Happy Spring y’all!
Hope this newsletter finds everyone happy, healthy, and enjoying the longer days we miss so much in the depths of winter.  So glad to be getting a little more rain, although it looks like our upcoming weekend plans may be spoiled.  Oh well, we dare not complain!
 
I’ve got 2 words:  POKER RIDE!  Fast approaching!  If you haven’t already done so, please take the time to return the volunteer sign up sheet that was sent out by email.  We have yet to hear from many folks, and while last minute sign ups are always appreciated, a slim volunteer list leads to much anxiety and sleepless nights for our organizers!!  So, please, please help us out and get your volunteer survey back to us!  This event depends on everyone’s help and participation.
 
Speaking of surveys, if you haven’t already done so please go to http://www.landtrustsantacruz.org/ and fill out the survey for the CEMEX land development planning.  Our input is CRITICAL if we want to have access to this land as equestrians.  So far, only 18% of respondents are equestrians and that is simply not enough.  You don’t have to be a Santa Cruz County resident to take the survey either.  50% of respondents so far are from out of the county.  And please share the link with all of your equestrian friends, no matter where they live.  It would be a dang shame to not get to enjoy this new open space on our ponies.
 
It looks like our day ride on April 27 is in jeopardy as our ride host is unable to participate (Get well, Justine!!)  The ride was scheduled for Ed Levin Park in Milpitas. 
Since we cancelled the day ride that was scheduled for March 29 due to rain, we will now replace the Ed Levin Park ride with the Hunting Hollow-Henry Coe Park ride.  The Garcia’s are the ride hosts for that ride.  Check out the updated ride schedule on the next to last page of this newsletter for details.  The date will be April 26, 2014.
 
One more item is that MBE will be hosting a ride from Marina Equestrian Center on May 3rd as part of the War horse Event.  The ride is scheduled for noon and we will be riding in Ft. Ord to Comanche’s grave.  They have quite an event scheduled and even if you don’t do the ride, it sounds like a fun day!
 
Thanks to y’all for all that you do!
Happy trails,
Syd