Monthly Editorials
August 2017 - Candid With Karen
Written by Karen Healey
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:25

Course design is all about helping horses and riders get better.

I enjoyed designing the courses for the first Whitethorne American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge in June and some of the questions I got about those tracks made me think course design would be a good topic for this column.

August 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:18

Menlo Charity Show
Aug. 8-13 in Atherton

Special classes and social events dominate this Northern California fixture that draws participants from throughout the West Coast.

July 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:06

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July 2017 - Dressage Life: What Makes A Successful Professional
Written by Genay Vaughn
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:55

It’s a lifestyle, not a job, and one in which hard work, passion and paying dues pays off.

You have to be a hard worker and have a really good work ethic. I don’t think anyone will be successful starting out unless they are a hard worker or have a really good work ethic because nothing is handed to you when you are just starting out and trying to make your name.

July 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:43

Leslie Morse Joins Sabo Eventing

Two-time Olympic dressage team alternate Leslie Morse joins the staff at Lisa and Brian Sabo’s Sabo Eventing, based at the Orange County Fairgrounds. She’ll be teaching some very lucky members of the US Pony Club Newport Mesa Riding Center along with the rest of the students in the Sabos’ program.

June 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:20

OK. Maybe we went a little crazy on riding schools this issue. Given that they are the entry point for most who enter the sport, can you blame us? For the second year, we’re using this month’s issue to celebrate California (and Nevada) riding schools and revisit the reasons why they are so critical to our sport’s health and growth by keeping riding accessible to as many as possible.

June 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:15

The Master of Faster turned on the heat with his equine partner of 15 years to clinch the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, presented by Equ Lifestyle Boutique. The unstoppable duo, known as Richard Spooner and Cristallo, executed a flawless jump-off in 33.75, less than 0.04 seconds faster than the previous leaders, Vani Khosla and Billy Mexico. Relegated to a well-deserved second by a show jumping veteran, Khosla earned her second impressive grand prix red ribbon for the week at Blenheim EquiSports’ Mothers Day weekend event in San Juan Capistrano.

May 2017 - Founder’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:00

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From a World Cup Finals recap to a preview of possible World Cup stars of tomorrow, hailing from the Sacramento Area Hunter/Jumper Association, we have a wide range of articles again this month. Carl Hester’s clinic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was a highlight for many dressage enthusiasts, us included, and we are glad to have round-ups of local middle and high school equestrian action, with more to come next month.

May 2017 - Book Review: Cowboy Dressage
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:53

Cowboy Dressage
Written by Jessica Black
Published by Trafalgar Square
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck

Cowboy Dressage is an American style of dressage celebrating the American West and its horsemen. The purpose of western dressage is to make the horse, a better version of itself.  Approximately 20 years ago, Eitan Beth-Halachmy decided to marry classical dressage and the American cowboy, building a western horse into much more than a show horse.

May 2017 - Candid With Karen: Not Your Enemy!
Written by Karen Healey
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:43

A judge’s perspective on the most under-appreciated job at the horse show.

by Karen Healey

Before I talk about what I like or don’t like when I judge hunters, I want to talk a little about what the job entails. I personally think that every trainer should have their judge’s cards – it makes you a way better exhibitor!

May 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:10

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

April 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:52

Romesh Sinclair Joins Parker Insurance

Parker Equine Insurance welcomes Romesh Sinclair to its insurance family. “Many of you may know him from doing awards and hospitality at many of the California, Arizona and Colorado horse shows,” says Donna Parker. “Romesh is an accomplished horseman and rider.

April 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:47

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March 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:28

We get around!

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 19 we’ve covered the California Dressage Society convention in San Diego, Horse Expo Pomona, the HITS Coachella (Thermal) World Cup weekend in the desert and the Area VI Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting at the Fresno County Horse Park. We experienced every kind of California weather during that time! Throughout our travels, we realized the good fortune to have a career that enables us to report on and spend time with some of the best people anywhere. Their horses are awesome, too!

March 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:22

A First GP Win

Week III was the charm for Zazou Hoffman, who earned her first Grand Prix win in the $25,000 SmartPak Open Prix on Feb. 3 at HITS Coachella. Her mount was W Zermie 12, a 14 year old Dutch mare by Rubert R. Zazou is a West Coast favorite. She was a top junior and winner of the 2009 ASPCA Maclay Finals, and has worked for Dick Carvin and Francie Steinwedell’s Meadow Grove Farm since graduating UCLA. Since turning professional, she has had increasing success in the jumper ring and seems on course to fulfill her longtime goals of becoming an international rider. Zermie is owned by Saree Kayne.

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August 2017 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:23

Carmel Valley CDS chapter beats summer heat with stick-horse race at fun schooling show.

The Carmel Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society (CV CDS) has several traditional events each year—a tack swap, a Summer BBQ and a Holiday Party.

July 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:11

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

More Fun in Surf City
July 6-9 & Aug. 10-13 in Huntington Beach

West Palms Events’ hunter/jumper shows at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center feature fun new classes this summer. The first is the Sun and Surf Tandem, in which all but the final fence on course will be jumped in unison. It’s open to juniors and amateurs, with two divisions: 2’ to 2’3” and 2’6”. The Ride and Groom Relay uses teams of one rider and one groom. The rider navigates a course set at 1M, then the groom embarks on an obstacle course with the combined fastest time taking top honors.

July 2017 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:03

Master Dressage; Riding Through Thick & Thin

Master Dressage
Written by Peter Dove
Reviewed by Lucy Bobeck

Peter Dove is a British equestrian, now coaching his daughter, Milly, through to regional dressage competitions. Peter is the author of Master Dressage and co-author (with Mary Wanless) of Master Dressage: the Basics. Mary Wanless, a mentor to Peter, is a British Horse Society Instructor and author of books that concentrate on how we use our mind for better riding.

July 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:47

Fran Steinwedell in Hall of Fame

Frances B. (Fran) Steinwedell, a devoted supporter of show jumping in the US for decades, was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held June 1 during the Devon Horse Show. In addition to her ownership of several top Grand Prix horses, she has helped pave the road to success for talented riders such as her daughter Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Olympian and California native Anne Kursinski.

July 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:25

Congratulations to all of our young riders who earned spots on the jumping, eventing and dressage teams at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships this month. For the third year in a row, we celebrate these terrific kids with a spotlight on all of the riders representing USHJA Zone 10, USEA Area VI and USDF Region 7. Take a moment to review their accomplishments and wish them the very best!

June 2017 - Eye on Eventing
Written by Lauren Billys
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:18

Bridging the Gap: Different dreams have equal importance to every rider.

I began teaching riding lessons while in college. After class and on weekends, I would spend extra hours working for the local pony club and riding horses for people. As this small commitment gained momentum and a few years passed, here I am working in the equine field and loving it. Growing as a young professional in the equestrian industry has had its growing pains along the way, and I guarantee I will continue to learn. Learning how to tailor every program to each rider has been a key to finding success.

June 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:58

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Informational IEA Meeting
June 3 in Moorpark

This is an informational welcome meeting for returning and new team members. Anyone interested in learning about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association may attend. The IEA is open to middle school and high school riders and Elvenstar’s teams welcome riders from other barns. Returning team members will share their experiences during this session.

The location is the Elvenstar, in Moorpark, at the clubhouse.

May 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:55

Jim Ifko

Busy Blenheim Spring

Canadian Jim Ifko began his season in California on a high note, taking the win in the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic IV Grand Prix aboard Eventyre Farms Ltd.’s Un Diamant des Forets on Sat., April 14. In front of a full audience of fellow equestrians and local fans, he delivered two swift, faultless rounds that secured him the win by over 2.5 seconds against five others in the jump-off. Robert Blanchette and his own Coupis picked up second place as the only other double clear finisher. Following them after the jump-off were Lane Clarke and Romeo du Paradis; Mattias Ekeroth and Hautesse Van’t Zorgvliet and Kyle King and McLord’s Othelo.

May 2017 - Dressage Life: An Aspirant’s Perspective
Written by Genay Vaughn
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:50

The World Cup Finals were a whirlwind of inspirations.

by Genay Vaughn

Being a spectator at this year’s World Cup Finals in Omaha, NB, was a lot of fun, with some of the best dressage and show jumping combinations in the world. Riding in the World Cup is definitely on my list of goals for the future, so being there this year to experience the competition and the atmosphere was amazing

May 2017 - Eye on Eventing: My To-Do List
Written by Lauren Billys
Friday, 28 April 2017 21:40

Prioritizing & time management must be cultivated in a riding career and carry over well to the rest of life.

by Lauren Billys

The balance between riding and “normal” life has been one of the hardest challenges of my riding experience. When the “hobby” we choose is really a lifestyle and has no set hours, it can make finding our way to typical life appointments and decisions difficult.

April 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:57

As the eight-week long HITS Coachella hunter/jumper circuit came to a close with Mandy Porter & Milano’s spectacular win of the AIG Million class on March 19, this year’s show season is fully underway in every discipline.

The Galway Downs International Horse Trials and the World Cup Finals for dressage and show jumping were set for the last weekend of March, with the Del Mar National right behind it. Several Area VI riders are readying for the trek to Rolex Kentucky Four Star in Lexington, KY, in late April. They include James Alliston, Andrea Baxter, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jennifer McFall and Bunny Sexton and we send HUGE best wishes to all.

April 2017 - Book Reviews
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:49

California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook; A Journey To Softness

California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook
Reviewed by Kim F. Miller

It’s hard to believe that the California Dressage Society has been around for 50 years. That makes some of us kind of old! But the organization has stayed young through the years and now numbers approximately 3,500 members participating in 30 chapters throughout the state and in Nevada.

April 2017 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 00:48

Carl Hester Clinic
April 8-9 in Del Mar

The dressage community is abuzz about British dressage Olympian Carl Hester’s visit. Among many impressive credentials, Carl is the coach of reigning dressage queen Charlotte Dujardin and part owner of her spectacular partner Valegro.

This weekend clinic is staged by Scott Hayes Productions, whose hosting of Charlotte’s California visit last October was super well-received for its instructional value and overall lovely environment.

March 2017 - Candid With Karen: Who Knows?
Written by Karen Healey
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:25

Will the Federation’s stiffer drug penalties curtain the cheaters?

by Karen Healey

"Who knows?”

That’s my answer to the question a lot of people have been asking about whether the United States Equestrian Federation’s aggressive stance on medication abuses will make a difference.

March 2017 - What’s Happening...
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:18

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

AIG $1 Million Jumping
March 19 in Thermal

The AIG Million Grand Prix starts at 2 pm at HITS Coachella Desert Horse Park on Sunday, March 19, but savvy spectators will be there well before then to stake out seating for this popular class. Plus, you can catch the Parade of Champions at noon, featuring the second-half and full-circuit champs in various divisions, and the leadline class that precedes the Grand Prix.

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