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Equestrians prepare for competitive trail ride

   Now is the time to condition for the First of Spring competitive trail ride in the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.
   “Even if you have never tried the sport before, it only takes about
six weeks for novice riders (and the mounts beneath them) to begin
conditioning for a competitive trail ride,” said Bob Insko, president
of the Arabian Horse Association in Ramona.
   Newcomers are invited to join experienced competitive riders for a
sport that is growing in popularity. The First of Spring ride will be
April 16-18 with a single day  and overnight options for the event,
which is sanctioned by the North American Trail Ride Conference.
   In the equestrian realm, Arabian horses are known for endurance
trials.  Ghazu, a type of desert warfare once practiced, developed the
breed’s speed and distance over centuries. Arabian riders depended upon
this desert-hardened breed for survival.

Hoofbeats

 March 5-7:  Vallecito Days Reenactment ride weekend in Shelter Valley. Ramona Trails Association, www.ramonatrails.org.
   March 7, noon: Grand opening
celebrations for Hawi-Vallecito Ranch, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 
on the Sunday of Vallecito Days. Nearly 10 miles of trails for
equestrians, cyclists and hikers, allowing direct access into the BLM
Sawtooth Wilderness.  Users may camp at Vallecito County Park for
access (no corrals).
   The opening of this area to recreational use has been a cooperative
venture of San Diego County Parks, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, U.S.
Bureau of Land Management and local Native American groups, among
others. 

Hoof Beats sponsors drawing to listen to Sentinel readers

   Happy New Year!  2010 is upon us, with anticipation of spring
already in the wings. The new year will bring equestrian opportunities
for camping, trail rides, poker runs and just general good fun for
everyone.  
   I would like to extend a thank you to the equestrian community in a
different way. This column is for you. I would like to know what you
would like to see here as the months go by. 

Sanctuary saves San Nicolas felines from certain death

   Ramona’s Fund for Animals Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has added
31 feral cats to its roster of critters to be cared for. The cats,
rescued from San Nicolas Island about 60 miles off the Southern
California coast, were transported to the center as part of an ongoing
operation headed by the Humane Society of the United States.

Is Ramona woman, 70, the Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50?

   Ramona Resident Mimi Kirk is in the Top 10 of a nationwide contest.  
   Due to a steadily increasing number of vegetarians, the People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)  have been holding the contest
for several years in a search of sexy vegetarians.

Riding options aplenty this summer

“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.”
—Arabian Proverb

Drille Divas
The Web site will either make one wonder what one is getting into, or
provide an instant connection with the eclectic group of women
involved. (The Web site’s caption boasts “Every woman deserves a tiara
and a whip!”) 

What’s happening in June

Ramona Trails Association (RTA)  
Mark your calendars. The annual Spurs, Spokes & Sneakers event is
coming June 27. RTA invites anyone and everyone on horse, mule, bike,
or even  sneakers to join the fun. Last year’s event was a huge
success. Come out and see what all the fuss is about.
RTA’s next meeting is June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. It’s open to all who are interested. 

Special Christmas Eve delivery

Employees at Ramona Post Office provided a special kind of delivery for Christmas this year to a Ramona family.
 
The Hay family — mom Debbie, dad Mark and daughter Taylor — came out of
the house on Christmas Eve morning to the sound of a police siren.  As
a parade of mail trucks came up the drive with a police escort,
10-year-old Taylor waited in wonder.

Caroling on horseback, feet and bikes

Ramona Trails Association (RTA): “Proud to represent all non-motorized
trail users,” RTA’s mission has been to retain access to and maintain
existing non-motorized, multi-use trails in this rural area as well as
actively encourage new trail development on public and private lands.
RTA members work closely with federal, state and local government
agencies as well as numerous other volunteer organizations.
All are welcome at RTA’s next meeting, the group’s Annual Holiday
Potluck and Gathering in the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on
Dec 6 at 6 p.m.

Patriot Propane; ‘Good service at a reasonable price’

One might not get the full impact of Scott Brown’s tenacity upon a
first meeting.  The integrity is there, but so is the firmness of
resolve and dedication for the people and organizations in Ramona and
the surrounding mountain communities.
“It’s about the people in the community,” explains Brown. “When you
move into a small town like this, it is because you want to be part of
the bigger picture.”

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