November 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 October 2017 18:34

Abby Weese and Grant Archer celebrate their wedding in September, witnessed by several friends in the hunter/jumper community. Abby was a top amateur rider before turning her star jumper over to Mandy Porter. The San Diego Grand Prix rider had an extra wedding gift for Abby on Oct. 7, when she rode Milano to an impressive win in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento. In March, the super duo won the HITS Million class. Abby’s hubby Grant is the brother of Matt Archer, of top NorCal business, Shady Lane Farm, LLC.

Larry Langer Takes the Reins of Hansen Dam Equestrian Center

Langer Equestrian Group chief Larry Langer assumes control as Managing Director of Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, a full-service equestrian center in Lake View Terrace, following LEG’s purchase of Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, LLC as the majority owner.

“This 38-acre facility is a rare jewel nestled under the hills. Throughout my career, I have managed a number of equestrian facilities like this,” Larry said. “I’ve managed, or been involved in some way with a number of stables and equestrian centers in my life, including Pacific Horse Center (now Brookside Equestrian Park) in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove. It was a 120-horse facility that offered boarding, training, lessons, and even live-in horse management.

“Taking the reins of Hansen Dam Equestrian Center is taking me back to another era in my life and allows me to use all the experience I have acquired over the years.”

The Langer name brings not only experience, but also true passion. “My wife, Marnye, and I love horses. We have owned horses for most of our careers,” he added.

“Our passion for horses is everything -- whether it is owning an equestrian center, running a horse show, or managing our riding school -- it all comes from the love of horses. It also moves into the passion that we have for the governance of this sport. Both of us serve on various hunter-jumper committees because it’s important to us that we contribute toward the betterment of our sport. I am involved in many aspects of the industry from helping run LEGIS, our equine insurance agency to being an officer of USHJA, and now Chairman of the Emerging Jumper Taskforce. It is all part of helping the sport that I love in whatever form I can be best at.”


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