November 2018 - Hail To the Queen


A weekend with Isabell Werth.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Reigning dressage queen Isabell Werth urged some of California’s top riders and horses to bring out every ounce of brilliance and perfection during the latest SH Productions Masterclass. It was held Oct.  13-14 at Ad Astra Stables, the base for Rebecca Rigdon and David Blake. The facility is lovely to begin with and was even more so gussied up with VIP tents and vendor booths ringing the dressage court.

October 2018 - Back on Track


Carefully vetted new products expand the company’s comfort & health-oriented crusade.

The average pharmacy offers an overwhelming array of over-the-counter support devices for knees, ankles and other problematic joints. Some are called “sleeves” and some are called “braces.”

Though many consumers don’t know it, there’s a big difference. The “brace” designation denotes Federal Drug Administration approval, Back on Track’s extensive line of FDA approved braces is a distinction that means the world to the company’s U.S. leader Bo Lofvander. That level of dedication to proven product quality means a lot to the company’s consumers, too, because that is what helps them feel better, whether they are high performance athletes recovering from an injury, or a non-athlete anxious to ease everyday joint and muscle tension.


September 2018 - Calling All Contenders


Entries rolling in before Sept. 14 deadline for inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships in Las Vegas.

by Kim F. Miller

Entries for the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships are off to a strong start as the Sept. 14 deadline nears. Held concurrent with the Las Vegas National CSI4*-World Cup Nov. 13-18, in Las Vegas, this long-in-the-works competition fulfills what organizer Pat Doyle sees as a big hole in the sport. A prominent horse show manager based in Chicago, Pat estimates that a majority of exhibitors want and are inspired by the “energy and excitement of a real national championships.”

September 2018 - Showiest of Show Horses


Andalusian World Cup brings beauties to Las Vegas.

Andalusian World Cup, Sept. 19-22 in Las Vegas, is a premiere horse show that boasts one of the largest gatherings of Iberian horses in the nation. The show is home to Andalusians, Friesians, Lusitanos, Partbreds and many more breeds. Despite being a breed show, it offers open Dressage and Working Equitation, making it a fun and diverse show.

September 2018 - Back To School Bash


Wonderful welcome to the horse world.

The Paso Robles Horse Park hosted its first Back To School Bash Aug. 10-11, but it wasn’t traditional academics that were the focal point. Instead, speakers including Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson offered current and newbie equestrians a fun welcome and loads of useful information to the horse-owning world.

September 2018 - With A Little Help From Friends


Tracy Bowman goes to World Para-Driving Championships.

Tracy Bowman is representing the United States at the FEI World Para-Driving Championships for Singles in Kronenberg, Netherlands, Aug. 28-Sept. 2. She’ll be in the driver’s seat herself, but is far from alone as her route there has been greatly aided by the help of those in the equestrian community and a special surprise grant awarded to her by Southern California Equestrian Sports.

October 2018 - World Equestrian Games


U.S. wins double silver in dressage, gold & silver in reining, while hurricane adds challenges to all.

by Kim F. Miller

Hurricane Florence made the World Equestrian Games even more interesting than it was already on track to be. Mark Bellissimo’s Tryon International Equestrian Center stepped up when the original host, Bromont, Canada, had to back out with just 18 months to prepare for the quadrennial competition that features eight disciplines over two weeks. There’s been a lot written about the parts of their ambitious plans that didn’t get finished in time, but watching from home on FEI-TV, and following media.

October 2018 - Safe Sport Training FAQs


New USEF rule is a mandate for all adult competing members.

The US Equestrian Federation announced a rule change on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, requiring that, effective January 1, 2019, all USEF members 18 and over with an Adult Competing Membership must complete Safe Sport training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. Since that announcement, the Federation reports that over 3,500 USEF members completed the Safe Sport training. To provide further guidance, below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new rule change.

September 2018 - Equine Sports Cars


Allison Mathy offers Lusitanos whose good looks wrap a complete sporthorse package.

by Kim F. Miller

Kristin Evanson is not one for flash in a horse. “I’m not into stuff like that,” says the 60-year-old amateur dressage rider. But she couldn’t disagree when her friends teased her about her new “Barbi horse,” Déjà Vu. Kristin’s 11 year old Prix St. Georges-trained Lusitano is a palimino with lovely, indeed “flashy,” looks and gaits and temperament to match.

September 2018 - And, We’re Off...


Longines FEI Jumping World Cup League is underway in the west.

by Catie Staszak

When Beezie Madden landed off the final fence at the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Paris with Breitling LS, her final, nearly perfect score of 4 not only secured the Cazenovia, NY native her second career victory in a World Cup Final, but it also marked the second straight year the North American League produced the World Cup Champion.

September 2018 - An Awe-Inducing Adventure


Riding in the wilds of British Columbia.

by Linda Ballou

I answered the call of the wild with a horse pack trip in British Columbia offered by Tyslos Park Lodge & Adventures. The McLean family has been taking international travelers into Chilcotin/Cariboo Country, one of the last great wilderness areas in North America, for over 60 years. Among their horseback riding vacations is a lodge stay for experienced riders who want to gallop over hill and dale, and horse pack trips for those who just want to rock along taking in gorgeous vistas. This region is also famous for its cayuse (wild horses) and grizzly bear populations, as well as world-class fly fishing. Expert guides and trustworthy mounts take riders, wildlife photographers, and fly fishers on an adventure into an untrammeled wilderness that can’t be reached any other way.

September 2018 - Ready In the Desert


Grass derby field among new highlights at Coachella Valley venue.

The installation of the new HITS Desert Horse Park Grass Hunter Derby Field is a highlight of the upcoming 10 weeks of hunter/jumper competition in the Coachella Valley venue formerly known as Thermal.

“We can’t wait to host some of our Hunter Derbies on the grass Derby Field that we are working on,” said HITS President and CEO, Thomas Struzzieri. “It’s something different and I think a lot of the Hunter exhibitors who show with us are going to really enjoy it.”


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