December 2020 - Editor’s Notes
Written by Alicia Anthony
Wednesday, 02 December 2020 04:10


If only all bad news could be turned around as quickly as that we reported last issue regarding the Fresno County Horse Park’s future.

See this month's Gallop for the happy reversal of fortunes in which Terry Hilst has stepped in to buy the lease on the popular eventing venue and the fixtures needed to carry on with recognized events as originally scheduled.

Better yet, the previous owner and organizer John Marshall will continue to play an important role as co-organizer of the shows. John took over the reins from Bill Burton in 2012 and Bill, himself, has chimed in to offer his help, Terry reports. They join many USEA Area VI members and supporters who’ve jumped on the bandwagon to help maintain this important venue on the West Coast circuit.


You can learn a lot from reading this month’s issue. Hunter/jumper trainer and Grand Prix rider Scott Lico has a good piece on the importance of having a game plan on game day. Amateur eventer Alice Chan writes about the importance of being curious as a horse owner. In her case, that led her to Dr. Carrie Schlachter’s new venture, The Horse Course, through which Alice has gained knowledge that is even more valuable now that she and her son, Benjamin, keep their horses at home. And, our performance psychologist columnist Darby Bonomi, PhD, answers a reader’s request for staying mentally sharp through the equestrian “off season.”


We really enjoyed getting around to several big shows during this deadline cycle. Look for reports on the Galway Downs International Horse Trials in Temecula and the debut of Desert Dressage in Thermal. Big congratulations to those exceling in the many medal finals that managed to be staged at lovely competitions even in this year when so much was rescheduled, relocated, re-imagined, etc. All of our show organizers are outdoing themselves and I find that very encouraging and exciting.  

Thank you to Big Horse Feed and Mercantile in Temecula for sponsoring this month’s cover feature. Very fun to write about this fixture of the Southern California equestrian lifestyle that has had something for everyone, even in these tough times for retailers.

Finally, this is my last issue as editor of California Riding Magazine. Thanks to founder Cheryl Erpelding for taking me on way back when, to Denise Munson and Virginia McClintock at MPM Publishing for sticking with me when they purchased Riding Magazine and to creative director Alicia Anthony for making the magazine so beautiful always and being a pleasure to work with through the tense times of deadlines and last-minute scrambles.

Thanks to the many who’ve shared insights, opinions, guidance and great stories over the years. Thanks to the horses who are the inspiration. Thanks most of all to my mom, Margaret Freeman. “Why don’t you write about horses?” she asked at my last career crossroads. Sure glad I took her advice.

It has been a lovely ride and please stay in touch!


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