April 2016 - What's Happeniing
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:37

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Western Dressage Fundamentals
April 9 in Alpine; April 24 in Chino Hills

Find out what all the excitement is about in this fast-growing discipline. Gaits, tack, equitation, tests and arena set-up are among the fundamentals that will be emphasized at these clinics. A discussion of training and physical development of the western dressage horse, and how to approach the different levels of test that best suit you and your horse. Participants will learn how to enhance their own riding for greater success in the western dressage ring, as well as some tips and tricks to improve test scores.

Clinician Kaili is a graduate of the Western Dressage Association of America’s Train the Trainer’s program as well as a Certified Horsemanship Association certified coach and MRILC Advanced horsemanship graduate.

At the Western Dressage World Championships, she won two Open World Top Five titles and three additional Open World Top Tens with her APHA mare, Diamonds Peppy Sandy. She relishes the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for the sport of western dressage; “I can’t wait to get the word out about western dressage. This is truly a discipline that caters to every horse and rider - everyone can benefit, we can all participate, and everyone has fun!”

For more information, visit www.speakequine.com.

Foxfield Fun & Shows
April 23 & 24 in Westlake Village

The show season is underway in Sherwood Forest as this weekend includes both the Spring Horse Show both days and the Spring Fun Show on Saturday. The Fun Show is exactly that, designed for less experienced riders and show newbies and emphasizing an enjoyable introduction to the sport.

For more information, visit www.foxfield.com.

Del Mar National
April 21-May 8 in Del Mar

Seventy-one years in, the Del Mar National continues to be a jewel on the West Coast show scene. Competition kicks off with Western Week April 21-24, highlighted by the always-fun Night of the Horse on Sat., April 23. Dressage Week follows with the always-beautiful Evening Of Musical Freestyles on Sat. April 30. And, Hunter/Jumper Week concludes May 3-8, with the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar as the marquee class on Sat. May 7.

For tickets and more information, visit www.delmarnational.com.

Vaulting Competitions
Various dates & locations

It’s a big season for vaulters looking to qualify for the FEI Vaulting Senior World Championships, to be held this August in Le Mans, France. And that means it’s a great time to see the sport at its top level. Selection trials will take place at the following events: Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic, April 23-24, in Somis; CVI Pacific Cup April 29-May 1 in Hollister; and Garrods Spring Classic May 14-15 in Saratoga. The Lompoc Vaulters Spring Fest is not a qualifier, but great competition is still assured.

Competition will include world class competitors, vaulting at the canter, seeking selection to the World Championships as Individuals, Pas de Deux (two vaulters together on the horse), and Squads (six vaulters performing compulsory moves individually, and then joining together to form a four-minute freestyle routine with up to three vaulters on the horse at the same time.

Additionally, the competitions will also offer competitive classes for lower level vaulters as young as 2, and at every level up to the international aspirants.

For more information, visit www.americanvaulting.org.

Help A Horse Day
April 26 in various locations around the country.

Two California rescue efforts were big winners in last year’s Help A Horse Day contest sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. All About Equine Rescue in El Dorado Hills and The Horses of Tir Na Nog in San Diego were two of three nationwide to receive a $10,000 prize from the ASPCA. The contest was judged on creativity of their Help A Horse Day event and its ability to educate and engage the public.

The ASPCA expects 100-plus organizations to stage events, around the country, throughout the weekend of April 24-26. At presstime, last year’s California winners didn’t have a specific event announced for the weekend, maybe because every day is “help a horse day” at any rescue!  All About Equine does have their third annual Boots & Bling fundraiser set for May 14.

Heavenly Horse Haven in Riverside County’s Anza is set to mark the occasion with an open house featuring music, free food and vendor booths and demonstrations and fundraising activities. The event’s presenter is Miracle Ranch in Palm Desert, an EAGALA-certified equine assisted therapy program.

For more information on Help A Horse Day events in your area, check in with your local rescues and sanctuaries. Or organize your own!

Fiesta Charity Show & Mane Event
April 28-May 1 in Burbank

Now in its 18th year, the horse show and Saturday afternoon showcase of Spanish horses in all their abilities and glory continues to raise awareness and funds for its original cause: cancer cure and prevention. It’s entertaining all four days of the show as exhibitors are typically happy to show off their beloved horses, answer questions and share interesting history as they explain details of their horse’s tack or their own costumes. The Saturday afternoon

Fiesta of the Spanish Horse is always a delightful demonstration of Andalusians, Lusitanos and other baroque breeds doing the things they were originally bred to do.

The Fiesta gala also includes lots of fun kids activities and raffles. Show attendance is free and tickets for the Gala are available on the event’s website.

For tickets or more information, visit www.fiestacharityshow.com.

Pacific Region Driven Dressage Festival
April 30-May 1 in Paso Robles

Come see many breeds of horses doing all levels of dressage while being controlled by the drivers of beautiful carriages. Driven Dressage uses the same standards of perfection as ridden dressage and has competition levels starting at Training Level and progressively moving upward to Advanced Level, which is administered by the FEI.

This is the 23rd consecutive year for this event, which was born in Arroyo Grande and will be staged this year at the beautiful Paso Robles Horse Park. Officials are David Ventura, a I ridden dressage judge and R carriage driving judge and Larry and Holly Brinker, active drivers, ridden dressage judges and trainers as well as R carriage driving judges from Canada.

Carriage Driving is a great sport with many facets and a good way to produce forward movement and balance in the ridden horse. It allows a trainer or passenger to ride along for teaching or enjoyment, but it is a sport that requires proper training to be done well. For 29 years, this training has been the specialty of the Brass Oak Driving Society in San Luis Obispo County.

Visit www.brassoakdriving.com for more information.

Derby Day
Saturday, May 7 in Huntington Beach

See the Red Horse Barn at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center transformed to Churchill Downs for the 8th annual TRC Derby Day, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach.

Join TRC for a fun-filled day – to coincide with the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby – of food, music and Derby traditions such as a hat contest and mint juleps. Watch exciting riding demonstrations of all disciplines from Equestrian Center boarders and trainers. You’ll have your chance to choose this year’s winner when you play the Derby Pick while listening to a live radio broadcast of the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”

All afternoon, you can browse tables of gift baskets and gift certificates at the silent auction. You’ll also have a chance to bid on fabulous prizes at the live auction: A ride on the beach with the Huntington Beach Mounted Equestrian Unit, or a hitch and drive lesson with Dennis George, owner of the magnificent Clydesdales. You’ll even have a chance to meet celebrity Darrell Sheets from the hit reality show, Storage Wars.

The kids will love face painting, decorating horseshoes, and hopping and bopping away that excess energy in the bounce house. After they’re done with that, they can go for a ride on some selected TRC ponies.

For 25 years, the Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach, a PATH-accredited center, has been offering equine-assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with disabilities. Derby Day is a celebration of our clients who struggle and overcome so much, and of the generosity of our supporters.

For more information, visit www.trchb.org, or call Event Coordinator Donna Brandt at 714-313-0922.

Jumper Jackpot Show Series
May 8, July 10, Sept. 4, Nov. 6 in San Diego

Michelle Motyl of MM Training kicks off a new series of jumper shows at the San Diego Equestrian Center. Entry fees start at $15 with discounts for early entries, and season champion and reserve champs in each division to receive special awards at a season-end banquet.

For more information, visit www.mmtraining.net.

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