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International eventers vie at Galway March 28-31

From Horsetrader sales staff - March 7th, 2013 - Ingate Column

The Galway Downs International Horse Trials will welcome top-level riders & horses from the United States, Canada & other countries, on March 28th-31st at the Galway Downs Equestrian Center. Riders will be competing in three international divisions—the CIC3*, the CIC2* and the CIC1*. Each of the more than 60 horses expected to start will perform in dressage on Friday morning & then negotiate the demanding show jumping course in the late afternoon. Then, on Saturday afternoon, they’ll gallop over the more than 30 jumps on the cross-country course designed by Ian Stark of Great Britain, the Galway Downs course designer since 2007. General admission for the event is only $10 per day in advance, $12 at the gate, with children under 12 free when accompanied by a paying adult. Patron’s passes—which include seating in the ringside tent, lunch & a full selection of beverages—are also available for $55 per day or $150 for the weekend in advance. See the ad on page 77, and for advance reservations, go to www.galwaydowns.com.

The town of Apple Valley will host a Low Cost Equine Vaccine and Dental Clinic, on Saturday, March 16, at the Horseman’s Center. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dr. Jacob Johnson, DVM of Mojave River Equine Veterinary Service will be giving vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, he will be handling dental procedures from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required for dental procedures, so call (760) 247-4024 or see the ad on page 50 for more information.

No breeches required! Interest is surging in Western Dressage, which can help a rider improve a horse’s balance, cadence and carriage. Join champion rider and trainer Robin Bond on April 5-7 for a Western Dressage Clinic in Norco at Rancho Santiago. Presented by the California State Horsemen’s Association, this clinic will cover a lot of ground in three days, including the principles of Western Dressage: gaits, impulsion, submission, rider’s position and seat. Come learn the techniques that Bond applies each time she enters the competition arena. Space is limited, so call early to reserve your spot! Auditors are welcome. Contact Liza Rogers at (951) 582-0003 or liza.rogers@sbcglobal.net, or see the ad on page 78 for more info.

Want to bring your horsemanship to the next level? Learn what it takes to get you there! Join Sheryl Lynde, a John Lyons certified trainer, for a three-day Confidence Clinic on April 5-7 in the dramatic background of Pioneer Town. Cost is $450, and reservations are now being taken. For more info, call Sheryl at (760) 285-0160 or see the ad on page 22.

A Willing Way Horsemanship is proudly sponsoring the Buck Brannaman Horsemanship Clinic, scheduled April 12-15 at the beautiful Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria. Mr. Brannaman is a world-renowned natural horsemanship trainer whose philosophy of working with horses is based on the idea of working with the horse’s nature and using an understanding of how horses think. Topics will include Foundation Horsemanship and Horsemanship I. Spectators are welcome, and there will be a Saturday evening barbeque. For more info, please contact Frankee Fullilove at (805) 643-2555.

Join Raye Lochert Horsemanship, in conjunction with EquestriSafe, on April 6-7 for a Horsemanship Clinic at Vincent Hill Arena in Acton. The clinic will cover building confidence, problem solving, foundation training and colt starting. In the vast sea of horsemanship clinicians, Raye is considered one of the most accessible teachers with an approachable style that truly sets him apart. Raye relays information in a way that makes sense and feels safe to everyone. His intense desire to help people achieve clear and consistent communication with their horses creates a much higher degree of learning with his clients. No problem is too small and no question is silly! To register for your spot, call (707) 570-2470. For more info, see the ad on page 16, or call Teresa at (818) 269-8505.

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