April 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:14

Twix is a darling 8 year old Arabian gelding up for adoption at FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center, CA (Northern San Diego). Twix is a little guy at 14 hands so he would need a smaller rider. He is currently in training to ride under saddle. Rides fine in an arena. Looking for and experienced adopter to bond with him and continue his training. Twix is super sweet and has a darling personality. This is a very nice little horse! Adoption fee $500.

See Twix on our adoption page at www.falconridgerescue.org.


Since selling the magazine to MPM Publications a few years ago, Cheryl Erpelding may not technically be my boss anymore, but after working for her for 15-ish-plus years, I will always see her that way. In our relationship, “boss” has meant friend, guidance counselor, cheerleader and above all, ongoing source of some big-time inspiration. So, happy to have her enjoying a well-deserved vacation, thanks to Cheryl’s parents-in-law, and to say “yes” when she asked me to fill in on this issue’s Founders Notes.

Along with hunter/jumpers and eventing, dressage is a subject of our coverage every issue, but twice a year, April and August, we go overtime on that discipline. Toward that end, we have articles from Lilo Fore, Michele Vaughn and Elizabeth Landers; an update on Steffen Peters’ quest for his fifth Olympics and a look at several young riders aspiring to follow in his footsteps. We are over-the-moon inspired by Dr. Susan Ward’s Dara James Designs and excited about Crackerjack Production’s brand new show in Paso Robles coming in June. Read about all that and more here.

As always, there was a mind-boggling amount of events going on in our readership area. In these pages, we bring you pix and reports from the HITS Thermal finale and the Twin Rivers Ranch Horse Trials, where eventer Lauren Billys punched her ticket to this summer’s Olympics. (Thrilled to report that Lauren has agreed to journal her Rio odyssey in upcoming issues.) Plus, the Interscholastic Equestrian League Zone 10 Finals and the inaugural College Preparatory Invitational, which was super!

Don’t miss our regular column by Emily Flaxman on readying her OTTBs for the Thoroughbred Makeover and young rider Sydney Callaway’s account of this year’s NAJYRC quest. Julie Weisz’s provided an interesting piece on equine posture and sports psychologist Dr. Timmie Pollock offers constructive advice on improving the mental aspect of our game.

There’s more, but we’ve got to get started on our May issue…

Big thanks to our advertisers and to so many who contributed articles, photographs (especially Kristin Lee Photography), input, ideas and inspiration for this issue. We appreciate it!

Happy Riding, as always, and “Aloha” from Cheryl!

Kim F. Miller, Editor