March 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:36

Event Calendar


Spring Cleaning For Great Cause: March 12 in Temecula


Dacia Peters-Imperato’s Stepping Stone Sporthorses is making a special day of its first annual tack sale. Equipment, raffles, music, food and the presence of local businesses will combine for fun and fundraising for two great causes. A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to FalconRidge Horse Rescue and to help cover the lymphodema-related expenses incurred by California Riding Magazine founder, Cheryl Erpelding, who has helped a heck of a lot of people since founding this magazine in 1986.

For more information, visit Dacia Peters-Imperato’s Facebook page.



The College Preparatory Invitational: March 11-13 in Burbank

The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) offers young equestrians the opportunity to explore the college equestrian experience through a comprehensive education, competition and scholarship/community service program.

During the CPI event, riders experience the college equestrian competition format and win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition; they can explore an equestrian-focused college fair, attend educational presentations and take advantage of the opportunity for direct conversations with college admissions representatives and equestrian team coaches.

The CPI has been held in Florida for several years and debuts on the West Coast this year, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

For more information, visit


NAJYRC Trials: Various dates starting this month in Thermal

The selection process for USHJA Zone 10’s North American Junior & Young Rider Championship teams gets underway during HITS Thermal Week VIII, March 15-20, the first of four regular trials.

The next are set for the Del Mar National, May 3-8; the HMI Equestrian Challenge May 18-22 at the Sonoma Horse Park; and the Central California Memorial Day Classic, May 25-29 in Paso Robles. The best three of four possible scores will be brought forward to a Final Trial Week: three rounds held during the Blenheim June Classic, June 8-12, in San Juan Capistrano.

The NAJYRC qualifying process was part of a Developing Rider forum hosted by the USEF’s DiAnn Langer and Lizzy Chesson during the Thermal circuit. Discussions of the trials not being the best way to field the strongest team were re-visited. The objective trials format often doesn’t fit the plans of those most likely to win a medal because these pairs may have to choose between a Zone 10 trial and a bigger class they feel is better preparation and usually has much more prize money.

It was suggested that selections be based off of a ranking system that rewarded more points for winning against stiffer competition – as is the case for the world and USEF ranking lists.

DiAnn Langer encouraged those interested to “be revolutionary – you’re in California after all!” in working with the Zone 10 jumper committee to come up with a selection process that allowed candidates to prepare their horses as they thought best.

The FEI North American Junior Young Riders Championships take place July 26-31 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO. For more information, visit



NCEA Competition at Fresno State: March 18-19 in Fresno

Nothing like seeing National Collegiate Equestrian Association competition in person to get a firm understanding of its unique format. With only one NCEA team in the West, opportunities are few and far between. So head out to Cal State Fresno to check things out and cheer the Bulldogs western and hunt seat teams on as they go up against Baylor on Friday and conference foe South Dakota State on Saturday.

Also, the team launched a blog last month providing “Day In The Life” posts from members. The idea is to give a sense what it’s like as a student athlete and to introduce people to the Bulldogs horses and riders. Check it out at the Fresno State Equestrian Facebook page.

IEA Zone 10 Regional Finals: March 19-20 in Santa Rosa


A season of Interscholastic Equestrian League competition in our region hits a major waypoint with the Zone 10 Hunt Seat Individual and Team Finals. They will be held at the Santa Rosa Horse Company in Santa Rosa. Zone 10’s three regions host their finals the preceding Saturday, determining who goes forward to the next round. After the Zone finals, the next and final stop is the National Finals April 20-24 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where both hunt seat and western squads will be vying for titles.

Our zone has had increasing success in this thriving league, so this is a great chance to see representatives in action and give the winners a great send-off for Kentucky.

For more information on the IEA, visit, or contact Zone 10 administrator Colin Day at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dressage Show Series Debuts: March 19-20 in Lakeview Terrace


Veteran dressage organizer Glenda McElroy is thrilled to introduce three new shows in a series, the Let’s Go Show, at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. The first is March 19-20 with a St. Patrick’s Day theme that reflects Glenda’s desire to combine quality judging and organization and a great venue with a fun vibe. A light-hearted touch to the premiums and prizes is part of her campaign to boost the fun factor in the sport.

The show runs concurrent with the Verdugo Hills March Fling hunter/jumper competition, a formula that’s proved fun for exhibitors and spectators. And, plenty of room at the venue for both.

For more information, visit



HITS Thermal Finale: March 19-20 in Thermal

Eight weeks of hunter/jumper competition close with a bang. Saturday, it’s the $100,000 USHJA Hunter Derby and Sunday it’s the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix. The Grand Prix starts at 2 pm and has been drawing big crowds consistently, so don’t be late. The class is the first in the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping, which also includes $1 million classes in Ocala, FL, in late March, then in Saugerties, NY in September.

Galway Downs International Horse Trials: April 1-3 in Temecula


Here we go again with the eventing season fully underway. The Trials include competition from Novice horse and rider to CIC*** and is expected to attract the usual amount of top-shelf competitors.

For more information, visit


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