August 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Monday, 03 August 2015 19:04

Functional Electrical Muscle Stimulator Seminar
Aug. 3-4 in Petaluma

Circle Oak Equine hosts this advanced training seminar on the Functional Electrical Muscle Stimulator. Presented by Equinenew, LLC, the clinic is mainly meant for practitioners already using this treatment that is said to be particularly effective for horses with sore backs and other issues. The seminar will cover case studies, unusual reactions and new applications.

Horse owners are welcome to audit, but should make a reservation through Dr. Sheila Schils at 715-222-8279 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Horse Nation Fundraiser
Aug. 8 in Huntington Beach

Fine dining, dancing, a silent auction and Grand Prix show jumping make for a super night out at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center for the Huntington Beach Summer Classic, and all proceeds benefit the Horse Nation Foundation.

The dinner and auction begin at 5 p.m., with the $25,000 S&S Bank Card Systems Grand Prix of Huntington Beach set for 6 p.m.

Horse Nation Foundation is a nonprofit program that pairs rescued horses with young people who are working on life-enriching lessons including gang and bullying avoidance, effective communication and building strong morals and values. The horses in this program have suffered abuse and neglect, and are receiving a second chance at life with kindness and proper care. The youngsters who interact with them are working toward building a strong emotional foundation in order to grow into confident, productive individuals. This innovative educational program helps the kids gain self-esteem and life skills through positive action and horsemanship skills.

“We started the Horse Nation Foundation to rescue abandoned and neglected horses and to provide equine assisted therapy to kids here in our community. The beautiful synergy of horses helping the kids and kids healing the horses is powerful,” said founder, Dr. Carole Harris.

“We will launch our first fundraiser during the Huntington Beach Summer Classic Horse Show to raise funds and awareness, enabling us to reach more kids,” she continued. “Equestrians and the residents of Huntington Beach are compassionate and giving, the sponsorships and support shows their true nature and giving hearts.”

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Dressage, Dressage & More Dressage!
Various dates and locations

It’s a busy month for California Dressage Society members. CDS’ Northern Junior Championship is underway as of July 31 and continuing through Aug. 2 at the Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove, where Michele Vaughn wears the manager’s hat. The Southern Championship take place at Galway Downs in Temecula, Aug. 15-16, with Regina Antonioli at the helm.

The next weekend, it’s the traditional summer swan song of Cool August Nights, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Aug. 20-23. The show doubles as the Regional Adult Amateur Championships South (RAAC). Meantime, everybody is prepping for the biggie: the CDS USDF Championships, which will be held at the Sacramento area’s Rancho Murieta Sept. 17-20. These two competitions are in the capable hands of Glenda McElroy and her team at Cornerstone Events.

For information on all, visit Good luck to all!

Portuguese Bend
Sept. 4-6 in Los Angeles County’s Rolling Hills Estates

The 58th Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show, held at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates, promises another year of hometown fun and friendly competition. An annual benefit for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, this year the show’s efforts support The Rehabilitation Caregiver Wing and The Endowed Chair in Sarcoma.

“The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show means a lot to many different people,” says this year’s show chair, Kelly Walsh. “For 58 years, it has brought together a community that has generations of members who become as close as family. The members are the behind-the-scenes energy that gives our show a family feel. We become like an extended family in the process of putting on this event. The work is worthwhile for the relationships that come of it. Our exhibitors are appreciated, and many come year after year. We get to know them and look forward to anyone new. Together we contribute to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and to date have donated more than $14 million.”

This year’s show theme is “Brave Heart.” In addition to the exciting horse show classes, there are numerous volunteer-staffed food booths and family friendly activities such as the children’s booth and play area.

As it has for the past 29 years, the show will host the finals for the PCHA 14 & Under Horsemanship and Victor Hugo-Vidal, (for riders 35 and over) medal finals. Festivities surrounding those finals include the “ghost ride” by last year’s winners, Kayla Lott and Lorena Christie, respectively.

New this year are “B” rated Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association classes, including a full division of Opportunity Classes as well as 2’6” Restricted Children’s-Adult Amateur Hunters. Also new is the chance to enter online through Equestrian Connect.

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DASC Championships
Sept. 4-6 in Ventura County’s Somis

The Dressage Association of Southern California celebrates its 18th annual Championship show at the El Sueno Equestrian Center in Somis. Brand new sponsor Purina Nutrition will host an exclusive DASC Championship Show party for DASC members (and friends/family) only, for which rsvps are required at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Friday night wine and cheese Welcome Party is sure to be a hit, along with the popular Dressage Equitation Championships. DASC is recognizing great riding skills for Adult Amateurs and Juniors who have one score of 58% or better in a Dressage Equitation class, or who are qualified for a Championship Class at any level. Beautiful embroidered coolers for the champion and blingy medals through sixth place will be awarded to the winners.  The Vendor Village will fill between-test time with shopping ops.

As always, volunteers are needed and much appreciated and there are many dressage knowledge and membership benefits to doing so. No experience required!

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