Category archives for: Los Angeles

Paddock Schooling Turns Four

San Pascual rider on a grey horse.

One thing on which we can all agree: in California, valuable show-miles are hard to come by at a reasonable price, and high-quality exhibition opportunities for young riders, equine babies and general newcomers to the sport are to be encouraged. Which is why the 4th Annual Paddock Club Schooling Show was a welcome addition to […]

Marc Herman’s Final Send-Off

Marc and Royan Herman post near a powder-blue 1950s Chevy.

Approximately 200 guests showed up at Peacock Hill Ranch Saturday night to bid a fond farewell to Marc Herman, a beloved figure in the Sunland-Tujunga equestrian community. As husband of 35 years to Royan Herman, Marc was half the team responsible for turning Peacock Hill into a little oasis for those horses lucky enough to […]

CJP on the Range

CJP Junior Ranger 2012 graduation ceremony.

Among the great initiatives by the Compton Jr. Posse is the Junior Ranger program, which provides on-the-job-training for careers as park rangers with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a joint venture between the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Conejo Recreation Park District and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. Now entering its third […]

Malibu Creek Bubbles Up in Agoura

Hunter rider in the arena at Malibu Creek Equestrian Center.

There’s a new presence on the West Valley horse scene, the Malibu Creek Equestrian Center, which in August opened under new management on the site formerly known as Pegasus.  That comes as welcome news to those who had heard the venue might be developed for non-equestrian use. But owner Philip Atwell says he’s in it […]

The Right Spin

LAEC team at the CPHAF Benefit

“Putting the ‘fun’ back in fundraising” is how CPHA Foundation president George Chatigny described the 8th Annual California Professional Horesmen’s Assn. Bowling Benefit, which raised $4,000 over two rounds on Friday, May 25. The event drew 100 bowlers and their friends to the Pickwick Bowl in Burbank on May 25, and coincided  with the Langer […]

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 […]

LAEC’s Chatigny Has New Groove

George Chatigny

Los Angeles Equestrian Center general manager George Chatigny has been named president of the board of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation, a 501(c) 3 corporation that raises funds for scholarships, educational outreach and benevolence efforts. “We do fundraisers all year,” Chatigny explained. Next up is the bowling benefit, at Pickwick Bowl in Burbank. The […]

Ridland New U.S. Chef

Portrait of Robert Ridland in sunshine wearing a sky blue shirt.

Big news for Zone 10 Jumpers! The United States Equestrian Federation has named California’s Robert Ridland as U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor, the position occupied for the past six years by the legendary George Morris, who announced he will be retiring in 2013. Ridland, a partner in the San Juan Capistrano-based Blenheim EquiSports, will […]

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 […]

Flintridge Raises the Bar

Portrait of Del Mar Horse Show manager Dale Harvey.

  The Flintridge Riding Club is undergoing a reinvention for its 90th anniversary, with Dale Harvey coming in to manage the big spring hunter jumper show.  Rechristened the Flintridge Horse Show, the April 26-29 event has been expanded to four days and will now include adult classes. The annual competition ― a fundraiser for the […]

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