California Riding Magazine • January, 2010

Flying Changes

Farewell to Manny

Adrienne Moore, DVM, lost her long time partner, Manny, suddenly. Manny traveled extensively with Moore, a popular veterinarian based in San Diego County’s Fallbrook, and was a huge hit with all of her customers and friends. “This was especially true if you happened to be holding a garden hose, his most favorite thing in the world,” notes one of Manny’s pals, trainer Nancy Reed.

Not only will Moore miss her soulmate, all of her friends will miss him too, along with his hilarious, sometimes vocal, antics.

Four Star Farm Moves to Napa

Four Star Farm, a well-known name in Southern California, has relocated to Napa Valley at the Rapp Ranch Equestrian Center. Led by Napa native Natalie Rooney Pitts, Four Star Farm offers a full range of services from beginner through advanced.

Pitt’s vision for Four Star Farm is to cultivate the joy of riding and safely lead eventing and dressage enthusiast of all ages. An ICP level III instructor, she has competed worldwide and garnered many medals, beginning at age 6 at Wild Horse Valley Ranch. “My goal with Four Star Farm is to share my passion and joy with others,” said Pitts. “I love to be a part of helping both children and adults meet their riding goals and realize their dreams.”

In addition to youth classes for ages 6 through 12 and Mommy and Me classes for ages 3-6, the professional services offered at Four Star Farm include instruction in dressage, jumping, cross country and coaching at competitions. World class eventing, dressage and show jumping clinics are held throughout the year at Four Star Farm.

Instructor Linda Betts brings years of competitive riding experience to Four Star Farm. Betts has passed her “L” judge certification, the first step in becoming a dressage judge.

Four Star Farm is proud to be one of the few Riding Center Pony Clubs in California. Members of the Pony Club do not have to have their own horse; they will still have access to the full Pony Club program, which includes riding instruction, mounted sports, and the care of horses and ponies. The program helps to develop responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence. 

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Villa Chardonay

The equine sanctuary, Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings, in Temecula, recently launched a fundraising campaign to help with escalating need and costs. Incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal rescue and sanctuary to provide critical care for horses and other abandoned animals, the much-needed facility is a labor of love for founders Monika Kerber and Louise Gardner. At Villa Chardonnay the horses find a home, shelter, food, medical needs and most importantly, love and caring.

An Arabian gelding, Chameleon, is Villa Chardonnay’s most recent arrival. Once prized for his beauty and intelligence, Chameleon was living in Perris when his owner passed away. He was not being fed regularly; his ribs were showing and a leg wound was festering. Villa Chardonnay cares for nearly 20 once-abandoned horses. Because the number of equines at Villa Chardonnay continues to grow and their needs multiply, a fundraising campaign has been initiated to help build additional shelters, provide veterinary care and basic needs for the horses.

To offer help and/or get more information about Villa Chardonnay, visit or call 408-710-6286.