December 15, 2017

A Day of Equine Education!

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

“A Day of Equine Education”

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Great Speakers!
Group Riding Lessons
Private Lessons
Networking Opportunities!
Silent Auction

What is it?- An educational event with Speakers, Riding Demonstrations, Silent Auction, Vendors and Private Riding Lessons

Where Is It? PepperGlen Farms 3563 Pedley Ave. Norco, CA  92860.

Who Can Attend?- Anyone who loves horses!

Who can ride in the lessons & demonstrations? Riders must be at least 9 yrs old, bring your own horse & tack and be able to ride a walk, jog/trot and lope/canter.

How much does it cost?- Spectator Pre-sale tickets $40.00 w/lunch included. Children under 14 years $25.00. At the gate tickets $45.00/$30.00 no lunch. Riders are $25.00 per lesson or $110.00 all day in addition to spectator fee. Stalls $10.00-20.00 per day. Private lessons $25.00/30 min. Lunch tickets $8.00.

How do I sign up?- Spectators may purchase tickets at Search for “CHA Conference”. Pre-sale ends September 15, 2013 @ 6:00 pm or when sold out.

Riders must contact Cheryl R. Kronsberg directly. Rider spots and stalls must be paid in advance.

 For More Information-  714-693-4886    

Or to register-


“A Day of Equine Education”

Speaker and Demonstration Schedule

8:00 -8:30– Registration and Introductions.

       Silent Auction and Vendor Booths Open

Main Arena Riding Demonstrations-

8:30-9:30How to “Open the Doors” for Riding Success- Dallas McClemons- CHA Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

 9:45-10:45-“Sideways”-Teaching Sidepass and Pivot to riders and horses- Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg-CHA Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

11:00-12:00Canter/Lope- From first time to lead changes-  Christy Landwehr- CHA Chief Executive Officer, Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

12:00-1:00- Lunch- Included in pre-sale ticket price!

1:00-2:00Extension and Collection at all gaits- Theresa Kackert- CHA Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

2:15-3:15How to Conduct a Safer Trail Ride– Dallas McClemons- CHA Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

3:30- 4:30Riding Hunter Courses– Theresa Kackert- CHA Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

All Day-  Private lessons– Sign up with your favorite instructor. Only $25.00 for 30 minutes.

Lecture Area-

8:30-9:30–   What Would You Do?- An Interactive First-Aid Experience-  Dr. David Treser, DVM-

9:45-10:45How to Save $$ on Your Taxes- Rebecca Bambarger E.A

11:00-12:00– California’s Dual Agency Law in Horse Transactions- Lisa Lerch, Esq.    

12:00-1:00- Lunch- Included in pre-sale ticket price! Keynote speaker- Christy Landwehr- Certified Horsemanship Association C.E.O., Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

1:00-2:00Bits & Bitting Demystified- Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg- CHA Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

2:15-3:15Risk Management for All Equestrians- Christy Landwehr- CHA C.E.O.,  Master Instructor & Clinic Staff

3:30- 4:30How To Make Your Business Famous!- Suzi Carragher

4:30-5:00- Make your final silent auction bids!

5:00- Close Silent Auction & Award Trivia Contest Prizes

5:30- CHA Region 10 Meeting

For More Information-  714-693-4886    or

Or to register-

Tips for Safer Trail Riding

trail riding            Trail Ride! Many riders begin riding just for this activity. Trail riding provides a relaxing break from the day to day grind. It gets you out in nature, connects you with your horse and gives you time to spend with friends. However; problems can and do arise. Can you diminish the likelihood of issues and handle those that occur? With proper planning you can! Here are some simple steps you should take before, during and after every ride.

            Before you go– Dress the part- You’re not going to the beach, right? Long pants, sleeved shirt, riding boots and outerwear appropriate for the weather are a must. Everyone should also wear an ASTM/SEI approved equestrian helmet. Be sure to check the manufacture date on your helmets. All helmets should be replaced after 5 years of use. All helmets have the manufacture date printed on a tag inside the helmet lining. You may be surprised at just how old that helmet really is.

 Groom your horse- Groom your horse completely taking special care to check legs and hooves. Fly spray is also good idea.  If you are concerned about bugs, use an ear net or some gnat repellant in your horses ears. Horses can become downright dangerous when they are bugged by bugs.

 Check your tack- We use the same tack every day, but do you really take a good look at it?  Before you tack up, check the stitching and wear points- buckles, billets, latigo, girths/cinches – everywhere metal meets leather. Make sure the leather is not cracked or worn. These weaknesses could break if stressed. If you use Chicago screws, make sure they are tight. Check the pad for cleanliness. Built up dirt or hair can cause sores. Be sure the bit is clean, fits correctly and is properly placed in the horse’s mouth. If you are using leg or hoof boots, make sure they are clean, fit properly and are in good repair.  After you cinch up, run your hand under the girth to smooth the skin.

 What to bring- Most saddles are designed to hang things on. Saddle strings and dee rings just beg to be used. Therefore; every rider should carry with them a halter, lead rope, identification, emergency contact numbers  and a hoof pick. The designated lead rider should also carry a cell phone or walkie-talkie (carried on themselves not the saddle), first aid kits for both humans and horses and items for simple tack repair (baling twine, leather laces and a sharp knife) are always a good idea.  If you are going out for a long ride, perhaps a bottle of water and maybe a lunch or light snack. Don’t forget a collapsible bucket and a treat for your horse!

Leave a ride plan- This can be as simple as a note scrawled on the barn marker board or a detailed list with maps. Regardless of which method you use, always include some basic information such as- where you are going, how long you intend to be gone, who is going, what horses they are riding and a contact number.

            Mount up- Start in the arena- Before you put your foot in the stirrup, take your horse to an arena. Re-check your tack, tighten the girth and mount up. Complete your usual riding warm-up before you head out the gate. A little time spent in the arena will give you some insight into your horse’s mood that day. An arena warm-up will also prepare both horse and rider for the task ahead. If an issue does comes up, you will be much better equipped to deal with it here than on the side of the mountain or along a city street.

            During the ride- Plan your ride and ride your plan- Keep to your intended route. Be aware of any issues that may be present on the trail, such as mud or downed trees. Make sure all the horses and riders know how to handle them. As you ride along make sure to alert the riders behind you to hazards such as low tree limbs.  Proper spacing will keep anyone from being kicked, but make sure no one gets left too far behind. Many horses don’t like to be away from the herd and will cause problems for their riders if this situation occurs.

Watch out for the group- If any segment of the ride will be faster than walk, ensure that all riders can handle and are prepared for the changes.  The rider leader should announce how fast the change will be and for how long. It could go something like this- “Hey Riders! It’s almost time to canter! We are going to start cantering at that first tree up ahead and bring it back to walk at the top of the hill. Everyone ready? (wait for conformation) Ok, let’s canter!” The lead rider should do just that, lead, along with setting a nice controlled pace. No one should pass the leader. The drag rider should make sure all the riders are handling the change well and that no riders got left behind, either mounted or in the dirt!

Heading home- Always ride the final leg back to the barn at a walk. Horses are usually glad to return to the barn after a long ride. If you return at a fast gait, the horses may get overly excited and try to run off, causing a very dangerous situation for everyone. It can also teach your horse some bad habits and cause them to become barn sour.  Riding the last leg at a walk will allow your horse to cool down so he’ll be ready to un-tack when you arrive back at the barn.

            After the ride- You’re not quite finished yet. Dismount, loosen the girth/cinch and cool your horse out if he is still hot. Once your horse is cool, tie, un-tack and groom your horse. Make sure to check hooves for rocks or debris. If it’s a warm day, perhaps a bath is in order. Properly store your tack and put your horse back into his stall or pasture making sure he has plenty of fresh, clean water. Grab cool drinks for yourself and all your riding buddies, find a comfortable chair in the shade and reminisce about your great day!

Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg is a Certified Horsemanship Association Master Instructor and Clinic Instructor. Cheryl graduated from Rawhide Vocational College and Fullerton College. She is also an AQHA Professional Horsewoman. Cheryl has been teaching riding and horsemanship for over 30 years, training students from beginner up to world level competition. Currently she and her husband own and operate CRK Training Stable in Yorba Linda, CA. We welcome your comments and questions. Please feel free to share this article with your friends, but rights to publish this article are restricted. For more interesting articles from Cheryl go to


What’s A Riding Style?

Which Style of Riding Should You Choose?

            Riders new to my facility are given the choice between English and Western riding. After some discussion most choose to start Western.  A smaller number will choose English. An even smaller number will choose one style only to switch to the other. Does it make a difference? What is the difference between the styles?  How do you choose? Here is some information to help you make your decision.


            Western style riding originated with the Vaqueros from Mexico. The American cowboy made necessary adaptations to the style and created what is now know as the western riding style. Western saddles are large, heavy and have a deep, comfortable seat. The stirrups are attached to the saddle with wide, leather fenders that protect the riders leg from rubbing on the horse. These fenders lack mobility which helps keep the riders leg still. However; it also limits the riders ability to move their leg and puts leather between the rider and the horse which prevents easy cueing of the horse.  Most western riders sit, rather than post, the trot which is easier to learn if the horse moves slow and smoothly. Western riders also sit the lope rather than riding standing in a half-seat.  While this will take some practice, it can be easier to learn.              

Western disciplines range from the fairly simple to the very complex. Western Pleasure is usually learned in the beginning and allows the rider to master the basics of moving their horse forward in the walk, jog, and lope. Backing-up is necessary to compete in this event along with an extended trot. More advanced forms of Western Riding include-

Barrel Racing,


Trail riding,



and Western Dressage.

            All these forms are best learned after you have a good grasp on the basics such as: Lengthen and shorten the stride of all gaits, recognition of leads and a good seat without stirrups. 




            It should come as no surprise to learn that English style riding came from England. The British nobility used horses for basic transportation and for sport, such as fox hunting. The Hunt Seat saddle was designed to be lightweight and easy to move around in. The saddle has a shallow seat for ease of movement either forward or backwards,  padded knee rolls for stability and loosely hanging stirrup irons for mounting and ease of leg movement. The riders wear knee-high, tall boots to protect their legs from rubbing against the stirrup leathers or horse. Due to the short stirrup length and the overall size of most English horses, most riders will post the trot i.e. moving forward (standing up) out of the saddle and back (sitting down) with the horses movement. Often the canter is ridden partially out of the saddle as well. This is called the “half-seat”, which is not to be confused with the “two-point” which is the very forward, out of the saddle position used while jumping.  Because the rider is often not in contact with the saddle, English riding requires more athleticism and energy then Western Style .


            English disciplines range from the simple to the very complex also. English Pleasure is usually learned in the beginning and allows the rider to master the basics of moving their horse forward while steering in the walk, trot, and canter. Backing-up is necessary to compete in this event along with an extended trot.  More advanced forms of English riding include-

Hunters & Jumpers,                                                                                 Dressage,                             

Saddle Seat 

and Trail Riding

            While Saddle Seat is considered an English Discipline, it is very different from Hunt Seat Style. Saddle Seat style originated in the U.S. and is often used while riding American born gaited horses such as the Saddlebred, Tennessee Walking Horse or the National Show Horse. The basic Saddle Seat Saddle is still English but the seat is very flat and shallow. The stirrups are longer than Hunt Seat style, but the rider will post the trot, if the horse does indeed trot. (Many gaited horses do not have a true trot.) The Saddle Seat saddle does not have padded knee rolls because these saddles are not designed for jumping.

             No matter what style of riding your choose you will need time, patience, and practice before you and your horse can perform together. Whether that performance is at a national show or just in your own backyard. And remember just because you choose one style, there is always more to learn in this grand adventure we call Equestrian Sports. Perhaps later you will choose to learn another style also.  Enjoy The Ride!

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