October 2020 - What’s Happening...
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Thursday, 01 October 2020 04:41

whats happeningCalifornia Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

(Please visit the organizers’ websites before planning to enter or volunteer to ensure the event status has not changed.)


Woodside International Horse Trials
Oct. 8-10 in Woodside


Training through CCI4*-S is on the docket for this fall fixture of the West Coast eventing circuit. The team at organizer Kellerhouse Presents has ample experience with the new COVID protocols, from summer events at their sister site, Galway Downs, and the Summer Event at Woodside. Not so much socializing, but lots of great competition at a venue famous for challenging cross-country tracks, breath-taking views and nice people!

For more information, visit www.kellerhousepresents.com.

Woodside Day Of The Horse
Oct. 10-11 in Woodside

In case you were escaping a fire or hiding under a rock when our September issue arrived with the cover story on Woodside Day of the Horse, here’s a friendly remember about this great event. The wonderful long-standing community tradition had to be modified due to COVID, but the Woodside Horse Owners Association’s determination to “Ride This Out Together” is a great example of equestrian ingenuity.


The trail ride is set for Sat. Oct. 10 and will likely be mostly locals this year. The Horse Fair is set for Oct. 11 as a drive-through event. Art of the Horse will be online as of Oct. 1. All are encouraged to vote for their favorite 12 pieces to be featured on WHOA!’s 2021 calendar.

For more details, grab the September issue of California Riding Magazine and/or visit www.whoa94062.org.

Young Eventing Horse Showcase
Oct. 23-24 in Paso Robles

Twin Rivers hosts the USEA Future Event Horse West Coast Championships and The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse West Coast Championships.  This special showcase for young horses is an important part of the sport’s development. The Baxter family’s beautiful venue is also hosting an unrated one-day event Sunday Oct. 25.


For more information, visit www.twinrivershorsepark.com.

Hunters, Jumpers & Reiners, Oh My!
Oct. 23-25 in Thermal

The Desert International Horse Park hosts an innovative, new equestrian event which brings together both hunter/jumper and reining competitors for a fun, affordable week in the desert.


National Sunshine Preview will be the first in a series of new shows, co-produced by DIHP and LEG Shows & Events, focused on hunter/equitation riders up to 3’ and jumpers up to 1.20m. The California Reining Horse Association Challenge (Oct. 20 - 25) will run concurrently with National Sunshine Preview and is the first reining event to be held at DIHP. The Challenge is one of the biggest reining competitions in California and DIHP is excited to see reiners “slide” into the desert.

“There is so much about this new event that we are excited about. We are hoping to create a new home for Southern California reining events. In support of this event, we are building three new large sand rings, which will serve a dual purpose by adding just over 250k square feet of new schooling space to the horse park,” commented Steve Hankin, President and CEO of DIHP. “And, we’re enthusiastic about creating a new hunter/jumper event which will bring new groups of riders to the horse park with National Sunshine Preview’s focus on lower height classes and a more affordable price point. The show plans on pricing stalls at $175 for the week, class fees at $40, and an office fee of $50. And now with the addition of the LAHJA medal finals, we’ll have even more to offer hunter/jumper riders.”

“These two events bring together two disciplines in a fun, casual weekend. There will be a crossover team event, a dinner social, and more fun activities throughout the weekend,” noted Hankin.

“With COVID-19 limiting activities in Los Angeles County, this gives us a great opportunity to move the needle on producing affordable and accessible competitions for the West Coast equestrian community,” shared Marnye Langer, Managing Director and CFO of The Langer Group.

For more information, visit www.deserthorsepark.com.