November 2016 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:18

Sarm Hippique & DeNiro Day
Nov. 9 in the Los Angeles area’s Glendale

In the mood for scrumptious Italian equestrian apparel and equally irresistible riding boots? Then DaMoor’s Feed & Tack in Glendale is the place to be on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Representatives from both companies will be on hand in the afternoon to showcase their latest looks and designs, plus take measurements for those ready to place an order.

Refreshments, raffles and other prizes are part of the afternoon, plus a generally fun time.

For more information, call 818-242-2841 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ride On Fall Gathering
Nov. 12 in Thousand Oaks

Ventura Farms’ David Murdock invites members and guests of the Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Program to a cocktail reception at his Ventura Farms. Highlights include the Farm’s conservatory, which is home to over 25,000 orchids, and a light show that highlights the property’s boulder collection.

A live auction to raise funds for Ride On includes several hot tickets: a spa getaway at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village; a sunset carriage ride and catered private dinner at Ventura Farms; a children’s Pony Party at Ventura Farms; and a four-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, Hawaii.

Tickets are $100 each and available through

Inland Empire Fall Festival H/J Show
Nov. 18-20 in the City of Industry

The Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association (IEHJA) hosts its fifth annual Fall Festival Horse Show Nov. 18-20 at the City of Industry Expo Center, the show is open to all competitors and will host a full range of hunter/jumper classes including two $100 Hunter Classics. In addition, a graduated Hunter Derby (2’6”-3’) is offered with $250 cash award for first place. IEHJA Medal Class Finals as well as USHJA Medal Classes are offered. There is an IEHJA Scholarship Program with two $200 cash awards to the selected winners. The Fall Festival is a double point show for IEHJA members. However, with the exception of the IEHJA Medal Finals, there is no qualifying for any class. All competitors are welcome.

The Jumper Extravaganza kicks off the show on Friday, with a full day of jumper-only classes that makes it easier for trainers and competitors to arrange their schedules. That night it’s a free meet and greet dinner hosted by the IEHJA Board of Directors. View the tack room and stall decorations while enjoying the food and camaraderie. Winners of the tack room decorating contest will be announced Sunday after the Medal Finals.

Hunter practice courses will be set for Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday competition in the covered dome. Medal classes and the IEHJA Medal Finals fill out the weekend agenda, all thoughtfully scheduled to avoid conflicts with other classes.

IEHJA offers a $10 discount for members who sign up during the Fall Festival Annual Horse Show for the 2017 calendar year.  Membership information, benefits and IEHJA activities can also be found at

George Morris Returns
Various December dates & locations

It was unclear whether “Mr. Morris” would be resuming his clinic schedule when he finished up his annual visit to the West Coast last December. But he is indeed returning and that’s good news for everyone who counts on his visits as a head start on excellent horsemanship through the new year.

After a Nov. 29-30 visit to Patty Ball’s Hunterville Stables in Northern California and a Dec. 2-4 trip to Rich & Shelly Fellers’ place in Oregon, Morris returns to Archie Cox’ Brookway Stables Dec. 6-8. That’s at Middle Ranch in Lakeview Terrace, a lovely place to spend a knowledged-filled few days. Call Archie at 818-897-3376 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info. Morris concludes his California tour with a stop at Grand Prix rider Simon Nizri’s Wildflower Ranch in Encinitas. Reach Simon at 619-204-4615 for participation details.

USHJA Annual Meeting
Dec. 11-15 in Palm Springs

As Karen Healey points out in this month’s column (page 58), if you want to affect change in the hunter/jumper sport, “you can’t just stand at the back gate and bitch!” Attending the United States Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting is a great place to start, and especially because it’s nearby – in the Palm Springs area – this year.

There are four full days of meetings, forums, workshops and presentations. almost all of which are open to all members. These range from broad topics like sport growth and integrity and new rule changes to a presentation on “microchip training & age group verification.” If you do anything involving USHJA competition, professional or amateur, there’s plenty of subjects of interest on the agenda.

On Tuesday night, it’s the Evening of Equestrian Awards reception and dinner.

The meeting will take place at the Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas hotel in the Palm Springs area’s Rancho Mirage. A discounted block of rooms is available to early bookers.

For more information, visit

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