Samantha Hill shot this photo of me running ring two at last month’s Del Sol Classic. I’m feeling a lot better and getting my horse fix and restocking my horse fund by working at some of our county horse shows. Thanks go to show manager Mark Conley for putting on such a fun show. I’m looking forward to working the next two shows coming up in August and in October. Be sure to stop by my ring and say “Hi.”
Thank you, thank you to everyone that has sent me good wishes and shared your cancer stories. Also, a big thank you to those of you that joined in to make this full page color ad wishing me a speedy recovery. Plus, thanks to Nancy Reed and her barn for their nice ad to cheer me on, see page 21. All of your efforts helped Steve and me take care of about $2,000 in co-pays. My robotic assisted hysterectomy and hospital care totaled over $75,000. Whoa, I think if I had been a horse the bill would have only been around $15,000. The pharmacy bill alone was $9,000. I think at that price I would have felt a lot better the day after surgery. So I think after paying insurance premiums all these years we are close to even. Ah well. I’m happy they got all the cancer and I’m hoping to start riding again at the end of this month. I’m busy traveling this month to Western States Horse Expo and then to Lexington for the annual American Horse Publications conference.
Thanks to everyone that joined us in this issue featuring hunter/jumper and real estate. The shows seem to be doing pretty well and a lot of people I have talked to seem to think things are picking up. Next month we are featuring trainers and August is our summer dressage issue. If you have a story idea for us please let us know. We are also growing our eNewsletter and this is a great way for you to let the readers know about late breaking news. We will be giving away a $300 shopping spree with any of the Western States Horse Expo vendors, on the Thursday before the Expo, to one of our lucky eNewsletter subscribers. You can find out who won in that week’s eNews. Or check our website or our Facebook page as we send out a tweet about who wins.
We need to make a correction from the May issue. Grania Willis from the FEI alerted us that we had two errors in our World Cup article. Willis stated that we wrote: “When the FEI declined McLain Ward’s request to conduct a doping test, Ward ordered it himself.” Willis informed us that, “The FEI did not decline to conduct a doping test. Blood, urine and leg swab samples were taken from Sapphire by an MCP Testing veterinarian on the morning of Saturday 17 April.” We also had an error in the placing. Swiss rider Pius Schwizer finished equal second with Ludger Beerbaum, behind German winner Marcus Ehning. We apologize for the errors.
Again, thanks everyone for your amazing support for me and all of us at California Riding Magazine. We appreciate all of you and look forward to serving the California horse community for years to come.
CEO, Riding’s Publications, Inc.