September 2020 - Editor's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 21:34
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I reviewed the excellent article detailing the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association’s many good deeds early in the week of our deadline. At the end of that week, the story already needed the addition of WHOA!’s efforts to raise funds for large animal rescue efforts for victims of the CZU Lightning Complex Fires that were burning out of control in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.


Some of WHOA!’s past donations have supported the renovation and endowment fund for Folger Stable, location of our cover photo shoot. Folger Stable itself was donated in 1974 to the County of San Mateo, and today it is operated by the Chaparral Country Corporation for public boarding, lessons, trail rides, and camps. You can learn more at https://parks.smcgov.org/horse-boarding-recreational-activities-folger-stable.

The author of the article, our dressage columnist Nan Meek, filed the piece while standing by to help neighbors in her Montara area near Half Moon Bay. She had one extra horse in her field as we closed the issue.

Equestrians who had been ready to head off to a show -- finally -- were instead hauling their horses and others’ -- with the help of friends and strangers -- to safety. Again. Yet this time with the added complexity of coronavirus concerns.

Once again, social media is filled with equal amounts of solicitations of help and offers of assistance from far and wide as our equestrian community rises to the too familiar task of keeping as many as possible out of harm’s way.

Despite the miraculous efforts of our show organizers to continue holding competitions amid meticulous coronavirus protocols and fires, two big shows had to be cancelled. Following their “safety first” commitment at the outset of the truncated season, Blenheim EquiSports cancelled the All Seasons Summer Classic that was set for the third week of August after some positive COVID cases at the previous show. That sets up a 14-day window before September competitions begin. One consequence is moving the Sallie B. Wheeler USEF/USHJA National Hunter Breeding Championships to Friday, Sept. 18 during the International Jumping Festival.

In Northern California, it was the fires and unhealthy smokey air that caused Split Rock Sonoma International to cancel its “Bonus” week set to start Aug. 26. The organizers hoped it would be safe to hold the CSI2* the following week, Sept. 2-6.  

There’s the obvious hope that fires that had burned 771,000 acres in one week, as of August 21, are under control by the time this issue arrives. That people and their horses are able to escape unharmed. Otherwise, I am at a loss for words amid the latest wave of events and forever in awe and appreciation of those stepping up to help, again and again.

Kim F Miller, Editor
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