July 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 22:48

Be Free! July 10-12 in Santa Cruz

Watching horses at liberty is a great joy for most of us, and especially for those who’ve learned to incorporate liberty training into their relationship with their horses. Teddie Ziegler of Phoenix Farms Horse Training is offering that chance in three-day clinics, the next slated for Santa Cruz July 10-12. Teddie is a Certified Master Trainer in the Carolyn Resnick Method teaching the “Waterhole Rituals.”

This is a “natural way of connecting and communicating with your horse as an organic and spontaneous process that encourages you to learn from your own personal experiences,” she explains. “Learning how to communicate and truly connect to the heart of your horse allows all other training to evolve easily, effortlessly and naturally.”

The Waterhole Rituals, designed by Carolyn Resnick, help build a strong, loving partnership with your horse, using the same natural communication skills horses use with each other in nature, Teddie continues. The method teaches horse owners how to safely train and play with your horse at liberty, without tack, force or punishment.

For more information, visit www.phoenixfarms.org.

LAHJA Doings: Various dates and locations

No lazy days for members who want to take advantage of the many good programs the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association has to offer.

First, the organization has two new programs underway: the High Score Thoroughbred Award, in the hunter and jumper divisions, and the Hunter Team Challenge, in which teams of three riders and nor more than five horses amass points over five shows. High point winners in each category will be awarded at the association’s year-end banquet. Upcoming shows with classes to earn points in both programs include Elvenstar on July 12, Gold Coast July 17-19 and Foxfield Summer July 18-19.

LAHJA’s long running and popular $5,000 Horsemastership Scholarship Program starts in the fall but now is the time to be studying up for the written and practical parts of the challenge. Top hunter/jumper trainer Sandrine Seifert will be holding two workshops this summer, July 8 and August 12, for just that purpose, both at her D & D Stables at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center.

It’s also time to start dreaming up items, services, vacation homes and anything else to donate to LAHJA’s annual silent auction fundraiser. It’s slated for August 29 at the Gold Coast Labor Day-LAHJA Benefit Horse Show.

For more information on all programs, visit www.lahja.org.

What Goes Around…: July 18 in Del Mar

It was great to learn that Jill and Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, celebrated the remarkable achievement with donations to several Thoroughbred retirement charities. Hopefully that giving spirit will snowball indefinitely!

Those proclaimed recipients include CARMA (California Retirement Management Account), which has an opportunity to get on the giving bandwagon and have some fun with Cards4Carma, the 8th Annual CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser. It’s slated for July 18, opening day of the Del Mar racing season, at the Del Mar Hilton. Expect a night full of live music, fun and games benefiting off-the-track Thoroughbreds and CARMA.

For more information, visit www.carma4horses.org.

USHJA Town Hall Meeting: July 22 in Petaluma

United States Hunter Jumper Association national vice president Geoff Teall will emcee an open discussion of issues facing the hunter/jumper world. The session will be held at the Petaluma Town Hall at the close of competition for the HMI Equestrian Classic 1 show at the Sonoma Horse Park, also in Petaluma. Taking place throughout the country, these Town Hall meetings are open to USHJA members and spectators. Agenda items include developmental pipelines for jumping horses and riders, Horse Of The Year points and prize money, regulations, performance hunters, incentive programs and other subjects.

For more info, visit www.ushja.org or call the association’s education department at 859-225-6700.

Menlo Charity Show: Aug. 4–9 in Menlo Park

This USEF Heritage Competition is set for its 45th year of high level equestrian action, from adorable ponies and their pony-tailed riders to Grand Prix stars. Show highlights include a $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $10,000 Oriental Carpet 1.30 meter Ryman Memorial Speed Take Your Own Line Jumper class, the $40,000 Grand Prix sponsored by Bentley of San Francisco and Los Gatos and an equally spectacular leadline class – just to name a few highlights. Opportunities to socialize and shop abound.

For more information, visit www.menlocharityhorseshow.com.

Integrated Horse Camp: Four weeks in August, in San Juan Capistrano

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center is gearing up for four weeks of horse camp for kids with and without special needs.
It’s designed as an introduction to horseback riding in a safe, controlled setting, with a chance to learn how to appreciate and care for horses. Small groups in a comfortable learning environment will match kids of similar age and ability and provide opportunities for all participants to interact in a meaningful and fun way. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday and there’s an enrollment discount for those who sign up before July 13.

For more information, including for those 14 and over who might like to volunteer, call 949-240-8441 or visit www.sheacenter.org.

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