July 2019 - Editor's Notes
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 01 July 2019 02:57


This was a heartbreaking month. On June 23, Don Trotter passed away after a short illness. Partner with his wife Pam in Sunsprite Warmbloods, Don touched many lives on the West Coast eventing scene and well beyond. He was a special advocate of volunteering and led by his own example in many ways, over many years, at many events and on a nationally impactful level. He was kind, wise, joyful, positive and funny. He will be mourned and missed but not forgotten because of the indelible impression he made on many hearts. We re-arranged our lay-out at the last minute to place his farewell on page 47, next to pictures of this year’s Area VI Young Riders heading to Rebecca Farm for the NAYC. You know he will be cheering you – and the rest of us – on in spirit.

Another well-known industry fixture was lost when hunter/jumper horseman Rob Gage took his life on June 12, in the midst of SafeSport banning and investigation. See page 12 for a summary of the wide-ranging perspectives on this news that is deeply disturbing for all involved.

Meantime, there were many good things that happened this past month. Riders for the North American Youth Championships teams for our area’s eventing and show jumping teams were announced and you can meet them on page 42. I’m sorry we didn’t get to the dressage riders yet.

We enjoyed a lovely day of dressage at Steffen and Shannon Peters’ Arroyo Del Mar and had a fascinating talk with Steffen about how the four-time Olympian is getting back to “the old me” after a serious bout of anxiety. We loved getting fitness and nutrition strategies from three top local riders: Lehua Custer, Hannah Selleck and Andrea Baxter, and reading a great breakdown of how nutrition is the key to all aspects of horse health from SmartPak vet Dr. Lydia Gray.

Thanks to our cover sponsor Emerald Valley Natural Health for providing great products for 22 years and counting!!

Now we set to work on our August issue, which has a special editorial emphasis on dressage and therapeutic products and services. As always, we welcome news, ideas, photos and contributions.

Happy reading and riding.

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