Monthly Editorials
September 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:12

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Rain Beau West
1982-2018

Sally Black’s top Welsh pony hunter stallion Rain Beau West passed away at Sally’s North San Diego County home this past month.

 
September 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 18:58

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A Wireman Win

Skylar Wireman catch rode Neon Moon to the victory in the Small Green Pony Hunters at the USEF Pony Finals in Kentucky. She just started catch riding early this year and warmed up with great wins on ponies for Carleton and Traci Brooks’ Balmoral Farms at California competitions.

At the prestigious and pressure-packed Pony Finals, their jumping rounds sealed the deal after standing 21st after the model and conformation rounds in this highly competitive national competition. Thirteen-year-old Skylar is the daughter of San Diego trainer Shayne Wireman, whose Chestnut Hills Farm in San Diego County’s Bonsall is home to rising star riders.

 
August 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:15

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We hope you enjoy this issue jam-packed with original articles and information on our feature focuses for the month: dressage and therapeutic products and services, plus our usual mix of hunter/jumper, eventing and general interest news.

 
August 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:05

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EA Honor

Far West Farms junior rider Lily Andersson earned second place in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s National Sportsmanship Award, among 135 applicants from around the country.  The award is given in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and candidates are selected from those who earned local, regional and zone IEA sportsmanship recognition throughout the season.

The top spot went to Olivia Barden from Colorado.

 
August 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:58

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July 2018 - Founder’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 June 2018 21:04

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In our June issue, we spotlighted riding programs that serve as gateways to our sport and this month we spotlight equestrians at a critical crossroad between that gateway and lifelong -- often professional -- engagement with equestrian sports: The Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships.

 
July 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 June 2018 19:33

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Marcia “Mousie” Williams

Marcia “Mousie” Williams began her long career in the horse world  showing hunters, jumpers, stock and trail horses. Her childhood love of horses grew into a life of dedication and service to the sport. An excellent rider, she was highly regarded by all. She was the Pacific Coast “A” Open Jumper Champion in 1961, 1964, 1965 and 1966 with her horse High Hopes and in 1963 with Hi Fi.

 
July 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 June 2018 05:14

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar


USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic with Chris Kappler
July 14-15 in San Juan Capistrano

This is a super opportunity to learn from 2004 Olympic show jumper Chris Kappler as an auditor. These sessions with the team gold and individual silver medalist in Athens, Greece, are sponsored by the United States Hunter Jumper Association. They are designed to educate and advance the skills of professional trainers, but there’s a ton to be learned for amateur riders, too. Instruction will be grouped into three levels of riders: Cross-rails; Equitation over 3’3” to 3’6” fences; and a 4’ jumping group.

The sessions will be held at Sycamore Trails Stables and auditing is available at $100 a day or $175 for both days.

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


 
June 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:34

Sarah Rune & Canty Rune Training Stables

Long time horse trainer Laurie Canty is excited to announce the transformation of her training stables by bringing Sarah Rune in to take on a leadership role. Rune started off as a student of Canty’s, later becoming her assistant, and has now been tapped to take over Canty’s operations. Having trained horses and riders in California for many decades, Canty is looking forward to a new phase of semi-retirement as Rune oversees more day-to-day responsibilities of training and coaching.

 
June 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:21

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar


Temecula Dressage Classic
June 8-10 in Temecula

Taking up the weekend of the late Lisa Blaufuss’s neat dressage show in Paso Robles, the Temecula Dressage Classic is loaded with last-chance qualifiers that make it a must-attend for serious dressage competitors. But it’s not going to be all serious and no fun. The idea is to make the most of time spent with horses, friends and fellow dressage enthusiasts in the lovely environment of the Galway Downs Equestrian Center in the heart of Temecula wine country.

 
May 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:36

Farewall Walterstown Don

Walterstown Don, ridden by Rebecca Braitling and owned by Lauren Burnell, passed away competing at Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & Horse Trials in Paso Robles in the CIC3* on Saturday April 14. The 16 year old gelding collapsed while galloping between fences 18 and 19 on the cross-country course. Braitling was attended to by the on-site medical team and was transported to the hospital for further care. Twin Rivers organizers and US Eventing Association joined all of the West Coast equestrian community in offering condolences to the horse’s team.

 
May 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:29

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April 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:47

California continues to be a non-stop whirlwind of interesting and fun equestrian action, much of which is covered in this issue. Between the final weeks of the inaugural and fantastic Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival, Horse Expo Pomona and the close of the HITS Coachella eight-week hunter/jumper circuit, we were out and about quite a lot and loving it. Looking forward to this month’s continuation of the same.

 

 
April 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:44

Farewell Malcolm Rossoll, longtime horse show announcer who passed away in mid-March. Photo: Tish Quirk

Freestylers Head East

Hunter/jumper trainers Jill and Trevor Gaffney are moving their Freestyling Farms to Ohio, saying goodbye to their Northern California base of the last four years. Per their Facebook page announcement:

 
Aprll 2018 - What’s Happening...
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:42

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Good Horses Galore
Three dates in three locations.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program has three Mustang adoptions set for this month: April 7-8 in King City; April 8 at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove; and April 13-15 in Paso Robles during the Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous. In each case, there will be plenty of wild Mustangs available for meet and greets and to consider making your own. Used in every imaginable discipline, Mustangs are naturally healthy and hearty horses. Owners and trainers describe them as loyal and eager to please.

 
September 2018 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:08

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A story of women riding for their lives.

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Chapter 4 - Cocky Gallop Boy

By the time the track opened, the barns were abuzz with activity.  Hot walkers in hooded sweatshirts shuffled quietly as their charges danced at the end of a leather and brass ribbon. The sounds of aluminum clad hooves prancing around the soft dirt mingled with the ringing of brass chains as the hot walkers expertly contained the exuberance of half a ton of sinew and muscle. Buckets of hot water steamed as grooms prepared baths for sweaty racehorses. Scents of liniment, cooking oats, medicated shampoos, sweet straw and the acidic tang of warm racehorse manure wafted through cool morning air.

 
September 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 04:39

whats happeningCalifornia Riding Magazine Event Calendar

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August 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:09

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UC Davis NCEA Equestrian Names Coach

Jessie Weisinger, an alumna of and most recently the assistant coach at Texas A&M, joins the UC Davis staff as the university’s first head women’s equestrian coach, announced athletics director Kevin Blue. “I am extremely grateful to UC Davis, Kevin Blue and [associate A.D.] Anissa Nachman for allowing me this opportunity,” said Weisinger. “I have been fortunate to be at a great university these past four years, but am looking forward to building this new program and being a part of the vision and excitement Kevin has brought to the UC Davis athletic department.”

 
August 2018 - A Damn Fine Hand
Written by by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018
Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:02

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A story of women riding for their lives.

by Joell Dunlap - all rights reserved by the author 2018

Chapter 1 - Our Lady of Victory

Rains in central California’s Sacramento Valley conquer winter’s oppressive tulle fog. The rains also dampen the hot summer’s bluish smog. They give license to the brilliant pink and white camellia blooms and give residents a view of the stunning Sierra Mountains for all who would look east.

 
August 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:47

whats happeningCalifornia Riding Magazine Event Calendar

Does your special event deserve special coverage in California Riding Magazine’s What’s Happening Event Calendar? If so, let us know and don’t forget a photo. Send it all to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call her at 949-644-2165. Our deadline is the first of the month for the following month’s issue. Please submit your events by November 1st for the December issue. It’s the place to be and it’s free!

 
July 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 June 2018 19:36

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Nina Vogel Tops Innovative Challenge

Over 60 junior and amateur riders took to The Oaks International Grand Prix Field for the second annual American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge, presented by Whitethorne and held June 19-20. Home after her freshman year in college, 21 year old Nina Vogel aboard Pam Stewart’s Durango rode beautifully both days to earn a big win.

 
July 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 June 2018 19:25

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“Talk Derby To Me”
Written by Nicole Bhathal • Photography by Kelsey

Albright Photography

On Saturday May 5, Giracci Vineyards and Farms in Orange County’s Silverado hosted their fourth annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Party.

 
June 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:35

June is one of our favorite issues because we celebrate riding schools and entry-level equestrian programs. We hear stories of kids of all ages connecting with horses for the first time and of adults circling back to a beloved activity of their youth. Riding school horses and people man, woman, horse or pony the friendly front lines of efforts to keep equine interactions widely accessible, both economically and geographically speaking.

 

 
June 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:28

Tali Dejong and Amadeus. Photo: McCool Photography

97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show

At the 97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show, Tali Dejong and Amadeus emerged victorious in the Grand Prix. Finishing in second place, less than one second behind Dejong, was Alyce Bittar and Lara Croft B. Coming in third was The Flying Ham ridden by Carly Anthony. The USHJA National Hunter Derby saw 38 horses with Limequyl and Savannah Jenkins taking the top spot with a score of 183.

 
May 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:38

April indeed brought showers to Northern California, but was a little crueler in Southern California where an EHV-1 situation arose in Orange County. As we went to press with this issue, three horses had tested positive for the dreaded virus and were being cared for in isolation at a stable where the virus was first diagnosed on April 13, a Friday, naturally! A total of 56 horses possibly exposed to the virus were under quarantine, with veterinarians from the California Department of Food and Agriculture supervising close monitoring for signs of new cases. As of April 19, no additional cases were reported. Our best wishes to all!

 
May 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:34

Lisa Wall and Tangled Up in Blue top the USHJA National Hunter Derby at LEG Gold Coast April. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

LEG Gold Coast April Highlights

Out of a field of 24 horse and rider combinations, it was professional Lisa Wall aboard Mia Dimson’s Tangled Up in Blue who earned the top honors.

“This was her first hunter derby win,” Lisa said. “This mare just recently moved up to the 3’6” level. She is still learning, and we are putting her together. She rode really well. Each horse show, she’s consistently getting more broke.”

 
May 2018 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 18:58

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar

New H/J Shows
May 12-13 & 17-20 in Paso Robles

The Spring Fling Schooling May 12-13 is the second in a new series of hunter/jumper schooling shows staged by and at the beautiful Paso Robles Horse Park. Whether you’ve taken a long break from competitions, are considering getting your feet wet for the first time, or just looking for an organized, affordable and fun show jumping experience, this is your ticket. Meet fellow horse enthusiasts, compare your skills to other riders, and hone your competition skills in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Held in partnership with the Santa Barbara Riding Club, the series continues in October with the Harvest Special and concludes this year with the Winter Wonderland in December. The schooling shows are designed to give local equestrians access to affordable, well-run competition at a first class facility.

 
April 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:45

Nayel Nails Another Biggie

Nayel Nassar’s 14 year old Hanoverian Lordan doesn’t compete often, but when he does compete, he goes big. The pair won the AIG $1 Million at HITS Coachella Sunday March 18. That followed Lordan’s last outing at Cochella, the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup class, which he won on Feb. 10. The two-for-two track record speaks volumes of Nayel’s careful management of his spectacular horse.

 
April 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:36

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March 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:49

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Real horse people, like Trent McGee featured in this issue, are lifelong learners. The 15 year old hunter/jumper rider is off to an early start with his horsemanship education, having already ridden in clinics with George Morris, Joe Fargis and, most recently, Richard Spooner during the USHJA Emerging Jumper Athlete Gold Star clinic. We have two reports on that, along with equally interesting clinics with German dressage master, Johann Hinnemann, and eventing’s “queen of cross-country,” Lucinda Green. Thanks to junior rider Kate Abajian and eventing professional Jessie Hargrave for contributing articles that we can all learn from.

 
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