April 2017 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:57

As the eight-week long HITS Coachella hunter/jumper circuit came to a close with Mandy Porter & Milano’s spectacular win of the AIG Million class on March 19, this year’s show season is fully underway in every discipline.

The Galway Downs International Horse Trials and the World Cup Finals for dressage and show jumping were set for the last weekend of March, with the Del Mar National right behind it. Several Area VI riders are readying for the trek to Rolex Kentucky Four Star in Lexington, KY, in late April. They include James Alliston, Andrea Baxter, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jennifer McFall and Bunny Sexton and we send HUGE best wishes to all.

With a special emphasis on dressage this issue, we hope you can settle in and enjoy several features, starting with Marie Sebastian’s in-depth look at Del Mar National Dressage Week as a window on a time of transition. Don’t miss the profile on Aussie Craig Stanley’s ascent or the interview with CDS veteran Carol Tice and her expertise on Western Dressage. Rebecca Rigdon-Blake shares a cautionary tale of wire transfer fraud that, fortunately, has a happy ending. Michele Vaughn has excellent advice about expectations and we have the low down on USDF Region 7’s new leadership and priorities. We look forward to seeing you all at the Carl Hester clinic April 8-9 in Del Mar, for which there are some super high expectations among the riders (see page 68) and spectators alike.

As many of our area’s young riders complete that nerve-wracking month of waiting for college acceptances, I highly recommend UCLA freshman Kelsey Holmes’ thoughtful piece on handling university life and Two Star eventing. Plus, meet the Ardalan family of sporthorse source, Caspian Stables, and Tina Yates DiLandri, who returns to her West Coast stomping ground as a rising Grand Prix star.

Life won’t be quite the same with the passing of Nancy Reed, a dear friend to me and so many others in the California horse world. At least many of her many friends were able to honor and celebrate her life at a get-together in March. See the story on page 52 for more on that and on Nancy’s remarkable life.

As always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to send us ideas, news and submissions.

Happy Riding!

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