January 2018 - The Gallop: Fires Everywhere

Fires, heroic efforts and boundless generosity spread with equal speed.

by Kim F. Miller

The scope of December’s fires has been matched by the scope of generosity toward its victims. “We are so inundated with people who are looking to donate,” says Stacy Kendall, founder of the nearly 12,000-member Facebook group, Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation. “In eight years of doing this group and for the 30 years being a member of this community, I have never experienced anything like it.”

 

 
January 2018 - A Horseman at the Helm

New year brings a new owner and approach to the newly christened Hansen Dam Horse Park.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by Philip D. Klipa Photography • produced by Alicia Anthony & Julie Conner-Daniels

Hansen Dam Horse Park has many obvious attributes. Thirty-eight acres, ample stabling and arenas and access to the sprawling Hansen Dam Recreation Area are a few of those. Between thriving training businesses, an active Riding School and a full calendar of equestrian competition and special events, there’s always something going on yet it never feels busy or crowded. A sense of peace and space distinguishes the San Fernando Valley facility that is bordered by the San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains.

 

 
January 2018 - Horse People: Alex Henry

Lost lower leg is a surmountable obstacle for inspiring young rider.

by Kim F. Miller

Warming up for a recent clinic, 15 year old Alex Henry impressed her coach by systematically testing her horse’s responses to her aids. At one point, the coach encouraged more left leg. She applied more pressure with her left thigh and gave extra taps of the whip on that side, where her lower leg would fall if she still had it. Alex lost that to bone cancer two years ago, but she never lost her desire and drive as an equestrian.

 

 
January 2018 - Making Miracles

The equestrian community came together and saved horses during the Creek Fire.

by Brooke Goddard

Gail Thackray was jolted awake by a big flash of light Tuesday, December 5. It was her mother, who lives with her in the Los Angeles area’s Lake View Terrace, calling from her cell phone from the adjacent house. Their ranch was on fire, and they had to quickly decide what to take with them – photos, records or pets.

 

 
January 2018 - Horse People: Nick Onoda

A classical advocate joins Arroyo Del Mar.

by Kim F. Miller

Nick Onoda is the newest sport scientist to join what has become a dressage laboratory at Steffen and Shannon Peters’ Arroyo Del Mar training facility in Del Mar. Nick brings his emphasis on classical dressage as it applies to training that’s tailored to each horse’s nature and physiology.

 

 
January 2018 - Area VI Year End Winners

Local eventers celebrate accomplishments while welcoming fellow riders from across the country.

With Chairman Chris Scarlett at the helm, Area VI did a terrific job welcoming those in town for the US Eventing Association’s annual meeting, Dec. 6-10 in Long Beach. The gathering featured four days of education, sports advocacy and governance sessions relevant to riders, officials and enthusiasts throughout the country. On Friday, Area VI-ers gathered for their annual awards presentation.

 

 
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