Accomplishments, education, sport growth and young horse development are this year’s focus Jan. 19-21 in Sacramento.
by Kevin Reinig, CDS president
Starting in January, the California Dressage Society heads into its next 50 years with the Executive Board Meeting, Annual Meeting and Symposium, Jan. 19-21. It will be held in Sacramento: The meetings take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the Symposium takes place at Starr Vaughn Equestrian in nearby Elk Grove.
The United States Eventing Association’s 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship will be held at Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. during the Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials May 24-27, 2018. VHT hosted the inaugural Intercollegiate Championship in 2016 as well as the second eddition in 2017. The Championship will return to VHT for one more year before moving on to a new venue.
USEA Intercollegiate Championship returns to Virginia, bid process to determine future venue.
The United States Dressage Federation™ rolls out the new Adequan®/USDF Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle Awards this year. Awards will be given at the following levels; First, Second, Third, Fourth, Intermediate I, and Grand Prix, with the champion and reserve champion at each level receiving a commemorative award, presented at the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention.
Lost lower leg is a surmountable obstacle for inspiring young rider.
by Kim F. Miller
Warming up for a recent clinic, 15 year old Alex Henry impressed her coach by systematically testing her horse’s responses to her aids. At one point, the coach encouraged more left leg. She applied more pressure with her left thigh and gave extra taps of the whip on that side, where her lower leg would fall if she still had it. Alex lost that to bone cancer two years ago, but she never lost her desire and drive as an equestrian.
Fires, heroic efforts and boundless generosity spread with equal speed.
by Kim F. Miller
The scope of December’s fires has been matched by the scope of generosity toward its victims. “We are so inundated with people who are looking to donate,” says Stacy Kendall, founder of the nearly 12,000-member Facebook group, Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation. “In eight years of doing this group and for the 30 years being a member of this community, I have never experienced anything like it.”
New year brings a new owner and approach to the newly christened Hansen Dam Horse Park.
by Kim F. Miller • photos by Philip D. Klipa Photography • produced by Alicia Anthony & Julie Conner-Daniels
Hansen Dam Horse Park has many obvious attributes. Thirty-eight acres, ample stabling and arenas and access to the sprawling Hansen Dam Recreation Area are a few of those. Between thriving training businesses, an active Riding School and a full calendar of equestrian competition and special events, there’s always something going on yet it never feels busy or crowded. A sense of peace and space distinguishes the San Fernando Valley facility that is bordered by the San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains.