The latest news and opportunities to enjoy horse sports in and around Laguna Beach and Orange County, California.

Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park 2017 Season Schedule

Tentative Schedule for 2017 for the Rancho MIssion Viejo Riding Park is San Juan Capistrano. All equine sports events have free admission to the public. Absolutely beautiful grounds for a picnic or enjoy delicious concessions onsite. Check out the schedule here:...

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Volunteering to Spend Time with Horses

Hey - for horse lovers this is a great way to spend non-riding time with horses.  Here are two programs with great volunteer programs that are very rewarding:   Red Bucket Horse Rescue - Chino Hills In July of 2008, Susan Peirce found a starving thoroughbred...

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New Study Shows More Bedding = More Rest for Horses

We don't usually write about horsemanship since so many do, but this is a really interesting new study.  Below is a link to the article about the study that indicates that at least 4" of bedding over 150% of the area for a horse to sleep on will actually encourage...

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Group Discount Rates for Odysseo in Irvine

Yey!  We heard back from the lovely folks in Montreal with group pricing for Odysseo in Irvine and here it is below. If you want to organize a group of your friends to see this show, it's pretty much guaranteed to make an impression to last a lifetime.  If you have a...

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Orange County’s Top Venue for Viewing Horse Events

As many of you have read in our Facebook posts, the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano (the Riding Park) is Orange County's treasure of an Equestrian Riding park for shows and events. The Park also provides a fantastic space for outdoor events,...

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The Spectacular Horses of Odysseo Arrive in Irvine Feb 3

BUY TICKETS HERE.  On 2/27 some of us are sitting in the blue and gold seats in Row AA lower numbers (1-10) with dinner before at 6 p.m. at O fine Japanese Cuisine at 6731 Quail Hill Parkway. On 2/13 several have purchased VIP tickets with the fabulous barn tour, food...

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Holiday Sale at American Horse Products

Join fellow horse lovers at American Horse Products - our favorite local hitching post and neighborhood tack store (since we don't have our own in Laguna Beach) - for a fabulous holiday sale on Saturday, November 21, 2015.   A tack swap meet, open house with sale...

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Laguna Beach Riders Featured in USDF Newsletter Article

Laguna Beach equestrians Nicole Bhathal and Emily Baker participated in the annual Dressage Day at Nellie Gail Equestrian Center. This event was sponsored by teh South Orange County Pony Club and the local chapter of the United States Dressage Society.  Our...

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Preserve our Riding Park for the Olympics and the Future

If you spend any money in San Juan Capistrano at horse events or as an equestrian, please fill out this survey for the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition to help save our magnificent local riding park.  Not just for competitors but for spectators too!  One of...

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Huge News! Los Angeles Top Olympics Contender for US

This morning the press reports that Boston has dropped out as the United States entry for hosting the Olympics.  That means that Los Angeles is back to being the likely #1 choice for hosting the Olympic Games in 2024!  For us Horse Lovers, that is so incredibly...

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What is a School Master?

According to Horse Glossary definitions, ” The horses that dependably, quietly and obediently carry learning riders during lessons may be called school masters. Quite often these are older horses whose competition days are behind them. But their knowledge makes them...

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Dressage 101

Printable Version of Dressage 101 Dressage Dressage is a French word that means "training" and is an international equestrian sport sometimes referred to as "horse ballet." The purpose of dressage is to develop a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to...

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Jumping 101

Printable PDF Version of Page Rules of Show Jumping Horses and riders must jump a course of obstacles in a predetermined order created by a course designer. The courses consist of eight to fourteen jumps, and vary with each day of competition. Horses and riders must...

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Scholarships for Equestrians Graduating from High School

June 29, 2015 Deadline Reminder for New Scholarship From the USEF Communications Department Applications are due on July 1 for a new scholarship available to high school seniors who graduated this spring and will continue their equestrian careers in college in the...

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Horse Training Challenge Helps Mustangs Find Homes

By LBHL Member Mike Wallace Thanks to Mike for reporting to us on this amazing event! My wife, Debra and I were fortunate to get the opportunity to attend this year’s Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) in “Horsetown U.S.A.”, otherwise known as Norco, CA on May 16th. The...

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E-Mail is Now Working

Hi there - We had some issues with our e-mail servers in the last week. If you sent us an e-mail in the last 10 days, we probably didn't get it. Please contact us again. We really want to hear from you! info@lagunabeachhorselovers.com   Apologies for the...

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American Pharoah First Triple Crown Winner in 37 Years!

In a wire to wire winning position, American Pharoah (AP) took racing fans to new heights with his amazing stride and confident win.  An exhuberant jockey, Victor Espinoza said he felt he had a winner under him after the first curve.  What a race!!!!!  Watch this...

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Pony Clubs Near Laguna Beach

Have a child who loves horses but not in the market for a horse? The US Pony Club is the answer - our largest equine youth organization.  Southern California's top riders  such as Elizabeth "Beth" Ball have started in Pony Club along with their other horse loving...

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NBC Steams Kentucky Derby May 1 and 2!

Tune into the Kentucky Derby on NBC Live by clicking here. Here is some background on the horses in the running.  Enjoy! If you are looking for recipes and local viewing parties - see our Facebook page....

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CBS Broadcasts FEI World Cup on April 25th!!!

CBS Sports Network to Broadcast 2015 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas   Las Vegas, Nevada - April 23, 2015 - The 2015 FEI World Cup? Finals, featuring the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final and the LONGINES FEI World CupTM Jumping Final, held April 15-19 in Las...

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World Cup Starts Training Day Hosts Large Crowd

The world’s best horses and riders set to compete at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final took advantage of the schooling session held in the main arena on Wednesday afternoon, which gave them the opportunity to acclimate their horses to the atmosphere and...

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Discount FEI World Cup Tickets

The tickets for the World Cup can be pricey - especially if you want a VIP seat.  But here is a site offering tickets at up to 30% off! DISCOUNT FEI WORLD CUP TICKETS The dressage musical freestyle finals are Saturday at...

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Our Friends Rosie and Steffen Peters Post Big Win

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - Even though Steffen Peters' young star Rosamunde performed a Grand Prix Freestyle for the first time on Saturday, she looked like a seasoned veteran on her way to earning the unanimous win under all five FEI judges with an impressive final...

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March 24-29 Horse Shows at RMV Riding Park

Here are the show times for the upcoming shows at the RMV Riding Park. Thursday, Friday and Saturday - a dressage show and a jumping show running simultaneously! ADMISSION AND PARKING IS FREE! CONCESSIONS ONSITE - MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME! Festival of the...

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Peters & “Rosie” Win Grand Prix Special

by Jennifer M. Keeler SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - While diners savored a luxurious brunch and looked on from the comfort of ringside seating in the California Dreaming Productions VIP tent, two of America's veteran Team members guided promising young mounts to FEI wins...

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Hey – We’re on Facebook too!

We've just added a Facebook page!  Like us and share your favorite horse news and information with us. Special thanks to master photographer Lia Segerblom for sharing her some of her stunning equine portraits with...

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March 21st Tour Featured in Laguna Beach Press

Our local press outlets have been wonderful about covering our upcoming BACKSTAGE TOUR of the Horse Shows on Saturday, March 21st.  See the links to the articles below. Laguna Beach Independent Coastline Pilot Stu News Laguna  ...

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Nicole Bhathal – Award-Winning Laguna Beach Dressage Rider

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 – LAGUNA BEACH, CA -- It’s a sunny day in winter when Laguna Beach resident and award-winning equestrian, Nicole Bhathal arrives at the stable. Immaculate horses and riders practice crisp, geometric patterns surrounded by a low white arena fence and...

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EXCLUSIVE “BACKSTAGE AT THE HORSE SHOW” TOUR

This event was an amazing success for our first outing. Suprised us all! Thank you to the many people who helped make it possible including Nicole Bhathal and Sir Cedrik H, Mellissa Brandes, Glenda McElroy, Robert and Hillary Ridland, Erin Heintel, Steffen Peters and...

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FREE Horse Show Tour Scheduled — Sat Afternoon, March 21

 Perfect event for the whole family! Laguna Beach residents and their friends are invited for a FREE backstage tour of the international dressage and jumping competition at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. We'll tour of the barn and arenas...

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