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January 2017 - Vegas Redux
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:21
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Longines World Cup Finals for jumping and dressage return to Las Vegas in 2020.

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final are returning to Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, in 2020. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) allocated the Finals to Las Vegas following the great success of the Finals when they were last held there in 2015. The 2020 Finals will be hosted at a new venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, on April 15-19.

December 2016 - Whoa!
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:05
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Thirty years of publishing California Riding Magazine — what a ride!

by Cheryl Erpelding

In 1983, the loss of my first husband to a drunk driver sent me from Florida back to California to decide what to do with the rest of my life. I had a little bit of life insurance money and went to the La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts to get training in graphic design and advertising. I had also bought my first horse, an off-the-track Thoroughbred named Trader Jack, that I had in training with Michele Thornton’s North County Riding Center in Del Mar.

December 2016 - Parade of Champions
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:28
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This year’s winners share insights on their successes.

produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

Welcome to our fourth annual Parade of Champions edition. Once again, we’ve asked some of the year’s junior and amateur stars to share a little behind-the-scenes info on their terrific seasons and their relationships with their horses and ponies. They also shared observations on their corner of the sport, which ranged from wishing that politics played a smaller part in determining winners and that more riders took part in all aspects of their horse’s care to praising technology’s impact on the show experience.

December 2016 - The FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:06
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The ultimate horse lover’s holiday gift.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the horse lover in your life, then look no further than the a trip to the FEI World Cup™ Finals, equestrian sports’ biggest annual indoor championship for jumping and dressage horses.

The world’s top horses and riders will be coming to the Midwest for the first time ever to the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 29 - April 2, 2017 to compete for the coveted titles of FEI World Cup™ Champion!

December 2016 - EHV-1 Outbreak Under Control
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:04
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Equine Herpes Virus at Los Angeles Equestrian Center contained, although one horse was lost.

As of Sunday, Nov. 20, “there were no new febrile horses or confirmed clinical EHV-1 horses today at the LAEC,” confirmed the California Department of Food & Agriculture. That was good news for everyone with horses at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, indicating than an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) first detected Nov. 3 was well under control.

December 2016 - A Road Less Travelled
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 19:40
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Young international dressage aspirant Ayden Uhlir opts for a “horse ranch instead of a horse.”

Talent and drive are usually not quite enough to make it to the top of any of the Olympic equestrian disciplines. That’s why young dressage rider Ayden Uhlir recently dug deep for a creative and realistic plan for financing her international ambitions.

November 2016: Behind The Scenes
Written by Nan Meek
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:15
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It's a labor of love in the Odysseo stables.

by Nan Meek

On stage, the 65 horses of Odysseo by Cavalia enchant audiences at every performance, in a marriage of equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects that depict the relationship between horses and humans as they journey through a world of dreams.

November 2016 - Homes, Horses & Community Heroes
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:04
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Realtor extraordinaire Sean Caddell caters to the equestrian chic lifestyle of Rancho Santa Fe.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Rancho Santa Fe is one of San Diego County’s most luxurious locations for equestrian estates. With the best weather in the country, access to top horse shows and Olympic level equestrians, it is a horse lover’s dream to own property in this most exquisite area.

November 2016 - Pushing The Edge
Written by Ayden Uhlir
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 03:52
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World Breeding Dressage Championships are an enlightening & encouraging experience.

by Ayden Uhlir

My favorite competition venue has always been Gladstone, NJ, home of the United States Equestrian Team. It doesn’t have the most vendors or the international flare of other locales like the Global Dressage Festival in Florida, but there is something in the peaceful green, the time-worn old bricks and the smell that embraces you like a hug coming from inside.

November 2016 - All About That Bond
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 03:38
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Sydney Callaway’s summer immersion in European horsemanship.

by Kim F. Miller

Young show jumper Sydney Callaway has a solid foundation in the American Forward Riding System, but that alone wasn’t helping her much this past July when she first sat on a 6-year-old mare with virtually no training.

December 2016 - The Gallop: Sea Change in the Desert?
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:09
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Ideas for improving sport integrity highlight annual USHJA Meeting in California Dec. 11-15.

by Kim F. Miller

Rule change proposals usually dominate discussions at the United States Hunter Jumper Association annual meeting. But there may be much bigger change afoot, says incoming USHJA president Mary Babick, as the gathering comes to the Palm Springs area Dec. 11-15. The lifelong hunter/jumper trainer and sport advocate anticipates that rule changes will take a back seat to debate about big picture concepts meant to bring equestrian sport in line with mainstream sports, especially in safety and integrity.

December 2016 - And Now For Something Completely Different
Written by Patti Schofler
Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:03
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California eventer Steven Paulson stars in Odysseo by Cavalia.

by Patti Schofler

The Southern Californian had ridden horses seriously since high school when he gave up basketball for polo and to compete on the Texas and Wyoming circuits. He trained young horses destined for eventing with the guidance of international competitor Tamra Smith. Then, less than a year ago, opportunity came knocking for a completely new and exciting horse world – Odysseo by Cavalia.

December 2016 - Writing The Perfect Horse
Written by Nan Meek
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:12
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A conversation with author Elizabeth Letts.

by Nan Meek

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis, captured my attention the moment I heard about it. I’d read author Elizabeth Letts’ previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation, and been impressed by her research and storytelling skills. I couldn’t wait to read The Perfect Horse, and after reading it, I couldn’t wait to talk to Elizabeth Letts.

December 2016 - IEA Zone 10 Report
Written by Corie Astroth
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:05
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Five things I wish I knew before my first IEA show.

by Corie Astroth

1. Random horses are a blessing and a curse.​ The random horse draw makes IEA unique and attempts to even the playing field between riders. Many riders love this part of IEA. It creates an exciting opportunity to ride different horses. Watching the jumping and flat class warm-ups always provides for great entertainment, as riders judge the best way to ride each horse and contemplate their favorites.
However, IEA horses vary greatly from an old school horse to a fancy show horse. There will be times in IEA where every rider gets a “bad” draw, generally characterized by the horse being more difficult to ride than the other options. During these times never insult or blame the horse, as the owners are generally at the show and have generously donated their horse to be used. Embrace the challenge and trust that every IEA rider understands the variability of the horse draw.

December 2016 - WEG 2018 Set for North Carolina
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:02
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World Equestrian Games moves to the Tyron International Equestrian Center.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina from Sept. 10-23, 2018. The FEI Bureau unanimously agreed on Nov. 3 that the Games should be awarded to Tryon, meaning that the FEI’s flagship event remains in North America, following the withdrawal of Bromont, Canada, earlier this year.

November 2016 - The Gallop: Peyton Warren Tops Talent Search Finals
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:21
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Serena Anand, Megan Hilton & Michael Williamson round out “final four” in evolving test of international potential.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

In the rider’s meeting the afternoon before the Platinum Performance USET Talent Search West began, judges Schuyler Riley and Cynthia Hankins explained why this was one of their favorite medal finals: “You can be lucky and win a lot of medal finals, but this one, with four rounds, really tests the all-around rider.”

November 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: A Year in Review
Written by Jeni Brown
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:09
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Busy season brings many benefits to members and the West Coast sport as a whole.

by CPHA president Jeni Brown

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association has been very busy this summer and fall. We have had amazing support from our professional community for our programs and wonderful attendance at our events from the junior and amateur riders. We are trying to offer valuable services to all our members, we appreciate their support and always welcome their participation and input as to how we can improve.

November 2016 - Michael Nyuis Scholarship
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 04:02
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Applications open through Dec. 1 for hunter/jumper opportunity’s third year.

The Michael Nyuis Scholarship was created by show organizer West Palms Events to offer recipients the resources to further their training and equestrian education through horse showing. It is named in the memory of West Palms Events’ Dale Harvey’s nephew, who always helped others whenever he had the chance.

November 2016 - Show Jump City
Written by Pam Maley & Jackie McFarland
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 03:44
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Top horses, riders & fans headed to Las Vegas National Nov. 15-20.

by Pam Maley & Jackie McFarland

With riders hailing from around the world, the star power is building for the Las Vegas National CSI4*-W, and the international West Coast contingent is impressive. From young champion Nayel Nassar, who was brilliant at the Los Angeles Masters, to Olympians Will Simpson, Rich Fellers, Eduardo Menezes, and more, you don’t want to miss the show jumping thrills and adventures that only Las Vegas offers.

October 2016 - The Gallop: Young Jumper Championships
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:42
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Free entries and discounted stall fees help Blenheim EquiSports build the sport’s next equine stars.

Supporting up-and-coming talent is essential for the sport to continue to thrive and grow, which is why Blenheim EquiSports is pleased to host the Young Jumper Championships Western League Finals year after year. By offering 14 shows with qualifying classes throughout the season, with no entry fees and discounted stall fees, Blenheim supports the development of these young jumpers.

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