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December 2017 - West Coast Dressage Convention
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 December 2017 01:08
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Edward Gal, left, and Hans Peter Minderhoud.

International stars Edward Gal & Hans Peter Minderhoud headline educational April event, along with Monty Roberts.

West Coast passion for high level dressage and young horse training will find fulfillment next spring when international stars Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud step into the arena at the beautiful El Campeon Farms in the Los Angeles area’s Thousand Oaks on April 21-22, 2018.

December 2017 - Walking & Watching
Written by by Ginger Freeman
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:51
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Riding isn’t the only way to learn how to tackle a Grand Prix track.

by Ginger Freeman

Watching a Grand Prix is always exciting, but understanding how to create a plan for the course is particularly energizing. With a total of 22 entries, the $35,000 CWD Wine Country Grand Prix was a fast-paced spectacle on November 4 at the Paso Robles Horse Park. There was rain off and on all weekend and with rain clouds looming dark in the sky, I walked the course with my two trainers, Matt and Lindsay Archer, who are both veteran Grand Prix riders. My trainer, Lindsay Archer, would be competing on the careful and quick mare, Enita, (owned by Rhys Farms), while Matt would help her with strategy and warming up.

November 2017 - Clear Spring Farm
Written by photos by David Hebble
Monday, 30 October 2017 22:15
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Newest Offering in Equestrian Real Estate’s Long History with Exceptional Properties

photos by David Hebble

Realtor Caren Kelley began specializing in equestrian estates about 12 years ago despite speculation that “I was crazy because it was too narrow of a market,” she remembers.  Accomplished as both an equestrian and a commercial realtor then, Caren saw the opportunity to use her unique combination of horse sense and broad real estate savvy to serve those seeking to buy or sell high-end equestrian properties. Since then, she and her five-agent team at Equestrian Real Estate have become synonymous with horse properties featuring aesthetic, safety, comfort and performance characteristics to rival any in the world.

November 2017 - Care & Feeding of an Equestrian Partnership: Auburn Excell
Written by by Lyndsey Gruber of Athletux
Monday, 30 October 2017 22:01
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Eventer augments riding with plenty of additional exercise and the same care for her own body that her horses receive.

by Lyndsey Gruber of Athletux

While most people would call riding eight to 10 horses a day plenty of exercise, Auburn Excell Brady of Excell Equestrian in San Juan Capistrano doesn’t just do her cardio on the back of a horse. Eventing may be the equestrian version of a triathalon, but Auburn considers it important to incorporate the human version into her fitness routine. She spends time in the pool several days a week and calls a good swim “low-impact but a total body workout.” She also enjoys spin classes for a cardio fix. Exercise outside of the saddle is incredibly important to her success in the saddle, and the Excell Equestrian team goes on group work-out sessions whenever possible.

November 2017 - Cavalia Returns
Written by by Patti Schofler • photo: © Jak Wonderly Photography
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:55
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Odysseo brings equine dreams to Ventura County.

by Patti Schofler • photo: © Jak Wonderly Photography

Opening November 11 in Ventura County, the spectacular production Cavalia Odysseo comes to life under the world’s largest touring tent. More than 110 horses and artists portray the tale of the horse and human journey through nature, wedding enchanting, athletic equestrian arts, breathtaking stage arts and unique high-tech theatrical effects.

Odysseo’s signature White Big Top presents incredible large-scale staging where spectators are mesmerized by the feats and beauty of the equines, riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians, on a stage that equals the dimensions of an NFL football field.

October 2017 - The Gallop: Langley Is Lovely!
Written by photos and article by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 September 2017 00:10
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Up & Comers: Matt Archer & Legolas on their way to third in the 6-Year-Old Showcase on Saturday.

Lost At The Last! San Diego-based French champ Eric Navet and the increasingly impressive Catypso had a truly heartbreaking rail down at the very last of 13 efforts.

Thunderbird Show Park offers happy atmosphere for highest levels of sport and all those who enjoy it or aspire to it.

photos and article by Kim F. Miller

O Canada: For years we’ve been hearing great things about Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia. We finally got to see for ourselves in late August during the Summer Fort Festival that included the kick-off of the Longines FEI World Cup™ show jumping season in the West.

October 2017 - 8080 Place
Written by by Cheryl Erpelding
Friday, 29 September 2017 00:01
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Rest, relaxation and strengthening for equine athletes.

by Cheryl Erpelding

After many years of working out of the busy Portola Valley Training Center in Northern California, successful dressage and event trainer Heidi McRae has created a horse paradise in Bonny Doon, located above the UC Santa Cruz campus. Horses, like humans, deserve some down time and 8080 Place is a perfect complement to trainers who have full-on training and showing barns. Whether a top equine athlete needs a vacation from the show circuit, requires some specialized rehabilitation, or just needs slow and easy trail rides and long turn-outs, 8080 Place is an equine oasis.

October 2017 - Generation Next
Written by by Kate Cohee
Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:51
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Kate Cohee and Pik’s Allegro in the Team Championships Jog.

New additions to CDS’ Junior/Young Rider Championship add extra inspiration and preparation for upcoming stars.

by Kate Cohee

It is early morning, and a pink sun is just beginning to peer over the tops of the distant Cuyamaca Mountains. The only sounds to be heard on the grounds of the lush Del Mar Showpark are of horses chewing hay, the clip of lunge lines onto halters, and the occasional clang of bits being cleaned. For the 35 juniors competing at CDS Southern Section Junior Championships in early August, this was the pinnacle of years of blood, sweat, and tack soap.


September 2017 - The Gallop: CPHA Finals Kick Off Medal Season
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:38
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Kaitlyn Lovingfoss & Vancouver, Nina Vogel & Durango take top honors in CPHA Junior & Amateur Medal Finals

by Kim F. Miller

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals, Aug. 18-19, launched the medal final season that culminates a year of hard work toward goals often set in January. If the quality of competition seen in the Blenheim Farms indoor arena, provided by ACE Equestrian, is an indicator, we are in for top-notch showdowns in both age groups.


September 2017 - Care & Feeding of an Equine Partnership
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:32
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Jenny Karazissis & Big Shot

by Kim F. Miller

Big Shot has lived up to his name since he joined the Karazissis family’s Far West Farm program this past January. He came through Buffy and Rick Oas’ Pollyrich Farm as a sales prospect, but star hunter rider Jenny Karazissis couldn’t bear to let his “beauty, style, good brain and overall quality” go to another barn. Clients, the Morris family, were easily persuaded to buy “Dude” for their daughter Dulcie Lou to campaign as a Junior Hunter next year. This year, Jenny and the 6 year old Holsteiner (Lordanos X Corrado I) have dominated the 3’3” Hunter Division and were headed to the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Incentive Championship in Kentucky in mid-August.

December 2017 - Know Your Rights
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:53
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Lessons learned in 2007 fires could be relevant for equestrians affected by the Northern California fires.

Since the Northern California fires began on October 8, they have burned over 200,000 acres, destroyed more than 7,900 structures, and severely damaged more than 600 others. (California Riding Magazine, October 2017) Of those affected by these tragic fires, many are members of the California equestrian community including horse owners, trainers and boarders.

November 2017 - The Gallop: Red October
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 30 October 2017 22:20
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Firestorms leave heartbreak & heartening stories in their wake, and a long, costly road to recovery.

by Kim F. Miller

The night of Saturday Oct. 7 was a happy one for California horse people. Local favorite Mandy Porter had just won the Longines FEI World Cup class at the Sacramento International Horse Show at the Sacramento area’s Murieta Equestrian Center. Equally popular Californians Jenni McAllister and Richard Spooner were right behind her on the winner’s circle and spirits were high through the night of celebration that followed.

November 2017 - World Cup Wonders
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 22:06
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Barge, Porter, McAllister & Spooner lead the West League World Cup charge.

The reliably exciting Longines FEI World Cup Jumping League is in full swing and sweeping full houses of happy fans along with it. The last West league leg of the year, Nov. 18 at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, is sure to be a showdown between our many locals on a hot streak and contenders visiting from other leagues in the hunt for points toward a Finals in Paris next spring.

November 2017 - Robinson & Potter Top Talent Spotting Finals
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:56
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Tomorrow’s stars stand out in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals & the USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals.

Halie Robinson and Payton Potter displayed bright futures in major, jumper-oriented West Coast medal finals. Robinson took top honors in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West. Potter did the same in the inaugural USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals West. Both took place Sept. 22-23 during Blenheim EquiSport’s International Jumping Festival in San Juan Capistrano.

November 2017 - IEA Update
Written by photos: Sarit Mintz Photography
Monday, 30 October 2017 21:49
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The High School and Middle School equestrian season is underway.

photos: Sarit Mintz Photography

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association season is in full swing, with Northern California’s first show at the Stanford Red Barn Sept. 23-24, then at the Monte Vista Equestrian Center in Watsonville on Oct. 7-8.

October 2017 - Mangalarga Marchadors
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 September 2017 00:05
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Versatile, fun Brazilian breed is poised for popularity in the United States.

by Kim F. Miller

Mangalarga Marchadors are a rare breed in the United States, but those who own them comprise a passionate minority. So much so that these carefully-bred Brazilian horses are poised for popularity here as owners spread infectious enthusiasm for the Marchadors’ trustworthiness, versatility, beauty and the flat-out fun of owning, riding and having them as part of the family.

October 2017 - Horse People: Amanda Gomez
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:56
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Headed to this month’s Thoroughbred Makeover, 14-year-old is already an inspiring ambassador for re-purposing racehorses.

by Kim F. Miller

As Amanda Gomez heads to the Retired Thoroughbred Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover this month in Lexington, KY, the 14-year-old probably feels like a pretty normal horse crazy kid. It’s likely she’ll leave the competition understanding that she is anything but.

October 2017 - Fresh Air & Free Riding
Written by by Linda Ballou
Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:47
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Laramie River Ranch gets vacationers off the grid in Colorado.

by Linda Ballou

Ever dream of loping over expanses of silver sage to mind-expanding vistas of snow-streaked spires on the back of a good horse? Would you like to pull the plug on technology and let your mind wander over seemingly endless rolling hills uninterrupted by the mark of mankind for just a little while? Breathe deeply of the pine-scented forest, listen to the rustle of aspen leaves spinning in a crisp wind, and be intoxicated by crystalline air? This step back into a quieter time awaits you at the Laramie River Ranch.

September 2017 - The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:34
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New series of four CDIs has the dressage community abuzz.

by Kim F Miller

The debut of the Adequan® West Coast Dressage Festival has competitors and fans abuzz with excitement over the circuit of four CDIs, three of them brand new. The brainchild of event producer Scott Hayes, the series begins in Galway Downs in Temecula Jan. 3-7 of next year, then moves to the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego for another three weeks of international competition: Jan. 18-21, Feb. 1-4 and Feb. 14-17. The weeks between international shows will likely be filled with one or more national shows sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Dressage Society.

September 2017 - Horse People: Zazou Hoffman
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:29
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Hard work, talent and a pinch of good fortune put young rider in the Grand Prix spotlight.

by Kim F. Miller

Zazou Hoffman still has to pinch herself.

Even after a junior career dominated by catch-riding, working student gigs and winning the 2009 Maclay Finals, having two solid Grand Prix horses and four significant wins already seems surreal.

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