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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 […]

Madden Top U.S. Cup Jumper


Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z recorded Germany’s fourth consecutive World Cup jumping championship May 1 at the Leipzig Exhibition Centre in Germany. Canada’s Eric Lamaze claimed the second-place prize, with the Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam notching third in a hard-fought contest that included two qualifiers, April 28-29, leading up to the May 1 Rolex/FEI World Cup […]

Ebeling 11th at World Cup Dressage

Winner Adelinde Cornelissen flanked by 2nd place Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein (left) and Ulla Salzgeber, 3rd. (Photo by Kit Houghton / FEI)

In Leipzig, Germany, a strong field of 15 riders from nine nations contested the Grand Prix Freestyle on April 30 to bring the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final to a close. The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen  and Jerich Parzival waltzed their way to victory to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Denmark’s Nathalie zu […]

Zettl Teams with Parellis for Dressage Training Online


Classical Dressage Master Walter Zettl is teaming with Natural Horsemanship gurus Linda and Pat Parelli to produce an instructional piece for Dressage Training Online. Zettl is a longtime coach for the Parellis, and regularly conducts private dressage clinics at their Ocala facility, where session were taped for the Dressage Training Online website. “Walter is a […]

Trails Manual a First for County


  The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is putting the finishing touches on its landmark Los Angeles County Trails Manual. The document, expected to be issued in late May, is the first cohesive blueprint for trails development that the county has put together, and is highly anticipated by members of the equestrian community. […]

Linda Allen’s Benchmark Program


From the early 1960s through the mid 1980s, the U.S. was a dominant force in the world of show jumping. Represented by a dynasty of equestrian elite including Frank Chapot, William Steinkraus, Mary Mairs Chapot, Kathy Kusner, Conrad Homfeld and Joe Fargis, our team won at every major venue in the world. What is often […]

L.A. Parks Ban on Biking Holds

Maggie's Trail Ride

In the battle over Los Angeles city park trails, equestrians and hikers won a narrow 11th-hour victory over recreational mountain bikers. A March 1 vote by the city council effectively put the future of the city trails back under the purview of the Department of Recreation and Parks rather than the Department of Transportation, which […]

The Return of Guenter Seidel


The annual Dressage Affaire is a favorite of riders and spectators alike, but this year’s event — March 10-13 at the Del Mar Horse Park — was special for another reason: It saw Guenter Seidel’s return to competition. The Cardiff resident and three-time Olympian sustained an “open-book” pelvic fracture in Germany last June while riding […]

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