Local Horse Club finds a ride

LaBelle always seems to find a way to come together to support those around us, even if we don’t know them that well. When a local woman wanted to honor her husband’s dying wishes, strangers stepped up to help. The Palmdale Horse Club offers horseback trail rides to riders of any skill level. Many beginners have had their first ride at her place.

(Submitted photo) Luna ridden by Makayla Sims and her son, Nash,
and Sylvia Wiener and her niece Hailey, on Fancy.

Like many of us, Lori Becher Mesa, owner of the Palmdale Horse Club, suffered through Hurricane Irma, and made it out on the other side. Her property, horses, everything took some time and a lot of work to recover from all of the damage and stress, caused by the devastating storm. She was able to rebuild in time to ride in the Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade in 2018, but business was slow and unsteady.

Struggling to get her business going again, and always finding a way to fight through the setbacks as they came, Lori was unsure of where the trail would lead her and her horses. Lori says, “I am able to keep my prices down and affordable because we own our own place. All of the trail ride money earned, goes back to the care of the horses.”

She had hoped to present horses and riders in the Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade this year, but tragically and shortly before the Festival, Lori lost her husband to congestive heart failure. He passed away February 13, which was also his 75th birthday. The day before his passing, he encouraged Lori to find a way to get her horses to the parade, as he knew how much happiness Swamp Cabbage Festival brought her. She didn’t have a trailer to transport them, and the parade that had once brought her so much happiness, seemed insignificant considering everything.

Sylvia Weiner is a horse enthusiast who had visited the Palmdale Horse Club a few months before. She had been seeking a safe yet affordable horse experience for her horse-crazy toddler. During their trail ride, Sylvia and Lori talked, getting to know each other a bit. They had even discussed the upcoming parade. Afterwards, they stayed in touch.

A kind woman with a generous heart, and a passion for horses, Sylvia set out to find a way to help Lori. Knowing the pain and grief of losing a loved one is immeasurable, but often some relief might be granted by helping Lori focus on the little things, Sylvia posted on Facebook. She asked if anyone might be willing to loan a trailer to the Club for the day. Along comes Andrea Sweetman Hahn, who volunteered to trailer the horses to and back from the parade. “Sylvia Wiener and her 2-year-old daughter, Aria were on Fancy. Makayla Sims and her son, Nash, rode on a horse named Luna, which Sims owns and boards at the Palmdale Horse Club. Ronnie Sanchez rode on Nugget, and myself and Makaylas daughter, Liyde were on Scout. Sylvia and Andrea are life savers! The next day after the parade, I was contacted by six people that saw us. They wanted to come ride!” said Lori.

Coming together to help each other, it’s just what LaBelle does.

Danika can be reached at dhopper@newszap.com

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