California Riding Magazine • January, 2012

Dave Cox Remembered
Local hero honored at
Valenti Estate and Saddle Club

Pamela Cox, Irene Valenti, artist Célou Bonnet.

After contacting the top dressage riders and dressage ring specialists in the field, local retired businessman Dave Cox developed a professional dressage facility at the Valenti Estate and Saddle Club in Rancho Santa Fe. He researched and then financed what became one of the best dressage facilities in San Diego County. After the ring was built, Dave was its caretaker until his death on September 3, 2011. On November 19, 2011, a memorial plaque was installed in his honor on the grounds of the dressage ring, naming it the Dave Cox Arena.

Manna Ko, Don Meredith, Irene Valenti
(Valenti Estate and Saddle Club owner), Anderson Donan.

Original Rancho Santa Fe Saddle Club owner Richard Rosenblatt was in attendance at the dedication that unveiled a memorial plaque designed by bronze sculpture artist, Célou Bonnet, who immigrated to the US in 1981 from Provence, France. A celebrated rider, Célou moved to California to work for renowned Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Charlie Whittingham, then learned the technique of working with bronze from Bill Yancy at the Hammerman foundry in Escondido.