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July 2019 - A Lovely Day of Dressage
Written by by Sydney Callaway
Saturday, 29 June 2019 04:00
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Arroyo Del Mar’s Musical Freestyle Exhibition & Open House

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by Sydney Callaway

Nestled in the Rancho Santa Fe hills of San Diego, the Arroyo Del Mar facilities provide a zen-esque atmosphere to its elite dressage trainers and boarders. The masterminds behind the facilities are familiar figures to the dressage world and podiums. In 2005, Shannon Peters convinced her husband, Steffen Peters, to open their own training and boarding facilities. What felt like a risky endeavor at the time now exemplifies the Peters’ style: orderly, successful, and classy.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - The Spring Event at Woodside
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:51
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Emotional Advanced win for Sara Sellmer & PDQ Leigh: James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso KD top Intermediate division.

Winning an Advanced division anytime is a big deal. It was even bigger for Canadian professional Sara Sellmer, who did so at the Spring Event at Woodside aboard Jill Walton’s PDQ Leigh. In 2016 at the same venue, Sara’s horse, TF Kreisler, died following an incident on the CCI*** course and Sara hadn’t been back since.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - USHJA WCHR Hunter Spectacular
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:06
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Jenny Karazissis gets a second win of special class, this time aboard Really.

After two rounds of exceptional hunter performances Jenny Karazissis and Michelle Cobb’s Really were crowned the 2019 champions of the $25,000 USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular. Their high score of 91.5 in the second round and 180.12 total combined score secured their victory over Katie Taylor and Bravado Farms LLC’s L’Con Reyes with a score of 176.12, and Leslie Steele aboard Glen Haven Farm LLC’s Park City with a score of 175.25.

 
June 2019 - 32nd Annual CALNET
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:17
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Abilities and great attitudes were showcased and celebrated at an event that all equestrians can be proud of.  

photos: Kim F. Miller

One hundred thirty riders and at least 200 volunteers celebrated the 32nd annual CALNET State Championship for Riders with Disabilities, May 17-19 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. It was organized by Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, aka “Ride On LA,” and spearheaded by Ride On’s Bryan McQueeney and Sara Jones. The San Fernando Valley Rangers and their Sidekicks helped with everything from safety to handing out ribbons, as they have for an estimated 30 of the show’s 32 years.

 
June 2019 - Talk Derby To Me
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:57
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Fun dressage freestyles warm-up the crowd during a race watching party.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Before the Kentucky Derby results set the world on its ear, Giracci Vinyards and Farms staged its 5th annual Talk Derby To Me event. Held at a beautiful Orange County training and special events facility, the day was special indeed. While the big race and big hats were themes, Nicole Bhathal organized the pre-race entertainment with six dressage freestyles ridden by friends and fellow Southern California dressage mavens. With no judging and lots of lively music, the performances were perfect for the decked-out audience of horsey and non-horse people. Free-flowing champagne, smiles and sunshine enhanced the atmosphere.

 
May 2019 - Galway Downs International Horse Trials
Written by CRM
Monday, 29 April 2019 15:44
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Emilee Libby is “not the bridesmaid” and the event draws great turn-out & high praise.

by Kim F. Miller

Emilee Libby very much wanted to protect the Galway Downs International Horse Trials CCI4*-S lead in what would be her biggest win with the 10-year-old Jakobi, and two major distractions didn’t stand in their way.

First, Emilee noticed runners-up Tamie Smith and Wembley circle late on their course as she approached the startbox. Once underway, the loudspeaker announced that Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Chatwin had parted company.  “It was actually more nerve wracking,” said the 31-year-old Emilee. “I was worried whether she was OK.”

 
December 2018 - LEGIS League
Written by by Brooke Goddard
Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:49
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LEGIS League is a fun and welcoming awards program for all levels.

by Brooke Goddard

In 2014, Marnye Langer and the team at LEGISequine.com launched LEGIS League as a fun awards program for hunter, jumper and equitation riders that welcomed a variety of competitors from entry-level through 1.10m jumpers. This year, the USHJA Affiliate program gained bolstered support, expanding to add Starr Vaughn, Leone Equestrian, and C&C Horse Shows to the docket and launching a LEGIS League Dressage program.

 
December 2018 - Tri-Valley Horse Show Association
Written by photos: Kristin Lee Photography
Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:47
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End of an era for longtime Los Angeles area organization.

photos: Kristin Lee Photography

After many, many years in the Southern California hunter/jumper market, the Tri-Valley Horse Show Association staged its final Championship Show & Medal Finals Nov. 3-4 at the Camelot Riding Club in Newhall and it will cease operation as of 2019.

 

 
December 2018 - Galway Downs International Wrap-Up
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 20:35
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James Alliston, Charlotte Babbitt & Bec Braitling emerge as CCI2*, CCI1* and Training Three Day victors.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Competing at Galway Downs, a venue whose motto is “a legend reborn,” James Alliston is a living legend in no need of rebirth. The Northern California-based Brit logged yet another international win with his victory in the CCI2* aboard the Palomino Swedish Warmblood mare, Pandora. Already dubbed “the little legend,” the diminutive mare with a big jump and a tall rider was one of few to sail clear over Mark Donovan’s show jumping track. In doing so, the pair improved from second-standing they’d maintained since dressage.

 
November 2018 - Sacramento International Highlights
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:33
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World Cup wonders & two weeks of terrific hunter/jumper competition.

photos: McCool Photography

The West Palms Events team was no sooner done with the Sacramento series, set for another two weeks of the Del Mar International competition, when it announced two new shows for next year’s calendar: the Sacramento Memorial Day Classic May 23-26, and the Sacramento Spring Classic May 29-June 2, both in 2019.


 
November 2018 - Menlo Charity Horse Show Highlights
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:05
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photos: Alden Corrigan Media

Nearing its 50th year, “Menlo” continued its unrivaled tradition of equestrian excellence in the lovely setting of the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. This benefit for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired marked its 49th year of high level hunter/competition and social events including two retirement ceremonies, an equestrian fashion show, fine dining and lots of shopping opportunities.

 
July 2019 - Show Report - Temecula Valley National Horse Show II & III
Written by by Elaine Wessel
Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:17
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New hunter/jumper show finishes second season on a high note.

by Elaine Wessel

Following the second week of the Temecula Valley National Horse Show in mid-June, two more weeks of riding returned to Galway Downs from May 22-26 and May 29-June 2. The highlight event of the third week was the $40,000 MediVet Equine National Grand Prix held on Saturday, May 25, which ended with John Pearce adding yet another victory to his trophy case in Temecula, as he and Firestone S overcame the field as the swiftest double-clean pair to secure the greatest stake of the prize money. As the best-performing rider under the age of 25, Alex Volpi navigated Foster 39 to first prize in the $1,000 U25 Jumper Classic.

 
June 2019 - Kentucky Trek
Written by photos complements of Sherry Stewart
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:28
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Two California-based rider pairs fare well at one of the world’s toughest events.

photos complements of Sherry Stewart

The West Coast was well-represented at late-April’s Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*, one of only six such competitions in the world. Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 finished 18th and Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo were 20th in a field of the world’s best. Thanks to Sherry Stewart for these photos of the “Westies.”

 
June 2019 - Del Mar National Dressage
Written by photos: Terri Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:09
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Sweeps dominate Spring’s marquee dressage competition.

photos: Terri Miller

Local favorites dominated the highest divisions for the 74th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show Dressage week, which concluded April 28 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

 
May 2019 - Twin Time
Written by photos: Sherry Stewart
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:31
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Twin Rivers Spring International Event draws huge turn-out while Tamie Smith & Meg Pellegrini continue winning ways.

photos: Sherry Stewart

The West Coast eventing season is underway big time with international events at Galway Downs in Temecula and Twin Rivers in Paso Robles happening within two weeks of each other. Great turn-outs from throughout the region and beyond distinguished both events.

 
December 2018 - It Worked!
Written by article & photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 30 November 2018 00:41
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Las Vegas National & the AON/USHJA National Championships

article & photos: Kim F. Miller

An idea hatched about four years ago came to fruition in Las Vegas Nov. 14-18, as the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships hitched its wagon to the Las Vegas National Horse Show, now a fixture on the West Coast circuit thanks to the great stewardship of organizers Blenheim EquiSports.

 

 
December 2018 - UC Davis Dressage
Written by by Katie Mednick
Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:40
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Student team is off to a good start.

by Katie Mednick

UC Davis’ first two Intercollegiate Dressage Association shows of the season went smoothly at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo’s newly renovated facility on the weekend of Nov. 3-4.

Like other collegiate equestrian leagues, athletes competing in IDA shows have 10 minutes to warm up a randomly-assigned host team’s horse before entering the court to complete a test.

 
December 2018 - Zones 9 & 10 Riders Earn Coveted Medals and Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider Titles at Zone Jumper Team Championships
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:32
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November 11, 2018 concluded the final USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships of the year with the last USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider titles and invitations to USHJA Gold Star Clinics awarded to Individual medalists of the USHJA Zones 9 and 10 Jumper Team Championships.

 
November 2018 - NorCal Champs
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:48
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Patty Gill, Alli Christy, Palmer Dooley & Laurel Piombo take top honors.

The Northern California Hunter/Jumper Association’s annual medal finals have been a talent spotter for equitation stars for many years. Held during the Sacramento International Welcome Week, at the Murieta Equestrian Center, this year the competition continued that tradition in a new venue. On Sept. 29-30 each of four divisions was conducted over two rounds, plus a work-off.

 
November 2018 - Area VI Eventing Championships
Written by by Chris Scarlett, Area VI Chairman
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:24
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Organizers, sponsors, courses & great riding make for an awesome season finale.

by Chris Scarlett, Area VI Chairman • all photos: Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography

Del Mar Eventing and the Horse Park at Woodside hosted a spectacular Area VI Championships. The October 5-7 weekend hosted 330 entries and the first Area VI Advanced championships. Robert Kellerhouse thanked the Area for allowing the Horse Park to host the Championship. He gave a special thank you to Dawn Robbins, Stacie Macaluso, Jenna Dewald, Rick Dunkerton and the sponsors at Professional’s Choice, Sabo Eventing and The Riding Academy for helping to make the championship classes happen.

 
November 2018 - The North American League West Coast Finals
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:52
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Seventy junior & amateur riders vie for five Finals titles in competitive league.

photos: Captured Moment Photography

Just after the U.S. show jumping team earned gold at the World Equestrian Games, juniors and amateur riders engaged in their own heated competition at the 2018 North American League (NAL) West Coast Finals. The two days of hunter and jumper competition comprise one of the two Finals that culminate the NAL’s year-long Series that includes classes at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. This year’s NAL West Coast Finals were held in beautiful Southern California weather during the Blenheim EquiSports International Jumping Festival, Sept. 22-23 in San Juan Capistrano.

 
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