February 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:41

Scott King Passes

To everyone that knew Scott King, last night (Jan. 11) on his 69th birthday, he passed away peacefully in his sleep. I was able to see him with my sister Kassidy. He’d been fighting some health issues for a few years and was declining since his stroke two years ago.

He taught me so much throughout my life... It’s truly been one hell of a ride with you Scott! Through all the ups and downs, he always knew how to put a positive, hopeful “watch me” attitude out there.

He loved being the underdog. He loved to push people and horses... pushing their abilities to their maximum and a little more. Countless times we’d be doing something with a horse who’d answered a huge challenge, I’d think we were done and drop the reins and he’d say “let’s do it one more time to see if it was by mistake.”

He truly loved being a horseman. He could always look at a horse and see what its potential could be. I swore sometimes he could tell the future. He taught me to be my own man, to trust in my skill and hard work and that no matter what, as long as there are horses in this world, a King will make it!

Rest In Peace, Scotty.

This tribute was posted on Kyle King’s Facebook page.

Arlene “Suzi” Kuykendall

Arlene “Suzi” Kuykendall passed away on Jan. 11 after a brief and fierce battle with cancer.

Suzi was a beloved and prominent figure in the dressage world.

She was born in Sharpsville, PA on Dec. 20, 1948 and moved to California where she met her husband John Duron. She had a long career as a horse trainer and coach and then devoted herself to both producing and assisting in dressage competitions all over Southern California. All competitors in the dressage community have ridden in shows she was involved with. She will be greatly missed and is loved by all.

She is survived by her husband John Duron, sister Ellen Dummett, brothers James and Richard Crawford and her family at the El Sueno Equestrian in Somis.  A memorial rose garden will be created at El Sueno for all to visit and remember our beloved Suzi.

Arthur Hawkins

Hunter/jumper fixture “Artie” Hawkins passed away Sunday, Jan. 22. The recipient of the USEF’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, Artie spent most of his career as a judge and steward for top shows throughout the country. His legacy includes creating the open numerical judging system that is now the industry norm. Earlier, he ran his own training business in New York State, before moving to California in 1977.

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