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March 2017 - NAJYRC Dressage: What, Where, When & Why
Written by Cassidy Gallman, USDF Region 7 JR/YR Coordinator
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:34
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The North American Junior & Young Rider Championships promotes horsemanship, riding skills and much more.

by Cassidy Gallman, USDF Region 7 JR/YR Coordinator

Every year, Junior riders (age 14-18) and Young Riders (age 16-21) throughout North America give everything they have for one goal. One dream to compete with the best of the best in their chosen sport. The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is the most prestigious competition for youth riders on the North American continent in eventing, jumping and dressage. A team and individual event, the NAJYRC creates a unique high performance atmosphere that fosters collaboration, organization, and a mental toughness that young people will rarely find elsewhere. The NAJYRC helps riders improve, and, more importantly, creates stronger individuals for lives within the equine community and beyond.

March 2017 - Show Scene Updates
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 02:56
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Horse Nation Gala Returns to Huntington Beach

West Palms Events continues its partnership with Horse Nation Foundation for the third consecutive year for their annual Grand Prix Gala, to be held at the Huntington Beach Summer Classic on Aug. 12, 2017 at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center. The Grand Prix Gala raises funds to support HNF’s mission to help children in need experience the incredible healing power of horses.

“We are very excited to partner with Horse Nation Foundation for their Third Annual Grand Prix Gala,” said Adrienne Karazissis of West Palms Events. “They have an incredible program and we’re honored to support such a great local cause at our Huntington Beach Horse Show Series.”

February 2017 - Ride The Rio Surface
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:50
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Premier Equestrian, Olympia Footing & OTTO Sport enable all to ride on Olympic quality footing, or a surface pretty close to it.

by Kim F. Miller

There’s a common denominator in what might seem to be diverse corners of the equestrian world: the Rio Olympic venue, dressage Olympian Steffen Peters’ home stable in San Diego and the Rebecca Farms event venue in Montana. All have riding surfaces that incorporate the latest research, technology and applications available. And all have base, drainage and/or surface materials that are available to horse owners through the powerful partnership of Premier Equestrian, Olympia Footing Equestrian Services and the German company OTTO Sport.


February 2017 - More World Cup Whiz-Bang
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:46
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Exhibition by five-time German dressage Olympian Isabell Werth adds to an already-sizzling showcase during World Cup Finals in Omaha.

Isabell Werth of Germany, the most decorated dressage rider in Olympic history, will headline the special Dressage Showcase at the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha, March 29 - April 2, 2017. “Young Horses to Grand Prix with Olympic Champion Isabell Werth Presented by the Dressage Foundation” will take place on Friday, March 31 and will be Werth’s first-ever exhibition of this type in the U.S.

February 2017 - Running Wild
Written by Diana DeRosa
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:36
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A story of second chances arrives in theaters this month to entertain & bring attention to America’s wild horses.

by Diana DeRosa

California socialite Stella Davis is living the proverbial “perfect” life until the day everything comes to a crashing halt when her husband is killed in a car accident. And her heartbreaks are just beginning. Soon after the memorial service, Stella is confronted with the possible forfeiture of her home, Double Diamond Ranch, which has been in her family for four generations. In an attempt to save the ranch, her late husband had mortgaged it off to the tune of $6 million, with 90 days to go before the loans would be due.

February 2017 - Taking Flight
Written by Alicia Anthony
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:24
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Veteran equine ground transport company, Brook Ledge, expands into air travel.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, a longtime leader in equine ground transport, has taken their services to the skies offering domestic flights as well as international flights through its wholly-owned subsidiary Horse America.

To meet the needs of clients in a continuously evolving equestrian industry, Brook Ledge has expanded its equine transportation services to include scheduled service flights and private charters to all points in the U.S., as well as across the globe.

January 2017 - USEA Convention Report
Written by Chris Scarlett
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:51
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“Course drift,” new Modified division & safety are focal points of national eventing meeting: Area VI Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet coming to Fresno Feb. 17- 19.

by Chris Scarlett, Area VI Chair

The U.S. Eventing Association convention was a successful look at the adult amateur and the important part they play in the continued growth of eventing. Course drift, the addition of the Modified division and, as always, what we are doing to make the sport safer were some of the subjects discussed.

January 2017 - The Masters Riders Cup
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:37
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American-European show jumping face-off to hit Los Angeles in 2018.

A new American-European show jumping duel, the Masters Riders Cup, is slated to premiere in 2017 in Paris, then come to Los Angeles in 2018. The organizers are EEM, known for bringing the Masters show jumping tournament to Los Angeles for the last three years; and the recently formed European Equestrian Federation.

January 2017 - CARMA Graduates
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:33
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Racers well on track for new lives.

The California Retirement Management Account, aka CARMA, has helped more than 100 Thoroughbreds transition from the racetrack into the next stage of their life.

Here are three success stories:

January 2017 - IEA Zone 10 Report
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:22
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A great draw at an IEA show and what to do when you don’t get one…

Interscholastic Equestrian Association shows challenge riders’ abilities with the random horse draw. After watching warm-ups, every rider will have some favorites and some not-so-favorites. Many riders use warm-up time to write some information about what techniques the warm-up riders are using on specific horses and information about each horse that could later prove beneficial.

March 2017 - Helping Horses In Need
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 02:59
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TheraPony joins other equine assistance efforts in upcoming events.

On a sunny Sunday morning in February, the TheraPony crew was busy bathing Daisy the pony and Stormy the Mini. The two horses were getting ready for a big day. They were heading over to Tractor Supply in Ramona to set up a Kissing Booth ahead of Valentine’s Day.

February 2017 - The Gallop: Adequan®/CDS Annual Meeting & Symposium
Written by photos & article by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:59
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Two days of “college level” horsemanship make CDS’ 50th anniversary golden.

photos & article by Kim F. Miller

High winds, heavy rains and flash floods could not stop intrepid California Dressage Society members from celebrating the organization’s 50th birthday. At the annual meeting and symposium Jan. 19-22 in San Diego, representatives of the association’s approximately 3,500 members gathered Friday to discuss business matters among its 30 chapters and to swap ideas for fulfilling CDS’ main mission, education, and the fundraising that facilitates that.

February 2017 - A Stern Start
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:48
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Drug & medication ruling indicates new level of consequences in pursuit of clean sport.

Along with rebranding itself as US Equestrian and unveiling a new overall look, “Joy of Horse Sports” ad campaign and website to go with it, the United States Equestrian Federation got the New Year off to a stern start regarding consequences for violations of its drugs and medications rules. Maintaining “clean sport” is considered critical to growing the sport’s fan base and stiffer penalties are seen as part of the path to achieving that.

February 2017 - Meet US Equestrian
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:44
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United States Equestrian Federation undergoes a major re-branding to build fan base.

The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce a rebranding, launch of a new fan membership, and additional membership benefits. Effective Jan. 11, the Federation has become US Equestrian and has adopted a refreshed identity as part of a new overall strategic plan for the organization. This includes a refreshed logo that removes the shield element and better aligns the brand with other successful national governing bodies.

February 2017 - Letter to Readers
Written by Neda DeMaayo
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:33
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An already-dire situation for America’s Wild Horses could get worse and calls for united support.

by Neda DeMaayo

As we enter 2017, there’s every reason to be concerned about the fate of the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on the range and 45,600 in government holding facilities.

The Bureau of Land Management program responsible for their welfare has said the situation on the range is dire, yet it did not ask for a budget increase. The independent advisory board intended to help guide that program called for euthanasia of wild horses in holding and the lowering of sales restrictions.

January 2017 - The Gallop: The USHJA Annual Meeting
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:57
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Sport integrity and new thinking in governance and promotion dominate hunter/jumper get-together.

by Kim F. Miller

Having covered the hunter/jumper sport for close to 20 years, I left this year’s United States Hunter Jumper Association annual meeting newly excited to be a part of this sport. I’ve always been bowled over by the quantity and quality of planning, time and effort volunteers put into governance and guidance, and this year a spirit of constructive cooperation seemed to maximize those contributions. Not everybody agreed on everything, but they were all pulling in the same direction.

January 2017 - Parade of Champions
Written by produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:40
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This year’s winners share insights on their successes.

produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

Welcome to part II of our fourth annual Parade of Champions. Begun in our December issue, this edition features more of the year’s junior and amateur stars sharing 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 appreciating new fun fashions in dressage to wishing that more of the mainstream world knew about and appreciated all of our equestrian sports.

January 2017 - Golden Anniversary
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:35
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CDS welcomes Adequan as title sponsor of 50th anniversary Jan. 20-22 annual meeting in San Diego.

The California Dressage Society welcomes Luitpold Animal Health, makers of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) as title sponsor of the CDS 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Del Mar, January 20-22.

January 2017 - New Sites for NAJYRC
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 02:23
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Jumping, dressage and para-dressage to New York and eventing to Montana.

The Organizing Committee of the 2017 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) presented by Gotham North is pleased to confirm the dates and locations of the 2017 Championships following approval from the FEI.

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.

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