California Riding Magazine • December, 2009

Flying Changes

Margaret Sears
Photo: Erpelding Photography

Margaret Sears
Jan. 30, 1943-Nov. 6, 2009

Pony Expresso owner Margaret Sears lost her battle with pancreatic cancer and will be much missed on the Southern California show circuit. Her life was celebrated during a West Coast Active Rider-hosted memorial service at the Del Mar Horse Park on Nov. 16. Family and friends packed the VIP tent as memories were shared.

Margaret was born in Oak City, UT. She leaves behind her two daughters Joy McNally, Amy Self and three grandchildren, Taylor, Rhetty and Madeline. Her home in Las Vegas was a home away from home where people would gather for coffee, Margaret’s famous baking and to share stories and experiences about family, horses
and life.

Margaret opened Pony Expresso in 1994. She operated her successful horse show cafe at several Southern California venues including The Oaks, Del Mar Horsepark and the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Her daughters encouraged everyone to honor Margaret’s brave battle with pancreatic cancer by sending donations to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 300C, Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-473-5121. Margaret was diagnosed 10 months prior to her passing. Most patients survive for only three to six months after diagnosis. Margaret’s love and passion for life allowed her many months to enjoy one of her loves, traveling. Her final adventures this past year included a trip to Mexico, a canyon hike in Utah, a ride on a Harley Davidson and a trip to Paris.

Susan Sexton

World-renowned equine photographer Susan Sexton passed away peacefully on Nov. 11. She is most familiar to East Coasters thanks to her years there specializing in photographing dressage horses. “Her ability to reach inside the soul of the horse and bring that vision to life is what has always set her apart as one of the most sought after photographers by major farms and breeders throughout America,” notes’s Mary Phelps Hathaway.