August 2015 - Drought Buster

Dramatic water conservation is one of new footing material’s many benefits.

With California’s record-breaking drought well into its fourth year, news of a top quality arena footing that retains water five times longer than normal footing sounds a little too good to be true. But Premier Equestrian’s 14 years in the business lend credibility to that claim, and both common sense and science back it up.

August 2015 - Central California Equine Expo

Bringing the best clinicians in the equine industry to Central California.

The Central California Equine Expo debuts October 3 at the Chowchilla Fair Grounds with a full line-up of top clinicians. “We want to bring the best clinicians in the equine industry to Central California for all to enjoy and learn from,” says Sonya Sidhu of the Pegasus Equine Group that is presenting the Expo. “This is accomplished by team work, community involvement and for the love of horses.”

July 2015 - The Gallop: Kentucky Bound

West Coast show jumping, eventing and dressage stars ready to rumble at the NAJYRC this month.

by Kim F. Miller

The West Coast has proud traditions to uphold at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Riders Championships and our region’s riders are ready to maintain them. The Championships take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, July 14-19.

Here’s a quick look at our area’s contenders in show jumping and eventing. We covered dressage, too, although that discipline’s team had not been completely finalized as we went to press.

July 2015 - A Chance To Jump At!

Area VI Adult Rider Camp offers learning, fun and friendship July 31-Aug. 2.

by Carolyn Bahr

August marks the fourth annual Area VI Southern Adult Rider Camp, and new and exciting changes are in the air. Camp this year is at a new location with new clinicians. Galway Downs in Temecula has opened their doors to us, and Hawley Bennett-Awad and Robyn Fisher have signed on to coach. The dates are July 31-Aug. 2.

July 2015 - New Sponsorship

Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition step up to sponsor four of equestrian sports’ biggest venues.

Cargill’s Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® horse feeds and Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group and Bellissimo entities, announced today that Cargill’s Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition Feeds will serve as the official sponsor of the top equestrian venues in the U.S. These events include the Winter Equestrian Festival, which is the largest, longest-running equestrian sporting event in the world, features more than $8 million in overall prize money per year and serves more than 7,000 horses with riders from 43 countries and 50 states.

June 2015 - MDBarnmaster

New owners borrow from other industries to build on and expand an already strong brand.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by Gordon Walter

When western saddle maker McCall Saddles wanted a model that weighed substantially less than the traditional 40-pound-plus average, they called on Mark Jolley and Logan Zhu. Mark’s title is president and Logan’s is CEO, but at heart, “We’re product guys,” says Mark. Using technologies from some of the many other industries they’re involved in, the duo designed a tree that made McCall’s new McLite line 15 pounds lighter than its traditional contemporaries, yet strong enough to withstand a truck driving over it – repeatedly.

Eddie and Angela Patterson’s new MDBarnmaster barn, finished with unique details like cedar and local timber. Photo: Gordon Walter

August 2015 - Good News

Coto de Caza Equestrian Center to undergo substantial upgrades & seek permanent equestrian use.

South Orange County’s Coto Equestrian Center is about to undergo $1.5 million of enhancements designed to restore it to its former luster. Situated in the exclusive community of Coto de Caza, the 24.2-acre facility will house several new structures and feature extensive additional landscaping with drought-tolerant plants.

August 2015 - Saluting Cheryl

California Riding Magazine founder Cheryl Erpelding receives the 2015 AHP Chris Brune Spirit Award.

The American Horse Publication’s Chris Brune Spirit Award was the brainchild of the 2015 AHP Champion, Deborah Taylor, who saw the award as a way of recognizing the efforts of members other than the Board of Directors. She hoped that this award would encourage members to seek involvement in the association and eventually lead into leadership roles. Initially titled the President’s Spirit Award, the award is presented to the member who has done the most consistently to assist and support the association. The Board of Directors selects the winner. In 2004, the inaugural award was presented to Chris Brune and the title changed to the AHP Chris Brune Spirit Award.

July 2015 - Equitopia

Nutrition, alternative modalities, centered riding and hoof issues included in full day of learning at new center in Northern California.

by Patti Schofler

A team of like-minded professionals came together May 23 at Fairwind Farm in Solano County’s Fairfield, to mark the opening of Equitopia, a center for education and training through an integrated approach to care and wellness. Among those speaking at the day-long seminar were: Carla Bauchmueller on Centered Riding; Dr. Clair Thunes on equine nutrition; Dr. Joanna Robson on saddle fit, chiropractic and acupuncture; and Michael DeLeónardo on farrier service.

July 2015 - Five Star Status


Sunshine Series Grand Prix in November gets top international status, and HITS Thermal awaits the same.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has given final approval for Week Two of the HITS National Sunshine Series as s CSI-5* event, featuring a $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix CSI-5* on November 8 of this year. The show management company HITS is also awaiting approval of 5* status for one week of the HITS Desert Circuit in 2016 and a week of another of its circuits in Ocala, FL.


July 2015 - Horse Show Photo Directory

New website aims to ease process of finding photos. is a recently launched website that plans to list the official event photographers at horse shows throughout the United States. The ultimate goal is to have competitors easily locate the event photographer and their website information for each show they attend throughout the season. Horse Show Photo Directory has created a convenient and accessible website to benefit both the rider and photographer.

June 2015 - Calling All High Schoolers

College Preparatory Invitational comes to California in March, 2016.

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