November 2018 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:36


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope this doesn’t jinx anything, but last year this time the whole state was reeling from devastating wildfires that many are nowhere near recovered from. So, in preparing for Thanksgiving’s reminder about daily things to be grateful for, that probably tops my list. Here’s hoping it stays that way and that we can all continue with horse-centric disaster preparedness practices even when the skies are free of smoke and in the absence of new stories that remind us how important that is.

We have another packed issue reporting on horses, horse people and horse events throughout the state. California girls Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Zazou Hoffman did their home state proud in October.

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On the same weekend, Frankie, an amateur event rider, won the CIC3* at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International in Maryland and 26-year-old professional Zazou won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar. We are very proud of both and happy to see them getting much-due love from fans far beyond our realm.

As always, I enjoyed writing many of the articles in this issue, but two of my favorites are written by others. I hope you are all following Joell Dunlap’s novel, A Damn Fine Hand, which we began serializing four issues ago. Set in the Thoroughbred racing world, it’s fast-paced, fun and relatable. And, our very own “Pony Club Purist,” Leslie Nelson, has another article, this time sharing her strategy for taking good care of our tack.

Profiles on young riders Alli Christy and Erin Nichols have me very excited about the future of our sport. They are among the many neat kids and great young horse people out there.

Their stories are a great precursor for our December issue celebrating junior and amateur stars of this past show year, in hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage. If you have someone you think we should spotlight, let us know.

Thanks so much to all our advertisers for enabling us to bring oodles of original editorial to you each month. We have a print-run of nearly 20,000, concentrated within our readership area, and with a pass-along value that elevates our readership well beyond that. Studies show that print has a firm place in this digital era and a unique ability to make an impact on readers and consumers amid the often-overwhelming swirl of social media and online information. California Riding Magazine is heading into its 33rd year of publication, all thanks to loyal advertisers and readers.

Special thanks to this month’s cover sponsor, Olympia Footing Equestrian Services, LLC.

Happy reading and riding!

Kim F Miller, Editor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 949-644-2165



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