Category archives for: Trail Riding

At 101, Bert Bonnet Rides On

At 101, Bert Bonnet Rides On!

It’s not easy finding a suitable horse at 101, even for a rider as experienced as Bert Bonnet. When the Shadow Hills–based horseman lost his beloved mare, Cassie, in a freak street accident on Dec. 4, he knew he had to get back in the saddle. Friends rallied, trying to come up with a good […]

Trails Manual a First for County


  The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is putting the finishing touches on its landmark Los Angeles County Trails Manual. The document, expected to be issued in late May, is the first cohesive blueprint for trails development that the county has put together, and is highly anticipated by members of the equestrian community. […]

L.A. Parks Ban on Biking Holds

Maggie's Trail Ride

In the battle over Los Angeles city park trails, equestrians and hikers won a narrow 11th-hour victory over recreational mountain bikers. A March 1 vote by the city council effectively put the future of the city trails back under the purview of the Department of Recreation and Parks rather than the Department of Transportation, which […]

Mountain Bikers Make Run on L.A. City Park

Mountain Bikers Make Run on L.A. City Park

Mountain bikers have made a run on Verdugo Mountain Park in north Glendale, flaunting L.A.’s ban on mountain bikes by illegally constructing an elaborate dirt bike trail that undermines fire roads with 10-foot drops, switchbacks and rock canals, all less than a month after the City Planning Commission finalized a draft of the city’s 2010 […]

L.A. Street Tragedy Results in Mare’s Death

L.A. Street Tragedy Results in Mare’s Death

When Bert Bonnett turns 101 on February 19, it’ll be without his beloved mare Cassie. Bonnett and the Missouri Foxtrotter were a regular presence in the Los Angeles equestrian community, where large trail rides to celebrate his birthday have become the stuff of legend. Cassie was euthanized on Dec. 6, following a tragic accident in […]

California’s Eastern Sierras by Horseback


Since 1947 Rock Creek Pack Station has led first-time and experienced riders alike on wilderness trips through California’s southeastern Sierra Nevada mountains. There are horse drives through the Owens Valley and expeditions to see one of the last remaining ungathered bands of Mustangs as well as parent/child rides through the John Muir Wilderness that take […]

Tal Bachman’s Horse of a Lifetime


I had no idea where the impulse had come from. If you’d met me 10 years ago, you wouldn’t have guessed that buying a horse would lead to one of the greatest experiences of my life. Between my career as a recording artist and my life offstage as a husband and father of seven, it […]

Riding with Reagan


Feb. 6, 2011 was the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, and a day worth celebrating. For many, the man who would become the 40th president of the United States exemplified many fine qualities. Humble, hard-working and down-to-earth, this was a man who chopped wood “for fun,” loved horses and respected nature. In her autobiography, […]

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