May 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2015 01:52

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic: May 6-11 in San Diego County’s Del Mar

What better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend than at a lovely horse show near the beach? Whether an exhibitor, a horse show mom or a fan, count on exciting competition, great weather and nice people at Blenheim EquiSport’s ShowPark Ranch & Coast Classic. The venue’s grass jumping field will be put to good use all week, highlighted by the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix and the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, and hunters get their moment there, too, with the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.  It’s a World Championship Hunter Rider event, with North American League qualifiers and no entry fees for young horses competing in the Young Jumper Championship qualifiers.

The Blenheim EquiSports team will likely have something special up their sleeves to honor mothers in attendance.


Welcome (Back) to Camelot: May 9-10 in the Chico area’s Butte Valley

The Horse Trials season at Camelot Equestrian Park opens May 9-10 with divisions from 2’0” Intro to 3’3” Novice. The season continues with the new USEA sanctioned Event July 3-5 and another Horse Trials Sept. 12-13, with a Series grand prize saddle on offer by sponsor Stacy Berger and Custom Saddlery. There’s a fun dinner on Saturday night and schooling opportunities on Friday and Sunday.

The Camelot Equestrian Park is a great destination whether you are showing or not. Trails and shady picnic areas abound and the cross-country jumps are new for those who are competing or schooling.


Fusion Horsemanship Clinic: May 16-17 in Woodside

The San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association presents Susan Tomasini and her Language of Lightness Series, a part of her Fusion Horsemanship® program. It is “designed for all riders wanting to improve horsemanship skills and train their horses to a higher level of responsiveness, lightness, softness and partnership performance,” says Susan. “It benefits any horse (or mule) doing any discipline.”

Per Susan, a Cowboy Dressage founding partner, Fusion Horsemanship draws on feel-based horsemanship, Cowboy Dressage, the Vaquero tradition, classical dressage and purpose-driven ranch work.

The weekend session will include a Cowboy Dressage court and working equitation obstacles.

For more information, visit

Care & Welfare for Horse & Rider: May 23 in Fairfield

The innovative equine education center Equitopia welcomes riders, owners and breeders of all disciplines to an in-depth look at the care and welfare of the horse and rider. The learning center, at home on Fairwind Farm’s 40-acre riding and training facility, serves as a gathering place for respected professionals, experts and service providers in their fields of equine health and welfare to provide participants with a path to whole horse and rider wellness and training.

The day begins at 8:30 and will include an introduction to Centered Riding by Carla Bauchmuller; Dr. Clair Thunes’ Simple Steps to a Better Balanced Diet; a saddle fitting presentation by Karen Loshbaugh, CSF; Whys and Hows of Integrative Medicine with Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, CSFT, CIT; and a discussion of diseases of the lower limbs and how to address them with shoeing and trimming, by Michael DeLeonardo, CJF, AFP, RJF.

Admission is $49.

For more information, visit or call 707-704-4904.

Working Equitation Competition: June 5-7 in Santa Barbara

The Californio Bridle Horse Assn. partners with the U.S. Working Equitation Association to provide a Working Equitation Competition. It will be held in conjunction with the third annual Early Californios Skills of the Ranch event, at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. The competition will consist of USAWEA Levels 2 through 4, with an optional cattle phase.

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