Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's Been a Long Time, Baby

I finally did it. Decided to update my website, which hasn't been done since the Summer of 2008. With all the traffic lately (in excess of 100 page views per day on many of my pages, which has translated into many people seeking me out to contact me for services), it was about time. While the site isn't uploaded yet, I am getting close. What a job!! So, hang in there, it will be done some time this weekend, in between working horses and giving lessons ~ at least I hope it will. ;)

Today I figured with all the website work I have been putting in, it would be difficult, though not impossible, to write a topic. So, this is going to be short and sweet. While I am at it, I might as well promote what we have going on.

Each month the Sunlit Farm Training Services newsletter contains three articles on training and related subject matter, plus a couple of other informative and educational columns. Email me if you'd like a subscription, there are already a number of folks receiving it (we mail it free to clients). In the process of the website revamping, I am working on getting all of the previous newsletter editions uploaded, but it's a long drawn out process. We have a total of 34 issues in print thus far, meaning I have to convert them all and get them on the website!

Also, every so often I am contributing to the "Horse Talk" column in the Victor Valley Daily Press Newspaper. This is an incredible honor, and I am delighted to have been chosen to answer 'Ask The Trainer' questions.

We have already been given the date for the Sun Country Horsemen's Association Awards Banquet ~ it will be Saturday, December 12, 2009. No further information is available yet, such as a starting time or location but I will keep you all posted. By all means if you are in the area let me know and I'll get you on the guest list. Partying with us in celebration of our spectacular show year will be incredible fun!!

No date is set at this time for the Mojave River Valley Horsemen's Association Awards Banquet, however I will post that info as soon as it is determined.

I wanted to personally extend a huge thank you to both of these local organizations for putting on fabulous horse show series' and giving us all a place to show our horses with class and dignity, as well as offering really cool prizes. Please, locals, support these clubs so they will be around for future generations to enjoy.



  1. I second your plea to support the local clubs, especially Sun Country because it has taken the place of Hesperia Horsemen which was discontinued due to budget cuts at the beginning of this year. With so many organizations cutting back or shutting down, when a group decides to "keep on truckin'," it makes good sense to support them as a competitor or exhibitor or as a volunteer. Clubs and organizations ALWAYS need volunteers.

    Congratulations on your honors, awards and achievements. Are you heading to these award banquets with an empty horse trailer in tow so you can cart home all your goodies?? Might not be a bad idea ;o)

  2. Thank you!! Well, we may have a good couple of trucks full upon coming home, won't we? I am so blessed, that I get to work with such incredible horses every day, that I get to teach such amazing students every day and that I have the honor of such fabulous clients. I truly am humbled!!

    I agree absolutely about the need to keep supporting our local clubs. Nancy has worked SO hard to get Sun Country up and running, and has done such a great job even in the face of adversity when having to leave the Hesperia Recreation District.

    We try to support as many clubs as we can, going to the Lancaster/Palmdale area as well as 'down the hill' to show as often as possible, because there are just so many shows that fall by the wayside. In the past few years Antelope Valley Desert Riders, Yucaipa Valley Horse Show Association and a couple of others have ceased holding horse shows, and for the first time in nearly 50 years, there will not be a Whittier Host Lions Club All Arabian show come January of 2010. We have been attending that show since the early 1970's, it is a start-of-the-show-season tradition that will be sorely missed (even though the Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association is taking over those dates). In fact, there used to be eight to ten Arabian shows annually held at Pomona, now we are down to one. It is very sad...


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