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Independent Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - October 31, 1954, Long Beach, CaliforniaRiders of by Vera Williams Alifornia is a Horsey state. It has More pleasure horses More Trail rides More horse shows and More horse clubs than any other state in the Union and californians spend More Money in Pursuit of this Hobby of horseback Riding than Resi dents of any other state. So says Dawson Lacombe enthusiastic rider and president of Long Beach Corral no. 1, equestrian trails inc. Lacombe has More figures los Angeles county has horses regularly Ridden by 000 riders to a horse. Los Angeles county has 100 Miles of improved Riding and hiking trails used by persons a month. Riding interest in Long Beach centers on the los Angeles River Trail which extends 32 Miles from Willow St. In Long Beach to Altadena the san Gabriel River Trail from Center St. In Paramount to the Ocean and a Trail along Coyote Creek South of Carson St. Connecting with the san Gabriel Trail. Five hundreds riders it is estimated use the l. A. River Trail in the Long Beach area on weekends. Riders look Forward to the opening of an 18-mile Trail from Whittier Narrows to the Ocean near the Mouth of the san Gabriel River. The plan Calls for Stop off Points along the Way including one at an underpass at the Santa Ana freeway. Organized in Long Beach 10 years ago and now a state organization with riders equestrian trails has As its slogan bridle trails from the mountains to the local trails fit into a statewide Riding and hiking Trail planned to traverse 37 of the 52 counties of the state. Envisioned is a Riding and hiking Trail from san Ysidro on the mexican California Border in san Diego county to the the Lilly bib Iii Iii he Ali wifi i i ii i Happy group Riding on the los Angeles River Trail Are these members of equestrian trails. Inc. A non profit nation whose membership is open to All persons interested in the perpetuation of horseback ending As a rec recreation. Hach api thence North along the Sierra nevadas to the Oregon Border then circling West to the coast Range to follow the Shore line southward. The Mas Ter Loop Trail is planned to make accessible the variety of scenery afforded by the desert and the mountains to the sea. Stopover Points will provide shelter and cooking facilities. Riders Are from Many Ages and they come from walks of life. For instance the oldest Mem Ber of equestrian trails inc., is 92-year-old Wes Gaines of Para mount who has Ridden this area since he was nine years old and who used to Herd sheep on land that is now Long Beach. He customarily rides a Palomino stallion owned by e. Olen Kamp state president of equestrian trails. Youngest member is 7 year old Stevie Bennett of Long Beach who rides the los an Geles River Trail with two cousins Frank and Billie Hannian 11 and 9 years old the Trio on Shetland ponies. Oldest of Long Beach s Riding groups Are the lancers and Lan Crettes organized in 1932 and directed by capt. Avery leh Man. They include 100 riders comprising an English mounted Drill team. Membership now is open to juniors nine years of age or older and when the juniors become 18, they May be come full fledged lancers or Lancer ettes. Long Beach mounted guard organized in 1940, did guard duty during world War n Riding the River Banks. The guard headed by Charles Carr president has a Fine clubhouse and Riding Arena at Wardlow re. And Golden ave., where Riding and Rop ing events open to the Public Are conducted wednesday and sunday afternoons. Internationally known is the Long Beach mounted police patrol 50 riders on palominos with Silver equipment running into Many thousands of dollars. The mounted police patrol currently headed by Frank Hartnett traditionally leads the Pasadena tournament of roses. The patrol Rode in the Eisenhower inaugural Parade two years ago and in 1946 participated in the Independence Day Parade in Mexico City. We look on Riding As a healthful recreation Good for adults and Good for says Lacombe. A youngster learns at an Early age to manage a Pony he gets older and he can ride something better and better and better. He learns to look out for his horse As Well As for himself. We think horse Back Riding is useful in combat Ting juvenile delinquency. A youngster can t get into much trouble when he is Riding horse Lacombe who owns and oper ates Lacombe s the Western the Independent press Telegram building is a Pioneer in his business. No one had conceived a Complete and exclusively Western store when be Combe saw the possibilities of the idea on a visit to Palm Springs in 1939. Observing the popularity of dude ranches the return. To the full length West Ern movie and the revival of barn dances he decided to Ven Ture into the Field and in 1940 opened his Long Beach store. Twelve rules Are suggested for Trail riders 1. Wear suitable Stout cloth ing. This Means clothing that will not Snag on tree branches or catch on Saddle. Trousers should be such As to prevent chafing boots or shoes should give support and Protection around the Ankles. Shorts and Low shoes Are 2. When you ask for a horse Tell the Man who mounts you the truth about your Riding ability. He will do his Best to pick the right horse for you. 3. Before you mount Check your equipment. Always Check the Saddle Girth cinch before you mount to avoid a slipping Saddle. Loosen the Girth when you dismount at the end of your ride. 4. Keep on the Trail. 5. Walk Trot or Canter but Don t run your horse. When you pass other horses on the Trail slow Down or Stop and say a pleasant 7. Don t overheat your horse. 8. Obey signs along the Trail. 9. Commit no vandalism of any kind. 10. Obey posted no smoking rules. 11. Give pedestrians the right of Way. 12. At rest stops hold your horse. You May have to walk Back if you Don t. Chatting at Trail Side Are l to a Long Beach Slid get. Dawson Lacombe James elks and Jones. Boxers waiting their turn during a roping go round at Long Beach mounted guard Arena riders compete work out horses Here
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