jan’s career took off in 1998, when he became an American citizen after immigrating in 1984 from Germany, where he had apprenticed and worked for the late German Master, Herbert Rehbein for many years.

He proceeded to win multiple National Championships on a series of talented horses, including Funny Boy, Shapiro, Gucci, Liberte, Feleciano, Sandrina, Louis Ferdinand, Rassolini, Indeed, Blenheim, and Bellena.

In 2003, he competed for the USA at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, clinching a team gold medal. Jan is most notably known for his contribution to the United States Dressage team, earning a spot with Rafalca to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He has represented the United States in four different World Cup finals, won a bronze medal at the Nations Cup in Aachen, and has competed successfully in countless FEI competitions throughout his career, both in the United States and Europe.

Based at The Acres dressage in Southern California’s Moorpark and in Florida, Jan is a popular clinician in the States and Europe.

For more information, contact Michele Vaughn at 916-869-7942.

The Classical Series Symposium
Oct. 11-13 in Healdsburg

The Classical Series Symposium will take place October 11-13 at Dominique and Debra Barbier’s Barbier Farm in Northern California’s Healdsburg. Work with the Mestre personally for three full days and learn to continue to search for a higher level of communication with your horses. Lectures and lessons are designed for auditors’ benefit - Dominique firmly believes in the power of learning through observation, as he describes in his book, Riding with Oliveira, in which he recounts his years in Portugal riding with Mestre Nuno Oliveira.

For more information, visit