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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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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