May 2016 - What’s Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 18:17

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Quarantine Facility Equine Stakeholder Meeting: April 30 & May 4 in Del Mar

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine presents “a unique opportunity to shape the future of Contagious Equine Metritis Import Quarantine in California.”

These meetings are meant to share and gather information, ideas and concerns on advancing CEM import quarantine in California. The agenda will include discussion of a proposed Southern California CEM import quarantine facility, along with the necessary regulatory changes a new facility would entail.

Both meetings will cover the same content and be held at the Riders Lounge, at the Surfside Race Place next to the track at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Conveniently, the meetings coincide with the dressage and hunter/jumper weeks of the Del Mar National Horse Show, also at the Fairgrounds. The April 30 meeting starts at 9 a.m., and the May 4 meeting starts at 3 pm.

RSVP to Dr. Claudia Sonder, DVM, director of UCD’s Center for Equine Health at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 530-752-6433.

Derby Hat Contest: May 7 in San Juan Capistrano

Time to get the “fascinators” out! That’s a fancy word for fancy hats and there will be plenty of them on display on Kentucky Derby day, Saturday May 7. Lots in Lexington, where the race actually takes place at Churchill Downs, and plenty of them in California, too.

The San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition is teaming with Regency Theaters to celebrate the occasion. Held at the Regency Theater in San Juan, the pre-party starts at 1pm, hat judging begins at 2:30, with free popcorn for all entrants. At 3pm, it’s the parade of horses, then watching the Run For the Roses on the big screen at 3:15. It will all be followed by a screening of the film, The Black Stallion.

American Horse Products is sponsoring prizes in the hat contest and the afternoon also features a raffle for an evening for two at the Regency’s VIP Theater, and a special menu in the Rick’s Café restaurant.

For tickets and more info, visit

Horse Trials: Saturday, May 14 in Yolo County’s Woodland

The Woodland Stallion Station hosts the first of its three Horse Trials for the year. The next are Sept. 3-4 and Oct. 1, with high point prizes at stake for junior and amateur riders in all divisions. Grand prize in the fall includes a new saddle from Stubben and equipment from Majyk Equipe.

On-site stabling is available for one or more nights and food vendors and a photographer are lined up, with other fun sidelights in the works.

WSS’s three-year-old cross-country course is one of the venue’s best attractions. Intro through Prelim routes travel over rolling terrain, with 40 trees along the way and new jumps added regularly. In between competitions, the course is available for schooling.

For more information, visit

Sports Psychology Clinic: Sunday, May 15 in San Diego

The California Dressage Society San Diego chapter is proud to present a Sports Psychology Clinic focused on the equestrian and the unique trials we face in competing and riding. Dr. Timmie Pollock is a long time CDS patron, an active rider and competitor with many years of experience coaching riders to master the mental side of horsemanship, in and out of the show ring.

Topics will include overcoming fear in riding; performance enhancement for competition, and how trainers can incorporate mental skills in teaching, training and communications.

All disciplines are welcome. Sign-up online at Admission is $25 for CDS members, $35 for non-members and space is limited. The location is Halo Cinematic Studios in San Diego.

San Marcos Day Of The Horse: Sunday, May 15 in San Marcos

The Common Ground Clinic is the “mane” attraction at the annual Day Of the Horse sponsored by the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association in San Diego County’s San Marcos. Staged in the spirit of sharing knowledge between the disciplines and various horsemanship approaches, the event features three training presentations and an introduction to the horse world called Horse Sense 101.

Presentations begin at 10 am with Cowboy Challenge’s Chad Waldhauser, whose passion is teaching traditional cowboy methods and lifestyles. He’ll be sharing his expertise on starting colts and working ranch horses, plus obstacles and trail riding.

Classical dressage proponents Karen Loshbaugh and Amber Matusek of Art2Ride follow at noon. Their emphasis is the use of classical dressage to develop a lighter, more harmonious relationship and development of naturally balanced self-carriage for the horse.

At 1:30, the topic is showmanship, western horsemanship and english equitation with Clarissa Czuprynski of Prestige Equine. The motto of this approach is “fit the program to the horse, not the horse to the program.”

The event takes place at Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos. For more information on Day Of the Horse and the TOVEA, visit

Dr. Gerd Heuschmann: May 21-22 in Yolo County’s Woodland

Highly regarded horseman and author Dr. Gerd Heuschmann makes his first visit to Northern California with this stop at the Woodland Stallion Station in Woodland. His Biomechanics of Soundness Symposium provides a unique opportunity to enhance understanding of how basic training principles and equine conformation can be combined to enhance the horse’s performance and soundness.

Dr. Heuschmann trained as a Bereiter (master rider) in Germany before qualifying for veterinary study at Munich University. He specialized in equine orthopedics, was head of the breeding department at the German Equestrian Federation and has his own practice in Warendorf.

He has been an active member of the “hyperflexion” (previously referred to as “rollkur”) debate, weighing in at the 2005 USDF National Symposium and the 2006 FEI Veterinary and Dressage Committees’ Workshop.

His concepts have been featured in many magazines, including Dressage Today and Horse & Hound. Along with Klaus Balkenhol and other prominent figures in the dressage community, Dr. Heuschmann is a founding member of Xenophon, an organization dedicated to “fighting hard against serious mistakes in equestrian sport.”

His book, Tug of War: Classical Versus “Modern” Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect “Modern” Riding Negatively Affects Horses’ Health, has earned accolades in many sectors of the sport. This book and others, plus a DVD, will be on sale, with autograph opportunities, during a Saturday night dinner.

The lecture will include 3D modeling of the horse, interactive discussions, as well as horse and rider demonstrations.

A better understanding of the horse’s biomechanics helps riders implement the knowledge into daily riding routines that help horses stay sound and relaxed in their work. This course content will apply to all disciplines–dressage, eventing, jumping, and driving and it’s presented in a way that riders of all levels can understand.

“Participants in past clinics and symposiums have reported nearly instantaneous beneficial changes in their horses and riding,” says host Emily Conforti of Down Centerline Dressage. “His explanations are clear and precise, and his expertise is amazing.”

For tickets and more info, visit or call 415-935-0045.

Get Bowled Over: Friday May 27 in Burbank

Come support the CPHA Foundation by changing out of your equestrian clothes and into your fabulous bowling shirt and shoes by attending an Evening of Bowling & Fun. The venue is the Pickwick Bowl in Burbank, close to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

The Benefit will support the CPHA Foundation in its mission to offer aide to California equestrian professionals, like DJ Lombardo, in times of need, provide a scholarship program for their children and or working students who want to achieve a higher education and to educate the public in competition and sportsmanship.

Check-in and registration will begin at 6 p.m. with bowling from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The donation fee of $500 covers two games of bowling for a team of five players, food, drinks, and lots of fun.

For more information, visit

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