California Riding Magazine • May, 2014

Founders's Notes

Red Bucket Equine Rescue proudly presents Roxie, a 7 year old POA. Roxie is approximately 14.2 hands, and has a solid foundation under saddle. She is an ideal little project horse for a beginning or intermediate rider. She has very good ground manners, a fun temperament, and gets along well with other equine friends. Roxie can demonstrate both upward and downward transitions, has mastery over simple changes, and is eagerly learning flying lead changes.
She is responsive to both the hand and leg commands, and is loving and kind. Adoption fee $1500. Contact Red Bucket Equine Rescue
310-466-6223 or

We are happy to bring you this May issue featuring Spanish breeds, barns and horse trailer accessories. We thank all of our advertisers who joined for this nice issue. Plus thank you readers for reading our magazine every month. June is our summer hunter/jumper issue and real estate issue.

I have been super busy passing out magazines, the new California Horseman's Directories and also doing extra work teaching lessons, videography and photographing. I'm on a mission to treat my lymphedema even though insurance doesn't cover any of my lymphedema health costs. I need $50,000 for the first surgery I'm having in July to provide relief. Steve and I can pay for $15,000 of it but I'm hoping to raise funds for the balance of it. Let me know if you can either make a small donation and/or help me get the Lymphedema Treatment Act passed to help others who suffer from secondary and primary lymphedema.

To donate please see To learn how to send a letter to your congressman see Plus call or email me if you need photography, video, ads, etc., as I'm trying to make the money for the surgeries and treatments health insurance won't pay for. Thanks for your support. My good friend Elizabeth Johnson is giving a benefit dressage clinic for me June 21 in Poway. See the event calendar for details. Thank you Elizabeth!!! And thanks to everyone who has donated already!

Patti Schofler alerted us of an error in the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering article last month. Ellen Eckstein is the author, but not mentioned is her co-author, Betty Staley. We regret the omission.
As we went to press, word arrived that eventer Kristi Nunnink decided to retire her mare R Star from top level competition. You'll see that Kristi and the four-star mare won the Galway Downs CIC*** in March and they were planning to return to the Rolex Kentucky CCI Four Star, where they finished an impressive eighth last year. A heart condition that first presented as irregular heartbeats during light work has become more serious of late, and thus the four-time Rolex mare will take a break. Kristi runs Next Star Farm in Auburn.

Happy Riding!

Cheryl Erpelding
Founder, Riding's Publications Inc.