January 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 January 2016 05:00

PCHA Convention & CPHA Awards Banquet: Jan. 8-9 in Las Vegas

The 33rd Annual Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association convention is set for Jan. 8-9 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Highlights include the California Professional Horsemen’s Association awards banquet Friday night and the PCHA Awards Banquet Saturday night.

The Zone 10 forum Saturday at 11:30 a.m. should be of special interest. USHJA vice president Mary Babick will be at the helm with Zone 10 guru and USHJA secretary Larry Langer.

Congratulations to all and best wishes for an enjoyable get-together.

For more information, visit www.pchorseshows.org.

CDS Annual Meeting: Jan. 22-24 in Sacramento

The California Dressage Society’s annual meeting looks like another weekend packed with serious educational sessions, a glamorous awards banquet, informative meetings about what’s ahead this year and opportunities to catch up with friends.

Evaluating the Sport Horse Form and Function is the focus the CDS Symposium that takes place Saturday afternoon and most of the day Sunday. A CDS meeting starts things off Saturday morning, followed by break-out chapter meetings and the banquet and live auction fundraiser are set for Saturday night.

Presented by DressageClinic.com, the symposium will be led by sport horse judges William Solyntjes and Kristi Wysocki with the goal of presenting “simple tools to evaluate these two important pieces of the puzzle: form and function.”

“The forum brings you the tools and knowledge to successfully assess sport horse conformation, whether you are evaluating your own horse, in search of a new horse- young or old- or looking for a stallion or broodmare, this forum is designed to give you guidance,” says the CDS literature.  “These sought-after experts will guide you through evaluating the well-conformed sport horse suitable for you.  You will leave with a working knowledge of how to assess quality and avoid regrettable decisions.”

Presentations will be held at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade and the Symposium will take place at longtime CDS supporter, Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in Elk Grove.

To register or get more information, visit www.california-dressage.org.

HITS Desert Circuit: Jan. 19 – March 20 in Thermal

The Desert Circuit features eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers with total prizes of nearly $3 million. Spanning nine weeks (with one off-week), the circuit draws thousands of equestrians to the premier Southern California show grounds.

Highlights are many:

HITS will debut an FEI week including a $350,000 FEI CSI-5* Grand Prix Sunday, Feb. 7, during Week III. The following Saturday, Feb.  13, it’s the last chance to earn World Cup points out West with the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal. Week VIII ends things on another bang, with the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby March 19 and the annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix on March 20.

Again this year, HITS has upped the ante for riders, drawing hopefuls from throughout the country and well beyond and creating great sport for participants and spectators alike.

For more information, visit www.hitsshows.com.    

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