Local resident, Margo Anderson of Los Osos, shares her story of the first of hopefully many horseless, horse-related adventures. This one explored the wild west. “My theme was to ride,” Margo explains, “but at the same time enjoy different states, scenery, landscape, and people.” The only date Margo had fixed on a calendar was an Historic Trails Dutch Oven Dinner Ride excursion with a covered wagon in Casper, Wyoming. Sharon Jantzen catches up with her and tells her story.
Former Pony Clubber, Eventer and Dressage rider who balanced training and showing with getting a college degree (from Cal Poly SLO), becoming a wife and raising a family. Presently she is enjoying riding a Rocky Mounted Gaited horse and exploring Mounted Archery. Her new baby is Whisper, a Connemara filly.
“Middle aged and older women are the biggest demographic in the horse world,” says Mary Jane Alumbaugh, one of the local Century Club riders. Barbi Breen Gurley, the other Century Club rider, also coaches riders and trains horses. Barbi comments, “I have lots of students who are ladies in their 60’s plus.” These two SLO County ladies came from different perspectives to ride a Century Club ride while inspiring other riders to realize they are not too old to ride a horse AND compete. Sharon Jantzen meets up with two local Dressage riders who recently completed a Century Club ride.
For David Landreville it’s more than trimming, it’s hoof building. He teaches as he works and demonstrates a method of shaping the hoof so it aligns as closely as possible with the internal structures. He’s coming to the central coast and you can get hands-on experience while your horse enjoys a comfortable trim. Sharon Jantzen provides the Hoof Building clinic details.
The Western States Mounted Officers Association Trail Trials honors fallen mounted personnel and mounts. For more than two decades the Trail Trials have honored the dedicated Mounted Police heroes and horses by remembering them while riding and competing while building camaraderie have fun and win prizes. Sharon Jantzen provides the details for this fun Trail Trial event you can be a part of.