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December 2018 - How To Help
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 November 2018 19:08
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Once again, wildfires spark equestrian community’s remarkable generosity.

Myriad efforts to help equine and human fire victims exist throughout the state and beyond. Individuals have started GoFundMe pages, equipment drives and other efforts for specific barns or people. Tack and feed stores throughout the state welcome donations that can be put toward helping horse owning fire victims with whatever supplies they most need. Those caring for evacuated horses concur that monetary donations are the best way for out-of-area horse people and the general public to help.

 
December 2018 - Gaining The Edge in NCEA Recruiting
Written by by Alex Riley
Friday, 30 November 2018 02:19
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Collegiate equestrians share three tips for standing out in a competitive field of candidates.

by Alex Riley

The path to a spot on a National Collegiate Equestrian Association level program’s roster is different for every rider. Two things are constant in the recruiting process – many athletes are trying to reach the sport’s highest collegiate level and space is extremely limited.

NCEA equestrian programs have a maximum of 15 scholarships at their disposal, but some carry more than 60 athletes at a time. Most riders do not receive a full-ride athletic scholarship, instead using a combination of athletic, academic and personal money to cover the costs related to school. In fact, some riders do not receive any athletic financial aid at all, joining a program as a walk-on, but they still receive the same benefits.

 
December 2018 - Fires Everywhere
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 21:47
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Wildfires spark crisis, courage & kindness from fire-weary California equestrians.

by Kim F. Miller

The death toll in Northern California’s Camp fire neared 80, with 1,200 still missing, at presstime, and the Woolsey fire had laid waste to most of Malibu and many homes and stables in a wide swath of the surrounding area.  Once again, stories of the equestrian community’s preparedness and willingness to risk all for horses and their people bring some solace to heartbreaking tales of lost lives, property and worldly possessions.

Here are a few of their stories from both ends of the state. This reporting was done the week of Nov. 12, and mostly refers to events during the fires’ immediate outbreaks. The status of evacuations, stables, etc., has likely changed since then.

For suggestions on helping those affected, see story in this issue.

 
November 2018 - Olympia Footing Equestrian Services, LLC
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:44
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Installing world class arena systems at a competitive price point.

Tony Judge, the owner of Olympia Footing Equestrian Services, wants to take the footing industry to the next level.

“We need a company able to put their integrity behind everything they do,” he asserts. Equestrians usually know the function and feel they want in their riding surface, but they rarely know how to create it. Some firms don’t know much about that either, but put up a good front. Often it’s excavation companies with grading and drainage experience, but little understanding of footing materials and how they impact safety and performance, let alone the different equine biomechanics that exist in each of the sporthorse disciplines.

In the process of fulfilling his ambition, Olympia Footing has helped clients and owners performing at all levels of the sport and in every performance discipline.

 
November 2018 - Alli Christy
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:34
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NorCal Junior Medal Final winner takes diabetes in stride in pursuit of big goals.

by Kim F. Miller

Established equestrian professionals often describe medal finals of their youth as the most stressful moments of their careers. The NorCal Hunter Jumper Association Junior Medal Finals were indeed a big deal for 16-year-old Alli Christy, but stressing out over them was not in the cards. The eventual winner aboard her horse of two years, Wodan, Alli has dealt with bigger deals since receiving a juvenile diabetes diagnosis at 4.

 
November 2018 - Sizzling Season Finale
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:26
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International show jumping & Las Vegas glitz make for a magical experience.

The bright lights of Las Vegas once again meet the buzz of international competition for the 12th annual Las Vegas National Horse Show, CSI4*-W, at the one and only South Point Hotel and Casino, Nov. 13-18.  Whether you’re a rider, spectator, or just an aficionado for high-level competition, this show in this city has something for everyone.

 
October 2018 - World Equestrian Games
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:31
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U.S. wins double silver in dressage, gold & silver in reining, while hurricane adds challenges to all.

by Kim F. Miller

Hurricane Florence made the World Equestrian Games even more interesting than it was already on track to be. Mark Bellissimo’s Tryon International Equestrian Center stepped up when the original host, Bromont, Canada, had to back out with just 18 months to prepare for the quadrennial competition that features eight disciplines over two weeks. There’s been a lot written about the parts of their ambitious plans that didn’t get finished in time, but watching from home on FEI-TV, and following media.

 
October 2018 - Safe Sport Training FAQs
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:12
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New USEF rule is a mandate for all adult competing members.

The US Equestrian Federation announced a rule change on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, requiring that, effective January 1, 2019, all USEF members 18 and over with an Adult Competing Membership must complete Safe Sport training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. Since that announcement, the Federation reports that over 3,500 USEF members completed the Safe Sport training. To provide further guidance, below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new rule change.

 
September 2018 - Equine Sports Cars
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:28
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Allison Mathy offers Lusitanos whose good looks wrap a complete sporthorse package.

by Kim F. Miller

Kristin Evanson is not one for flash in a horse. “I’m not into stuff like that,” says the 60-year-old amateur dressage rider. But she couldn’t disagree when her friends teased her about her new “Barbi horse,” Déjà Vu. Kristin’s 11 year old Prix St. Georges-trained Lusitano is a palimino with lovely, indeed “flashy,” looks and gaits and temperament to match.

 
September 2018 - And, We’re Off...
Written by by Catie Staszak
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:19
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Longines FEI Jumping World Cup League is underway in the west.

by Catie Staszak

When Beezie Madden landed off the final fence at the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Paris with Breitling LS, her final, nearly perfect score of 4 not only secured the Cazenovia, NY native her second career victory in a World Cup Final, but it also marked the second straight year the North American League produced the World Cup Champion.

 
December 2018 - Big Horse Feed & Mercantile
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 November 2018 19:01
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Temecula institution offers a wide array of horse keeping staples, everyday and special occasion apparel, plus gifts, gear and surprises.

by Kim F. Miller

“Wow!” is typically the first thing a new customer says when they enter Big Horse Feed & Mercantile in Temecula. It looks like a sizable place from the outside, but the sight of 8,000 square feet of merchandise still surprises. On a closer look, it’s not only the quantity that boggles the mind, it’s the quality and scope of the inventory. There are items for horses, people, dogs and cats and for a long list of activities and interests that comprise the equestrian and/or country lifestyle.

 
December 2018 - Horses – The Ultimate Healers
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 November 2018 00:26
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Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center’s Operation Saddle Up Changes People’s Lives

Mike, a retired Army Major and Green Beret, had his life drastically change when he was injured while saving a fellow soldier during a parachute training exercise. His chute tangled during the rescue which caused him to fall 400 feet to what should have been his death. A son of a minister, he asked God to save him and miraculously he survived.

Catastrophically injured, he was “given a mountain of prescription drugs” which led to addiction. When his dad confronted him about his addiction, which was causing anger, depression, and hopelessness, Mike knew he needed to get help. A doctor referred him to Operation Saddle Up, a project of Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center in San Diego County’s Ramona, where his road to recovery really began.

 
November 2018 - Zazou Wows Del Mar!
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:50
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World Cup winner checks off another milestone on an exhilarating night in Del Mar.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Having temporarily moved the Del Mar International to the Del Mar Horse Park last year, West Palms Events chief Dale Harvey acknowledged he was a little worried about the turn-out and atmosphere when it returned to its normal home at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this year.

He needn’t have worried.

 
November 2018 - All the Stars Aligned
Written by by Nan Meek
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:39
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Annual Championship is a hit in every way.

by Nan Meek • photos: Terri Miller Photography

Stars as young as the CDS Young Horse Futurity winners and as seasoned as longtime upper level competitors vied for championship sashes, perpetual trophies and bragging rights. Stellar performances from amateurs, juniors, young riders and open riders impressed an international panel of judges. Superstar volunteers, show staff, CDS and USDF members and directors worked their magic to keep classes and award presentations running smoothly.

 
November 2018 - Erin Nichols
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:28
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Two sport star credits jumping and dressage success to bonds built through Pony Club and at-home horsekeeping.

by Kim F. Miller

Fifteen year old Erin Nichols is an inspiring and refreshing reminder that well-rounded horsemanship is alive and well among today’s young riders. She cares for three horses in her family’s backyard stable and excels in A circuit jumping, Second Level dressage and as a longtime, still-active U.S. Pony Clubber.

 
November 2018 - Hail To the Queen
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:20
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A weekend with Isabell Werth.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Reigning dressage queen Isabell Werth urged some of California’s top riders and horses to bring out every ounce of brilliance and perfection during the latest SH Productions Masterclass. It was held Oct.  13-14 at Ad Astra Stables, the base for Rebecca Rigdon and David Blake. The facility is lovely to begin with and was even more so gussied up with VIP tents and vendor booths ringing the dressage court.

 
October 2018 - Back on Track
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:25
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Carefully vetted new products expand the company’s comfort & health-oriented crusade.

The average pharmacy offers an overwhelming array of over-the-counter support devices for knees, ankles and other problematic joints. Some are called “sleeves” and some are called “braces.”

Though many consumers don’t know it, there’s a big difference. The “brace” designation denotes Federal Drug Administration approval, Back on Track’s extensive line of FDA approved braces is a distinction that means the world to the company’s U.S. leader Bo Lofvander. That level of dedication to proven product quality means a lot to the company’s consumers, too, because that is what helps them feel better, whether they are high performance athletes recovering from an injury, or a non-athlete anxious to ease everyday joint and muscle tension.

 

 
September 2018 - Calling All Contenders
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:36
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Entries rolling in before Sept. 14 deadline for inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships in Las Vegas.

by Kim F. Miller

Entries for the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships are off to a strong start as the Sept. 14 deadline nears. Held concurrent with the Las Vegas National CSI4*-World Cup Nov. 13-18, in Las Vegas, this long-in-the-works competition fulfills what organizer Pat Doyle sees as a big hole in the sport. A prominent horse show manager based in Chicago, Pat estimates that a majority of exhibitors want and are inspired by the “energy and excitement of a real national championships.”

 
September 2018 - Showiest of Show Horses
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:25
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Andalusian World Cup brings beauties to Las Vegas.

Andalusian World Cup, Sept. 19-22 in Las Vegas, is a premiere horse show that boasts one of the largest gatherings of Iberian horses in the nation. The show is home to Andalusians, Friesians, Lusitanos, Partbreds and many more breeds. Despite being a breed show, it offers open Dressage and Working Equitation, making it a fun and diverse show.

 
September 2018 - Back To School Bash
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 August 2018 04:16
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Wonderful welcome to the horse world.

The Paso Robles Horse Park hosted its first Back To School Bash Aug. 10-11, but it wasn’t traditional academics that were the focal point. Instead, speakers including Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson offered current and newbie equestrians a fun welcome and loads of useful information to the horse-owning world.

 
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