June 2020 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 May 2020 04:58


I’ve felt on pins and needles more this month than the same time in March, when the domino effect of COVID cancellations had just started. As we went to press, the daily updates rolled in on what will or will not happen when the USEF competition restrictions lift May 31. As is discussed in The Show Must Go On! Or Must it? on page 22, city, county and state regulations supersede those of any sport governing body, and those vary throughout California. Then there’s the question of who and how many will want to compete in this new normal.  


Finding a silver lining in coronavirus current events has been a head-scratcher. We’re grateful to Jim Hagman, Georgy Maskey-Segesman and Marnye Langer for doing exactly that on the hunter/jumper front. “Now more than ever, we are really learning how to work together in our industry. That gets a lot of lip service, but by and large, we don’t do it,” says Marnye. “We are not as well off for not doing it. There is a way of working together without impeding your own company’s success. A way to be competitive and collaborative.”


Thanks, too, to Michael DeLuna for writing about the show pause as a good time to re-examine international dressage competition in the state. We also have lovely personal perspectives from amateur eventer Hilary Burkemper and young jumper rider Amelia Enzminger on how their equestrian experiences have helped them face these tough times.

Don’t miss our Picture Day! feature on locally-bred young horses (page 30). And here’s me on Picture Day, only a few years ago!

GGT-Footing is much-appreciated as the sponsor of this issue’s cover article and as a big supporter of equestrian sport in the West. Our barns issue is always a favorite, especially this year with up close peeks at Milberry Farm in Rancho Santa Fe and Far View Farm in San Marcos.

Finally and most cheerfully, we have a Picture Day! feature of foals and young horses produced by our region’s awesome sport horse breeders.

Onto our July issue. It has traditionally been my all-time favorite issue because it showcases young riders bound for the North American Young Riders Championships in jumping, dressage and eventing. Of course, NAYC was cancelled this year. So, instead, I’m stealing an idea from our local newspaper in celebrating riders who just finished high school and will be moving on to new adventures this fall. Do you have a feature-worthy high school graduate equestrian to recommend? LMK at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We hope to see everybody happy and healthy at July’s Western States Horse Expo, too!

Thanks to our readers, advertisers and contributors for their help with this issue in these challenging times! As Jim Hagman said in The Gallop, there’s nothing healthier than spending time with horses and hopefully we can all get back to that now.
Happy riding and happy reading!

Kim F Miller, Editor
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