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March 2019 - Classic Equine Equipment
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:28
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Twenty-eight years of experience enable customers to fulfill barn building, updating or renovating needs, preferences and dreams.

Substitute the word “horse-keeping” for “hardware” in Ace Hardware’s catchy jingle, “Ace, your helpful hardware place,” and you have the perfect lyric for a Classic Equine Equipment jingle: “Classic Equine Equipment, your helpful horse-keeping place.” It doesn’t rhyme as well, but it conveys Classic Equine’s firm place at the top of the stable equipment industry and explains how it got there: helping each client fulfill their needs, preferences and dreams.

 
March 2019 - Rain Wreckage
Written by By Kim F Miller
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:19
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Hoof Haven Farm battles creek-turned-raging river during Valentine’s Day storm.

“We’ve lost our battle with the creek,” Teri Cagle posted on the Friends of Fallbrook Facebook page.  And that was the last thing she did on her phone Thursday Feb. 14 as the Valentine’s Day rains swept through her 10-acre equestrian property, Hoof Haven Farm, in San Diego County’s Fallbrook.

 
March 2019 - Equine Land Advocacy
Written by by Denise Y. O’Meara for Equine Land Conservation Resource
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:14
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Many forms of action lead to the desired result of preserving land for owning & enjoying horses.

by Denise Y. O’Meara for Equine Land Conservation Resource

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is, in basic sense, the act of publicly speaking, writing or recommending on behalf of or in support of an idea, action, cause, policy or proposal. It can also be, specifically, helping persons to achieve their needs in terms of rights. There is even an Advocacy charter, but we won’t get into that here. We’re going to talk about advocating for what your equine community needs, and how to do it.

 
February 2019 - The Gallop: The Gold Star Clinic
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:42
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Learning to train, develop feel and build a broad knowledge base are focus of excellent educational event.

by Kim F. Miller

“To be great, you have to be able to ride horses of many different types and to solve problems.” And to love that aspect of the sport.

That was an underlying message from renowned international show jumper Katie Monahan Prudent, the lead clinician in the USHJA’s Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star clinic. Now in its second year, the West Coast Gold Star took place Jan. 17-20 at HITS Coachella, concurrent with the first week of the hunter/jumper show circuit.

 
February 2019 - Well Earned Prize
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:35
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$25,000 prize enables hard working Los Angeles dressage trainer to do more hard work.

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) has announced that Lehua Custer and F.J. Ramzes, owned by Wendy Sasser, have been awarded the 2019 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize in the amount of $25,000. Lehua was selected because she displays the characteristics and qualities of being a talented, committed, qualified rider with plans to reach and excel at the international levels of dressage.

 

 
February 2019 - A Parent’s Perspective
Written by by Alice Chan
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:41
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Sharing the love of horses with your offspring.

by Alice Chan

From the time he could toddle, whenever there was the opportunity, I would put my son, Benjamin, atop ponies. Round little chestnut miniature horses at the farmer’s market. A grey Welsh pony in rainy England. Tucked in front of me on a beach trail horse.

 
January 2019 - Van Vleck Sporthorses
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:24
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Joy of the process drives top hunter/jumper team.

by Kim F. Miller

The Van Vleck name is as recognizable as the broad-brimmed sun visor Kelly Van Vleck wears everywhere on the hunter/jumper A circuit, except at awards banquets. The double Vs have graced many year-end honors since the Sacramento-area native turned professional in 1993. But, to Kelly, Van Vleck is more brand than name and more reflective of her entire team than of any one individual, especially herself.

 
January 2019 - A Horse Owner’s Day at the AAEP
Written by article & photos by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:51
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The American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention was meant for vets, but had a lot to offer a layperson.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

We greatly enjoyed being among the 5,100 plus to attend the 2018 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in San Francisco in early December. I am not an equine practitioner and could only spend one day there, but as a proactive horseman it was a day well spent and much enjoyed.

 

 
January 2019 - Parent’s Perspective
Written by by Alice Chan
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:44
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Putting teens on horses is the best RX for surviving the high school years.

by Alice Chan

I’ve heard it said that parenting toddlers and parenting teens is not so different. Each age group is struggling for its independence. Each wants you, but needs to push you away for their own development. Each has a hard time regulating their emotions. And they are deep in their experimenting phases.

 

 
December 2018 - Sanctuary: Ventura non-profit to the rescue.
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 November 2018 19:09
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The Humane Society of Ventura County is one of many organizations to open its doors wide to dogs, cats, horses and other domesticated animals in need of sanctuary from November’s wildfires.

 
March 2019 - Britta Pedersen: Healed and Helping Others
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:22
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Former top rider helps equestrians excel as a physical therapist and performance training fitness expert focused on sport-specifics for equestrians.

National Three-Star Champion eventer Frankie Thieriot Stutes thought a generic gym work-out would suffice as a saddle-time supplement fitness-wise. While getting a chance to work with Britta Pedersen, Frankie learned she was sorely wrong about that. And, we do mean sorely wrong.

Working with Frankie at the behest of US eventing chef d’equipe Erik Duvander, Britta designed a sport specific training program for Frankie, with an exercise prescription tailored to her strengths and weaknesses. Britta recalls Frankie first describing the work-out as not too hard, then calling the next day to report that muscles she never knew she had were reporting otherwise – very loudly.

 
March 2019 - The Mustang
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:18
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New mainstream film depicts successful program through which convicts train wild Mustangs.

The Mustang is about Roman, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past. He is required to participate in an “outdoor maintenance” program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer, played by Bruce Dern, and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider, played by Jason Mitchell, Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable Mustang.

 
March 2019 - The Gallop: On The Eventing Lookout
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 01 March 2019 02:10
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Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander likes what he sees out West.

by Kim F. Miller

The annual fundraising clinic at Galway Downs celebrated its 21st year in January and the concept of having 20-plus trainers work all weekend with a flow of new horse/rider pairs is a familiar phenomenon for most who took part.

But it was all new for USEF High Performance Director Erik Duvander, who served along with Ian Stark as coach for the highest level of participants. “To see that many trainers and horses simultaneously, I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m very impressed with the initiative,” he said. “It’s nice to see coaches putting that time in for free, to see the funds it brought to the sport. The whole experience was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope to be invited back again next year.”

 

 
February 2019 - Technology in a Traditional Industry
Written by by Emily Riden / Jump Media
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:38
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Cutting-edge apps and software enhance equestrian lives.

by Emily Riden / Jump Media

Modern horse sport is based on distinctly old-fashioned traditions. Hunter and jumper riders compete in formal jackets and breeches that mimic those traditionally worn in the foxhunting field. Equestrians of all disciplines mount their horses from the left side because, historically, mounted soldiers carried their swords on the left. No matter the form of riding, tradition runs deep in the way things are done throughout the equestrian industry.

 
February 2019 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:46
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Next year my New Year’s resolution is going to be cloning myself at least three ways. Last month in Southern California, the third weekend of January had three great educational events taking place concurrently, and we could only get to two: the USHJA’s Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic with Katie Prudent and the California Dressage Society’s Annual Meeting and Health Fair. It helped that the Gold Star Clinic began on a Thursday, so we hit two days of that at HITS Coachella, then to Anaheim for the CDS get-together. I was sad to miss the Galway Downs eventing clinic headlined by chef d’equipe Erik Duvander and Ian Stark, along with 20-plus local eventing celebrities. Fortunately, participating young rider Kelsey Holmes has agreed to report on her experience for our March issue.

 

 
January 2019 - The Gallop: The Equine Platform
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:33
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New horse selling/buying endeavor brings outside tech into the equestrian arena.

by Kim F. Miller

It didn’t take long for rising Grand Prix jumping star Mavis Spencer to sign on with start-up company The Equine Platform. She didn’t know much about the thriving luxury car marketing companies Donny Gath operates, but she recognized the equestrian world applications of his expertise early in his call to recruit her to the new company.

 
January 2019 - Golden Opportunity with Katie Prudent
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:04
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Star show jumper headlines USHJA Gold Star clinic January 17-20.

Living legend show jumper Katie Prudent is the featured clinician for the California leg of the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s second Gold Star clinic. Part of the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Pathway, the clinic is set for Jan. 17-20 at the HITS Thermal venue. Riders earn spots through Zone Jumper Championships and a few wild card options, and auditing is free, open to all and highly recommended.

 
January 2019 - Leaning Toward Limitless
Written by by Amelia Enzminger
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:48
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Educational opportunities are as important as saddle time on the road to show jumping dreams.

by Amelia Enzminger

Horses have always been a part of my life, whether mucking a stall or feeling the rush of the show ring, this sport has shown me the importance of holding onto the childlike excitement that struck me the first time I climbed into the saddle. As a first generation show jumper starting around the age of 10, my riding journey didn’t begin with trainer parents or posting the trot before

 

 
January 2019 - The Five Figure Sale Danger Zone
Written by by Armand Leone, Leone Equestrian Law
Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:41
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An “as is” bill of sale in not sufficient protection on its own.

by Armand Leone, Leone Equestrian Law

Looking back over “horse deals gone bad” in both my personal and professional career representing horse owners and trainers, the most difficult disputes to resolve are those when the price of the horse and the cost of litigation are the same.

 

 
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.

 
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