October 2016 - Founder’s Notes
Written by by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:46

No tricks, all treats in this month’s editorial line-up.

We put a special emphasis on eventing this issue, highlighted by a state-of-the-sport Q&A with Area VI chairman Chris Scarlett and a transcendent piece by Olympian Lauren Billys: The Uncomfortable Compass. Asia Vedder shares a volunteer coordinator’s vantage point and the McFall family of Dragonfire Farm shares their little piece of paradise in Northern California.

Read how Karl Cook jumped to the top the Longines World Cup™ league score sheet as three more qualifiers take place in our area this month and next. As is fitting this time of year, the issue is full of important results from year-end events including the Young Jumper Championships and the Maclay Regionals, with a nice piece from new columnist Karen Healey on handling the pressures of medal finals. As she concludes, for our hunter/jumper riders preparing for national finals back east, “Let’s kick some East Coast butt!”

We have a look at some warm new fashions and a headstart on the holiday season with the first of three gift guides this fall. If you’re looking to make the most difference with your gift-giving budget, consider a donation to the Equitarian Initiative, which you can read about in the piece on local veterinarian Neil Gray’s contributions to caring for working equids in developing countries.

Finally, best of luck to My Thoroughbred Makeover columnist Emily Flaxman, who’s en route to the big Makeover in Kentucky this month. She’s been writing about her preparation all year and now it’s time to see how it pans out!

Happy Riding!

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