May 2021 - Southern California Loses a Longtime Pioneer of Equestrian Construction

by Ron & Laura Johnson

Harry H. Herndon III, owner of Easy Rider Arenas, passed away March 30, 2021 at the age of 72 after a long battle with lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Harry is survived by his wife Connie, and his two daughters Ashley and Elizabeth.

Harry worked in the construction industry for 45 years and 30 of those years he spent operating his company, Easy Rider Arenas, where he constructed and built equestrian facilities. He was the “pioneer of the equestrian construction business” and the first in the industry to introduce quality footing to the equestrian facilities and homeowners. Harry was very passionate and dedicated to his work and was the “go to man” to talk to in Southern California for all equestrian construction needs as he loved helping his clients.

Throughout the years of operating his business, Harry knew thousands of people in the horse world that were not only his customers and business associates, but became his friends. Harry was a shining light that had a great sense of humor, and a contagious personality with his “good ole boy charm” that made him beloved by all that knew him.

When Harry was not in the field running his jobs he had many favorite pastimes that included being outdoors as he had a love for nature and gardening. He was also avid about his daily exercise whether it was running, biking, or hitting the speed bag. He also loved to take his four legged best friend “Molly” with him everywhere including to the Poway Community Park for a jog together.

Harry will be immensely missed but not forgotten by his family, friends, and members of the horse community who had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person. Rest in Peace Harry, we all love you and we will miss you!