June 2018 - Dutch Treats

West Coast Dressage Convention brings Edward Gal & Hans Peter Minderhoud to Southern California.

photos & text by Kim F. Miller

Scott Hayes, Edward Gal, Monty Roberts, Hans Peter Minderhaud

West Coasters are getting a little spoiled with the caliber of coaches brought in from afar these last few years by Scott Hayes Productions. On April 21-22, Dutch Olympians Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhaud came to the peacefully gorgeous El Campeon Farms in the Los Angeles area’s Hidden Valley. They worked with seven horse/rider pairs each day, the same pairs each day except Saturday the finale was Sabine Schut-Kery and her budding Grand Prix star Sanceo, while on Sunday, Dawn White O’Connor worked with the 9-year-old, Esperanza, by the accomplished Dutch Warmblood sire, Jazz.

 
June 2018 - Bingo! Moments

Melissa Creswick continues a learning legacy during Linda O’ Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Southern Clinic.

by Nicole Bhathal, CDS Southern Regional Director • Photos: Nancy Albright

In 1997, the California Dressage Society started a series of clinics to honor Linda O’Carroll, who donated an endowment to fund Adult Amateurs’, education. For two decades, amateur dressage riders who normally would not have an opportunity to train with top professionals receive the chance to learn from the best due to the generosity of Mrs. O’Carroll. Each CDS Chapter sponsors at least one qualified rider annually.

 
June 2018 - Intercollegiate Dressage Association Nationals

First-timer’s reflections on a unique team experience.

by Alexa Corse, Stanford Class of 2019

The announcer’s voice resounded throughout the indoor equestrian arena at Lake Erie College, the site of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championship last month: “Our next rider is Alexa Corse.”

I reminded myself to breathe and rode into the arena. The cavernous space was surprisingly quiet, until the judge at the arena’s far end rang a small, old-fashioned bell. That was my cue. I rode down the centerline of the dressage court—the 20x60 meter area bordered with low, white rails—in which I’d perform Training Level Test 1.

 
June 2018 - Anique Equestrian

California-based new cooling shirt line is off to a hot start.

There’s enough cute and effective sun shirts out there that it’s somewhat surprising a new entry would venture into this crowded field. But dressage rider and marketing consultant Kelly Artz felt otherwise. Frustrated with the many shirts she tried, Kelly decided she could do better. The result is Anique, a new equestrian sun shirt line that incorporates flattering fit and pretty details with hard-core cooling and sun protection and perspiration management. Made in Los Angeles, the soft seamless knit shirts are woven with a cooling smart yarn and UV protection.

 
June 2018 - WEQx Games

Gladiator Polo & U-25 U.S. Open Jumping Championship among proposed competitions for WEG-concurrent event.

Plans for the inaugural 2018 WEQx Games™ are taking shape under Mark Bellissimo and the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, N.C. The competition intends to have nine spectator-friendly equine competitions that highlight the accessibility, diversity, athleticism, and passion for horses and horse sport for athletes of all ages.

 
June 2018 - Represent!

Young West Coasters venture far afield in international dressage and jumping competition.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Hayden Zadel & Triskel De Kerlive

Ben Ebeling and Behlinger are among three pairs chosen by US Equestrian for the 2018 Dressage European Young Rider Tour, which is linked to the Discover Dressage™ USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program. Combinations are required to earn at least two scores from the FEI Young Rider Team Test and two scores from the FEI Young Rider Individual Test in CDI-Y events between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 to be considered for selection to the Tour. As a part of FEI CDI-Y events, at least two FEI Young Rider Freestyle test scores must also be earned. The accomplished equestrian son of Olympian Jan and Amy Ebeling, Ben will compete with teammates Callie Jones from Kentucky and Anna Weniger from North Carolina.

 
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