October 2019 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:48

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LEG Hunter/Jumper Shows
Oct. 3-6 in Lakeview Terrace & Oct. 17-20 in Los Angeles

The Verdugo Hills Fall Festival takes place Oct. 3-6 at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in the Los Angeles area’s Lakeview Terrace. Highlights include the $15,000 LEG Jumper Championships presented by Antares; a total of $15,000 and special prizes from Antares; $2,500 1.0m Championship & Antares Helmet; $5,000 1.10m Championship & Antares Helmet; $7,500 1.20m Championship & Antares Skylla Model Saddle; and the LEGIS League Hunter/Jumper Finals.

On Oct. 17-20, the latest in the Gold Coast series unfurls at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Highlights include the LAHJA Junior Medal Final presented by LEGISequine.com, the LAHJA Senior Medal Final, LAHJA Pony Medal Final; the USHJA Zone 10 Medal Challenge South; and the Gold Coast Series Awards presented by Damoor’s Feed & Tack.

For more information visit www.langershows.com.

Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show
Oct. 26-27 in San Diego

The late champion of the San Diego dressage community, Lisa Blaufuss, lives on in this fun fall tradition. Along with the full range of classes, the Spooktacular is famous for the Witchy Welcome Reception Barn Party, the Valor and Milo Costume Contest Musical Freestyle and the Boo Bash on Saturday night. Costumes are set aside for all-pink Sunday attire in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. “Friends of Lisa” pink hats will be on sale to help one of the Spooktacular’s main missions: helping Lisa’s daughter Ciera Kelly, an awesome college student and volleyball player. The rest of the Spooktacular’s mission is celebrating Lisa’s memory and enjoying the San Diego dressage community that she was a joyful part of.

For more information on the show or to make a donation, visit www.friendsoflisa.org.

Para Coach & Athlete Education
Nov. 1-2 in Chatsworth

This two-day USEF-sanctioned seminar is designed for athlete and coach development in para-equestrian dressage. Coaches, adaptive riding instructors and eligible athletes are encouraged to attend. Each day will start with morning lectures followed by 45-minute private mounted sessions either as a coach or athlete. A participating athlete’s coach is encouraged to learn the essential “shadow-coaching technique,” allowing individualized feedback and continual assessment. Registrants will receive information on how to prepare for a coaching session, as well as webinars on Para-Equestrian Sports as prerequisites for making the most of the seminar. The main presenter is Michel Assouline, US Para Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor and Head of Coach Development.

(Editor’s Note. I attended this seminar two years ago and highly recommend it for anybody with even a remote interest in para dressage. See article on getting involved with the para scene, in this issue.)

For more information, visit the “events” page on www.rideon.org.

Big Tack Sale
Nov. 2-3 in Auburn

Bridles, saddles, bits, pads, boots, clothing, gifts, blankets and vintage goodies are just a few of the horsey items available during this sale that is a benefit for Horses’ Honor Senior Horse Sanctuary. The event is now it in its 16th year and promised to be “twice as big and better than ever.” A 10,000 square foot space is ready to showcase great tack bargains and all for the good cause of “supporting senior horses in their time of need.”

The sale location is the Gold Country Fairgrounds’ Placer Building in Auburn. Donations are appreciated in advance of the sale and can be made at Echo Valley Ranch Feeds in Auburn, and Western Saddlery in Concord.

Located in the Sacramento area’s Lincoln, Horses’ Honor provides sanctuary in a safe, natural environment to horses that would otherwise face likely slaughter or unnecessary euthanasia. Since 1999, Horses’ Honor has been a sanctuary for horses rescued from neglect, abuse, or shipment to slaughter.

For more information, visit www.horseshonor.org.

Steffen Peters Symposium
Nov. 16 in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove

Most of us have been lucky enough to see four-time Olympian Steffen Peters ride frequently here on the West Coast. But getting the chance to see him coach horse/rider pairs, then talk about the mental game of dressage during a lunch break discussion is a special treat. Steffen is thoughtful beyond measure and always educational and inspiring to watch and hear.

He adds to the star-studded line-up of clinicians at Michele Vaughn’s Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center. On Oct. 5-6, fellow U.S. Olympic dressage team rider Jan Ebeling will work with lucky riders and auditors at the venue.

Auditing for the Steffen Peters Symposium is $75. For more information, visit www.svequestrian.com.