California Riding Magazine • October, 2008

Flying Changes

Dressage Judge and Trainer, Trip Harding, Passes Away

Trip Harding passed away at his home in Los Angeles on August 21, just two weeks after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. He went comfortably with his friends around him.

Mary Phelps Hathaway has put out a personal call for donations for a memorial service, medical bills and household expenses that will be coming in for a while. They can be sent to:
Delora L Lauver, DVM
Community Veterinary Center
10617 Burbank Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91607

Lynn Kirst Joins theAdvisory Board of Hearts

Lynn P. Kirst has joined the Advisory Board of Hearts Adaptive Riding Center, which provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults who have physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities in Santa Barbara. Hearts began in 1985 with two school horses and a handful of riders, today over 50 riders come weekly to ride at the center.

A fourth generation Californian and lifelong equestrian, Kirst is active with numerous horse and trail-related organizations. She is an original member of The Fillies and was named 2007 Filly of the Year. Kirst received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California and has a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the USC School of Architecture. As a museum professional and freelance writer, Kirst often writes about horse and art-related topics, and has had numerous articles printed by a variety of publications.
For more information on Hearts Adaptive Riding Center visit

Artist Sue Sifton Commissioned to Sculpt Nancy Trombold Memorial Trophy

Quarter Horse trainer, Sandy Arledge, commissioned artist Sue Sifton to sculpt her long-time friend and trail enthusiast, Nancy Trombold and her mare, Cash a Trip, a.k.a. Cat. The sculpture will be bronzed, mounted on granite and presented as a perpetual memorial trophy to the winner of the Select Amateur Trail at the Santa Barbara Quarter Horse show each September.

Above is a snapshot of the preliminary clay of Cat. The finished sculpture will have Nancy showing the mare over obstacles. “As a perpetual trophy it will have to be won for three successive years by the same horse/rider team,” explains Sandy. “Nancy and her various horses, especially Cat and Frenchy, showed annually at this show and always enjoyed going to Santa Barbara. We hope that Nancy’s spirit will never be forgotten!”

A bronze of this type and quality normally costs at least $8000, but Sue was an admirer of Nancy and her “grit” and agreed to discount her work by 50 percent. Sandy extends her heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to the project. For those of who haven’t, but wish to, checks can be made out to Sue Sifton and mailed to Sandy at the address below:
Sandy Arledge
PO Box 2166,
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.