Willy Arts On the Mend
California Riding Magazine joins Willy Arts' many friends in wishing him a continued recovery from the head injuries he sustained in a Feb. 19 carriage driving accident. The DG Bar Ranch breeding manager was air-lifted to the hospital with multiple skull fractures, but as of his own mid-March Facebook post, Willy was doing very well and conveying his thanks for the many, many good wishes sent his way. He reports that he is feeling no pain and is able to walk and sleep with no problem. He still needs lots of rest and quiet and was not yet up to in-person visitors, but welcomes e-mails and all messages sent through DG Bar and the DeGroot family. Follow the Ranch's Facebook page for more updates.
The native Dutchman moved to DG Bar, in Central California's Hanford, in 1984 and has been a fixture on the national and international dressage breeding scene ever since.
Kathy Hobstetter Cheering from Hospital
ShowBiz Magazine publisher and hunter/jumper industry advocate and volunteer Kathy Hobstetter suffered a stroke in early March. It slowed her down for sure, but she was well enough a week later to be mad that she wouldn't be at Thermal for the St. Patrick's Day AIG Thermal Million Grand Prix that closes the circuit. She updated friends on Facebook that she would be watching from her hospital and that she was working hard to recover in full and get back to the rail in person.
We send our best wishes for her
McFarlane & McNaught Tie The Knot
Bay Area-based show jumping couple and Outwoods Farm operators Duncan McFarlane and Helen McNaught got married early in the Thermal circuit and celebrated with many good wins for themselves and their
Linda M Reed Joins USPREBA
The United States P.R.E Breeders Association (USPREBA) appoints Linda M. Reed as Marketing & Promotions Director.
Based in La Mirada, the USPREBA is the P.R.E. Breeders organization founded in 2012 in North America to serve as the voice of the Pure Spanish Horse Breeders in the United States and to promote the Pure Spanish Horse bred in
Reed's experience spans 20 years in economic development as a government liaison and includes time developing and managing non-profit organizations. She's held various roles within the horse community and is a passionate P.R.E Breeder and enthusiast. Reed most recently spent a year with USPRE (a dressage based breed organization in Florida) as its East Coast Region Director.