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September 2019 - The Gallop: A Change of Reign
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:58
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Thermal & Arizona show circuits, and Thermal venue, in new ownership group’s hands.

by Kim F. Miller

Talk of the HITS Desert Circuit hunter/jumper series being sold has been circulating for a few years. It happened in early August when the newly-formed Apex Equisport announced its purchase of HITS’ hunter/jumper competition series: the two-week Sunshine Series and eight-week Desert circuits in the Palm Spring area’s Thermal, and the six-week series in Tucson, AZ. The purchase includes the 3,000-stall competition facility in Thermal, all from Tom Struzzieri, founder and CEO of Horse Shows In the Sun, which is based in Saugerties, NY. The Thermal venue will now be called the Desert International Horse Park.

 

 
September 2019 - SafeSport
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:43
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Participation ban for industry legend George Morris intensifies an ongoing debate about the best means for protecting all equestrians.

“Safe Sport” discussions in the equestrian world reached a new level of intensity on Aug. 5 when the U.S. Center for SafeSport announced a permanent ban on participation to industry legend, George Morris, 81. The ban resulted from an investigation of allegations of “sexual misconduct involving a minor” between 1968 and 1972. The same day, Morris issued an email in which he contested the findings and stated that he would dispute them in an appeal process.

 
September 2019 - All In For EAP
Written by by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos © Alden Corrigan Media
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:29
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Parents value the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program as much as their participating kids.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos © Alden Corrigan Media

The Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session, held at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma from July 17-21, was a huge success on many fronts. Clinician Cynthia Hankins, Stable Manager Nanci Snyder, and USHJA Representative Amy Owen Center were the formidable team educating and supporting 19 eager young riders during 5 days of intensive training at Ned Glynn’s beautiful facility.

 
September 2019 - Feedlot to Show Ring
Written by by Hailey Esses
Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:42
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Rescued pony is not just a number anymore.

by Hailey Esses

Cup of Tea, also known as “Ravioli,” has gone from only a number, 9432, to a superstar. He was an auction pony from the North Texas Feedlot, but he is now is a champion show pony.

 

 
September 2019 - USEF/AVA Vaulting National Champs
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:32
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California vaulters fly high.

The US Equestrian (USEF)/American Vaulting Association (AVA) Vaulting National Championships were held on August 7-11 at The National Equestrian Center in St. Louis, MO. Dusti Hausman captured the Female Gold Individual championship, while Mikhail Proctor claimed the Male Gold Individual championship. A composite squad from Mile-High Vaulters and Pacific Coast Vaulters won the A Team championship.

 

 
September 2019 - Para-Equestrian Beatrice de Lavalette Announces New Competition Mount
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:00
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Beatrice “Béa” de Lavalette, 20, is proud to announce that she has acquired Duna, an eleven-year-old KWPN mare by Vivaldi, with the help of her parents Nicolas and Elizabeth. The mare was purchased from Judy de Winter Dressage LLC in The Netherlands.

Béa’s trainer, Shayna Simon, traveled to Europe and tried many horses in Germany and The Netherlands, but Duna, who has been ridden up to the Prix St. Georges level, offered Béa the training and experience she needed immediately.

 
August 2019 - A Many-Faceted Practice
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:35
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Sensitivity tops an amateur rider’s long list of reasons for riding with Anne Howard.

Constance Broz was stumped by the request for a brief summary of what she likes most about working with Anne Howard – only by the “brief” part, though.

“There are so many facets to her practice,” says the amateur dressage rider who came to Anne for physical therapy and later moved her horse to Anne’s barn to enter full training. “In a word, it’s the ‘sensitivity’ to read where the horse and rider are at.”

 
August 2019 - California Pony Power
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:08
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Zone 10’s Pony Jumper Final team heads to Kentucky in title defense mode.

California’s top pony jumpers have a big task ahead: defending their twice-gold team past at the Pony Jumper Finals portion of the USEF National Pony Finals held Aug. 5-11 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The team is comprised of two veterans and two newcomers to this championship. All have high expectations for good performances and lots of fun.

 
August 2019 - Are You Prepared?
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:46
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Disaster planning for horse owners.

Horse owner preparedness is a 24/7, year-round requirement in California. The approach of National Preparedness Month in September is a good reminder to double check readiness for coping with wildfires, floods, mudslides and whatever else Mother Nature may throw our way.

Toward that end, here’s a good guide from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of several organizations to provide critical support during California’s recent disasters.

 
August 2019 - New Excitement Simmering for Summer Event at Woodside
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:35
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A new saddle plus two $2,500 cash prizes spur anticipation for the inaugural Modified Training Challenge during Aug. 9-11 eventing competition.

by Kim F. Miller

The inaugural Modified Training Challenge is attracting strong entries for The Summer Event at Woodside. The eventing competition is set for August 9-11 at The Horse Park at Woodside, one of the country’s premiere equestrian venues.

The innovative “M-Training Challenge” division is designed to prepare and showcase horses and riders moving up from standard Training Level’s test of scope and skill in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping.

 
September 2019 - Mark Watring Stables
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:54
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Expert training and a happy, family atmosphere distinguish thriving hunter/jumper program.

by Kim F. Miller

As a coach and horseman, Mark Watring brings a remarkable breadth of experience to clients at his hunter/jumper training program in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley. His dossier is dotted with Olympics, Pan American Games and eight international championship medals, along with World Cup Finals and many other international competitions. And he’s far from done as a contender himself, giving his students an ever-fresh and relevant take on tackling riding, horsemanship and horse care questions in every form.

 
September 2019 - Lauren Billys & Purdy: On Track for Tokyo
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:34
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Respiratory recovery & a reserve finish at Rebecca Farms CCI4*-L set stage for an Olympic return.

by Kim F. Miller

Rio Olympic eventer Lauren Billys had trouble containing her emotions en route to a clear finish over the rigorous CCI4*-L cross-country track at the July 26-28 Rebecca Farm competition in Montana. Her partner of six years, Castle Larchfield Purdy, felt literally better than ever and they were leading the three-phase meet after a lovely dressage test.

 
September 2019 - Rebecca Farm Reflections
Written by article & photos by Alice Chan
Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:51
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First time visitor shares the lore and allure of unique eventing competition in Montana.

article & photos by Alice Chan

Coming from parched California to ride on the green field of dreams that is the Event at Rebecca Farm in Montana is an annual pilgrimage for many West Coast eventers, and a rite of passage for others.

Each year almost 600 horses and riders converge from across the country for four days of nail-biting competition. And the excitement is only increased by the fact that the North American Young Eventing Championships (NAYC) run in parallel.

 
September 2019 - How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Written by by Elisa Broz
Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:33
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California hunter/jumper student summers in France to ride with Alice Debany Clero.

by Elisa Broz

Elisa Broz is making a name for herself on the California circuit, but she jumped on a summer detour to train and compete in France. The accomplished student of Cassie Belmont’s training program in Watsonville was happy to share her unique summer story with California Riding Magazine.

 
September 2019 - Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:17
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Successful year includes returning to original stomping grounds at Hansen Dam.

The Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team got its start at Hansen Dam in 1957 and the troop finally returned home to the horse park this June. “It’s good to be home again,” said the team’s Janet Johnstone. “We made a bold move to leave the other facility we were riding at due to some safety issues. We didn’t have a place to ride and I am grateful that the Langer Equestrian Group’s Marnye Langer reached out to us. Everyone at Hansen Dam Horse Park has been more than accommodating.”

 
August 2019 - The Gallop: Anne Howard Interview
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:36
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Passion for horses, dressage and biomechanics enable Northern California equestrian to carry on her mother’s legacy, for everybody’s benefit.

by Kim F. Miller

Anne Howard is a big fan of CeeCoach blue-tooth communication devices that enable her to say things like “Move your left PEA forward” to a warm-up ring student at shows without the whole world hearing. “We used to have to yell those kind of things across the arena and we got a lot of funny looks,” says the dressage coach, trainer and Grand Prix rider and physical therapist and owner of the American Sporthorse and the Center for Dressage Education in the Monterey area’s Watsonville. Anne explains that PEA stands for “panty elastic line,” a term her riders know as a specific point of seatbone connection with the saddle.

 

 
August 2019 - WHOA!
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:27
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Celebrate the 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse.

by Nan Meek

What do horseback riders who enjoy dressing in super heroines and heroes costumes to ride the Woodside trails, equine artists of all ages, and families throughout the Bay Area have in common? The 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse, which this year expands to three days of equestrian festivities, Friday through Sunday, October 11, 12, and 13, with events throughout the Northern California “horse country” community of Woodside.

 
August 2019 - Thinking Differently
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:52
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Emerging Athletes Program clinician Jimmy Wofford delivers five days of new and old horsemanship knowledge.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

“I make a career out of repeating myself,” said three-time Olympic eventing medalist Jimmy Wofford during the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program June 26-30 in Los Angeles. But the riding clinician’s knowledge is so deep and broad he actually didn’t repeat himself very often over five days working with 23 students, aged 13 to 24, and with 3’ and 3’6” jumping experience.

 
August 2019 - Area VI Young Rider Camp
Written by by Bruce Hill
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:39
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Education, friendships, morale building and fun highlight camp at Twin Rivers Ranch.

by Bruce Hill

When you attend Young Rider Camp you are guaranteed to have a great time. There is lots of fun to be had as you learn from different coaches, make new friends and grow old friendships throughout the week. Being around your horse, friends and great mentors all week is a great opportunity to learn in a fun, supportive environment. In my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with a week spent at Young Riders Camp.

 
August 2019 - Healing Powers
Written by by Brooke Goddard
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:31
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Dementia patients are welcomed to the wonderful world of horses.

by Brooke Goddard

Dementia saps a person’s independence and creates many difficulties not only for the afflicted person, but for the family as well. Jill Hamilton knows well the toll dementia takes, as her mother is in the late stages of the disease and has to live in a special facility.

 
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