December 2019 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 December 2019 10:05


Thanks to DG Bar Ranch for sponsoring this issue’s cover and sharing the news of their two young stallions, Koning DG and L Primo DG. These young sires are set to keep the Dutch Warmblood breeding endeavor thriving for another 35 years. In a world of seemingly never-ending “new,” there’s something deeply reassuring in the ongoing success of this family business run with heart, horsemanship and a mix of tradition and forward-thinking ideas.


With Christmas coming, my editorial wish list leans toward stories that inspire and this issue has three that especially stand out. First, there’s the tale of the five years it took Central California horsewoman and corrections officer, Heidi Richards, to see through her vision for a horse handling educational program at the Pleasant Valley State Prison. Next it’s Dr. Suzi Lanini’s first person account of her reasons for riding in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade. She’s well known as an accomplished amateur dressage rider, but the small animal veterinarian – and her star Arabian Justin Kayce – regularly make contributions that extend well beyond the arena.


Opal Hagerty revisiting her life long passion for horses. Photos: Judy Lucous

Last but not least, loved seeing a big story in the Nov. 19 Los Angeles Times about a 95-year-old San Diegan having her wish for “one last ride” granted by the Temecula Carriage Company. When they learned of the request through the Court Retirement Center in Escondido, Mark and Marika Matson invited Opal Hagerty to come out and meet one of their Draft horses, Blossom, then take a lovely carriage ride through nearby vineyards. Happy holidays, indeed!

A gift we can all give ourselves is learning to land safely from a fall, or at least greatly reduce the risk of serious injury. I’m excited that Landsafe Equestrian has four clinics in California this month and I hope many of our readers – from every discipline – will find a way to participate or audit. Landsafe principal Danny Warrington is a long-time eventer whose first wife, Amanda Warrington, died of her injuries after a fall in 1998. Danny emerged as a passionate proponent for riders taking responsibility for our own safety, rather than waiting for rules and regulations to make the sport safer. The latter are great, of course, but all good change starts with taking individual responsibility.

Now to work on our January issue. We’ll be featuring breeders and our annual spotlight on recipients of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association special awards. It’s an honor we look forward to every year.
Thanks to all our advertisers, our readers and those who’ve submitted articles and story ideas. Please keep them coming in the new year. Warmest wishes for a happy, safe holiday with family members—humans and horses.


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