Happy New Year!
My New Year's is off to an exciting start! I got a new young horse for Christmas! I've been keeping an eye out for a horse in my budget and found a Thoroughbred gelding up at Jennifer Willson's CJ Ranches in Ramona. My friend Nancy Reed had spotted him a few months prior and I got along with this youngster right away. I thought my days of bringing along young horses was likely over, but this gelding is very mellow and has been very agreeable to the work so far. The photo above is after "Riding Magazine's Latest Edition," aka Eddie, had his first work-out in the busy covered arena at Del Mar Horsepark. Mark Conley took this photo of us and wanted to know if I had stuffed Eddie's ears to keep him calm. I hadn't and he did great his first time working in the covered arena. I'm looking forward to working with my new horse and seeing how he develops as he prepares for the hunter show ring.
This month we have the beautiful stallion For Play on our cover. We thank Stepping Stone, LLC and Dacia Peters-Imperato for sponsoring this month's cover. Plus we have several more breeders in this issue. If you missed last month's issue, which some of our stallion owners placed ads in, and need a copy we have extras available. Just give us a call or send us an e-mail if you have missed any of our back issues. We also have some cover sponsorships available for 2011. Please give us a call for the details.
Additionally, this issue is the Special Edition for Equine Affaire and we also have several thank you and congratulations ads for many of our show riders that compete in hunter/jumpers. Thank you to all of you that bought ads in this issue.
Next month we will be at Equine Affaire and also at the HITS Thermal circuit that begins at the end of the month. Be sure to come by our booth in building 7 to win a chance at a $300 shopping spree.
Last month, we incorrectly credited Summer Hill instead of Samantha Hill for the nice write-up in Flying Changes about Leah Von Henkle's dog, Snacks, who she lost this past fall.
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