June 2015 - Founder's Notes
Written by Administrator
Friday, 05 June 2015 03:38

I am so glad to see this late rainfall in May. The drought is still scary here in Caliornia. Hopefully all of you are reviewing your emergency and fire disaster plans and your horses are ready to evacuate if and when fire storms come your way when we head into summer and fall.

Flexible, shown here on their way to finishing seventh at the World Cup. They went on to win the $60,000 World Cup of Del Mar just a few weeks later. Photo: Erpelding Photography

I hope you enjoy our summer focus on hunter/jumper, with a special emphasis on the thriving high school equestrian scene, and on real estate. Be sure to stop by our booth at Western States Horse Expo and pick up a free bucket with goodies from our wonderful advertisers.

Next month we feature trainers, and nutrition and fitness for horse and rider. Be sure to send us your story ideas and news that you want to share with our readers. Check our Facebook page for breaking news.

I’m keeping busy with my foster horse Joey. He is beautiful rescue thoroughbred from Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue, once starved by his previous owner. He is my therapy and I’m enjoying helping him learn how to be a nice riding horse. He wasn’t too sure about rules and being ridden, but now is really starting to get it. My friend and advertiser Brigitte Noel has helped me with him and has written about our journey together on her blog: http://brigittenoel.com/blog/  He is saving me as an escape from living with lymphedema and I hope I am giving him a life he deserves.

Finally, and as a follow up to our May issue report on the show jumping courses at the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, we want to report that some top professionals, including 2012 winner Rich Fellers and USET chef d’equipe Robert Ridland, have made a point of defending the courses as fair and appropriate for that level of competition. Rich and his 2012 World Cup Final champion and Olympic partner Flexible, are shown here on their way to finishing seventh in Las Vegas and and they won the $60,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar just a few weeks later.

Happy Riding!

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