We would like to recognize the achievements and contributions of a very special woman, Harriet Landrum, who has supported and worked within our industry as a horse show secretary for much of her life. West Palms Events is excited to announce that we will be awarding a Perpetual Trophy honoring her legacy at the Central California Memorial Day Classic in Paso Robles.
Harriet Landrum rides in a cart, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara National Horse Show. Photo provided by Harriet Landrum
A Chance Job at a Local Stable Began a Lifetime Career
Harriet Landrum is a life-long horse enthusiast who started working at a local stable in Avalon in the early 1940s as a teen. She fed horses and mucked stalls in exchange for free rides. From there, she moved on to putting on successful horse shows at the stable, “though I had no idea what I was doing,” as she put it. After attending UCLA, Harriet gave up her horse habit to teach school, but soon found herself missing the horses and went back to the business, first with Joe Blackwell, and then with horse show manager Allen Ross. Allen needed help, and Harriet found her true calling, remaining with Allen and helping to manage his shows for four decades. She remembers having great fun at all the big shows of the era: Cow Palace, California State Fair in Sacramento, Del Mar, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas and Scottsdale. She has seen every breed of horse and pony, even mules, and has loved every minute, declaring, “everyone I have ever worked with has been most helpful and fun to be around.” In 2008, Harriet received CPHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and now West Palms Events is excited to memorialize her legacy with a Perpetual Trophy named in her honor.
Please Join Us on May 28th at 5PM at the
Central California Memorial Day Classic
to Celebrate Harriet Landrum
When asked about her many years working alongside show manager Allan Ross, Harriet said, “I loved my job, it was such fun – I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and go to work. I think that’s why I’ve lived so long, it’s been a life of knowing wonderful people and beautiful horses.”
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for the LA Saddlery
Grand Prix by contacting Taylor at [email protected]
! Thank you again to Equiline and LA Saddlery for their support of the event!
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! The schedule for the Central California Memorial Day Classic has been updated, including the addition of 5-Year Old Jumper classes!