April 2015

April speaker Teri horse photoOur April speaker, Teri Zaffarano has been the Equestrian Manager since 2008 and a homeowner in the Estates since 1998 (17 years). Says Teri, ” I started out with horses when we moved here from Hawaii with my daughter Katy at the age of 9. Katy started taking riding lessons with one of the trainers here at the IEC. She then joined the United States Pony Club which was a group of girls and boys all learning how to ride their horse. They worked on Dressage and jumping and horsemanship with the knowledge of how to take care of your horse. I become involved with the Pony Club; helping out a Rally’s and horse shows. I eventually became the District Commissioner on the San Vicente Pony Club (which is now called the Ramona Vicente Pony Club) as Ramona Pony Club merged with San Vicente. My daughter (who I could talk about all day) went onto Eventing at different venues including Cooper Meadows. Then found boys at age 16. I took over her horse and started taking lessons on Dressage and jumping and felt like I had started my life over. It is a great form of exercise and therapy for anyone who loves horses. And you have to love them because they are costly and are work but so worth it. When the position became available for the equestrian manager, I put my application in and here I am. Myself, my assist Angie Lancaster along with our crew of hard working men, Gerardo Collazo, Tomas Abazan and Pedro Rodriquez have been working very hard throughout these past years to keep all the common and arena areas in good and safe condition. I have hosting Combined Training and Dressage shows over the past 6 years. We are now in the process of revamping and adding new cross country jumps in the infield of the IEC on either side of the pond. Then we will be having a cowboy challenge obstacle course inside of the dried pond that we will have challenge shows, all will generate income for the equestrian center. We have a lot of plans for different disciplines at both centers in the future.”