August 2018 - Out & About
Written by CRM
Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:58

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Jim Meyer and his “wild” Mustang Valentine relax after an unforgettable experience while riding the Los Angeles River Trail recently. Riding through Hollydale Park on a “perfect, cool” evening, Jim and his trail mate stopped to let members of picnicking families meet their horses. “At one point there was a pretty large family gathering with a mob of kids, from babies in mommy’s arms up to maybe 12 or so,” Jim recounts. “As I was getting ready to leave the last little boy, maybe 3 or 4, said ‘Bye, Man,’ ‘Bye, horse…’ His mother froze... She burst into tears. She told me that he has autism and had never spoken before! Super cool!” Jim is executive director of the advocacy group Trails4All.


Emerging Athletes Embrace Educational Weekend

Kip Rosenthal’s simple four-point system for a successful jump approach was one of many gems of horsemanship wisdom conveyed during the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Regional Training session held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in late June. Ranging from teens to early 20s, the 23 participating riders will never forget pace, track, adjustability and patience as they carry Kip’s instruction forward in their riding. Stable management coach Nanci Synder had equally well received instruction on the horsekeeping side. Teamwork was stressed throughout the four-day clinic and organizer Stacie Ryan did a brilliant job keeping to schedule while honoring the idea that having fun with new friends and enjoying their horses is also part of the program.

For more information on the Emerging Athlete Program, visit www.ushja.org.