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May 2019 - The Gallop: The Horse Park at Woodside
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:17
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Nearing 40, the non-profit venue looks & functions fabulously for a range of equestrian pursuits & pleasures.

by Kim F. Miller

It was just your average Saturday at The Horse Park at Woodside in mid-April. Dressage and hunter/jumper schooling shows were underway, the Mid-Cal Pony Club Region was in rally mode and a Woodside Vaulter held an exalted pose atop a handsome steed in one of two rings footed specifically for that discipline.

 
May 2019 - Everyday Footing
Written by by Premier Equestrian
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:09
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You can’t always get what you want …but sometimes, you’ll get what you need.

by Premier Equestrian

So last week you competed at a facility with a surface that was perfect for every ride… and there were hundreds of them. A rainstorm even came through and the arena drained quickly and was back in use faster than you expected. Now you’re thinking this is the perfect surface for your arena at home. However, some equestrian professionals and veterinarians agree that the footing at your last horse show is not necessarily what you need at home. Horse show surfaces are designed with very specific goals in mind. These objectives are different than those you may have for your own arena.

 
May 2019 - Beneath The Hunt Coat
Written by by Aimee LaFayette
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:56
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Four young equestrians share their experience excelling in and out of the ring with Type 1 diabetes.

by Aimee LaFayette

Charitable giving is at the heart of Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby, set for June 21-23 in the Reno area’s beautiful Washoe Valley. All profits from this exceptional equestrian event and social occasion are earmarked to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. JDRF tirelessly pursues better treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications through critical research.

 
May 2019 - What to Watch for When Buying a Saddle (new or used)
Written by By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00
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by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE - ©2019 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

The show season is about to start in earnest for many riders, which means that you might be thinking about getting a new saddle for yourself and your horse. Maybe a brand-new saddle (hopefully one that fits you and can be adjusted to ensure optimum fit for your horse), but there are also ‘previously loved’ options out there that could be just as good. Used saddles can be on the market for a number of reasons, some of which could be:

 
April 2019 - Del Mar National Preview
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:13
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Equestrian excitement abounds at the Del Mar National, starting April 16.

Get ready for a thrilling three weeks of world-class equestrian competitions at the 74th annual Del Mar National Horse Show April 16-May 5, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Del Mar National Horse Show is steeped in tradition and has a rich history of showcasing some of the most exciting and prestigious equestrian competitors in the country. The show attracts nearly 1,500 horses in three distinct disciplines: Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper.

 
April 2019 - Double The Challenge
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:52
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Whitethorne LLC adds a second unique equitation competition to the West Coast hunter/jumper circuit.

Whitethorne LLC and Georgy Maskrey-Segesman are pleased to announce their sponsorship of two exceptional equitation events for 2019. The 2019 “American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge” will be featured for the third year at the Blenheim June Classic III at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano from June 17 – 19, under the management of Blenheim EquiSports. Georgy created this class initially in 2017 to bring a new perspective and opportunity to the equitation ring.

 
April 2019 - David Lichman Clinic Report
Written by by Suzy McMinn
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:45
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Liberty Horses, Tennessee Walkers, and Laughter.

by Suzy McMinn

The multi-talented David Lichman presented “Liberty Performance to Music” at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville on March 10. This free performance showed Lichman’s young liberty team in their third public appearance. It was a day of beauty, horsemanship, and many moments of laughter.

 
April 2019 - Review: The Mustang movie
Written by article & photos by Kristin Lee
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:36
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A visit to Return To Freedom sets the stage for moving movie about the horse-human bond.

article & photos by Kristin Lee

If you ever have been or get to go to a “press event,” you know it’s the adult version of a field trip! I was thrilled to attend just such an event for The Mustang movie, the new film that is getting rave reviews.

 
April 2019 - A Million Dollar Day
Written by photos: Wendy Gleason/Malibu5starnaturals.com
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:30
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Three-time Million Dollar winner Beezie Madden tops two-timer Nayel Nassar in exciting end to HITS Coachella Circuit.

photos: Wendy Gleason/Malibu5starnaturals.com

The seventh annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix served as an exciting finalé for the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit. Staged on a beautiful day, Sunday March 17, the big money class drew its typical field of high-performance riders from across the country and around the world. The best of those, four-time Olympic medalist and two-time World Cup champion Beezie Madden made her trip from the East Coast worthwhile by riding Darry Lou to top honors and the $350,000 prize.

 
March 2019 - Classic Equine Equipment
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:28
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Twenty-eight years of experience enable customers to fulfill barn building, updating or renovating needs, preferences and dreams.

Substitute the word “horse-keeping” for “hardware” in Ace Hardware’s catchy jingle, “Ace, your helpful hardware place,” and you have the perfect lyric for a Classic Equine Equipment jingle: “Classic Equine Equipment, your helpful horse-keeping place.” It doesn’t rhyme as well, but it conveys Classic Equine’s firm place at the top of the stable equipment industry and explains how it got there: helping each client fulfill their needs, preferences and dreams.

 
May 2019 - Western States Horse Expo
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:14
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New venue, Equus Masters & rare breeds are among many highlights for May 9-12 event.

The Western States Horse Expo is “movin’ on up!”

After 20 years at a state-owned facility, the 2019 Expo, Thursday – Sunday, May 9-12, is shedding its old digs and moving “down trail” to the country. As one exhibitor said, “The best exposition in the United States is moving to the largest equestrian facility in California.”

 
May 2019 - Cabaline Country Emporium
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 05:05
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Adventures begin at this historic Pt. Reyes store.

Explore a bit of West Marin history--and find something wonderful to take home with you. The historical Cabaline building has been standing since the turn of the 20th Century. Over the years we have been visited by people who remembered when it was being built, people who remembered sitting around the wood stove in back when it was the general store, and people who performed in plays when it was the community center, but it’s been the Cabaline Country Emporium for the last 40 years.

 

 
May 2019 - Finish Line® Horse Products
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:47
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Trusted brand trots out a new fast-acting muscle builder at Western States Horse Expo this month.

Those who answer the phones fulfilling Finish Line’s long-standing offer to refund the purchase price of products customers are not happy with – for any reason – are not kept very busy by that task. Unlike the Maytag repairman of yesteryear ad campaigns, however, they’re neither lonely nor bored. These real people – not automated voices – keep plenty busy answering customers’ questions about product use and distributor requests for more of Finish Line’s 43 horse care, health and performance products.

 
April 2019 - Rainbow Equus Meadows
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:18
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Elite Hanoverian & Oldenburg NA breeding program builds on 31 years of expertise & integrity in producing superior horses for appropriate partners.

Thirty one years ago in a town of approximately 4,700 people, Susan Worthington, with her children and 21 horses, six dogs, six cats and a monkey, purchased a cattle and hay farm and named it Rainbow Equus Meadows. “With God’s guidance and blessings, determination, dedication and hard work, my childhood dream of a beautiful and successful horse breeding farm, with white fences and green meadows, became a reality,” Susan explains.

 
April 2019 - Backyard Horse Keeping
Written by by Denise Y. O’Meara, PLA for ELCR
Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:09
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What to consider before you commit.

by Denise Y. O’Meara, PLA for ELCR

There are many considerations that make backyard horse keeping a viable option. Maybe there are no nearby boarding stables, or the cost of boarding at someone else’s facility is prohibitive. Perhaps you’re already set up with an existing barn and fencing. The presence of a great trail system or other equine facility nearby may make stabling your horse elsewhere a non-starter. In fact, your neighborhood may be home to many small horse properties, with regular riding companionship!

 
April 2019 - Spring Fling
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:50
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April 26 USET Fundraiser set to spring loose funds for Team USA.

A month of training in Florida with Olympian, World Cup Champion and USEF dressage technical advisor and chef d’equipe Debbie McDonald tops a growing list of auction items for an April 26 United States Equestrian Team fundraiser. It’s been a few years since the USET has had a big shindig out West and efforts are underway to make up for lost time.

 
April 2019 - Something Special
Written by by Elaine Wessel
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:41
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Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Horse Show returns to Southern California.

by Elaine Wessel

Under the management of Nilforushan Equisport Events, founded and run by the husband-and-wife team of Ali and Francie Nilforushan, the three-week Temecula Valley National Horse Show made its successful debut in 2018, and the competition is set to return this year with an additional week of riding on the docket. With the goal of enhancing the state of show jumping in California and attracting more exhibitors to the West Coast, the Nilforushans and their team are working to provide a memorable and rewarding horse show experience for all, whether from the back of a horse or a seat in the grandstand.

 
April 2019 - For The Good Of The Horse
Written by CRM
Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:34
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Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields & Thoroughbred Owners of California reach agreements regarding racehorse safety.

Editor’s Note: Horse racing is beyond the scope of California Riding Magazine’s normal coverage, but the deaths of 22 racehorses at the Santa Anita Racetrack recently deeply affected all who care about horses, including much of the general public. For that reason, we’re sharing this March 16 news regarding an unprecedented agreement between major California players in the sport. While arguments exist on either side of most of the points the agreement details, we applaud what appear to be bold steps to safeguard racehorses going forward.

Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) reached an historic agreement on March 16 to protect the safety and welfare of horses and riders in the state. This collective mandate enacts the most stringent medication policy in North America.

 
April 2019 - The Gallop: Kasey Perry-Glass Homecoming
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 March 2019 02:11
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Olympic, WEG & World Cup rider returns as the star of May 4 Equinesta fundraiser for youth dressage opportunities.

by Kim F. Miller

U.S. Olympic and World Equestrian dressage medalist Kasey Perry-Glass hasn’t spent much time in her Northern California hometown of Orangevale since her international odyssey launched about six years ago. She’s happy to be making up for that on May 4 as the featured guest, along with her equine partner Goerklintgaards Dublet, at Equinesta. The event is the brainchild of 16-year-old Joulle Kimura and is a fundraiser for the California Dressage Society’s Foothill Chapter and its youth dressage programs.

It will be held at the Perrys’ beautiful private farm in Orangevale.

 
March 2019 - Britta Pedersen: Healed and Helping Others
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:22
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Former top rider helps equestrians excel as a physical therapist and performance training fitness expert focused on sport-specifics for equestrians.

National Three-Star Champion eventer Frankie Thieriot Stutes thought a generic gym work-out would suffice as a saddle-time supplement fitness-wise. While getting a chance to work with Britta Pedersen, Frankie learned she was sorely wrong about that. And, we do mean sorely wrong.

Working with Frankie at the behest of US eventing chef d’equipe Erik Duvander, Britta designed a sport specific training program for Frankie, with an exercise prescription tailored to her strengths and weaknesses. Britta recalls Frankie first describing the work-out as not too hard, then calling the next day to report that muscles she never knew she had were reporting otherwise – very loudly.

 
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