Show Reports
July 2016 - Show Report: Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic
Written by Anna Buffini
Friday, 01 July 2016 02:50
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Wow!” Superlative is best way to describe new dressage show.

by Anna Buffini

My first impression just arriving at the First Annual Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic, at the Paso Robles Horse Park, was “Wow.” It’s beautiful, quiet, the footing in every single arena is GGT-Footing top quality: well groomed and they managed it wonderfully throughout the day.

July 2016 - Hunters Front & Center
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 July 2016 02:44
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An extra-Spectacular WCHR Week in San Juan Capistrano concludes June 12.

In the $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular at the Blenheim June Classic I, Small Gesture dominated the first round scoring with an impressive 92 from not just one panel, but both panels of judges. Competing fifth out of 30 entries, and holding the lead in Round Two, the refined dark bay, owned by Iwasaki & Reilly, finished with an overall score of 180.5.

June 2016 - Show Report: Flintridge
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 06:44
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Participants fly high, have fun & raise funds at 95th annual competition.

photos by Kristin Lee Photography

May Day at the historic Flintridge Riding Club marked the final day of competition for the 95th Annual Flintridge Horse Show, April 28-May 1. Great weather capped the week of competition that was fun for all and a huge success for the Flintridge La Cañada Guild’s efforts to raise funds for Huntington Memorial Hospital.


May 2016 - Show Report: Blenheim EquiSports Spring Classic III
Written by CRM
Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:19
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Lane Clarke wins big on new ride: Susie Hutchison on a hot youngster.

It looked like Karl Cook was going to make it two wins in two days until the final go of the 10-horse jump-off. Speed demon Lane Clarke riding Georgy Maskrey-Segesman’s Balu U stole the top spot by two seconds for the win in the $40,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix, presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

April 2016 - Dressage Affaire Highlights
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:14
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Return of international division ups the ante at California Dreaming Productions’ March competition in Del Mar.

This year’s Dressage Affaire CDI marked the successful return of the international portion of the show after a two-year absence, and also provided an additional opportunity for USEF Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover to observe talented prospects in California.

January 2016 - IEHJA Fall Festival
Written by Patti Schooley
Saturday, 02 January 2016 05:28
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Inland Empire H/J Association introduces new format to the delight of competitors.

by Patti Schooley • photos by: Cami Jo Contreras; Allie Sibley; Jessica Abbott; Patti Schooley

The Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association (IEHJA) kicked off its 2015 Fall Festival at the City of Industry Expo Center by adding a third show day, Fri., Nov. 13, for a “jumpers only extravaganza.” This new format proved “lucky” for many competitors and trainers alike as they could concentrate on their jumper rides. Many competitors commented that this was a less stressful approach to showing as their jumper and hunter horse was often one in the same. Alternatively, riders who only wanted to compete in jumper classes could trailer in for the day and not incur overnight boarding costs.

December 2015 - Young Event Horse Championship
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 04:48
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A college breeding project, Pavi’s Sinfandel, takes top honors in the 4-year-old division.

Adult amateur Jamie Lawrence of Northridge could not have been more pleased with her college project at the USEA West Coast Young Event Horse Championships for four-year-old horses.
The Championships were held in Temecula on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in conjunction with the Galway Downs International Event.

December 2015 - Spooktacular Time with Friends of Lisa
Written by Cassidy Gallman
Saturday, 28 November 2015 04:29
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Fun Halloween show has special meaning this year.

report and photos by Cassidy Gallman

“Dressage shows are boring,” said no one ever and certainly not when in connection with the third annual Spooktacular dressage show presented by Crackerjack Productions at the Del Mar Horsepark. This show has been this year, and every year since its creation, a highly anticipated event. I would even dare to say more so than the Halloween holiday itself.

November 2015 - Show Report: Sacramento International
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:02
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Chilean rider Samuel Perot wins World Cup™ class in front of a sell-out crowd.

The Sacramento International Horse Show out-did itself this year with an incredible atmosphere, a phenomenal line up of competitors and a sold out crowd for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento Presented by Lasher’s Elk Grove Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. The show took place Sept. 24-27 at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center near Sacramento.

November 2015 - Longines Masters
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 November 2015 04:45
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Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh were the last and the fastest in the six-horse jump-off, in front of a super appreciative, full house crowd. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Scott Brash, world #1 for nearly two years, senses right away that his jump-off time might not stand for the win. He and Hello M’Lady settled for second. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh Claim Top Prize in the Longines Grand Prix.

Four days of champion caliber show jumping action at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles culminated in Sunday afternoon’s Longines Grand Prix. Thirty-six of the world’s best riders competed in the grand finale of the American leg of the Longines Masters series for $450,000 in prize money, the largest purse in any United States indoor competition. Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh stunned the crowd with a jump-off time of 37.04 seconds to become the first ever winner of the new Longines Masters Series Trophy.

November 2015 - Show Report: Woodside International Horse Trials
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:17
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Lauren Billys, Kelly Pugh & Ruth Bley win their divisions.

Lauren Billys held a 4.6-point lead before the final cross-country phase of the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, and she used every bit of the lead she’d built on the first day to eke out a victory over James Alliston on Tivoli.

Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy added 4.4 time penalties, to win by just .2 penalties (57.5 to 57.7). Alliston also finished third on Parker (60.6).

June 2016 - Show Report: Del Mar National
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 06:48
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Jenny Karazissis’s big week includes third Equitation Championship win; Pratt & Spooner also excel.

Chris Pratt, Richard Spooner and Jenny Karazissis were among the familiar names to make their mark on the annual Del Mar National Horse Show, which wrapped up its 71st year on May 8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

June 2016 - West Coasters In Kentucky
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 06:31
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Maya Black leads a strong contingent of West region’s riders at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

photos by Sherry Stewart

Defending champion Michael Jung of Germany won his second Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in spectacular fashion on Fischerrocana FST and by a large margin, starting with their 34.4 score on day-one dressage.

April 2016 - Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:27
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March 2016 - Nayel Nassar & Lordan Top Thermal World Cup
Written by Esther Hahn
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 02:13
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Jamie Barge and Eric Navet finish two and three, while top of West League standings don’t change much.

by Esther Hahn • photos by Bret St. Clair/FEI

Under the desert sun, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar showcased his close partnership with longtime mount Lordan to win in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal CSI3*-W. In the seventh and final event on the West Coast, the 25-year-old rider guided the 12-year-old, Hanoverian gelding (Lordanos x Landor) to a double clear that bested a field of 20.

December 2015 - Full House
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 04:50
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The Las Vegas National Horse Show has come a long way, baby!

photos & report by Kim F. Miller

At the press conference following Saturday night’s exciting Longines FEI™ World Cup class, organizer Robert Ridland recalled the show starting with roughly 80 horses. This year’s running at the South Point Hotel & Casino Equestrian Center saw about 600, with several that had to be turned away.

December 2015 - Show Report: Galway Downs International Three Day Event
Written by Ann Haller
Saturday, 28 November 2015 04:39
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Phillip Dutton & Tamie Smith finish great seasons with more wins.

by Ann Haller • photos by Alicia Anthony

Phillip Dutton has been in this position many times—last to go with not a rail in hand. He’d already jumped a clear round on the young Mr. Candyman, who could then finish no lower than fourth in the headline CCI3* division, at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event on Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

December 2015 - Congrats To All!
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 November 2015 04:00
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Fabulous Finishes at LA Season Finale.

all photos courtesy Flying Horse Photography

The Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals for Juniors, Seniors and Pony riders attracted a season’s worth of top riders to the LA Season Finale, Nov. 12-15, produced by Langer Equestrian Group at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

November 2015 - Del Mar International
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 04:57
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Beezie & Simon. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Richard Spooner & Cristallo. Clear til the very last fence. Drat! Photo: Kim F. Miller

Beezie Madden & Simon top a terrific weekend of show jumping.

by Kim F. Miller

Can’t beat having two-time Olympian Beezie Madden in the house for the third West Coast leg of the Longines FEI World CupTM North American League. Beezie and her 2013 World Cup Finals champion partner Simon were simply flawless in their win on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Del Mar Arena.

November 2015 - Show Report: NorCal Medal Finals
Written by CRM
Saturday, 31 October 2015 15:56
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Great turn-out, horsemanship progress and prizes on display in season finale.

The Northern California Hunter/Jumper Association Medal Finals Horse Show concluded on Oct. 11, at Brookside Horse Park. The show was sold out and the Medal Finals themselves had a record number of finalists.

November 2015 - Belle Calkin Triumphs at Foxfield Finals
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:11
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Proud traditions of first-rate horsemanship and fun celebrate 44th year at world famous riding school.

photos and article by Kim F. Miller

From the moment members of a local Boy Scout troop ushered us to a shady parking spot on the cross-country course to the moment they ushered us out, the 44th annual Foxfield Medal Final was a delightful day of challenging horsemanship and nice people in a beautiful setting.

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