June 2018 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:35

June is one of our favorite issues because we celebrate riding schools and entry-level equestrian programs. We hear stories of kids of all ages connecting with horses for the first time and of adults circling back to a beloved activity of their youth. Riding school horses and people man, woman, horse or pony the friendly front lines of efforts to keep equine interactions widely accessible, both economically and geographically speaking.

 

We hope all horse owners can confidently refer a newcomer to a reputable entry level riding program in their area. Toward that end, we’ve updated our list of recommended programs and we welcome input as we maintain this list year-round on www.ridingmagazine.com. Enterprise Farms, Spring Down Equestrian Center and the Costa Mesa Riding School & Pony Club are our spotlighted facilities this year and they represent many more who comprise the gateway to this good life with horses.

U.S. Pony Clubs are one of our favorite entry points to the horsey life. On page 34, we share 70-year-old Leslie Nelson’s story of how Pony Club influenced her entire impressive life. That includes being a real contender in the 1.2M jumper division to this day and, more importantly, living by the Pony Club pledge of being a partner to her horses.

Reports on an alphabet soup of collegiate, high school and middle school national championships -- IHSA, IDA, IEA -- are part of this issue, as is a preview of the Western States Horse Expo this month in Sacramento. Dream about a luxury equestrian property in Rancho Santa Fe, do something to help the Orange County Fair & Event Center maintain its 180 horses; or read about show stars from Verdugo Hills, the Del Mar National, the Pony Club Mega Rally or the Paso Robles’ Rose In May. It’s all here!

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