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Valley Horse Owners Association June 2001 P.O.Box 113, Sunland, CA 91041


Valley Horse Owners Association meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Hall on Foothill Blvd. between Orcas Ave. and Clybourn Ave. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM. All members are welcome. We normally meet in the west wing.

Officers for 2001

President   Carol Ford   President@VHOA.ORG
Vice President & Newsletter   Tom Barrabee   Editor@VHOA.ORG
Secretary   Julie Morris   Secretary@VHOA.ORG
Treasurer   Elaine Canter   Treasurer@VHOA.ORG
Evac & Trails   Tama Lockwood   EVAC@VHOA.ORG
Membership Chairperson   Lynn Conway   Membership@VHOA.ORG
Directors at Large/West Valley   Kent & Melissa Lovelady   WestValley@VHOA.ORG

Baseball Youth Academy Targeted for Hansen Dam
Reprinted from the Lake View Terrace Times

The Department of Recreation and Parks has formed a partnership with Major League Baseball to develop a Baseball Youth Academy. The proposed site would encompass 21 acres and is located across from the sports center west off the 210 freeway Osborne exit. This Major League Baseball Academy will be the first pilot project program of its kind in Los Angeles.

The Baseball Academy is intended to be year round and will operate between the hours of 3-7 during school year, all day Saturdays, vacation days and during the summer months. There will be four academy sessions within each year with each session lasting approximately three months.

This Academy will offer both academic and baseball career development. Students will be provided with “practical study” on subjects such as umpiring, statistics sports writing, grounds keeping, sports training and others. Anticipated enrollment will be 150 students (600 kids per year) ages 11-15 and eventually will include students ages 16-20.

The location of the Academy is not within the HATS census tract areas but the youth to be selected will come from the HATS neighborhoods, which include East Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles, Pico-Union, South Los Angeles and parts of the East Valley. Students will be selected through Recreation and Parks with the help from school youth coaches, and inner city youth organizations.

The Major League Baseball Academy will be seeking at least a 20-year lease for this property that is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. This academy will be operated, maintained and managed by the Major League Baseball.

What this project will build for Academy students:

Funding- proposed matching funds:

Matching finds from the Major Baseball League and potential sources of Public Funding as follows will fund this project (NGO- non governmental organization, City- Committed by Councilman Alex Padilla):

City of Los Angeles

Prop K $500,000 (City)

Prop 12 $500,000 (City)

Robert-Z'berg $500,000 (City)

Murray-Hayden $1 million (NGO/City)

City of Los Angeles General Funds $1 million (NGO/City)

Total City Goal: $2-2.5 Million

State Of California

Murray-Hayden $1.5 million (NGO/City)

State of California General Funds $5 million (NGO/City)

Soccer/baseball fields $600,000 (City)

Total State Goal: $2.5-4 Million


Line item appropriation $5 Million (NGO/City)

Total Federal Goal: $2.S-5 Million

Major League Baseball is requesting from the Dept. of Recreation &. Parks the exclusive rights to operate the Youth Academy. They would also like to lease this property at no charge or a minimal charge from the Army Corps of Engineers.

In 1991 Army Corps of Engineers conducted an Environmental Impact Study of the Hansen Dam area. The ES did not identify any adverse environmental impacts from the development of this site or other sites in the Hansen Dam area. The Army Corps updates this EIS every 10 years and is now due to again be done. Currently planned for the Hansen Dam area in Lake View Terrace between the 210 Foothill Freeway and Osborne Street are:

The question is: Has an EIR/EIS been done on any of these planned projects? The equestrians had to wait 3 years while an EIR was being done for the new equestrian picnic area and arena at Gabrielino Park. These future planned projects should not be exempt. It is unknown what impact all these projects will have once operational. While this is part of our Regional park, there are still homes located in that area and also in the future are the 56 affordable housing units that were recently approved which will be right next to this Baseball Academy. Let me give a little history on the funding sources from our front page.

Approximately $9.5 million will be available in the year 2002-3 and 2003-4 to improve and construct local City parks and recreation facilities. City agencies may also apply to acquire open space. The intent of this program is to address the decay of the City's youth infrastructure and unmet need for additional park, recreation, chlldcare and community facilities.

Proposition 12- Robert-Z'berui-Harris Grant:

The City anticipates receiving approximately $19.4 million from the State of' California in 2001-2. This program provides funding to rehabilitate facilities at existing parks, foster open, safe and accessible park lands and promote family oriented recreation.

Proposition 12- Murry-Hayden Urban Youth Grant:

Approximately $47.2 million is available statewide to find park, youth center and environmental enhancement projects that benefit youth in areas that lack neighborhood parks, open space and natural areas. The City will use the competitive grant process to assess proposed projects from City departments and nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations? When we asked about this we were told only through Recreation and Parks.

Our association has called a joint board meeting with several community groups to discuss this proposed Major League Baseball Academy.

Please tell us how you feel about this Fax 818-897-5507 Email or by mail PO Box 435, Sunland, CA 91041.

ETI Corral 20 Announces Play Day

Time: Saturday, June 16, 2001
Place: Gabrieleno Equestrian Park (Orcas, off Foothill Blvd in Lake View Terrace, next to Hansen Dam Equestrian Center)

Fun for the whole family. Cloverleaf barrels, pole bending, egg & spoon, musical tires, and much, much more. Registration opens 8 AM. Classes begin at 9 AM.

$4 per class for ETI members. Non-ETI members must pay temporary membership fee - $5 single, $7 family.

Ribbons for 1st-5th Place. All children will receive a ribbon. Concessions will be available.

For more information, call Becky Borquez (818) 352-3634.

2001 Fair: June 7-10

Lake View Terrace-- The 55th Annual Fair will open June 7th for 4 days at Hansen Dam Recreational Park.

The Fair offers anyone with a special talent, hobby, or skill an opportunity to exhibit during the fair.

For more information: Phone: (818) 557-1600, Email:

Personal Opinion:

Political PR Heyday Turns Sour
By Stephen Ford

Lake View Terrace- What should have been a political heyday turned sour when the plans for a Major League Baseball (MLB) Academy at Hansen Dam were announced recently. Even the Daily News couldn’t miss the “boos in the bleachers from local residents protesting the cost and lack of community involvement.“

Think of it, it has all the ingredients for the perfect PR caper--baseball is an all time American passtime, big names, youth, etc. How could there be any controversy in such a splendid combination of events? It should have given native Pacoima Councilman Alex Padilla and author of the plan inches of perfect PR in the newspapers. You do realize of course, when a politician isn’t in touch with his constituents, the only way they can measure their success is in the inches of newspaper print and air time? A good political image happens first by word-of-mouth engendered by constituents.

A regional park should be a place where people can pursue a variety of recreational activities. I think people should be given the opportunity to pursue their interests that add quality to their lives and families. The Valley’s equestrian and agricultural heritage is recognized nationally and internationally. Locally, it is recognized in the neighborhoods surrounding the Hansen Dam as a factor that contributes greatly to their quality life.

The frustrations I hear being voiced by the people who live here are four fold: 1) Councilman Alex Padilla does not include the neighborhoods in the planning of land use; 2) requests by the people who actually live here and pay the property taxes are given second seat and projects are stymied by a different set of rules; 3) there is no actual “plan” for the Hansen Dam as a regional park or it is being ignored; and 4) the people who live here are expected to pay for proposals like the MLB Academy, but even their kids are excluded from its use.

I recommend to Councilman Padilla to start including the neighborhoods at the planning stages of his projects. I think he would be surprised by how easily projects could be brought to fruition when he has the neighborhood’s “support”. I suggest the Councilman find out about and give some “support” to the neighborhood projects that have been stymied for that too is truly his job. An actual Hansen Dam plan might be in order.

(Send your comments to the Editor of The Hoof Beat.)

Message from the President:

Are Horses More Important than People?

But, of course as an equestrian, it makes complete sense to me. Aren’t horses more important than people? Isn’t the whole reason I go to work everyday to feed and provide a home for Jessie and Gracie my two adopted horse children? Well, sometimes, it certainly must seem to my horses that my purpose in life is to muck their stalls, feed them treats, give them baths and let them roam the wilds--what a life!

I hope you’re not taking this too seriously. The reason I’m writing this is that I felt a need to voice my irritation after hearing a lobbyist some months ago at a public hearing complain about how “people are more important than horses”.

I’m sure the lobbyist felt some frustration of her own at the time and may not have clearly understood the issues. So I’m writing this here to set the record straight.

People are more important than horses. People are also more important than dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and the assortment of pets owned and loved by individuals from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

Because people are more important than horses is one of the reasons people will own and care for horses. These creatures bring a quality of life to our existence that can’t be measured.

When the work day is done and one has finished fighting the hours of traffic jams, that four legged friend offers relief and an outlet for all that tension that only horse lovers can explain.

I was raised to believe it was the right of an individual to pursue their interests and dreams. I hope you all have dreams that you are able to pursue whether or not they are real to others I don’t think is a relevant issue. That others support people pursuing their dreams is important.

Chatsworth Horse Owner's BBQ and Fundraiser a Success

The hundreds of local horse and property owners who attended the Chatsworth Land Preservation Association's BBQ and Fundraiser received coverage in the Daily News as they continue to work to protect their horse keeping rights.

According to the CLPA's website, “Antonio Villaraigosa delivered a powerful speech stating his staunch commitment to increasing the amount of parkland in LA and preserving the horsekeeping within City limits. He even signed his name to his promise on one of our CLPA banners 'I will protect horsekeeping properties in Chatsworth - signed Antonio Villaraigosa'.”

Letters are still needed to the City Council and Plannning Commission to support the preservation of horse keeping in Chatsworth. Please visit their website for more information at[broken link].

Przewalski Horse

In the late 1800’s, Colonel Nikolai Przewalski discovered what has become known as the Przewalski Horse. On his third expedition into the region, the Colonel finally sited two herds of the horses in the Tachin Schara Nuru Mountains near the edge of the Gobi desert.

Przewalski horses at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park. One of the species being assisted by the Zoological Society’s Center for the Production of Endangered Species. (Photo courtesy of the Ford nature collection.)

The breed stands 12 to 14 hands. The color runs beige to brown with a dark upright mane and tail. The Przewalski has sixty-six chromosomes as compared to sixty-four in the domestic horse. Although the Przewalski can be cross breed with the modern horse, by the second generation the offspring has returned to sixty-four chromosomes and loses most of the characteristics of the Przewalski.

According to the International Museum of the Horse, the last wild Przewalski horses were sighted near a spring called the Gun Tamga. In 1977, the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse was founded by three Rotterdammers. At that time only 300 horses remained.

Programs throughout the world have undertaken the task of breeding the species and reintroducing it into the wild. However, the problem has been compounded by the unique and delicate balance of that area of Mongolia. As of January 1, 1998, some 60 Przewalski horses live on the steppes of Hustain Huruu with some 1450 spread over 135 zoos and private parks all over the world.

Deer Lake Highlands Alert
Excerpt from the ECHO newsletter

North of the Twin Lakes community there is an area known as Deer Lake Highlands.

ECHO has learned that a real estate developer has been quietly buying up parcels of land in Deer Lake Highlands and plans to build roughly 500 homes. His proposed development will be similar to the Porter Ranch project, but will have no equine-keeping properties.

In February, ECHO's Cindy Todd met with the developer and Supervisor Antonovich's planning staff member. Cindy learned that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be made available in the May/June time frame.

When the EIR is filed ECHO will need your support to fight for our rights and protect our community from any negative impact the project may bring to our Chatsworth community and to the Santa Susana mountain trails we ride.

Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team 35th Annual Regimental Horse Show

The Blue Shadows is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching children of all ages how to ride horses. Neither riding experience or owning a horse is needed to be in Blue Shadows.

The Blue Shadows teaches leadership, horsemanship, and dedication while being drilled by a series of voice commands. These commands combine together to form a drill presentation that is fun to ride in and to watch.

The Blue Shadows is located in two locations in the Los Angeles County: Lake View Terrace and Agua Dulce. Each post contains four troops that ride on Tuesday through Friday. Each troop contains up to twenty riders who are divided into ranks. As a rider proves dedication and having acquired skills in horsemanship and leadership, they are promoted to the next rank. Each rank requires more involvement and dedication.

The Blue Shadows was founded in 1957 by members of an equestrian drill team who had the idea of combining proper guidance and the instruction in the fundamentals of horsemanship as integral to the development of its members. The foundation of the group for over 40 years has been to instill the qualities of horsemanship, teamwork and dedication. The riders motto “Leadership Through Guidance.”

Since 1966, Blue Shadows has traveled throughout California and Nevada to appear in parades, exhibitions, and competitions. In the 90’s, the Blue Shadows have presented drill teams three times in the Western States Drill Team Championships in Reno, Nevada.

The Blue Shadows have touched the lives of thousands of kids over its forty-four year history. The hallmark of the organization has been its consistency of leadership and participation of members in assisting the organization to flourish and prosper.

Contact Janet Johnstone (818) 990-9222 for more information.

Visit the Valley Horse Owners Association website photo gallery for more photos.

The $35,000 Lexus of Glendale Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix

Burbank-- The feature event of this year’s Memorial Day Classic was the Grand Prix show jumping event held on the Grand Prix Field of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

The winners of this year’s Grand Prix were 1st place Richard Spooner on “Robinson”, 2nd place Guy Thomas on “Lio Caylon”, 3rd place Richard Spooner on “Bradford”, 4th place Lu Thomas on “Lavita”, 5th place Florian Meyer Zu Hartum on “Dino De Le Chevee”, and 6th place Cathleen Calvert on “Shania”.

The next jumping events at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center are the LA International, September 23rd and the LA National, November 17th.

Visit the Valley Horse Owners Association website photo gallery for more photos.

Shown here from left to right, Richard Spooner riding “Robinson” from Burbank, CA 1st place winner; Guy Thomas riding “Lio Caylon” from Woodside, CA 2nd place winner clearing the Lexus jump which caused the most faults for the days riders; and, Kristen Mulhall on “Catch the Wind” from Bradbury, CA one of several horses who refused at the 3rd jump.

Corral 54 Announces Charlotte Brodie Targeted Ride

June 16 (Saturday) at 9:00 a.m. sharp is the date and time for our Charlotte Brodie Targeted Ride. This is going to be so much fun! We'll stage at Variel and Rinaldi Aves. in Chatsworth as always when we expect guests! There will be 2 rides - both start at 9:00 a.m. and head through Deer Creek Highlands out of Brown's Canyon into Devil's Canyon - along the Fern Ann Falls Creek trail connecting Devil's to the Old Iverson Road trail at the Indian Falls development. At Poema Road in the Indian Falls homes, we'll have a ceremony thanking Charlotte for her work over the years (too many years to be polite to say).

Another Proposed K Zoning Overlay for Chatsworth

The Chatsworth Land Preservation Association has reported Councilman Bernson entered a motion (and Mike Hernandez seconded it) to initiate a study for a K zoning overlay for Chatsworth. The K overlay will start at Kingsbury Street and go North to the 118 and go from Canoga to the Western county line. The following areas will be excluded from the K overlay - the Northwest corner and Southwest corner parcels at Topanga and Chatsworth, and one additional parcel at Santa Susanna Pass Road and Topanga. If you live within the area described here, this effects the zoning on your property.

Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team:
1st Place in Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade

John Hodge reported the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team (Lakeview Terrace Post) won 1st place at the Memorial Day Parade. John enthusiastically stated, “I still do not understand the system for judging, but who's complaining when you get first place! Way to go LVT Post and many thanks to Officers Michelle Pederson And Audria Herrera.” (See this month’s article about the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team.)

Upcoming Trail Rides

2 Corral 69 Point Mugu Poker Ride 661-296-5727
3-9 ETI National Spring Ride 818-367-2056
8-10 Corral 20 Campout Big Bear 818-951-3470
22-24 Corral 86 Big Bear 661-269-4515
23 Corral 103 Wrightwood Ride 760-947-2809
23 Corral 9 Jackson Lake Ride 661-944-4090
24 Corral 69 Lockwood Valley Poker Ride 661-295-5727
4 Corral 103 4th of July Ride 760-947-2809
4-7 Corral 10 Sage Hills 818-897-7695
4 Corral 357 Parade/BBQ/Play Day 949-858-5655
7 Corral 103 Moonlight Ride 760-947-2809
13-15 Corral 103 Horseshoe Meadows Overnight 760-947-2809
15 Corral 86 Mountain Man Ride 661-269-4515
19-22 Corral 20 Morrow Bay Campout 818-970-7463
20 Corral 9 Mojave Narrows Ride 661-944-4960
20-22 Corral 86 Kennedy Meadows Campout 661-269-4515
21 Corral 69 Rose Bowl Poker Ride/BBQ 661-295-2727


A Bit of History

Valley Horse Owners Association had an interesting beginning, being organized in the early 1970's to fight the horse tax, which was a fee like a dog license. People appealed to their Councilman, Louis Nowell, and raised such a fuss that the City decided to allocate the funds in a 60%-40% funding plan--60% to go for trail maintenance, etc. and 40% to go into the City coffers. Interestingly VHOA now supports this tax, or “horse license,” because it lets our public officials know how many horses are kept in Los Angeles, and helps us have clout on zoning and property use issues which affect our horse keeping.

Originally, the group was the East Valley Horse Owners Association. Later the name was changed--the East was dropped because it was felt that the group wasn’t limited to just the East Valley. Thus, EVHOA became VHOA.

Will We Remain Rural?

There are many horse owners that refuse to pay the horse license fee of $14.00. The way that the city knows how many horses in any area is by the number of licenses on file. It is very important that they realize that there are many more horses than they believe there are or the City Council may feel that there are not enough horses in the area to warrant keeping it zoned RA or RAK. Particularly when sub-dividers want to buy into the area and build houses not conforming to horse keeping. This of course, gives the city a broader tax base.

For $14.00 per year per horse, we can show them why we should keep our present zoning, whether it be RA or RAK.

There are also many businesses that depend on the horse people for their living. Some of these people are members of VHOA and some of them even buy advertising in The Hoof Beat, but many are not supporting the organization that supports them. If the zoning is changed in favor of the sub-dividers, we will lose the right to keep horses. If this happens, they will have to close their shops and move somewhere where there are still horses. These people should be supporting organizations like VHOA

To become a member, it is only $10 for an individual, $15 for a family and if you wish to run an ad, it is $50 per year (12 issues). Membership is separate from the ad.

Horse: The Other Red Meat
Reprinted from Newsweek, April, 2001

Mad Cow is creating some real “horse power’. Equine consumption is on the rise in Europe, driving up the demand for horse flesh and, some American Animal Rights activists fear, encouraging the slaughter of majestic wild mustangs in the United States. Always considered a delicacy by some, horse meat has soared in popularity because it seems unable to carry mad cow disease. U.S. and Canadian slaughter houses are happy to help feed the increased demand, paying horse owners 50% more for the animals than last year.

Though the Bureau of Land Management has tried to stem the slaughter of mustangs--people who adopt one from federal range lands promise that they do not intend to sell it for meat -- 566, about 10% of those adopted annually, were sold for supper this past year.

Fallen Horse Rescue
Excerpted from Daily News, May 27, 2001

A horse and rider were riding along a trail in Malibu last Saturday, when suddenly, the trail gave way. The rider managed to get off and was not injured but the horse tumbled 50 feet down an incline. A helicopter was brought in, the horse was strapped to a line from the helicopter and brought back up, a Los Angeles County Fire Department representative said.

Who we are:

The members of the Valley Horse Owners Association are your neighbors and fellow equestrians. We share common interests such as the agricultural zoning in our communities, preserving our semi-rural lifestyles and using our land for horse keeping.

What our membership does:

Our membership keeps up to date on issues in the community, city and county government that effect horse keeping and land use. We attend public hearings and promote cooperation to preserve our quality of life and to ensure we are represented by our elected officials.


The Valley Horse Owners Association acts as a clearing house for information and a liaison between the horse community and officials and politicians.


Land Use: We promote cooperation between residents and organizations on equestrian issues, land use, planning and zoning matters. We realize that only by uniting can we have a strong voice in city government and prevail against the reckless development that threatens to eliminate horse keeping areas or changes in legislation affecting equestrians. We attend Land Use hearings, City Council hearings, etc., and act as advocates for the horse keeping community.


Trails: Our members report on trail conditions and usage. We cooperate with other organizations and Trails Councils to maintain and acquire dedicated multi-purpose trails.


EVAC Unit: Four teams stand by, equipped with trailers and two way radios to evacuate horses and other animals to designated 'safe areas' in case of flood or fire. In past years, we worked with the Santa Clarita Sheriffs Department and with the Wildlife Way Station in responding to fires.


The Hoof Beat: We publish a newsletter once a month called the The Hoof Beat. The newsletter covers issues related to horse keeping, land use, zoning, trails and public hearings as well as a calendar of events, reprints of equestrian articles and local news briefs.


VHOA.ORG:The web site offers us a place to provide more information, publish an electronic copy of The Hoof Beat, archive earlier issues of the newsletter, and a summary of on going issues.


Community Involvement: Many of our members are also involved in property owner associations and other community groups. This enables our membership to network across the San Fernando Valley sharing information and working as a united front to support the preservation of land use and zoning for horse keeping.


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