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October 2016 - Breeding the Dream
Written by by Jennifer M. Keeler
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:30
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At California’s idyllic Hidden Springs Ranch, Anita Nardine is pursuing her passion for producing exceptional sport horse athletes.

by Jennifer M. Keeler

"It’s a fantastic feeling when you produce something that you realize has the talent to go all the way.”

October 2016 - We Three Clones
Written by article and photos by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:16
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Clones of Sarah Baldwin’s Pacifico prepare to start showing next year.

article and photos by Cheryl Erpelding

I felt pretty lucky getting to photograph Sarah Baldwin’s three Pacifico clones in 2013 when they were just yearlings. When I got the call to come photograph them as they are now just started under saddle I jumped at the chance.

October 2016 - No Go
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:08
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USEF cancels this month’s California Festival Of Champions.

West Coasters were disappointed to learn that the USEF cancelled the phase of the national dressage Festival of Champions that was set to take place at the Paso Robles Horse Park this month.

Here is the association’s explanation, issued Sept. 9:

October 2016 - Collegiate Connection
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:03
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High school and college riding associations partner in informational webinars and “Twitter Takeovers.”

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association has partnered with the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and the American National Riding Commission to bring more knowledge to IEA members on how to prepare for college riding through the “Collegiate Connection” education series.

October 2016 - New USHJA President
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 04:52
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Mary Babick elected first new president: takes reins at December Annual Meeting in Palm Springs.

The United States Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors elected Mary Babick as the next president of the organization, during the Sept. 12 Board of Directors meeting held in Dallas, TX. Babick will take office on Dec. 15, following the final Board of Directors meeting of the USHJA Annual Meeting, which will be held in Palm Springs.

October 2016 - Winter Is Coming
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 04:44
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West Palms Events adds four new shows, in Santa Barbara & Paso Robles.

Inspired to put on a winter circuit for the West Coast, West Palms Events has created a four-week winter circuit beginning in 2017. Part 1 is the Santa Barbara Surfside and Sunshine Classic, Feb.-Mar. 5, 2017 at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. That’s followed by the Central California Welcome and Spring Classic, Mar. 8-19, 2017 at the Paso Robles Horse Park.

September 2016 - Thirty Years of Schleese
Written by Sabine Schleese
Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:22
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History of saddle maker and fitter illustrates company’s leadership in an evolving field.

by Sabine Schleese - ©2016 All Rights Reserved

We have been blessed. Truly blessed – the statistics state that most businesses barely last the first five years of their existence, and here we are, celebrating 30 years of achievement and success. Although initially it was just Jochen and myself, over the past four decades we have grown globally to employ over 100 people worldwide – supporting 100 families. We have our wonderful and loyal clients to thank; we have our skilled and dedicated staff to thank. But we also have publications such as California Riding Magazine to thank for working with us and being willing to showcase what it is that we do – for the eighth year now.

September 2016 - Omaha Welcomes the World!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:16
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World Cup Finals for jumping and dressage return to the U.S. in March, 2017.

The 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals, an annual indoor Championship competition for the world’s best jumping and dressage horses and riders, is returning to the U.S. March 29 - April 2, 2017. The red carpet will be rolled out for the world’s elite competitors as they vie for the coveted World Cup titles at the CenturyLink Center in the dynamic Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska.


September 2016 - CDS Championships
Written by Yellow Horse Marketing
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:21
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Young horses will be among superstars celebrated at the 49th annual event, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Los Angeles.

by Yellow Horse Marketing

National young horse dressage programs have enjoyed great popularity and success over the last 15 years of their existence. Many people may not realize that the forward-thinking founders of the California Dressage Society were decades ahead of their time in promoting the development of young horses for dressage sport.

September 2016 - Summer Camp, Equestrian Style
Written by Pam Maley, Lexie Looker & Alexis Meadows
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:10
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Four young riders share exciting summer stories from the hunter/jumper circuit.

by Pam Maley, Lexie Looker & Alexis Meadows

What did you do over the summer?” is a question circulating through school halls this month and one that typically conjures visions of family vacations, swimming pools, picnics, lazy days and summer camps.

But for young equestrians, the vision is quite different. Summer is when the horse show scene kicks into high gear. With the absence of school, devoted competitors are at the barn or at the show, often moving from one show series to the next. Countless summer days begin before the sun comes up and end as it goes down, spending hours on the back of a horse or hanging with horse show friends.

We asked four dedicated young riders who are often seen on the showgrounds to share their perspectives on how they spent their horse-filled summer.

October 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: Neil Gray, DVM
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:24
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Veterinarian straddles two worlds: high performance horses & their hard working counterparts in developing countries.

by Kim F. Miller

Horse ownership on the show circuit and in remote areas of Costa Rica has two things in common.

The first is coffee. Starbucks cups are ever-present among the well-heeled at our carefully-manicured show venues. In much of Costa Rica, coffee is a sustenance crop in which the work of harvesting and transporting the beans falls to the noble equine species.

October 2016 - And, We’re Off!
Written by Esther Hahn
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:10
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Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping league starts with a win for Karl Cook & Tembla.

by Esther Hahn

The USA’s Karl Cook jumped Tembla to a thrilling win in the $135,600 Longines FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Noel Asmar, at Langley CSI3*-W. Thunderbird Show Park hosted the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League West Coast sub-league on Sunday, Aug. 28.

October 2016 - Celebrity Treatment
Written by by Nan Meek
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:05
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Odysseo stars enjoy luxurious vacations before their current engagement in San Jose.

by Nan Meek

Back to work after a 10-day vacation: No more lazy days playing in the country, hanging out with friends, soaking up the sunshine. Who enjoys going back to work?

Actually, the equine stars of Odysseo, that’s who.

October 2016 - OC Vaulting Wins Big
Written by by Gibran Stout
Saturday, 01 October 2016 04:58
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Young vaulting club brings home national titles.

by Gibran Stout

Equestrian vaulting club, OC Vaulting, brought home several national titles at the 2016 USEF Vaulting Championships, in Murfreesboro, TN, Aug. 4-7.  While the team practices on several horses, they hauled their team horse, Gigi, (a “PMU” draft cross “baby”) to Tennessee and back to capture these titles.  They swept their division and brought home the Championship titles for Team, Pas de Deux and Individual, all in the trot division.

October 2016 - IEA Zone 10 Report
Written by by Corie Astroth
Saturday, 01 October 2016 04:51
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High school league enables riders to bond over hits and misses.

by Corie Astroth

Interscholastic Equestrian Association competition gives riders the opportunity to participate in horse shows at a discounted rate compared to rated shows, and because of this, some riders every year experience their first horse show through IEA. During my first season of IEA, in my last year of middle school, I was one of those riders.

September 2016 - The Gallop: Stepping Up
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:42
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Valley Center family takes in a neglected mare and winds up helping much more than the horse.

Unlike Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind, Rhiannon Huppert did give a damn about Scarlett. That’s the Paint mare she saw appear last December in a pasture near her home in an unincorporated part of San Diego County’s Valley Center.

September 2016 - Elite Jumping Headed to Arena Near You!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:19
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Longines returns top flight show jumping events to the West Coast.

Great show jumping is headed West, thanks to the return of the Longines LA Masters and the second year of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League.

Set for Sept. 29-Oct. 2, the Longines Masters Los Angeles returns to Southern California for its third year, this time at the Long Beach Convention Center, rather than downtown Los Angeles.

September 2016 - CPHA Spotlight: Medal Season Underway
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:26
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Ransome Rombauer and Kacie Doyle rock the Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals.

As the first medal final of the season, the California Professional Horsemens Association Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals set the stage for top notch competition. Paul Bennett, CPHA Awards Coordinator, dressed up the indoor with a stunning display of ribbons, sashes and more, enhancing the championship experience. As host of this annual tradition, Blenheim EquiSports held the class in the Blenheim Farms Indoor Arena, the home of ACE Equestrian and the Cotton family.

September 2016 - Bigger & Better
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:19
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Uckele Health & Nutrition breaks ground for facility expansion.

Uckele Health & Nutrition broke ground recently for a new expansion to its manufacturing and office facility located in Blissfield, Michigan. Mike Uckele, CEO, says the pre-engineered steel building will provide 25,000 additional square feet of area. “Approximately 13,000 square feet will be used to expand Animal Plant production, 10,000 square feet will be used for additional warehouse storage, and 2,000 square feet will be used for staging trucks for shipping and receiving.” The expansion will take approximately three months to complete, with the wrap-up expected in November.

August 2016 - The Gallop: Olympic Preview
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:31
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USET sends realistic medal contenders to Rio, with a boost from several West Coasters.

by Kim F. Miller

Zika virus, pollution and crime hopefully magically in check by now, the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Olympic Games are set for Aug. 5- 21. Hopefully the hard work and talent of our athletes will take center stage and all will go well. It’s been noted that most Olympics have been preceded by various fears regarding safety, readiness, etc., and that most have usually worked out alright.

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