September 2018 - It’s WEG Time


Quadrennial competition starts Sept. 11 in North Carolina.

It’s finally time for the FEI World Equestrian Games™! Set for Sept. 11-23 at the Tyron International Equestrian Center, in Mill Spring, NC, this quadrennial, eight-discipline event is a massive undertaking and one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar.

The FEI disciplines – jumping, dressage and para dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event.

September 2018 - Back to School


Dressage education follows a year-round, life-long calendar.

by Nan Meek

Why do we think about “back to school” in September when the new school year almost always begins in August? Isn’t August considered vacation month?

School, learning, education – it’s always a good month to learn something new, and I was fortunate to have just spent the past weekend learning a lot about my favorite subject of dressage.

For two days, I played sponge and absorbed as much as I could from George Williams, US Dressage Youth Coach, USDF President, and someone whose own education I envy. He studied at the Reitinstitute von Neindorff in Karlsruhe, Germany, worked with and alongside Karl Mikolka at Tempel Farms here in the US for 20 years, and trained in Germany with Olympic gold medalist Klaus Balkenhol, former US Dressage Team Coach.

August 2018 - The Road More Travelled


Jumping rider development pathway is becoming well trod.

by Kim F. Miller

DiAnn Langer has been talking about the “pathway” for a long time. As USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe, she’s led the way in establishing a clear progression for young athletes with international jumping aspirations. National governing bodies in mainstream sports – volleyball, basketball, baseball, etc. – have long had these and DiAnn is among many to feel equestrian sport deserved and needed the same.

August 2018 - Time Out for Education


Good turn-out for USHJA Trainer Certification Program clinic with Chris Kappler.

photos & text by Kim F. Miller

There are no natural breaks in the hunter/jumper show season, but 16 professionals took a weekend away from the circuit to up their game by attending the United States Hunter/Jumper Association Trainer Certification Clinic July 14-15. It was hosted by Peppertree Equestrian’s Kristin Baretto at Sycamore Trails Stables in San Juan Capistrano.

August 2018 - Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center


Base camp for equestrian vacation adventures in North Lake Tahoe

by Nan Meek

Tucked away in the sleepy mountain town of Truckee, perched above I-80 along Donner Lake in the heart of the High Sierra, Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center is North Lake Tahoe’s vacation haven for horse lovers from June 1 through the end of September.

August 2018 - In Loving Memory of Doug Herthel, DVM


August 11, 1946 — July 11, 2018

Doug Herthel lived an extraordinary life. Not simply due to the impact he made as a veterinarian, but more so because of the person he was. A thinker and a problem solver, Dr. Herthel had a brilliant mind and relentless passion for veterinary medicine, the patients he treated and the clients whose friendships he valued beyond measure. His life’s work was inspired by his endless curiosity, pursuit of science and deep love of the horse. His greatest source of joy and that which defined him, however, was the family he built alongside his treasured wife, Sue. He was a man of great compassion, with a generous spirit and thoughtful approach to the way he practiced medicine and treated those around him. In Doug’s presence, new and old friends felt appreciated and valued.

September 2018 - Meet Chandler Meadows


Summer study abroad of an equestrian sort.

by Winter Hoffman, courtesy of Phelps Sports

Twenty-three-year-old Californian Chandler Meadows traded the Newport Beach seaside for the flower-filled meadows of Amsterdam, the pastoral manors of Germany and the cypress villas of Italy on her showjumping tour this summer.

September 2018 - What Makes a Helmet Safe?


An inside look at the different parts of the helmet.

by Lyndsey White

Gone are the days of simple hard plastic with a velveteen outer layer. Nowadays, helmets are held to a much higher standard of safety testing. They’re more aerodynamic and better padded, without adding extra weight, and they are stylish so riders will want to wear them. The safety of every ride is the main goal for each helmet manufacturer as they strive year after year to develop the safest helmet they can, while keeping it comfortable, attractive and easy to wear.

A few of the top helmet manufacturers around the world shared with us some of their most important components when it comes to making helmets.

August 2018 - Go Zone 10!!


College-age Grand Prix riders to pony star jumpers are ready to represent in New York and Kentucky.

by Kim F. Miller

A streamlined name is not the only thing new at the Adequan™ FEI North American Youth Championships. West Coast riders are poised to present their best at the jumping and dressage competition formerly known as the North American Junior Young Riders Championship. Competition takes place Aug. 1-5 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, N.Y.

August 2018 - Doing The Fair Thing


OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center plans for permanence and growth.

by Kim F. Miller

The Orange County Fair & Event Center board of directors voted to keep the property’s Equestrian Center during its May 24 meeting. Southern California horse owners were delighted and relieved by that, while also steeling themselves to stay vigilant in advocating for the Costa Mesa boarding and training facility’s long-term existence and, ideally, its expansion.

August 2018 - New Cal-Bred Thoroughbred Award


Retired Racehorse project debuts new award at Thoroughbred Makeover this October.

The Retired Racehorse Project debuts a special award for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover that honors horses bred on the West Coast. Sponsored by the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation, in honor of After the Finish Line, the $2,500 award will be presented to the top-scoring California-bred at the competition, taking place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

July 2018 - The Gallop: Wild Horse Update

Wild horses & burros get partial good news in the current Interior Appropriations bill.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations bill approved unanimously by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 14 would keep in place prohibitions against killing healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter.

“We appreciate that Senate Appropriators are listening to their constituents, who expect America’s wild horses and burros to be protected in keeping with the spirit of the law,” said Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. “We will remain vigilant against policies and practices that would cause wild horses and burros to suffer — directly or through third-party sales — including a needless push to perform dangerous, costly and unproven field sterilization surgeries on wild mares and jennys.

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