Malibu hunter/jumper trainer Scott Wilson passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 29, while on a skiing vacation with his family. His Scott Wilson Stables has been a fixture on the California show circuit for many years.
Isaiah Gregory Lucas
Sporthorse breeder Irena Coz-Lucas got the best of all possible 40th birthday presents: a baby boy. Isaiah Gregory Lucas was born on Dec. 30, checking in at 8 lbs, 5 oz, and 21”. Coz-Lucas owns and operates Kastel Coz Sport Horses in San Diego County’s Ramona. Congratulations!
Hollywood horse wrangler Dale Rickards died Dec. 29 at his home in Malibu at the age of 88. In the early 1980s, he opened a business renting and selling Western props to the movie industry and his ranch off Mulholland Drive was a frequent location for movies and photography shoots. Rickards’ inventory grew to include antique vehicles, and a horse-drawn hearse that now stands outside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. From 1946 to 1973, he worked as a mounted Los Angeles Police Department officer, patrolling the Hansen Dam area, where the family also ran a small amusement park featuring pony and wagon rides and a 24 horse merry-go-round. Before that, he rode as a member of the U.S. Cavalry and U.S. Army and served in World War II.
His survivors include his son Ron Rickards, who continues to operate the Rent from Rickards movie prop business.