The Cowgirl Designer: RMV Community Riding Park needs your voice


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By Marlène Holmquist

Interweaving my passions of interior design and horses is a unique and fulfilling opportunity, and I appreciate every minute I have to do it. The design in general is fascinating, because no matter where you look, or what you look at, it was designed by someone. I last wrote on the subject of biophilia (the tendency to interact or be strongly associated with other life forms in nature) and how it benefits our health and well-being through interior and exterior design. Horses are a unique portal to enhanced biophilia by exposing us to nature in an incredibly unique way. Whether we use them for work, ride them for fun, or watch them play, horses have been a gift to mankind.

Our own Rancho Mission Viejo Equestrian Park is a scenic place where we can enjoy nature with or without our horses. This 40-acre park in San Juan Capistrano has been carefully designed for future generations, and it will continue to evolve based on the needs of the community. It is our responsibility to pay attention and participate in respecting the intentions of those who precede us.

“Of course, with the blessings of land ownership come great responsibilities, including a commitment to stewardship of the land, a promise to honor family, friends and community, and to help meet demands. growing population, and an everlasting promise to ‘shake your hands, your bond. ”—Anthony R. Moiso, President and CEO, Rancho Mission Viejo

Located at the corner of Ortega Highway and Avenida La Pata, RMV Riding Park is a public park and visitors are welcome. Known primarily for the world-class horse jumping events, the community may not be aware that these equestrian shows at the park are always free to spectators. Thanks to current managers, Robert and Hillary Ridland of The Ridland Group, the park recently opened on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and occasionally Saturdays) for free horseback riding or towing (weather permitting. allows), with two arenas at your disposal. See for current details.

I recently rode my horse Zeke to the park with several of my riding friends. We enjoyed the spacious arenas and the addition of various obstacles including barrels, vertical poles and ground poles commonly enjoyed by western riders like me. Robert and Hillary also intend to welcome Western Riders with various Western events, shows and opportunities throughout the year. If there is anything you would like to experience at the park, they welcome requests. As the coach of the United States Olympic Equestrian Team, Robert Ridland brings a unique asset to the future of the park and will continue to host world-class show jumping shows. Community events, soccer, our annual RMV rodeo, music concerts, festivals, art shows, private parties and weddings are also planned.

Until now, the RMV Riding Park has been managed through short-term contracts. Before the end of this year, either the Ridland Group (current managers) or Frontier Real Estate Investments (a local developer) will be awarded a 20-year contract to manage the park. Both proposals have an equestrian component and are posted on the City of SJC website. You are encouraged to express your opinion on the future of the park by attending city council meetings, contacting city council members directly, writing letters, or attending Meet the Mayor lunches scheduled every Friday at revolving restaurants. . Visit for more information.

Marlene Holmquist, ASID, is the owner of Luxury Ranch Interior Design, a full-service interior design company specializing in home and small business renovations. Passionate about horseback riding known as “the creator of cowgirls”, she is a member of the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition and the Las Vaqueras Women’s Riding Club. Where

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