March 2020 - Editor's Notes
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 02 March 2020 21:13


News of the first annual Whitethorne Equitation 101 event came in just as we were going to press for this issue. It will be held in conjunction with the Memorial Day Classic on Monday, May 25, at the Hansen Dam Horse Park and it builds on the very successful Whitethorne-sponsored American Tradition of Excellence in Equitation.


As we have reported, these unique combinations of education and competition are underwritten by Whitethorne Ranch, owned by Georgy Maskrey Segesman and her family. Lead educators in the Equitation 101 are Equestrian Coach’s Bernie Traurig and Diane Carney. The event will see junior and amateur riders competing in equitation and medals from 2’9” to 3’0”. (Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about Equitation 101.)


Georgy Maskrey Segesman didn’t have to underwrite these events. The Nilforushans didn’t have to add the lower-cost Developmental Series at the upcoming Temecula hunter/jumper shows. Blenheim EquiSports didn’t have to create the grant programs for young professionals and West Palms Events doesn’t have to offer the generous Michael Nyius scholarship.
But they chose to.

Sure, in every case, there may be a profit or PR benefit to what they’re doing, but I doubt that outweighs the cost in time, money and effort from their team.

We had the fun of chatting with Twin Rivers and Copper Meadows eventing course designer Hugh Lechore, an East Coast guy, recently. When asked what he noticed about the West Coast while out here, he said, “It’s a smaller pool of riders, they’re genuinely all good friends and they know and support each other. It’s kind of an old-school attitude and approach: everyone is in it to have a good time and be supportive.”

He was talking about eventers, but I think it applies across disciplines. Horse And Rider Boutique owner Barbara Biernat didn’t have to step in and become a show organizer for the new Pacific Coast CDI March 6-8. She recognized the need for more international shows to support the region’s dressage riders and maybe she had some direction from above, from the much-missed Lisa Blaufuss, in taking on the enormous task.

Lou and Kelly Gonda didn’t have to lift a finger for the Santa Cruz Island horses, but they opted to follow the lead of other supporters and make their beautiful El Campeon Farms a base for stewarding the rare breed into the future. The Peridot Equestrian, LLC, team doesn’t have to earmark partial proceeds of April’s Carl Hester clinic to USDF Region 7 Young Riders team, but they are.

You can read about most of these endeavors in this issue. They only scratch the surface of the good deeds that grace our region, starting with the corps of volunteers who make our eventing and dressage competitions possible.

So, thanks to all for the daily inspirations of doing good stuff.

And thanks to Classic Equine Equipment for sponsoring this issue’s cover. The manufacturer of gorgeous, long-lasting stalls and stable accessories is a long-time supporter of California Riding Magazine and we’re grateful for the chance to share their evolving story with our readers.

Happy reading and riding!

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