August 2016 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:38

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Dressage Schooling Show: Aug. 6 in Ramona

Bonnie Walker is set to officiate this month’s dressage schooling show at Creek Hollow Ranch in San Diego County’s Ramona. These are regularly staged competitions, so the organizers have things down to a smooth-running event. The indoor arena keeps horses and riders out of the sun, there’s plenty of parking and the vibe is relaxed and fun. Shows count toward the San Diego CDS chapter schooling show circuit, too.

Polly Limond will judge the final CHR dressage schooling show of the year on Oct. 15.

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Horse Nation Foundation Benefit: Aug. 13 in Huntington Beach

West Palms Events stages the second Grand Prix Gala during the Huntington Beach Summer Classic, benefitting the Horse Nation Foundation.

Founded by psychotherapist Dr. Carole Harris, Horse Nation Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the empowerment and support of disadvantaged youngsters, using abused and abandoned horses in need of rehabilitation. Together, children and horses learn trust, hope, empathy and love as they participate in eight-week programs dedicated to fostering a healing, supportive environment for both humans and horses.

The Foundation pairs rescued horses with young people involved in 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 Foundation helps children gain self-esteem, confidence and life skills through handling and bonding with the horses in their care.

The Grand Prix Gala begins at 5pm on Saturday, August 13 and features cocktails, a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions and special musical guests. “I know our supporters will have an exceptional evening of fine dining, exciting show jumping and other planned events,” says WPE’s Dale Harvey. “Programs like Horse Nation Foundation are close to my heart and I endeavor to support the good work of this organization in any way I can.”

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Cowgirls & Cocktails: Aug. 19 in the Tahoe area’s Truckee

This fun periodic event is a great chance to see the new upgrades at the Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center, which is located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center that opened last fall.     Festivities begin with an early evening trail ride followed by cocktails and appetizers.

Cowgirls & Cocktails will also be held Sept. 2 and 23, while Saturday night BBQs and Ponies & Pancake mornings are among the family-themed get-togethers set through the rest of summer and on into September.

Part of a $6 million investment, the equestrian Center upgrades include a 60’ round pen, tack sheds, paddocks of various sizes, new loading and staging areas for trail rides, and more.

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Prizes galore for the champions at the Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Championship.

Hunter Breeding Champs: Wed. Aug. 31 in Del Mar

The West Coast edition of the Sallie B Wheeler/U.S. Hunter Breeding National Championships has an exciting twist this year because, for the first time, it will be the final event in this bi-coastal championship. That means the judges will first judge the East Coast staging, then fly out to judge the West Coast edition, held at the Del Mar Horse Park, before naming the national champion.

Breeder Tish Quirk continues to be this event’s leading advocate and she is very excited about this year’s sequence. “Several of our East Coast committee members are planning to come out for the event,” says Tish, who is the national chairman of the USHJA Task Force on hunter breeding.

For the latest, follow the Sallie B Wheeler/U.S. Hunter Breeding National Championships on Facebook.

DASC Championship: Sept. 9-11 in Somis

The Dressage Association of Southern California is ready for its annual Championship show, set for the El Sueno Equestrian Center in Ventura County’s Somis. There’s still time to qualify by Sept. 2!

Special features include the introductory championship classes, materiale classes, A/A and open freestyle championship classes, Training level freestyle championship classes and Dressage Equitation championships classes with the “coveted blingy medals.”

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Draft Horses perform at the Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. This year’s event is Sept. 22-25, and tickets are on sale now. Photo: Photography by David Wong

Draft Horse Classic: Sept. 22-25 in Grass Valley

Seems like it just wouldn’t be September without the annual Draft Horse Classic. Performances, breath-taking competitions and seeing a Draft Horse up-close are all part of the festivities at the 30th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, Sept. 22-25, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.     Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules.

The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

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