CDS Chapter Fall Show. Del Mar, CA, Jan. 26-27, 2009

Fox Run was well represented at the San Diego Chapter Show. Skyler Evans showed Steve Borders' Westphalian gelding Exemplar in first level and won both her classes with scores over 70%. Skyler and "Eddie" also won the high score amateur award for the whole show! An excellent result for a horse who has also won on the flat and over fences as a pre-green hunter. For the last six months, Jenni Martin McAllister, well known Grand Prix jumper rider, has been rehabilitating Donna's former Intermediate I horse Mondeo. At the chapter show, she swapped tack and rode Mondeo in third level test 2. She placed third with a 64% the first day, then tied for first the second day with the same score. Mondeo and Jenni would have scored even higher if his noseband hadn't snapped three movements before the end of Sunday's test. Donna rode Zidane in his last training level test. Zidane placed second and is now the highest scoring IALHA horse at training level in the country. Veloz came in second with a 66.8% at third level test three, then presented his winning third level freestyle again in preparation for the IALHA Championship Show in Texas Oct. 10-15. Veloz will also be presented as a breeding stallion in Ft. Worth.

Donna had asked chapter members to bring in their old saddle pads to be donated to Father John Donald, a Jesuit missionary in Honduras. Many of Father John's parishioners depend on horses, mules, or donkeys for transportation and use in the fields. Their harnesses and saddles are homemade, often ill fitting, and prone to causing sores. When the sores become infected, there is no veterinary care available, so frequently the animals are lost and their owners further impoverished. The San Diego chapter members were outstanding in their generosity, donating so many pads Donna had to take them home by the truckload. In all over 150 pads will be making their way to Honduras where they will be greatly appreciated.