March 2020 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Monday, 02 March 2020 18:27

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A Golden Year with LEG
Various dates starting March 13 in the Los Angeles area.

The Langer Equestrian Group celebrates is 50th year of staging high-quality hunter/jumper shows at all levels. Up next is the Verdugo Hills March Fling at the Hansen Dam Horse Park in Lake View Terrace. A busy season of LEG competitions flows steadily throughout 2020.

Spring will showcase two back-to-back weeks of ‘A’-rated horse showing with Verdugo Hills May (May 15-17) and the Memorial Day Classic (May 21-24) at Hansen Dam Horse Park.

Fall will feature the $15,000 LEG Jumper Championships and 12 medal finals, including LAHJA, USHJA Zone 10, and LEGIS League medal finals. The season wraps up with the LA Season Finale (Nov. 13-15) hosting the LEGIS League Equitation Challenge.     

“I look forward to delivering the best season yet,” said Marnye Langer, Managing Director of The Langer Group. “We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of producing excellent horse shows.”

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French Classical Dressage Symposium
March 20-22 in Healdsburg

Barbier Farms hosts a weekend of lectures, question and answer sessions, private lessons designed for auditors’ benefit and the Saturday evening extravaganza, complete with a catered dinner surrounded by beautiful Lusitanos. It is a unique opportunity to work directly with Dominique Barbier.

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0320 wh3Ultimate Dressage Symposium
March 13-15 in Elk Grove

Nor-Cal Western Dressage Association hosts this Ultimate Dressage Clinic and Symposium with master instructors Frances Carbonne and Simone Windeler. All dressage disciplines are encouraged to attend as the subjects covered pertain to Classical, Western Dressage and Working Equitation. Topics will include the rider’s mental tool kit; tools of the trade; training timeline; and warm up area success and successful showing tactics.

The venue is the Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove.

For more information and to register, visit 

0320 wh4Diane Carney Clinic
March 21-22 in the Reno area’s Washoe Valley

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.

Participants will be grouped into sessions of six to eight riders each, and auditors are welcome. 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.

Diane Carney is a lifelong, dedicated horsewoman, emphasizing horsemanship in every aspect of her world.  Her in-depth knowledge has been earned 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 former USHJA Board of Directors member,

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0320 wh5Galway Downs International Horse Trials
March 27-29 in Temecula

CCI4*-S through Beginner Novice Rider competition is set for this ever-improving venue in beautiful Temecula Valley wine country. New breezy, clear-span FEI Stabling was a big hit last fall and Jay Hambly returns as lead course designer with the assistance of veteran builder and Galway Downs track expert Bert Woods. Marc Donovan is on the stadium courses.

Saturday night’s exhibitor party is always a fun tradition. Entries are open until March 10.

Visit www.galwaydowns.comfor more information.

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Hunter/jumper season starts April 4-5

Embarking on only its fifth year, the Paso Robles Horse Park has a busy season of hunter jumper shows starting with the Kick-Off Schooling event April 4-5. The schedule continues through the summer and fall, highlighted by the back-to-back Classic Series starting April 15.

The calendar is highlighted by some nice additions.

The first of those is the 2 EX Young Horse Program. Young horses gain EXperience and EXposure during B-rated series: Rosé in May, Paso Pumpkins & Ponies, and Turkey Trot & Jump.

This new program will offer stalls to all competing young horses (7 and under) for $50. All competitors riding young horses can opt into unique exposure opportunities to capture and share video footage of their horses through a specially promoted Park YouTube channel. The Park is dedicated to facilitating this video exposure, and sharing these videos on our robust social media channels and further promoting reach through target advertising support.

The Paso Park Hall Of Fame is a new Top Barn, Top Amateur, Top Junior, Top Jumper and Top Derby Hunter award for the Paso Park Classic Series. Competitors will be tracked at the Paso Park Welcome Classic, Paso Park Spring Classic, Paso Park Fall Classic, and Paso Park Oak Tree Classic. The top prize will take home $2,500 and more than $10,000 worth of additional Hall of Fame prizes will be given away.

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0320 wh7Carl Hester Clinic
April 11-12 in San Diego County’s San Marcos

Five-time British dressage Olympian Carl Hester, MBE, presents a Through the Levels Masterclass at Peridot Equestrian. Working with horses at various levels of development and competition, Carl will share his strategies with their riders in ways that are equally informative for auditors. When he gave a similar clinic in Del Mar a few years ago, he was insightful and delightful. We are lucky to have him back in the region.

Each day, Carl will work with six riders. There will be an hour lunch break and an autograph signing at the end of the day on Saturday. Bring his book, Making It Happen, to be signed.  VIP tables and general admission are both available. Rider selection will be made by Carl on was set to be announced on April 1.

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0320 wh8Del Mar National
April 14-May 2 in San Diego

From reserving exclusive dinner box seats to cashing in on the Horse Lovers Package – a sweet deal that includes admission to all three Saturday night shows – it’s time to reserve seats for the world-class 75th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show. Night Of The Horse culminates Western Week on April 18; Dressage Week is anchored by the Evening of Musical Freestyles on April 25 and the finale for Hunter/Jumper week is the $75,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar on May 2.

The Del Mar National kicks off its thrilling three-week run on April 14 and includes three distinct disciplines: Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper. This iconic show has received the prestigious Heritage Show designation from the United States Equestrian Federation and is recognized on the international stage, attracting nearly 1,500 horses and Olympic, World Cup and World Champion athletes. Competitors will vie for more than $300,000 in cash and prizes at this storied event, nestled in the picturesque seaside setting of Del Mar.

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