LONDON — Sgt. Reckless, the mare whose service aided U.S. Marines to victory in battles of the Korean War, recently received more posthumous military honors — this time, across the pond in London, England.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British animal charity, awarded Reckless the Dickin Medal — the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the highest British military decoration for valor — for her service in 1952 and 1953 during the Korean War.
U.S. Embassy attaché Lieut. Col. Michael Skaggs accepted the award on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps, since Reckless passed away in 1968 in Camp Pendleton, where a permanent monument will be dedicated later this year.
Banning Stagecoach Days and PRCA Rodeo is coming to Dysart Park on Sept. 9-11, and the Stagecoach Days Association is bringing back Honeycutt Rodeo and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to bring your appetite, as food and beverages will be plentiful. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday night will be provided by Country Nation — to help you with your boot scoot boogie. Also, six-time PRCA comedy act of the year, Troy Lerwill (“The Wild Child”) will be performing Friday and Saturday evenings as well.
Sand Fire burns 40,000 acres in Santa Clarita area in L.A. County
SANTA CLARITA — Hundreds of horses were evacuated in a late July wildfire in northern Los Angeles County that scorched more than 40,000 acres in and near the Angeles National Forest.
The fire that began Friday afternoon near Sand Canyon Road took almost three days to fully contain, destroying 18 homes and killing a man during the fierce first 48 hours. More than 20,000 people were evacuated.
The blaze also destroyed Sable Ranch, a longtime Southern California location for film and TV shoots that succumbed on Saturday. The ranch was a popular location for Westerns with its Spanish-style hacienda, stables and various out buildings. Among the numerous shows shot there were television’s Maverick, The A-Team, and 24.
SUNLAND — Dale Gibson had finished his Saturday morning roping July 23 and was trailering back to his ranch through Kagel Canyon when he got a call.
“They asked me if I would come by and get a couple of horses, and I said `yes!’,” said Gibson.
He took them to Gibson Ranch, unloaded, and before he could eat lunch, the phone rang again.
“I told my wife I was going back to Kagel Canyon to haul some more horses,” he says. “After that point, the next time I walked into my house was 11 o’clock that night.”
Auctioneer Rick Machado will once again be at the podium for this first-rate event, part of a world-class six-day line-up at the Mid-state Fairgrounds from Aug. 16-21, including the NSHA Futurity, the World’s Richest Stock Horse Bridle competition and the pre-futurity horse show.
The competitors and attendees at this event is a “Who’s Who” in the reined cow horse world, and the competition is fierce among the world’s top riders and horses.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lucy Davis, a 22-year-old jumping rider from Los Angeles, will join fellow Californians and dressage riders Steffen Peters and Kasey Perry-Glass when the respective U.S. Olympic Show Jumping and Dressage teams head to Rio De Janiero, Brazil, next month for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The USEF announced the squads last week. The Games will be held Aug. 12-19 at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio.
Davis, who will ride Old Oak Farm’s Barron, a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding, will be flanked on the U.S. Show Jumping squad with an abundance of international experience, as she will be joined by Kent Farrington of Wellington, Fla., riding Voyeur, a 2002 KWPN gelding owned by Amalaya Investments; Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., on Cortes ‘C’, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Abigail Wexner; and
McLain Ward of Brewester, N.Y., on HH Azur, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Double H Farm.
Heaven’s Ranch comes to Norco! Since 2002, Heaven’s Ranch in Chino Hills has been sharing its distinctive version of paradise with area horse lovers, both young and old. Anne Capelle, owner and founder of the historic, working cattle ranch recently announced the opening of a second Heaven’s Ranch facility in Norco. The Grand Opening is planned for July, 2016. The new establishment, located at 4036 Pedley Ave., has the ability to house more than 40 horses and will feature box stalls, outside pens, a 60′ x 200’ arena, round pen and hotwalker, and is a short ride to river trails. Heaven’s Ranch specializes in assisting newcomers to the equine world by providing the foundational skills and education necessary to truly enjoy life with an equine companion. As with the Chino Hills location, horsemanship skills for all levels, as well as lessons on cattle, will be in the offerings at the Norco site. For information, contact Heaven’s Ranch at 909-597-4920. For updates on their grand opening, visit their website at www.heavensranchllc.com.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting concluded June 14 with the National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, an update on the “Time to Ride” campaign, and a panel on benefits of Microchipping.
Christie Schulte of Lead Change Management Inc. and Marketing Manager of the AHC Time to Ride campaign, emphasized that the campaign’s goal is not to just grow the horse industry, but to make the equine experience attractive and accessible to newcomers. She also gave an update to meeting attendees on the progress of Time to Ride in 2016, as well as the new programs and sweepstakes that were introduced this year. Most notably, Time to Ride will be working with the U.S. Equestrian Federation on the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to engage youth in as many Olympic sports as possible.
Schulte added that Time To Ride has introduced over 60,000 new people to horses.
California Horsetrader was presented with the first-place award for winning the best Publishing Media Equine-related Specialty or Custom Publication in 2015 at the American Horse Publications banquet July 18 in Orlando, Fla.
LAKESIDE — Diana Cavender, a veteran of more than 50 parades since she joined the Escondido Mounted Posse six years ago, was killed April 23 when her horse spooked and fell, knocking her to the ground at the Lakeside Western Days Parade. The incident occured about 10:50 a.m. after the posse had concluded the parade, as Cavender and her horse were approaching a staging area. Emergency crews rushed her to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where she died at 5:41 p.m.