Summer Horse Showing at Woodside Circuit Opener (June 20-24) Kicks Off!

Source: Leg Up News WOODSIDE, Calif.-- The LEG Woodside Summer Circuit kicked off this week with the Woodside Circuit Opener (June 20-24), the first of three exciting weeks of top-notch horse showing at the Horse Park at Woodside. In the Open Welcome Stake, Olivia Brown piloted her green horse to the win. “Valiant is about ten years old, but he’s a bit green,” Olivia explained. “We have done some 1.50m classes together, but I have never really pushed him to go very fast. I brought him to this show with a plan of going quicker and that’s just what we did. I was happy that he jumped around so confidently and responded when I pushed him hard in the jump-off. I feel so proud of his performance.” Read...

Reichow Blows Away The Judges And Competitors In R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship

Thermal, Calif.—March. 17 Source: Chronicle of the Horse by Laura Lemon Walking into the ring for the second phase of the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship, Emma Catherine Reichow had one “simple” strategy in mind: make the time allowed. “I do jumpers, so I’m used to trying to go as fast as I can,” said the 16-year-old from Menlo Park, California, “but I also had to make it look as beautiful as I could.” And making it as beautiful as possible proved to be a tricky task for many in the field of 37 across both rounds. The first round course asked elasticity and gymnastic questions from its riders. With a trot jump, a bounce and a hand gallop featured, riders also had to demonstrate a counter canter before leaving out a stride in a bending line that they rode previously in the course. The second course left the riders continually looking ahead with various flowing lines upon each other and a tight time allowed. Read...

Riders Announced for Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO4* at HITS Ocala

Source: HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce the participating athlete list for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO4*, presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona, Friday, February 19 at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. For the second consecutive year, the HITS Ocala event is the only official United States qualifier for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final held in Barcelona, Spain on September 22-25. Read...

Horse & Style, Style Rider: Olivia Brown

by Erin Gilmore With a pop of color and a flashy grey horse, Australian-born rider Olivia Brown turned heads and gained new recognition in 2014 for her results on the West Coast grand prix circuit. It was her husband, trainer Harley Brown, who pair her with Cash,... HS_Feb

Harley Brown sponsored by Finish Line

We are proud to announce that Harley Brown is now sponsored by Finish Line as our supplement sponsor. Harley is the only sponsored rider from the West Coast, and joins a team that includes George Morris, Michael Matz, Anne Kursinski and Chris...

Horse & Style Trainer Spotlight: Harley Brown

Reprinted with permission of Horse & Style Magazine.

“Interesting” is an optimistic way to define Harley Brown’s rollercoaster year in 2012. The native of Australia, who is a well-known face on the West Coast grand prix circuit, put other goals on hold in 2012 to focus on making the Australian Olympic Team. He came achingly close with his veteran partner Cassiato, only to be left off at the last minute. Not to be deterred, Harley returned home to California in midsummer, picked up two grand prix wins with Cassiato, and prepared for a big move. After much soul-searching, Harley Brown Equestrian relocated from its former base in San Luis Obispo to the more competitive grounds of Northern California’s Silicon Valley.

Now, with a new home at the Portola Valley Training Center in Menlo Park, a young grand prix prospect and the support of his clients and family, Harley is turning toward his 2013 goals with renewed focus and an open door.

And while he’s looking forward to what the coming year brings, he wouldn’t trade away the recent lessons learned. “It...

Harley Brown Equestrian – Top trainers settle in Bay Area hunter/jumper hub

Article reprinted with permission, California Riding Magazine, December, 2012.

Australians Harley and Olivia Brown are not afraid of change. Harley first came to the United States in 2003, with a horse to sell and plans to head home after he’d done so. But he liked the horse, Blue Diamond, and the weather also, so he changed plans, kept the horse and set up shop in California! Olivia followed with their then-infant daughter Zoe a few months later.

Zoe is eight now, the Browns are regulars on the West Coast show circuit, and Harley and his top Grand Prix horse, Cassiato, are frequent contenders and winners at international level Grand Prix. The pair just missed out on their bid to represent Australia at the London Olympics.

This past September brought about another change: their move from San Luis Obispo to the Portola Valley Equestrian Center in the Bay Area’s Menlo Park. They sold their thriving Central California business to their capable former assistant Amanda Garcia and headed north. The Browns were attracted to the Peninsula because it’s dense with hunter/jumper activity as well as non-horse attributes that will benefit their family, which includes 18-month-old Dexter. Cassiato and a few...

Australian Rider Harley Brown and Cassiato Are Back And In The Winner’s Circle

Brown Snags Both First and Third in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc.
San Juan Capistrano, CA - Seven nations represented the field of twenty horse and rider combinations in Sunday's $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix. Nearing the end of the qualifying round, Harley Brown (AUS) was the one to catch with both jump-off qualifiers, Angelli and Cassiato. With two riders to go, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson was able to break through and qualify her mount, Picturized, for the jump-off. Course designer Jack Robson set a track that challenged both young and seasoned horses and asked riders surprising questions that resulted in several refusals, numerous unlucky rails, and an unfortunate spill where both horse and rider walked away unscathed.

"Some unfortunate rails and time faults out there today," Robson shared of the twenty horse and rider combinations attempting to master his course.  Of the sixteen efforts, many of the victims accrued faults at the oxer-oxer combination, the large triple bar to vertical combination and coming home to the vertical-oxer combination. "It was a national standard and a rebuilding type course for those who've been here all three weeks," Robson continued, "some different lines to approach and options to take that made it a unique class." Rusty Stewart, coming off...

Harley Brown: Clinic Spotlight

from Horse & Style Magazine
Grand Prix rider and trainer Harley Brown, of Harley Brown Equestrian in San Luis Obispo, CA traveled north on January 17th and 18th to conduct a two-day clinic at Eden Valley Stables in Saratoga. Brown taught select groups in three height sections on the fundamentals of keeping a steady connection on the flat, over pole exercises, and over a course of fences. The information-packed, two day clinic was an ideal preparation for the upcoming winter shows. Read the full article here (pdf). Reprinted with...