Suburbia and horse country mix like an ongoing dream in Moorpark and Simi Valley
community can co-exist with an active equestrian population. Horses are for rural areas, after all, and not compatible with life in the suburbs. But these people have not been to the cities of Simi Valley and Moorpark, where suburbia happily meets horse country.
The towns of Simi Valley and Moorpark are located in the southernmost section of Ventura County, just outside the boundary of Los Angeles. Both towns are so close to L.A., in fact, they are considered bedroom communities. Home to commuters who brave the 101 Freeway each day on their way to the City of Angels, the neighborhoods of Simi and Moorpark provide a respite to these road weary travelers.
The most fortunate residents of Simi and Moorpark are the equestrians. Some keep their horses in backyard lots, usually attached to older homes. Larger, horse-friendly properties as these were once common throughout parts of Ventura and Los Angeles County. Others board their horses at one of the many commercial equestrian centers in that can be found in either city.
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Residents, equestrian groups help preserve equine-friendly atmosphere, small-town feel
RAMONA — Eastern San Diego County is a treasure trove of natural beauty. Oak trees, rolling hills and clear, blue skies greet those who venture from the coast into the foothills of the Laguna Mountains. For horse people, one of the great jewels of the hilly country of San Diego County is picturesque Ramona.
Equestrians combine a metro-country life in Southern California's Burbank area
An equestrian haven in the middle of the second-largest city in the country, Burbank offers residents a chance to live both a country lifestyle and an urban one, all at the same time.
One of the nation’s top horse organizations, Equestrian Trails, Inc., has its annual Championship Show and Convention in Los Angeles on July 26-28. The fun lasts all year long, though, with memories made on the trail and the arena.
As vacation nears, California's top riding camps prepare for this summer's experience. Here are some of the best!
Rawhide Ranch has been a Southern California camp tradition since 1963. Overnight one week or multi-week summer camp sessions are available, as well as a Winter Camp week. Week-long camps feature Western riding lessons, animal and horse science classes, animal care, vaulting lessons (gymnastics on horseback) and much more. The programs are great for beginners and are ACA and CHA accredited.
In addition to our week-long summer camp, special programs are offered throughout the year at Rawhide Ranch, including its “Girls-Only” Equestrian Experience Workshop, Spotlight Weekends and Family Camp. Three-day Camps are for school groups, and weekend programs for youth group are also available September through May. Call (760) 758-0083 for more information or to reserve your spot!
Bree Hokana adds reining title to Temecula family's successes
TEMECULA – Last year, when Bree Hokana had her goal in hand, it had been a long time coming.
After all, the 2010 American Quarter Horse Association High Point Youth Reining Championship is no quick achievement — it takes a year’s worth of competing across thousands of miles to earn the nation’s highest point total of all riders 18-under in the popular class. She committed to the goal after a monstrous 23-point showing on her SCF The Night Train at the Sun Circuit early last year, but the fire to win the nation may have kindled five years earlier. That’s when she watched her older sister, Brook, accept the same award at the AQHA Youth Banquet.
Spencer Rose Litwack has ridden a childhood passion for trick roping to the Cavalia center stage
BURBANK – Of all tricks Spencer Rose has done on horseback, she still remembers her first one in front of a crowd.
She was 12, and her folks were among parents gathered to watch their daughters as they revealed what they had learned during a week-long trick riding camp at the Riata Ranch in Exeter. The routines were simple, slow and very safe – but still quite challenging for a girl who had ridden for the first time that week.
Shadow Hills, CA
The smart horse owner will make his/her spouse No. 1 on Valentine’s Day, if only for the sake of harmony! Just think of the number of times one can get a free pass to the barn by being thoughtful when it counts.
I plan to show my horse LOVE this Valentines Day by making her a special bran mash with grated carrots and molasses and maybe I will add a drop or two of red food coloring!
San Clemente, CA
Clinics are great because you get to meet a lot of new people who are interested in the same thing you are. At the recent Reined Cow Horse Benefit Clinic for Grant Berg at Casner’s, it was good because there were several different trainers so you got insight from each one individually — Russell Dilday, Todd Crawford, Don Murphy and Jake Gorrell.
I think the most valuable thing I take away from a clinic is experiencing different perspectives, techniques, and exercises to incorporate into my daily riding routine. There are many wonderful teachers and so much helpful information readily available to us. Everyone should take advantage of the “clinic” opportunity. I like to go gather information from all disciplines and combine it into a program that works best for myself and my horses! By far my most memorable clinic I participated in was taught by Susie Hutchison. To most, she is known as a world-class hunter/jumper rider — but the knowledge she offers is diverse and crosses over into all disciplines. Best of al,l the lessons learned are lasting. It’s been an honor to learn from such a special horsewoman.