California Riding Magazine • June, 2013

Flying Changes

Betsy Carin Woods

Santa Barbara hunter/jumper trainer Betsy Woods was found dead in her home on April 21. She was 60. Adding heartbreak upon heartbreak, Betsy's husband John Christopher Locke had passed away one week before her. He was 62. They are survived by their son, Woody.

Betsy was highly regarded in the industry and an active member of the equestrian community. She owned and operated Ridgewood Farm since 1978 and was a longtime member and director of the Santa Barbara County Riding Club and also served on the board of the Los Angeles County Hunter Jumper Assn.

She impacted the lives of many and enjoyed her work. "Teaching is one of the highest manifestations of giving,"she said on the Ridgewood Farm website. "You draw from your experience, who you are, and your communication skills to express your ideas. You are vulnerable. Because of this, the friendships you develop with your students and their parents are deep and personal. I am so lucky to do what I do!"  

As a couple, Betsy and John, manager of the area's famous Cold Spring Tavern, were described as "gifts to Santa Barbara" in tributes posted on At presstime, no memorial services had been announced for Betsy.