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.
CHATSWORTH — Chatsworth equestrian community leader Mary Kaufman, a longtime president of ETI Corral 54, died unexpectedly March 24 on the second anniversary of the death of her favorite horse, Ace.
Kaufman, 68, who had endured a months-long battle with a troublesome hip replacement, also served of the board of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and was chair of the equestrian committee and chief organizer of the Council’s annual Day of the Horse festival.
Kaufman was appointed by Councilman Mitch Englander to the Los Angeles Equestrian Advisory Committee and was active with the West Valley Volunteer Mounted Patrol. She hosted Mayors Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa, and Council Members Greig Smith and Englander and other dignitaries on horseback tours of Chatsworth’s hills and trails, promoting the need to preserve the rural environment.
The Equine Health & Pleasure Fair, sponsored by the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC), is Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orcas Park Equestrian Center. The entire community and equestrian friends are invited to share in this FREE, fun-filled event by riding on the trails at Hansen Dam, then continuing on your horse to the Fair! There will be lots of vendors, including L.A. Animal Services for micro-chipping/licensing of horses and dogs, horse-and-rider bling, BLM and other horse rescues, farriers and vets, various equine products, info booths from various equine-based organizations, political candidate booths, free food and drinks, free pony rides for the kids — and much more!
FORT WORTH, Texas — With two big scores in four tough events, Clayton Edsall of Oakdale earned the title of World’s Greatest Horseman during the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions event held Feb. 12-20 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center.
Riding his own gelding, Skeets Oak Peppy, Edsall scored a 221 to lead the herd work to set his winning pace.
“We were fortunate to up earlier (in the draw), and there were still some cattle we had picked out,” he said. “Some of them got cut. Doug (Williamson), right before me, cut pretty much my whole list, so we went with some backups. Kelby (Phillips) had a good cow picked out, and it all worked out.”
The NRCHA’s World’s Greatest Horseman competition requires the same horse-and-rider combo to compete in four events: herd work, reined work, steer stopping, and fence work.
“In the reined work, he was solid,” Clayton said of “Sly.” “He was a tick better in the prelims. He let me do all the maneuvers and run pretty honest.”
The City of San Marcos held its 25th Annual Trail Days and Membership Drive on March 5, and the community’s horse people showed up in force — more than double of last year. The event asks for residents to come together, put on their hiking shoes or saddle up their horses, and step back in time and experience the rural trails of San Marcos’s extensive trails system. All funds raised from the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Trails Membership Drive directly benefit existing 52 miles of trails and help complete the final segments of the 72-mile multi-use trail system.
A venerable – and well used – equestrian bridge survives effort by bicyclists to make it theirs
BURBANK — After a two-hour public hearing on bicyclists’ access to the Mariposa Equestrian Bridge into Griffith Park, the Burbank City Council last month ended the controversy simply: no bicycles on the bridge.
Known as the “swinging bridge” that connects to the Griffith Park equestrian trails, the bridge carries hundreds of horse-and-riders daily and as many as 1,000 on a weekend. The seven-foot wide bridge, commissioned in 1938, was the result of efforts by movie actor Gene Autry, who understood that once the Los Angeles River banks were built out, equestrians would be cut off from riding in the park.
“It has been under intense pressure by a bike club to be declared a ‘multi-modal’ bridge that would include bicycle access into Griffith Park,” said Lynn Brown, Vice President of the Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee and a champion statewide for equestrian interests.
VALLEY CENTER — The Valley Center Vaqueros Equine Education Foundation, along with Armstrong Feed in Valley Center, sponsored the community’s Third Annual Day of the Horse Feb. 13, putting on display the area’s vibrant, diverse equestrian world.
“We’re a group of equestrians who all have different interests and disciplines, so the Day of the Horse is a way to embrace that and share it with the general public,” said Julie Picot, a 30-year equestrianne who moved to Valley Center in 2004. “We have members who are into driving, and others are into cowboy challenges or drill team or dressage. We kind of showcase that diversity at the Day of the Horse, and its important for the community to come together.”
A few spots remain unfilled, but they aren’t expected to remain that way long for the Buck Brannaman clinic in the Los Angeles area April 1-4 at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lake View Terrace. Brannaman will be offering two classes: Foundation from 9 a.m. to noon, and Horsemanship 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. To bnook your spot in the clinic, call Sally at (323) 662-8085, and see the ad on page 62. Spectators are welcome to watch this remarkable teacher at work, and no reservations are necessary for that. More info is also available on the trainer’s website.
Fiesta Charity Horse Show and Spectacular is dedicated to raising awareness and much needed funds for cancer research in order to help find a cure for this disease and give people long lives, as well as to honor our nation’s military families. Many local and national organizations have benefitted from funds raised through Fiesta, including the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Fiesta brings together the special healing power of horses and people.
If you have a horse, horse trailer and tow vehicle and have a desire to give back to your community, then the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Mounted Posse is looking for you.
The L.A. Sheriffs Mounted Posse seeks riders to serve as reserve deputies and civilian volunteers. Mounted Posse members support the department by patrolling rural trails, shopping malls, and participating in community parades and other community events. Requirements include being 18 years of age or older, having United States citizenship, residency in Los Angeles County or surrounding area, and passing of a background check. The stations that currently have mounted posses include the Altadena Station, the Industry Station, Malibu/Lost Hills Station, the Lomita Station, the Palmdale Station, the San Dimas Station, the Santa Clarita Station and the Temple Station. Equestrians interested in joining the Los Angeles Mounted Posse should contact the station nearest them: