Clover Ten-Thirty has been selected as the 2013 Hall of Fame Horse for the lifetime of teaching and healing service she has offered to thousands of Sonoma County residents.
Most horses are special to someone, but Clover Ten-Thirty holds a special place in the heart of each person who has come into contact with her. Her open, gentle, and kind nature has inspired hundreds of people to ride and work with horses in their lives.
Steve Burchfield has received an Equus Award for his outstanding contribution as president of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Mounted Assistance Unit.
Marty Griffin has received an Equus Award for creation of the Varykino Program and her introduction of young people to the care, riding, and showing of horses.
Marty learned to ride at the age of ten in Florida. She and her first horse Lightening would run like “wild Indians” around the 12,000-acre Hillsboro River State Park. She road bareback because her family could not afford a saddle. Marty later moved to northern California.
Red Rightsell has received an Equus Award for his achievement in Team Roping and his mentorship of local riders.
Red learned to ride when he was in fifth grade on a sorrel Quarter Horse named Shiny. He rode around his family’s ranch in Patterson, Ca, and Red remembers Shiny as being “just a nice guy.”
Neil Shepard has received an Equus Award for his dedication as a teamster and his leadership in the driving community.
Neil has always loved horses. He is the great, great nephew of Jack London, and remembers riding all over the Beauty Ranch as a child. He and his sister and brother shared a Morgan named Shenta, and pinto named Apache. He grew up using horses as transportation.
Val Kasnick has been chosen to receive the first annual Volunteer of the Year Award for her many contributions to the SCHC, and for her willing, cheerful, and positive attitude.
Sarah Reid has won an Equus Award for her dedication to equestrian access on trails and in open spaces.
Sarah always wanted a horse, but didn't realize her dream until age twenty-two. She discovered trails with her horse, Verdi, at age twenty-eight. Since then she has dedicated herself to trail preservation and equestrian access, now riding her horse, Oreo.
Sandy Kriegsman has won an Equus Award for display of leadership in promoting the health and well being of horses in Sonoma County.
Sandy's first memory of horses was as a five year old leading a pony following a photographer door to door. She wore a cowboy hat and chaps and posed for photos. She finally got her own horse when she was nine years old.
Hope and Ned Glynn have been selected for Equus Awards for their contributions to the Hunter Jumper discipline in Sonoma County.
Hope started riding as a junior in Sacramento, coached by her mother, Pricilla Hobday, and Patty Ball. She became professional after graduating from UC Davis. Ned grew up in Petaluma and rode under the coaching of Gry and Duncan McFarlane. As a junior, he was already a champion. He coached the UC Davis equestrian team, and then traveled back East and rode with grand prix rider, Candice King.
Edna Draper has been awarded the first posthumous Equus Award for her introduction and promotion of the Arabian breed in Sonoma County and across the United States.
Edna had the typical young girl's love for horses. Due to an early injury to her back, Edna never actually rode, but she was an expert handler. She competed in halter classes, and knew champions when she saw them. Edna's horses were so well trained that her stallions could be led by just their manes wrapped around their necks.