February 2020 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 January 2020 22:41

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Education Event
Feb. 10 in San Juan Capistrano

Equine Medical Associates presents a client education day at Blenheim Equine Rehabilitation, which is located at Blenheim Farms adjacent to the popular Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park venue. Platinum Performance’s Dr. Victoria Maxwell will speak on nutrition and there will be a demo of Blenheim Equine Rehab’s water treadmill and salt water equine spa.

Platinum Performance and Zoetis are the sponsors.

For more information, visit www.equinemedicalassociates.net.


Musical Freestyle Clinic
Feb. 22-23 in Woodside

“Making your freestyle sing” is the theme of this clinic with musician FEI trainer and freestyle designer Melanie Michalak. “There’s a difference between riding a test to music and riding a true freestyle,” Melanie says. Understanding what makes a great freestyle, assessing the horse’s strengths and weaknesses to maximize or minimize them in a freestyle are among the topics to be covered, along with selecting the best music. 

Riding opportunities include private, semi-private and “quadrille” and auditing is another option. The clinic takes place at The Horse Park at Woodside.

To register, visit www.sfpcds.org.

Desert Circuit Highlights
Various dates in Thermal

Now under the new ownership and management of Apex EquiSport, the eight-week hunter/jumper Desert Circuit features peak weeks this month. On Saturday, Feb. 15th, it’s Equitation Saturday with 3’3” and 3’6” medals, half of them staged in the Grand Prix Stadium. That’s followed Feb. 18-23 and Feb. 25-March 1 both having FEI CSI3* jumping and a wide range of hunter and equitation classes.

Live streaming from all 12 rings of competition is also an option.

For more information, visit www.deserthorsepark.com.

Working Equitation Schooling Show
Feb. 29 in Hidden Valley

Judge, clinician, competitor and trainer Jill Barron heads up this Working Equitation schooling show at the beautiful El Campeon Farms in Hidden Valley. Jill will also be available the week before for private lessons focusing on any aspect of this exciting discipline: dressage or obstacles.

For more information, visit www.ecfinvitational.com.

Sustainable Equine Management Workshop
March 7-8 in Petaluma

Award winning “Horses for Clean Water” creator Alayne Blickle is the main presenter in this two-day workshop covering site design, manure management, composting, erosion control, confinement area innovation, pasture and mud management, insect and weed control, drainage, integrated habitate restoration, fencing, arenas, fire preparedness and more.

For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Kristin Hardin Clinic
March 14-15 in Santa Ynez Valley’s Solvang

Grand Prix jumping rider Kristin Hardin will give a clinic at this beautiful breeding facility Pollyrich Farms in the Santa Ynez Valley. As a clinician, Kristin is known for straight talk and encouragement for riders and horses of all levels. The weekend will be divided into groups of four or five riders at various fence heights. Auditors are welcome for $10 a day.

For more information, visit www.pollyrichfarms.com.