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October 2015 - Prizes or JR Posse
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:01
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Show organizer offers charitable option.

West Palms Events is a proud supporter of Compton JR Posse (CJP) and is happy to be partnering with them on a brand new charity program at the Flintridge Autumn Classic! Class winners will now have the option to have West Palms Events make a donation to this worthwhile charity in lieu of receiving a traditional 1st place prize. Winners can opt-in by choosing a redeemable certificate along with their blue ribbon instead of the regularly offered prize. West Palms Events will make a monetary donation to the CJP for each certificate redeemed!”We are very happy to be able to help CJP with a new charity program,” says Dale Harvey of West Palms Events. “This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for competitors to support the charity as well!”

September 2015 - Eight Amazing Days
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:59
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It was “Right On!” for the Special Olympics World Games with Ride On taking the reins.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by Kristin Lee/LA2015

For Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Sara Jones, the prospect of managing the equestrian competition for the Special Olympics World Games transitioned from being “pieces of paper to real people” well before the first of 123 riders, from 35 countries, entered the Equidome at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in late July.

September 2015 - Breeding Excellence
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:34
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Foals of Distinction and Stallion Prospects named at Oldenburg GOV Mare and Foal Inspection hosted by Hidden Springs Ranch.

Hidden Springs Ranch hosted an extraordinarily successful Oldenburg GOV Mare and Foal Inspection on Aug. 7th. Thirteen foals and five mares were presented for inspection.

Of the nine foals presented by Hidden Springs Ranch, six were named Premium, four Foal of Distinction ribbons were awarded, and three stallion prospects were named.

September 2015 - Bigger & Better
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:24
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San Diego’s Del Sol Classic keeps upping its game for hunter/jumper competitors.

Now in its eighth year, the Del Sol Classic hunter/jumper show continues to bring more and more fun improvements to set it apart from other shows. This year show manager Mark Conley added an additional prize class – The Tournament of Champions for the hunter divisions. Cross rail; short and long stirrup; green riders; and pony hunters can compete in the four $250 classes. Low children and low adults; regular children and adults; modified and up can compete for the $500 classes.

September 2015 - NAJYRC Eventing Report
Written by Madi Holtzman
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:17
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Impromptu dance battle, great teammates and strong support network bring Young Riders dream to life.

by Madi Holtzman

Sitting on my tack trunk with Ollie’s (my horse’s) head in my lap, I looked around to see all of our gear unpacked and organized in the tack rooms. The other event teams around us were moving in, just as we had a couple moments ago.


August 2015 - The Gallop: North American Junior Young Rider Championships
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 23:26
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Team members share their excellent adventures in Kentucky.

As has become a proud tradition, young California equestrians represented our region splendidly at the Junior North American Young Riders Championships, which took place in Lexington, KY July 14-19.

August 2015 - Good News for Varsity Equestrian
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 23:11
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NCAA resolves to support the future of women’s collegiate equestrian.

Along with more than 20,000 advocates for women’s collegiate equestrian programs across the U.S., the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) celebrates the decision made by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) committee to continue to support the growth and future of women’s collegiate equestrian.

August 2015 - European Style Auction
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 23:06
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Pacific Sporthorse Selection Returns to Northern California Aug. 29-30

The 4th Annual Pacific Sporthorse Selection (PSS) is only a few weeks away and it promises to be an exceptional event again this year. PSS has become one of the most important equestrian events on the West Coast as Dressage, H/J and Eventing enthusiasts make their way to Vacaville to enjoy a weekend of fun and education.

August 2015 - Drought Buster
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 22:42
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Dramatic water conservation is one of new footing material’s many benefits.

With California’s record-breaking drought well into its fourth year, news of a top quality arena footing that retains water five times longer than normal footing sounds a little too good to be true. But Premier Equestrian’s 14 years in the business lend credibility to that claim, and both common sense and science back it up.

August 2015 - Central California Equine Expo
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 22:05
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Bringing the best clinicians in the equine industry to Central California.

The Central California Equine Expo debuts October 3 at the Chowchilla Fair Grounds with a full line-up of top clinicians. “We want to bring the best clinicians in the equine industry to Central California for all to enjoy and learn from,” says Sonya Sidhu of the Pegasus Equine Group that is presenting the Expo. “This is accomplished by team work, community involvement and for the love of horses.”

September 2015 - The Gallop: And ... They’re Off!
Written by Kim F. Miller
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 03:34
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Rich Fellers & Flexible kick off the World Cup race and an exciting season of show jumping is underway.

by Kim F. Miller

It was a perfect 10 for Rich Fellers and Flexible at the $126,000 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier in Langley, BC. The pair, partnered for a decade, bested a field of 26 competitors representing the USA, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico.

With just three advancing to the jump-off, it was a heart pounding finish for the crowd as the 19-year-old Irish Sport Horse sailed over the final fence with just a second to spare.

September 2015 - Rocking Their World
Written by Joell Dunlap
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:47
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Therapeutic riding star, Red Power, aka “Sam,” builds bridges between different worlds.

by Joell Dunlap • photos by Robyn Peters

If you were asked to physically describe the best horse to use for work with children on the autism spectrum – you almost certainly wouldn’t describe Sam.

September 2015 - Public Welcome!
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:28
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Ready to meet interesting horses and friendly horse people at Sycamore Trails Stables in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Bud Bigelow

Orange County enthusiasts score a win for all.

Gotta admit, we thought the Laguna Beach Horse Lovers group would have a tough time topping the public tour they organized in March during the big CDI dressage show at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano.

That drew a huge crowd whose tour included visits with Steffen Peters and Legolas, show jumpers/event organizers Hilary and Robert Ridland and other equestrian celebrities.

September 2015 - SoCal Wins Pony Club Championship Title
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:22
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New Briarwood Riding Center Program helps expand USPC Membership.

The United States Pony Club Southern California Regional team won national honors at the United States Pony Club Championship West, held August 6-9 at the Horse Park at Woodside.

Leading the competition wire to wire, the SoCal Beginner Novice eventing team, comprised of four members of the Poway based Briarwood Pony Club Riding Center and one member of the Orange County based Newport Mesa Pony Riding Center, posted the best score in all Pony Club Championship divisions, to bring home the blue ribbon and championship title.

September 2015 - Don’t Miss A Moment!
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 02:15
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West Palms Events inks a deal with EQSportsNet, an all-new equestrian sports broadcasting platform.

EQSportsNet will be providing viewers with live streaming and On-Demand video coverage of both the Sacramento International Horse Show, Sept. 22-27, and the Del Mar International Horse Show, Oct. 14-18. They are broadcasting the World Cup™ Qualifiers for FEITV as well as providing coverage of each show from beginning to end. Some of the classes that viewers will have access to include: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition, Lasher’s Elk Grove Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Ride and Drive, the Grand Prix Hunter Derby Final, the Onondarka Medal Finals, PCHA/Equine Insurance Jumper Championships, Young Jumper Suitability and the International Team Championship!

August 2015 - Girl Talk
Written by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 23:15
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Everything you ever wanted to know about saddle fit, but were afraid to ask.

by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE

This is a topic which one would think is simply common sense, yet most riders do not know there are specific difference between saddles made for men and saddles for women. This makes sense given the lack of gender appropriate saddles on the market; traditions in the trade of saddlery are too ingrained to be easily changed.

August 2015 - Longines Masters Series
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 23:08
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American leg returns to Los Angeles October 1-4 and tickets are on sale now.

Swiss watchmaker Longines will become the official title partner of the Longines Masters series on three continents, with elite equestrian events in Europe, Asia and America. The Longines Masters of Los Angeles will kick off the 2015/2016 series as the world’s top show jumpers and equine athletes compete for $1 million in prize money at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 1-4.

August 2015 - Emerging Athletes
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 23:04
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Popular USHJA program gives young talents new knowledge and experience.

Nearly 50 of the top emerging hunter/jumper equestrians, under the age of 21, have participated in the first set of regional training sessions as the 2015 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, presented by Dover Saddlery, began its seventh year.

August 2015 - Good News
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 22:11
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Coto de Caza Equestrian Center to undergo substantial upgrades & seek permanent equestrian use.

South Orange County’s Coto Equestrian Center is about to undergo $1.5 million of enhancements designed to restore it to its former luster. Situated in the exclusive community of Coto de Caza, the 24.2-acre facility will house several new structures and feature extensive additional landscaping with drought-tolerant plants.

August 2015 - Saluting Cheryl
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 22:02
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California Riding Magazine founder Cheryl Erpelding receives the 2015 AHP Chris Brune Spirit Award.

The American Horse Publication’s Chris Brune Spirit Award was the brainchild of the 2015 AHP Champion, Deborah Taylor, who saw the award as a way of recognizing the efforts of members other than the Board of Directors. She hoped that this award would encourage members to seek involvement in the association and eventually lead into leadership roles. Initially titled the President’s Spirit Award, the award is presented to the member who has done the most consistently to assist and support the association. The Board of Directors selects the winner. In 2004, the inaugural award was presented to Chris Brune and the title changed to the AHP Chris Brune Spirit Award.

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