January 2020 - Editor’s Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 January 2020 01:01


News of West Coast equestrians receiving impressive honors rolled in throughout our December issue deadline. We have full reports on many of them in this issue, but a few that came too late are:

US Equestrian named 17-year-old Elvenstar rider Julia Stone as Junior Equestrian of the Year. Big kudos to Julia, who is now a freshman at the University of Georgia.


Sarah Lockman’s team silver and individual gold Pan Am Games partner, First Apple, is up for International Horse of Honor. The Dutch Warmblood stallion was purchased for Sarah by Summit Farms, whose owner Jerry Ibanez sadly passed away recently, a great loss to our sport. Temecula-based Nick Haness is a nominee for National Equestrian Of Honor. Super recognition for this young professional, who also received the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Special Achievement award. Along with countless competitive successes, he is known for giving a leg up to talented young riders who may not have the money means to fulfill their ambitions.


The USEF award voting is open until January 2, at 9 p.m. our time, and the winners’ names will be revealed during the USEF Annual Meeting Jan. 10-11 in Florida. Vote at www.usef.org.

We hope you enjoy the tributes to recipients of all the CPHA’s Special Awards. Six years ago, we launched the tradition of asking those close to the winners to write about what makes the honorees special and it has become one of our most celebrated features. We hope to share it with many of you at the CPHA Awards Banquet Jan. 3 in San Diego, during the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association’s annual meeting and awards celebration.

Another piece of late news was sad: the passing of Joan Irvine Smith on Dec. 19. “She had a bigger impact on horses and showing horses than she ever knew,” wrote her friend Kathy Hobstetter in sharing the news.

Big thanks to Edgar Schutte’s Eurequine for sponsoring this month’s cover. It’s great to have these fantastic stallions and breeding services serving the country from California.

I really enjoyed attending Day Of The Horse festivities at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center. Happily, there were several of these events going on throughout our readership area. They are so important.

Even though the big public boarding, training and show facility is visible from a main street in Huntington Beach, trainer Tracy Burroughs told me that she often encounters neighbors who have no idea there are opportunities to ride and interact with horses close by. The event drew a good crowd who had the chance to learn about show jumping, therapeutic riding, vaulting and the Free Rein Foundation that pairs rescued horses with people in need of healing.

Wishing everyone a very happy New Year.

Happy reading and riding,

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He stands 15.2 hands high and has a very sweet and loving personality. He has lameness on his right hind and therefore is mostly a companion horse. He has been in rehab and not ridden since he arrived, had chiropractic sessions with no improvements. Kids could walk him, or a lightweight adult only. Puppy dog personality.

Adoption fee $500.

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