June 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:49


This past month was an especially fun 30 days to be the editor of a multi-discipline equestrian magazine in California. That’s true year-round actually, but seemed especially so this past month, starting with my first experience volunteering as a dressage scribe.


I’m glad I did not read judge Joan Macartney’s credentials before Del Mar National volunteer coordinator Carol Tice sent me to sit next to her in the Durante Arena judge’s booth. Joan is a senior judge with the Canadian Equestrian Federation and has oodles of international experience. Knowing that might have made me more nervous than I already was. Joan could not have been nicer and more helpful. I’d prepared by studying materials on the USDF website, and I did pretty well – for a hunter/jumper rider! It was a super learning experience I recommend to all, especially if it’s Carol Tice placing you with the perfect official for a first-timer. Thank you, Carol and Joan.


Attending the Talk Derby To Me festivities at the Giracci Vineyards in Orange County was pure fun. Nicole Bhathal organized her friends and fellow dressage mavens for an exhibition of freestyles for an appreciative crowd of existing and potential dressage fans. Great way to bring more people to the sport. We’re hoping for something similar with Arroyo Del Mar’s June 15 open house and exhibition. Steffen Peters, Dawn White-O’Connor and Mette Rosencrantz are among those expected to ride, so you know it’s going to be great.

The CALNET State Championship for Riders with Disabilities was a blast and inspiring. The United States Equestrian Federation’s motto, “Join The Joy!,” was in evidence all weekend thanks to Bryan McQueeney, Sara Jones, their Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship team and about 200 people who made the showcase work. I snapped this flow chart from the Leaps & Bound program in Norco to give us an inkling of the logistics involved in getting one team’s riders into the show ring. Multiply that by 1000 and we scratch the surface of CALNET logistics. Kudos and appreciation to all involved!

Thanks so much to GGT Footing for sponsoring the cover of this June issue. Look for it throughout the state this month as we head off to another 30 days of reporting on horses, riders, events and other news. For our July issue, we have special focuses on trainers, nutrition and fitness for horses and people, and previews of our North American Youth Championships riders.  Plus, we welcome news and story ideas and submissions from all our readers!

Happy riding and reading!

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




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