May 2018 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:36

Farewall Walterstown Don

Walterstown Don, ridden by Rebecca Braitling and owned by Lauren Burnell, passed away competing at Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & Horse Trials in Paso Robles in the CIC3* on Saturday April 14. The 16 year old gelding collapsed while galloping between fences 18 and 19 on the cross-country course. Braitling was attended to by the on-site medical team and was transported to the hospital for further care. Twin Rivers organizers and US Eventing Association joined all of the West Coast equestrian community in offering condolences to the horse’s team.

At press time, Rebecca was recovering well from moderate injuries that will keep her out of the saddle temporarily.

Room At Rainbow Equus

The well-known sporthorse breeding facility, Rainbow Equus Meadows, is opening its doors to a few select boarders. This is a first in the 30-year history of the facility located in the Sacramento-area’s Lincoln. Owner Susan Worthington continues to be an active breeder, with six stallions and several mares and foals enjoying the premises. But she has scaled back the quantity of that endeavor some, hence the room for and interest in taking on a few boarders. At 71 years of age, she’s looking to share her lovely facility with like-minded horse owners, especially those of a similar age and looking to spend enjoyable time with their horses, rather than be on an intense training or competition path.

Amenities include an indoor arena, round corrals, large pastures, extensive trails and stabling designed for maximum horse health and happiness. “”It’s a calm, little fun place for people to enjoy their horses,” she explains. For more information, reach out to Susan through

Dressage trainer Bettina Loy has moved her business to Rancho Cielo Equestrian in San Diego County’s Rancho Santa Fe. Excited to be at the “beautiful” facility owned by horseman Graeme Dixon, Bettina says, “We offer a large barn with 12' by 24' covered, airy stalls, ample bedding, thrice daily hay feeding and twice daily grain feeding, plus turn-outs and endless trails.” Bettina can be reached at 619-871-2795. 

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