November 2018 - Zazou Wows Del Mar!


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.

November 2018 - All the Stars Aligned


Annual Championship is a hit in every way.

by Nan Meek • photos: Terri Miller Photography

Stars as young as the CDS Young Horse Futurity winners and as seasoned as longtime upper level competitors vied for championship sashes, perpetual trophies and bragging rights. Stellar performances from amateurs, juniors, young riders and open riders impressed an international panel of judges. Superstar volunteers, show staff, CDS and USDF members and directors worked their magic to keep classes and award presentations running smoothly.

November 2018 - Erin Nichols

horse people

Two sport star credits jumping and dressage success to bonds built through Pony Club and at-home horsekeeping.

by Kim F. Miller

Fifteen year old Erin Nichols is an inspiring and refreshing reminder that well-rounded horsemanship is alive and well among today’s young riders. She cares for three horses in her family’s backyard stable and excels in A circuit jumping, Second Level dressage and as a longtime, still-active U.S. Pony Clubber.

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.”

November 2018 - Olympia Footing Equestrian Services, LLC


Installing world class arena systems at a competitive price point.

Tony Judge, the owner of Olympia Footing Equestrian Services, wants to take the footing industry to the next level.

“We need a company able to put their integrity behind everything they do,” he asserts. Equestrians usually know the function and feel they want in their riding surface, but they rarely know how to create it. Some firms don’t know much about that either, but put up a good front. Often it’s excavation companies with grading and drainage experience, but little understanding of footing materials and how they impact safety and performance, let alone the different equine biomechanics that exist in each of the sporthorse disciplines.

In the process of fulfilling his ambition, Olympia Footing has helped clients and owners performing at all levels of the sport and in every performance discipline.

November 2018 - Alli Christy

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NorCal Junior Medal Final winner takes diabetes in stride in pursuit of big goals.

by Kim F. Miller

Established equestrian professionals often describe medal finals of their youth as the most stressful moments of their careers. The NorCal Hunter Jumper Association Junior Medal Finals were indeed a big deal for 16-year-old Alli Christy, but stressing out over them was not in the cards. The eventual winner aboard her horse of two years, Wodan, Alli has dealt with bigger deals since receiving a juvenile diabetes diagnosis at 4.

November 2018 - Sizzling Season Finale


International show jumping & Las Vegas glitz make for a magical experience.

The bright lights of Las Vegas once again meet the buzz of international competition for the 12th annual Las Vegas National Horse Show, CSI4*-W, at the one and only South Point Hotel and Casino, Nov. 13-18.  Whether you’re a rider, spectator, or just an aficionado for high-level competition, this show in this city has something for everyone.

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.

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