Debi Santoro graciously welcomed a large group of the Santa Ynez Valley Riders to her home for a January potluck supper. During the meeting, several camp-outs were planned, and they reviewed their last trail ride which was at Rancho Los Alamos. The Valley and nearby locations are very lucky to have gracious owners of large properties that will open their private lands to certain responsible groups.
After the meeting, everyone headed for the buffet table. There was a colorful array of delicious dishes to choose from that had been prepared by talented cooks. Marvelous salads of every kind were piled on plates, as well as, tri-tip, chicken and ham. Vegetable dishes were plentiful and members with towering plates made their way to different groups of tables.
We were lucky to be surrounded by such vital company as Shayna Rockwell, Donna Joyce, Dian Montoya, Leonora Rovtar, Denise Marino, Warren Thorsen, and Debbie Thorsen. We were thrilled to hear that Donna Joyce owns a National Spotted Saddle Horse which adds a new breed to our huge roster of over 50 different breeds of horses in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Conversations with riders are always lively and filled with interesting experiences. A few fairly outrageous statements escaped from some lips, but out of self-preservation, I am not saying whose. Actually, I was only asking a question but my choice of words got tangled up. But there's nothing wrong with peals of laughter.
The Santa Ynez Valley Riders group is undoubtedly the oldest couples riding club in the Valley. They have been galloping along for over 50 years! Some of the longest time members are Bud and Pat Harvey, Bob and Donna Crowe. Bob Crowe will always be greatly appreciated for trying to get designated trails here throughout the Valley. But as new people moved here, they were concerned about gates being left open and fires from cigarettes. Almost nobody smokes anymore and these riding groups know the safety rules and always sign releases. In fact, many of the joys of trail riding have prevailed here because of kind and understanding land owners, as well as, very responsible riders. A wonderful part is that people well into their retirement years are still enjoying being in the saddle.
One of the new members is Marjorie Puckett who lives part time on San Juan Island. She rides a Haflinger horse and also has a Rocky Mountain Horse. These are certainly gaining in popularity. They have an easy smooth gait with no bumps. She also raises alpacas at her Honey Lane Farm, and sells fine textile products. If you have ever worked with alpaca yarn it is amazingly soft and beautiful.
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Quiz of the Week: Who once had a private meeting with the pope? 1. Fred Beaton and his family. 2. Susie Snow. 3. Dorothy Alter.
Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Pandora was lucky that Hope was still left in her box, after she opened the famous box that Zeus forbade her to open.