Friday, July 10, 2015

The day of letter News on the live phone of a Cool sole to spread the growth of language to lathe,
in that work of the Had lunch on the Tee post of the Wire is an Eclectic found by the rising Sun,
so the bright Walk to waltz Mi with a Song and a hug from the Stair of the lilt to Painted Horses,
as the Hand Print to that dressage or is the Text of life speaking the Wares!!

So great to be with a Feeling that gallops the Information as the breath of Wealth to be a bit,
for the Curb on the saddle is of the girth at a Bridle to the Tongue of communication : Noteworthy,
an Eclair in that box of Sees to not fall prey to the Topper of introduction that is in Normally uncomfortable.

To be that carriage of a Known is the relaxing Park that I sound the love to a particular dear brave,
on the Write to a difference it is Each and Every sole that Counts the dial as Success,
in the fold of the Card to know the Full Deck,
this is the moment that My Grandfather would a Door more than I could land.

On Any given Sun Day the Clouds are of the Picture proof that Reins have hands,
in that is the performance to Some but on the bearings of reality it is the grasp of the Bands,
thunder for the count to lightening,
a creek in the fill on the path touching a Mountain with Snow melt in with a Spring,
on that is the Knowing of the rivers and the oceans as invitation always a surprise from the Sky!!

Yet on the Map of the Nature to be of Wealth of Sir Prized its the Wonder of the call on stride,
to be that Won number to embrace the Warm settle brings a Bravado to this simple stand,
as the Horse is of that barn in the Memory snore and that is Only known to the specific that dawn`d Me,
for the drive and the harbor I gallant a simplicity that speaks to encourage the rafter of a phenomenal success to Ton.

For the love of Man!!



Succulent Foods

     The good feeder should be constantly on the look-out for something succulent, i.e. green or juicy, to add to the pony's feed.  Such makes the feed more appetising, gives bulk, provides variety, and in part satisfies the natural craving for grass.  Scientifically also, there are strong arguments for doing this, related to the valuable vitamin contents such articles possess.

     Green food, such as grass, lucerne, etc. should be readily obtain-able in summer, and every effort should be made to provide an allowance.  These may be fed either in a hay net or chaffed up with the hay and added to the feed.

     Carrots are a particularly acceptable article of diet during the winter months as well as being highly nutritious.  Some ponies relish swedes, mangels, turnips, beetroots, or parsnips also.  To feed these roots first scrub well under a running tap, which for this purpose may be the warm water tap.  Then slice from top to bottom into long "fingers" and mix with the feed.  Square or round pieces of root must not be fed as they are liable to become lodged in the throat and so choke the pony.  Begin by feeding 1 lb. a day and increase to 2 lb. or even more when the pony is accustomed to them.

     Salt in small a quantities is a necessary addition to a horse's feed.  It may be provided either in the form of a "salt lick" in a special container fixed to the wall of the stable ; as a lump of "rock salt" kept in the manger, or a teaspoonful of table salt added to the feed once daily.  Either of the first two methods are preferable, the pony being able to lick when he feels he requires salt.

How to feed

     The whole of the feeding arrangements must be so planned that they comply with the nine rules of good feeding which have already been given.


     It is necessary in the first place to decide how much food the pony requires.  This depends upon a variety of circumstances, particularly the conditions under which he is kept, namely: whether stabled or at grass ; the amount of work he is doing (Rule 3) ; and the items that are available for use (Rule 7).  Provision must, in any case, be made for the pony to receive an adequate amount of bulk fodder daily (Rule 2).

     Having decided this point, the next step is to work out a daily programme that will fit in with the work the pony has to do (Rule 1) and the owner's other duties.  This programme must be so arranged that the pony is fed several times in the course of the day and at the same times each day (Rule 5), or has access to grazing so that he feeds himself (Rule 2).*

     The programme should also give due consideration to the following two points : it takes a pony twenty minutes to eat a full corn feed, and one and a half hours in which to digest it.  If the pony is to be fed before work, then he must be fed one and a half hours before he goes out, or alternatively only a small feed offered.  Secondly it takes a pony two hours in which to eat 8 lb. of hay.  The bulk of the hay ration is thus best given on return from work, i.e. if a pony works in the morning then the hay feed should be given at mid-day when he is at leisure to eat it quietly.  For the same reason the largest portion of the hay ration is always given at night when the horse has several hours in which to consume and digest it.

     Specimen feed programmes are given on pages 192 to 194.

     Feeding corn.  Make up the feed, mix it and take it to the pony.  A special container is necessary, a "corn sieve", a shallow open circular tray with a basket-work base, is properly used for this purpose, but a plastic basin or a galvanised iron pail answers almost equally well.  The required quantity of ats is placed in the receptacle using a scoop or measure of known capacity.  Pony


cubes and bran are then added if desired, followed by four large handfuls of chaff with carrots or other additions as may be available.  The whole is then damped very slightly with water, mixed well, carried to the pony and tipped into the manager.  The pony must then be left undisturbed.

     The procedure is the same for ponies at grass in receipt of a corn allowance.  The feed is tipped into a feed tin or a feed box placed on the ground in some convenient spot (see figures 53A and 53B).  Much jealousy is exhibited when ponies are taking their corn feed and it is important, therefore, that there shall be one feed tin for every pony in the field : that all shall be fed at the same time and that the feed tins be spaced well apart.





     Mangers, feed tins or feed boxes require periodical scrubbing out and airing.

     Wasteful feeders, that is to say ponies which throw their feed out of the manger, may be defeated in one of the following ways : bars fitted across the manger at both ends ; feed from a nosebag.

     Feeding hay.  Hay may be fed from specially provided hay racks, either at manger level or eye level.  The former are preferable and the latter objectionable in that they necessitate the horse feeding at an unnatural height and that hay seed and dust tend to fall into the eyes or the hollow above the eyes.  Today, however, the favoured method of hay feeding is to utilise hay nets for the purpose, the popularity of which is due solely to their merits.

     The following are among their many advantages : Waste is avoided.  Soiling is prevented as the hay is not trampled under foot.  Digestion is aided as the horse can only secure a limited amount at a time.  Dust and seeds fall through to the ground.  They act as a measure.  They are cheap, long-lasting, easily filled and easily transported.  They are eminently suited to girl grooms, who dislike the practice common to men of carrying hay on a pitchfork over-head.  They are equally suited to indoor or outdoor use or during road or rail transportation.

     Hay nets should be secured clear of the ground so that when empty the ends are not trodden on.  A form of easily released know should be employed ( figure 54).

     For stable use the hay net is best secured to the short-rack ring.  In the open they may be tied to the supporting poles of the fence, a different place being chosen each day to avoid "poaching" of the ground.  Here again one net must be provided for each pony in the field and these hung well apart from one another.


     Hay nets vary greatly in size and hence in the amount of hay which they contain, which again is affected by the quality of the hay used and the extent to which it is shaken up first.  It is a wise plan to fill and weigh nets from time to time to obviate any risk of short feeding.

FIGURE 54.  Professional training required to tieing up a hay net correctly.

     Chaff or chop.  The hay alone or together with a small proportion of oat straw and any green food available is passed through a "chaff cutter" and then fed with the corn feed.  Such adds bulk to the oat feed, ensures slower feeding and better mastication and prevents bolting the food.  Chaff cutters form part of the equipment of all high-class stables.

     Chaff feeding has, however, somewhat gone out of fashion, partly because few small stables possess a chaff cutter and partly because of the heavy work involved in working the machine.  The purchase of chaff ready cut from a corn merchant is unsatisfactory since little control can be exercised as to the quality of the hay used.  Bulk can be afforded in other ways such as the inclusion of bran instead.


     The term chaff indicating "chopped hay" must not be confused with the same name applied to the oat glumes resulting in the winnowing of corn.

Feeding in camp

     The feeding of ponies in camp is fully dealt with in the Pony Club publication "Camping for The Pony Club".

Storage of forage

     If forage is stored in the stable it readily becomes contaminated and soiled.  A special forage store ought to be set aside for the purpose.  Oats in particular require safeguarding for many a good horse has been lost through getting loose at night and gaining access to the oat supply.  Oats should be stored in special bins that afford protection against vermin and which are provided with a lid sufficiently heavy to prevent a horse raising it.

Illustrations not to Book Schematics

The Manual of 

of  the  British  Horse  Society  and 
the  Pony  Club

1ST EDITION    .   1950
2ND EDITION    .   1954
3RD EDITION   .   1956
4TH EDITION    .   1959
REPRINTED     .   1960
5TH EDITION  .    1961
REPRINTED    .    1962
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REPRINTED    .    1964
6TH EDITION  .    1966
REPRINTED     .     1967
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REPRINTED    .      1969
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REPRINTED    .     1970
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T H E   B R I T I S H   H O R S E  S O C I E T Y




This, the sixth, edition has been considerably revised and is recommended for use by members of the British Horse Society, the Pony Club, the Riding Clubs and by other associated organisations.

     It covers, with "Training the Young Horse and Pony," the entire syllabus of the Pony Club and has the aim of laying the foundations for good, basic and effective horsemanship which can later be developed, as desired, into more specialised forms of riding.  It is also applicable to those of more mature age.

     It is based on the fundamental principles and practices of horsemanship which have stood the test of time; at the same time it follows modern thinking on equitation and training.

     Because it is the recognised official Manual of the Pony Club it is not considered necessary to substitute the word "horse" for "pony" in all sections where either word is equally applicable.

     Instructors are recommended to read "Training the Young Horse and Pony" and "The Instructors Handbook" in conjuction with this Manual.

     The Pony Club and Riding Club Tests and the B.H.S. Instruc-tors Examination are based on these books.


The British Horse Society makes acknowledgement to Educational Productions Ltd. for permission to reproduce illustrations by Joan Wanklyn from the book "Riding" by Mrs. V. D. S. Williams, and to Moss Bros. of Covent Garden and Geo. Parker & Sons, for the loan of bits illustrated on pages 29 and 30.


Arrangement of this book.

     The book is divided into three parts dealing with Equitation, Saddlery and Horsemastership.

      Part I deals primarily with riding, the position of the rider and control of the horse or pony.

     There follow two appendices about elementary dressage.  Appendix I describes a system of training and Appendix II contains definitions of the various terms and movements.  The appendices deal with more advanced riding and movements than the earlier sections of the book.

     Part II deals with the fitting as well as with the care and cleaning of saddlery.  It also describes            how to put on and take off a saddle and bridle.

     Part III includes the handling and care of horses and ponies at grass and in stables;  also veterinary      notes, the identification of horses and ponies and road transport.

     The training of young horses and ponies is dealt with in a separate book "Training the Young Horse and Pony", also published by The British Horse Society.

     An index will be found at the end of the book.

Note from self

For an Active Partner relationship please contact Brian & Lisa Sabo whom I knew personally when I lived in San Miguel, California. I enthusiastically recommend Brian & Lisa Sabo as I always had a wonderful time while learning a tremendous amount at their Facility in Paso Robles.  The clinics that I attended were not only instructive but embraced 'guidance' and 'structure' and 'patience' along with a great team work between both Brian and Lisa which could be felt as it was like they were "Hugging The Horse and The Rider" with their dedication to The Sport.


Lisa Sabo riding her 'Dressage test' ~ this is the First phase of a Three-Day Event

Phase 1: Dressage

The first test of horse and rider involves a series of prescribed classical movements performed on the flat in an enclosed arena. The judges look for a supple, balanced, and lively yet relaxed ride. As in figure skating, both precision of individual movements and overall impression enter into the scoring formula.

**Lisa Sabo On Course ~ This is  called Cross-Country ~ the Second phase of a Three-Day Event

Phase 2: Cross Country

Eventing’s best-known phase, this crucial second test is the heart of the sport. Horse and rider gallop over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. The rider may inspect the course beforehand, but the horse leaves the starting box not knowing what lies ahead. This discipline demands absolute trust between horse and rider.

Lisa Sabo on Course ~ This is called Stadium Jumping ~ the Third phase of a Three-Day Event

Phase 3: Show Jumping

In this phase, horse and rider jump a series of painted fences in an enclosed arena. Show jumping tests the obedience and suppleness of the horse and demonstrates that sufficient stamina and fitness still remain after the strenuous demands of cross-country. This phase completes the breadth of testing in the eventing triathlon.

Newport Mesa Riding Center

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ~Winston Churchill
Brian and Lisa Sabo have been top level competitors and coaches for over 40 years.  Riding and training through the Olympic level.  Over the last several years they felt the Orange County area did not have a program that developed riders in a classical method.  So Brian and Lisa started the Newport Mesa Riding Center and the Newport Mesa Pony Club.
The “Sabo System” is the foundation of excellent horseback riding and learning to ride correctly thorough a step by step system.  We teach the essential basics of riding and horsemanship in a consistent manner.
Horsemanship is both a physical and mental language, and everyone learns in a different way, so a variety of methods are utilized to develop the communication from trainer to student and then from student to horse.
Whether it’s a child starting out, to the Advanced level competitor,  Newport Mesa Riding Center offers high quality horseback riding lessons.    Lessons include riders of the same skill level – the whole family is invited to watch and enjoy the atmosphere. Our supportive environment emphasizes sportsmanship and fun. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us at 949.244.8615.

Brian Sabo ~ Looks like he is riding Cross-Country (phase 2) or quite possible 'Roads&Tracks' judging by the 'penny' he is wearing.
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Newport Mesa Riding Center Lessons

The Riding Center Program is a perfect way to start horseback riding. Our focus on equitation is the foundation of excellent riding.  The instructors teaching the Sabo System can take a rider from a beginner to advanced level, all ages welcome.    Our focus on horsemanship will help the riders become well rounded horseman.  We have school horses available for lessons and lease. We have excellent, friendly and knowledgeable instructors.
Introductory Lessson:  Your first horseback riding lesson at Newport Mesa Riding Center will be a private lesson. This lesson is an opportunity to introduce you to our program and allow us to assess your current skill level. Afterward, we will discuss your goals in order to develop a program to best suit your needs. The Introductory Lesson is $60.00. 
What will you need on your first day? You should wear long pants and a boot with a heel (no high heels!) We have boots available it you need them.  We have riding helmets available but you are welcome to bring your own if it is an ATSM/SEI approved helmet. Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. We ask you to please advise us of any physical limitations that may affect your ability to ride.
Please give a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel a lesson. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 949-244-8615.
Location: Orange County Fairgrounds Equestrian Center, 905 Arlington Ave., Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626.  Gate 9, pull up NEXT to gate and it will open, park on right, walk to Barn J and K.
For Information: Lisa Sabo 949.244.8615

Brian & Lisa Sabo in each others arms!!
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Calendar of Clinics and Events

 2015 Sabo Eventing Calendar
Feb 14 – IEL Dressage Show in San Juan.
Feb 15 – Galway Downs One Day Cross Country Schooling
Feb 15 – NMPC D1 Prep Clinic @ 12:00 to 2:00 pm with Melissa Jaffe, cost $10
Feb 21 & 22, 2015 – Copper Meadow CC Schooling and One Day Event
Feb 27, 28 and March 1, 2015 – Twin River HT Intro to Advance
February 28th 2:00 to 4:00 pm – NMPC Horsemanship Class with Joanna Ritchie – $20
March 1st at OC Fairgrounds D1  test  -
Mar 7, 2015 – NMPC  So Cal Pony Club Region Quiz Rally
Mar 13, 14 & 15, 2015 – Copper Meadows HT Intro to Advance
March 22 – So Cal Region Dressage Rally
Mar 27, 28 & 29 2015 – Galway International Event Novice to Advance
Apr 4, 2015 – NMPC Rating D2 to C2.
Apr 10, 11 & 12, 2015 – Twin River International BN to advance
*Apr 18 & 19, 2015 – Copper Meadow CC Schooling and One Day Event
Apr 24, 25 & 26 2015 – Fresno HT BN to Intermediate
*May 7, 8 & 9, 2015 – Galway HT and Dressage Show - So Cal Regional Qualifying Rally – IMPORTANT for Pony Clubbers
May 16 & 17 2015 – Copper Meadow CC Schooling and One Day Event
May 23, 24 & 25, 2015 – Woodside HT BN to Advance
Jun 5, 6 & 7, 2015 – Copper Meadows HT Intro to Advance
Jun 19, 20 & 21, 2015 – Shepherd Ranch HT Intro to Preliminary
Jun 27 & 28 2015 – Copper Meadow CC Schooling and One Day Event
Jul 3, 4 & 5 2015 – Camelot HT BN to Preliminary
Jul 10, 11 & 12, 2015 – Coconino HT Intro to Preliminary
Jul 16, 17 & 18, 2015 – Coconino HT Intro to Preliminary
Jul 24, 25 & 26, 2015 – Rebecca Farms Event in Montana
Aug 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2015 – Pony Club West Coast Championships in Woodside
Aug 15 & 16, 2015 – Copper Meadow CC Schooling and One Day Event
Aug 21, 22 & 23, 2015 – Shepherd Ranch HT
Aug 28, 29 & 30, 2015 – Woodland Station HT in Northern California
Sep 4, 5 & 6, 2015 – Copper Meadows HT Intro to Advance
Thu Sep 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2015 – Twin Rivers HT Intro to Advance
Oct 2, 3 & 4, 2015 – Woodside HT Intro to Advance
Oct 9, 10 & 11, 2015 – So Cal Region Eventing Rally at Fallbrook
Oct 16, 17 & 18, 2015 – Fresno HT Intro to Advance
Oct 24 & 25, 2015 – Copper Meadow CC Schooling and One Day Event
Thu Oct 29, 30, 31 & Nov 1, 2015 – Galway Downs International HT Novice to 3*
Nov 7 & 8, 2015 – PC Standards/Ratings Clinic and Annual Banquet
Nov 13, 14, & 15, 2015 – Fresno HT Intro to Intermediate
Nov 21 & 22, 2015 – Copper Meadow CC Schooling and One Day Event
2015 Camp Dates:
Winter Break: February 16 – 20
Spring Break: April 6 – 10
Summer Camps:
July 6 – 10, July 13 – 17, July 20 – 24, July 27 – 31, August 10 – 14, August 17 – 21
Run Fast, Jump High, Lisa
Horse Trials:  If you are not yet ready to ride at these Events, come, watch and learn about Eventing!!!! If you volunteer you will learn a lot and receive a schooling certificate worth $50 to $100.  I will be sending emails with information about how to volunteer.
Copper Meadows: On Saturday a Look B4 You Leap are cross country clinics at Copper Meadows with Lisa Sabo, then on Sunday we participate in the schooling One Day Event.  The Event will include a dressage test, show jumping and a modified cross country.  This is a fantastic introduction to Eventing.   We will be attending these events as we have the numbers.
Pony Club Dates: If you are in NMPC and want to attend please RSVP to me ASAP.
Spring and Summer Horse Camps – see camp page.
Brian Sabo Clinics – contact Brian Sabo
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Brian Sabo!! Looks like a Clinic or an actual Event that or where Brian Sabo is discussing 'The Course' to be Jumped by his Students
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Sabo Eventing ~ Our Mission

The core purpose of Sabo Eventing is to educate and inspire riders to become better horsemen.  Our emphasis on horsemanship will include a high regard for the general welfare of horses.
Sabo Eventing will be a resource for education, safety, horse welfare, training and information.
Sabo Eventing teaches essential training principles for riders and horses, drawn from time-tested sources and from experience with today’s competition challenges. At Sabo Eventing understanding why something works and the steps to achieve that understanding are critical parts of our program.
Sabo Eventing will provide access to the materials, facilities and mentorship opportunities that present these training principles in a developmental sequence.
Sabo Eventing will provide coaching and competitive experiences to riders at the highest level.
Sabo Eventing will provide an atmosphere of professional openness and support to all riders so that on-going sharing and learning are facilitated.
Sabo Eventing will positively impact horses and peoples’ lives by providing encouragement, support, training opportunities, and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values through the sport of Eventing.
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Brian & Lisa Sabo in pictures you can still see the love!!

About Brian and Lisa Sabo ~ Sabo Eventing

Brian and Lisa Sabo are living a classic love story.  While growing up on the same street in Southern California both became interested in riding horses.  When Brian was riding ponies at a Los Angeles area barn his mother Kitty Sabo began a long friendship with a then very young and now internationally famous Olympic dressage rider, judge and clinician, Hilda Gurney.  Before long Hilda had struck out on her own as a trainer and Brian followed her. Hilda and Kitty founded the Woodland Hills Pony Club in 1965.  Lisa’s family moved to the same street in 1970 and Lisa’s interests soon turned to horses.  This common interest led Lisa to train at the same barn as Brian and they both developed a passion for the Olympic sport of Eventing (also known as the Equestrian Triathlon).   After years of training together and competing from coast to coast each went their separate ways.  In 1981Brian moved and bought land in Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast with the plan of starting an equestrian center.  Lisa left home in 1982 for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue her education. Realizing how much they missed being together they began dating and eventually married in 1985. This partnership led to the development of the Hurdledale Equestrian Center.  From 1985 until 2001 Brian and Lisa built and ran Hurdledale, where they rode, trained, held shows and hosted clinics.
Lisa and Brian are both graduate “A” pony clubbers and advanced level competitors. In 1974 Brian passed his “A” rating.  Brian served as D.C. of this club two times (1975-1977 and 1980-1983).  Lisa passed her “HA” in 1983 and her “A” in 1984.  Lisa is now running the Newport Riding Center and Newport Mesa Pony Club.
Hilda, the inspiration for many of the top trainers and riders in the United States was in the finest sense a mentor to Lisa and Brian. Through her leadership both were introduced to the sport of Eventing. Brian won his first Preliminary (Now CCI 1*) Three-day event in 1968 followed by winning the National Intermediate (CCI 2**) Championships in 1969.  This was also the year his coach, Hilda, won the U.S. Open Championships (CCI 3***).  Brian has been recognized as the leading event rider in USEA Area VI in both 1969 and 1981.
Lisa has also had a very successful competitive career which continues today.  A member of the Silver Medal Area VI Young Riders team in 1984 and also USEA Area VI leading rider a number of times, Lisa has produced a large number of competitive horses all of which she worked with from the very beginning. Lisa has ridden a number of horses she trained through the Advanced level including riding at Rolex Kentucky on three different horses.  Lisa has been long listed for the U.S. Olympic Team.
Lisa has always specialized in starting young horses, working with difficult horses and competing and teaching both Young Riders and Adults.  Lisa has been recognized as one of the leading riders in USEA Area VI and produced a large number of higher level horses between 1984 and 2009.
Brian remained active through the advanced level on both coasts until 1984 when his coaching activities began to take precedence.  As a volunteer to the horse community Brian has served as a USPC District Commissioner, USEA Area VI Chairperson (1985-1987), CDS L.A. chapter public relations chairperson (1973), AVA (American Vaulting Association) board of governors (1976-1978) and Woodside Horse Park  founding vice president and board member (1976-1989).  Brian was selected Chief Liaison Officer for the 1984 Olympic games.  Asked to help with the show jumping phase of the three-day event by good friend Neil Ayer, Brian was eventually awarded the contract to design and build the three-day event show jumping course at Santa Anita for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Brian is currently teaching a full schedule of clinics across the nation and coaches the Méxican Eventing Equestrian Team.  This team is the current Gold medal holder at the Central American Games. Brian also sits on the USEF Board of Directors and is President of the United States Eventing Association (USEA).
Lisa is also a founding member and Vice President of the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society (OCFPS).  The OFFPS was recently recognized as Orange County’s leading community activist organization. The OFFPS is at the forefront of keeping Equestrian Sports in Orange County.
Currently Lisa has developed the Newport Mesa Riding Center.  Newport Mesa caters to a diverse riding group.  Many college age riders and adult amateurs enjoy Lisa’s clear and well educated approach to bringing out the best in both horse and rider. Lisa who credits her systematic teaching style to her early Pony Club experiences is also the founder of the Newport Mesa Pony Club.  The Newport Mesa Pony Club holds regular lessons, camps and educational programs geared toward children of all ages.  The two groups complement each other and help create a professional and rewarding experience for all the riders that participate.
The primary focus of both the Newport Mesa Riding Center and the Newport Mesa Pony Club is horsemanship and education.  Riders learn not only how to ride and compete but also in-depth education on the art of horsemanship.  Riders learn from hands on experiences that emphasize classic and correct equitation along with instruction from nationally ranked instructors.
Lisa and Brian’s other business interests focus on developing the Sabo Group which is a national and international Amway business. Their focus on health, wellness and sports nutrition was nurtured through the years of conditioning horses and riders for the highest level on international competition.  Learning proper use of foods, supplements, vitamins, minerals and herbs have enhanced the performance and energy levels of many of their riders and business associates.
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United States Eventing Association


Brian Sabo Nominated to Become Next President of the United States Eventing Association

RELEASE: March 18, 2010
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By the United States Eventing Association

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Brian Sabo of Newport Beach, CA, has been nominated to succeed current president Kevin Baumgardner when his term expires in December 2010. Sabo’s nomination, which will be subject to confirmation by the Board of Governors at the USEA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, December 8-12, is the culmination of an intensive search process by the members of the Nominating Committee, which consists of Chairman Roger Secrist, Kyra King Stuart, Beth Lendrum, Malcolm Hook, and Jon Holling.

Sabo, 56, first competed in the sport of eventing in 1962 in Pebble Beach, CA. Over the years he has worn many hats in the eventing and equestrian world, from being a leading rider to designing and building the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Eventing show jumping course to coaching Vaulting and Eventing Young Riders programs. Currently he is a member of the USEA Board of Governors and on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Membership. Sabo is also a highly respected trainer, a faculty member of the USEA Instructors Certification Program, and a successful businessperson in his non-equestrian pursuits.

Baumgardner expressed pleasure at the nomination of Sabo, and tendered his thanks to the Committee for their hard work. “Brian is an outstanding choice. He is someone who understands the sport inside and out, and who has the vision, energy and personal skills to really make a difference. Most importantly, Brian understands the challenges faced by eventers at every level, and will listen to and respect the viewpoints of all segments of our membership. I look forward to working closely with Brian over the next eight months to effect a smooth transition of leadership and to ensure that he can hit the ground running when he takes over as president in December.

Sabo said he is energized by the challenge before him. “I look forward to continuing the work of our passionate membership.

The solid foundation of leadership and innovation laid by our Board of Governors, President Kevin Baumgardner, CEO Jo Whitehouse and the USEA staff has kept our association moving forward,” said Sabo. “Eventing is one of the world’s most exciting equestrian sports, and the USEA represents this sports finest equestrian community. Our 50 year history of quality programs and activities is unparalleled. Coupled with a committed membership that includes fans, spectators, riders, trainers, vendors, organizers, officials and equestrian professionals from all fields, the USEA has set a course for a safe and exciting future. It will be an honor to play a small role in that future.”
Brian Sabo President
President Sabo: Our new president gave an excellent speech which touched on his past experience as a horseman and his goals as the new leader of the USEA.  If President Sabo’s speech is any indicator of his personality, we are in for a great three years.  He was very entertaining and intelligent, but also gracious and tremendously humble.   He poked fun at himself several times and, overall, I was extremely impressed.
President Sabo stressed that he wanted to unite the “factions” in our sport by governing evenly with a broad brush.  He spoke about how he personally relates to each element of our sport, including upper-level riders, lower-level riders, riding parents, organizers, course builders, volunteers, course designers, breeders, owners, and affiliate organizations.  He joked by saying “the one group I don’t get are the officials,” which I think we all sometimes can relate to. 
President Sabo finished his speech by saying that, like President Baumgardner before for him, he would have an open-door policy to all USEA members, and he announced his email to the entire crowd.  Give President Sabo a big welcome and a word of support at

2013 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention: Speaker Spotlight

Authored By: USEA Thu, 2013-11-07 09:44
2014 Dressage Test Preview
Speaker: Brian Sabo
Get your tracing finger ready, the new dressage tests have been written! Track right or left? It is time to resurrect your good study habits! Rising trot or sitting? Outgoing USEA President and Founder of Eventing Training Online is going to preview the new dressage tests using targeted video footage. Test A or B? View footage of a rider performing each test, receiving professional feedback, and riding the test again. Halt at X or G? With this kind of educational preview, you’re sure to score a personal best with these new tests! And don’t forget… All King Edward’s Horses Can Manage Big Fences (AKEHCMBF).
Born into a West Hills Hunt family, Brian Sabo was quickly immersed into the USPC system at Woodland Hills Pony Club with Hilda Gurney. In 1974, Sabo passed his “A” rating and then served as D.C. of this club twice from 1975-1977 and 1980-1983. Brian’s competitive career began in 1963 and he won his first Preliminary Three-Day Event in 1968. He followed this up by winning the National Intermediate Championships in 1969, earning him the leading rider award in Area VI in 1969, a feat he repeated in 1981. Brian has traveled across the U.S. competing at most of the great American three-day events including Ledyard, Chesterland, and Kentucky.
Brian’s competitive career at the Advanced level on both coasts continued until 1984 when training and coaching began to take precedence. He served as USEA Area VI chairperson from 1985-1987, was a founding vice president of CTETA (Woodside Horsepark) from 1976-1989, as well as volunteer service with the California Dressage Society and American Vaulting Association. In 1983, Brian was appointed Chief Liaison Officer for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and, supported by his good friend, Neil Ayer, was awarded the contract to design and build the three-day eventing show jumping course at Santa Anita.
A USEA Level IV certified instructor, Brian serves as an ICP faculty member and focuses on helping others become the best instructors, trainers, and mentors possible. Brian has been married for 30 years to Lisa Sabo who is a graduate “A” Pony Clubber and a USPC Center owner. Lisa is also a USEA ICP Level III Instructor, Advanced level competitor, and Gurney protégé. Together, Brian and Lisa founded Eventing Training Online with the goal of capturing on video the techniques of top trainers worldwide and then making this knowledge available to equestrians anywhere at any time. Brian and Lisa live on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, California.