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Inaugural Pomona Expo a Hit with Horse Lovers

Trainer Linda Parelli standing in front of a horse.

Equine enthusiasts from all disciplines gathered at the inaugural Pomona Horse Expo Feb. 2-4 at the Fairplex, to take in a wide array of clinics, classes and “shopportunities.” More than 100,000-square-feet of trade show in three buildings showcased wares from saddles to clothing, art pieces to feeding supplements. “It’s a horse lover’s dream,” All Star […]

Happy Trails, Bert Bonnett!

Bert Bonnett astride his chestnut mare at the ocean's edge.

He was only 5’3”, but Bert Bonnett cast a long shadow. The legendary Shadow Hills horseman was a fixture on the California trail riding scene, known for his ready smile and lively step, even as he approached his 102nd birthday Feb. 21. He never made it, passing away peacefully on Jan. 23. That didn’t prevent […]

Senate Moves to End Slaughter

A horse enters the slaughter chute. (Photo by Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the U.S.)

Lawmakers are rallying to keep horses off dinner plates. Backed by 16 senators, the “American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011” was introduced June 9. The bill, S. 1176, would explicitly outlaw the killing of horses for meat in the U.S and prohibit the transport of horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. With bi-partisan […]

Atwater Bridge Rises Over Troubled Water


For 20 years, riders from the Paddock Riding Club in Atwater Village and other equestrians in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles have been trying to get a bridge built that would allow proper access to the trails of Griffith Park without having to ford the sometimes slick and treacherous L.A. River. On April […]

Resnik Rocks Memorial Day


The $10,000 Memorial Day Grand Prix at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center may have been light on horses―a result of the EHV-1 scare that had so many Southern California barns in lockdown―but spectators turned out in force for the May 30 event, which took place under sunny skies and a billowing breeze on the LAEC’s […]

Dogs Attack Horse at Hansen Dam


On May 20 a horse and rider were attacked by three canines on the trail in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area in the Lakeview Terrace section of Los Angeles. The dogs were identified as pit bulls by Jodi Pavlovich, who is, ironically, a dog trainer. The dogs were being walked off-leash by owners who were […]

‘Buck’ to Screen at Autry


On June 13 the Autry Museum in Los Angeles will host a special preview screening of the documentary Buck, about the charismatic horseman Buck Brannaman, who inspired the novel and film of The Horse Whisperer. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s 2011 Audience Award for Documentary, Buck will be followed by a Q&A with the […]

Development Drama


Plans are in the works to replace some of the last open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with a private golf course and a massive housing complex. For a period of time it appeared that the equestrian community would come to the rescue, but now it seems that the group has splintered into two […]

Peters Duo Rocks Del Mar Dressage

Peters power couple on Freestyle night at Del Mar. (Photo: Kelly Sanchez)

The venerable Del Mar National is a favorite show for Southern California equestrians and spectators alike, and this year’s Dressage Week did not disappoint, as some of the state’s top horses and riders turned out for both the CDI 3* Y/J and Open classes. Olympian Steffen Peters and Ravel continued their winning ways, claiming the […]

Derby Gives Keys to ‘Kingdom’


Twenty-to-one shot Animal Kingdom won the 137th Kentucky Derby on May 7 in a 2 ¾-length victory over second-placed Nehro. Mucho Macho Man finished third. A total of 19 horses competed for a piece of the $2.2 million purse as a record 164,858 spectators packed Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Archarcharch pulled up lame but […]

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