The University of California – Davis Annual Production Sale coming on June 18 will include weanlings, yearlings, 2-year olds and several broodmares that have been worked with and trained by the program’s foal managers. They have been trained for parades, the farrier, hot walker, round pen, clippers — and even saddle-broke. Folks in the program like to emphasize that their yearlings “are better trained than most people’s 3-year olds!” Whether you are looking for a Quarter Horse or an Azteca, the UC Davis Horse Barn is a great source. As always, “the proof is in the progeny!”
Next month’s Western States Horse Expo June 10-12 at Cal Expo in Sacramento will offer “HorseMax: The new way to buy a horse.” For a flat $400 fee, sellers will receive a 10×10 stall for four days at the Expo (including three bags of shavings), scheduled access to arenas on-site for test rides, on-site prepurchase vet exams availability, three three-day parking passes, plus back-stage off-hour access to the Expo. All sales are private party, with no commissioned sales. Plus, HorseMax sellers get a California Horsetrader/Horsetrader.com account to place ads that appear both in print — in the California Horsetrader and the Official Horse Expo Program — as well as on Horsetrader.com. Call to sign up or get more info: 800-352-2411.
The Equine Health & Pleasure Fair, sponsored by the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC), is Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orcas Park Equestrian Center. The entire community and equestrian friends are invited to share in this FREE, fun-filled event by riding on the trails at Hansen Dam, then continuing on your horse to the Fair! There will be lots of vendors, including L.A. Animal Services for micro-chipping/licensing of horses and dogs, horse-and-rider bling, BLM and other horse rescues, farriers and vets, various equine products, info booths from various equine-based organizations, political candidate booths, free food and drinks, free pony rides for the kids — and much more!
It’s here! Don your breeches and English attire for the Ninth Annual Broken Horn ALL ENGLISH SALE April 23-24. In so doing, you’ll be eligible for hundreds of free hourly prizes during this spectacular weekend. Everything English will be 10 to 50 percent off (some restriction apply). If you’re in need of Kastel sun shirts, you’ll find select styles on sale for $49.99. All English riding boots are up to 20 percent off, select hunt coats are 20 to 50 percent off, Ariat denim breeches are on sale, as are half-chaps, EOUS saddle pads, select Ovation helmets — and much more! In need of an English saddle? Check in-store for Broken Horn’s “Gift certificate for sales tax” special for all the details. You won’t want to miss this once-a-year opportunity on everything English at Broken Horn, your equestrian super store. Call 626-337-4266 or visit www.brokenhornsaddlery.com.
Wylene Wilson-Davis is coming to Rolling Horse Ranch in Ramona on April 16-17, 2016. Wylene is the most recent winner of Mustang Magic, a two-time winner of Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, and has been featured in Wild Horse, Wild Ride. She also has been in the 2014 three part miniseries, Mustang Millionaire for NatGeo Wild. Known for making quick and lasting changes for you and your horse, Wylene will provide lessons on how to ride, trust and communicate confidently with your horse, as well as how to create a safe partnership in both normal and “extreme” circumstances. She invites you to come, watch and learn, then leave with a more confident relationship between you and your horse! The clinic runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and costs $400 for two days, $30 per day for auditors. For more info, contact Ellen at email@example.com or 760-419-6768.
A few spots remain unfilled, but they aren’t expected to remain that way long for the Buck Brannaman clinic in the Los Angeles area April 1-4 at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lake View Terrace. Brannaman will be offering two classes: Foundation from 9 a.m. to noon, and Horsemanship 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. To bnook your spot in the clinic, call Sally at (323) 662-8085, and see the ad on page 62. Spectators are welcome to watch this remarkable teacher at work, and no reservations are necessary for that. More info is also available on the trainer’s website.
Fiesta Charity Horse Show and Spectacular is dedicated to raising awareness and much needed funds for cancer research in order to help find a cure for this disease and give people long lives, as well as to honor our nation’s military families. Many local and national organizations have benefitted from funds raised through Fiesta, including the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Fiesta brings together the special healing power of horses and people.
Colt Starting Challenge USA is coming to Norco on Feb. 26-27! Horse lovers will enjoy the Challenge in Horsetown USA. Competitions match young horses that have limited handling or never been saddled nor bridled, with great horsemen and horsewomen to train them. Russell and Cristy Beatty founded the Colt Starting Challenge USA which takes place over two days and showcases some of the best trainers in the country. By the time the contest concludes on the second day, trainers will take their horses through a series of challenges to show just how far the animals have come in a short time frame. The trainers use Natural Horsemanship techniques, which utilize each animal’s natural instincts. Each trainer receives markings by judges to decide the winners of each competition. This isn’t the old-school style of breaking horses to work under a saddle, where cowboys would saddle a young horse, then ride through the bucking and kicking in order to teach the animal to work. Natural horsemanship allows each horse the opportunity to understand its surroundings while gaining confidence. That’s what makes it exciting, not only for the contestants but also horse owners and those viewing from the audience. For more information, see the ad on page 29. To register your horse, call (808) 269-3408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is visit www.ColtStartingChallengeUSA.com.
Two Southern California Arabian Horse clubs merged as of Jan. 1 this year, forming a new club, the San Diego Arabian Horse Association. The two organizations that came together, the Desert Arabian Horse Association and the Tierra Del Norte Arabian Horse Association, actually are two branches of the same tree. Tierra Del Norte formed in 1976 when it split from DAHA, which began in 1950.
Former TDNAHA President Theresa Oakley is President of the San Diego AHA, which will meet on the second Monday each month in Escondido. “Our club’s main charter is to promote the Arabian Horse in our local community,” said Oakley. “Our efforts will be focused on introducing the Arabian horse to our community through new ideas that may include one-day Class A shows, supporting local all-breed community shows, and trail rides. We look forward to promoting the Arabian Horse in our community and welcome ideas.”
In less than a month, turnstiles at the Fairplex in Pomona will be spinning with attendees at the 2016 Horse Expo Pomona, eager to experience what looks to be the best line-up of clinicians yet to the L.A. County venue. Here’s the line-up:
Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli, Richard Winters, Eitan Beth-Halchmy, Jonathan Field, Craig Cameron, Charles Wilhelm and Brandi Lyons. The non-headliner favorites will include Gary Lane, Bonnie Davis, Robert Eversole, Mary Kitzmiller, Laura Batts, Nancy Loving, DVM, and Heidi McLaughlin. The updated list of clinicians and also vendors is on horseexpoevents.com, and you can make your own “Don’t Miss List!” already using the cool mobile/web feature provided by horsetrader.com! The 2016 Horse Expo Pomona will take place Feb. 5-7. See ad on page 33!