Join in Fundraising Golf Tourney on Calaveras September 26
Jockey Myra Truitt was injured during a race at
Remington Park on December 3rd. Myra suffered
extensive spinal injuries and is recuperating in
California, where her family resides. Myra recently
underwent surgery to repair broken vertebrae
and is recovering. In her career, she won nine races
from 176 mounts with 11 seconds and 12 thirds.
Here’s her story, in her words…
In my 21 year career as a jockey I race rode in
seven states. I rode primarily on the West
Coast , from unrecognized bush tracks in
Oregon to racetracks in Southern California. I Jockey Myra Truitt booting home Jovi Slew for the win at
did well on the East Coast at Delaware Park
and Atlantic City, in the summer of 1986 I
rode many Quarter Horses to track records.
Come to the Spring Valley Golf Course in Milpitas
I sustained numerous injuries that accompany Sept 26,2005, to help disabled jockey Myra Truitt
a 21-year jockey career. I had screws inserted
and pieces of bone removed or set to mend Cost per player- $125.00
back. Always, no matter how long it took, I Lunch, practice balls, dinner, golf and cart tee prizes
healed, and rehabilitated myself back to and a chance to aid a great person who was disabled
riding condition. I love my job. doing her job. Drawing for prizes will be held.
Check in time ---11:30 am
On Friday, December 3, 2004 At Remington Park Tee time----1:00 pm
in Oklahoma City, life as I knew it ended. I was in 4-person scramble format.
a three-horse pile up. I was in the middle of a
tightly bunched twelve-horse field when a
To sign up , contact—Ray Harris 510-912-2775
horse in front of me snapped a leg and fell
Hole sponsorships are $200
directly into my horse. As my horse and I fell,
From the Desk of Ranch Foreman Bill Wall
Ed Levin: Park History
Ed Levin County Park was once part of the The Laguna Cemetery, a two acre historic site,
tribal lands of the Tamyen Ohlone tribe, is located in the southeast corner of the park
and later became rancho owned. Once (on Calaveras Road). The first burials
California became a state, the rancho occurred in the early 1860's, with the last
owners were required to confirm their burial in 1914. Most of the 44 plots had been
land holdings with the state. During this sold by 1867. The plot map includes the
time, portions of the ranchos were sold off names of Josiah Evans, Mary and Jacob Miller,
to the newly arrived Americans. Settlers J. Weller, Felter and Pomeroy. By the 1950's
began settling in the foothill valleys. Josiah only a few headstones remained. Because so
Evans, from Ohio, bought 800 acres of many headstones are missing, the names and
Rancho Tularcitos in 1853. Jacob Miller number of those buried in the cemetery is
first settled in Calaveras Valley and then unclear.
became the first to settle in Laguna Valley
near the Spring Valley Area of Levin Park. Around the turn of the century, E.O. (Sandy)
Wool acquired property near Mission Peak
Pioneers of the 1860's included Henry and on the north side of Calaveras Road,
Curtner of Indiana who arrived in raising sheep and growing fruit trees. He
California in 1852. In the 1870's Mary would later become a County Supervisor for
Miller and her two sons grew barley and the area from 1937 to 1953, and Sandy Wool
wheat around present day Spring Valley Lake would be named in his honor in 1968.
day use area. Alex Anderson owned the The acreage that now includes the Spring
golf course area and let out his land to Valley Golf Course was purchased by Al
Portuguese and Italian farmers. In 1881, Wool and John Pyle in 1948. Wool and Pyle,
William F. Downing and his family bought and a man named Joe Soto built the golf
the Curtner lands just to the north of course, which opened in 1956 and operated
Laguna Valley. Farming, cattle and the course until 1967.
dairying operations continued in the
valley in the 1890's. In 1943, the 2,585 Downing Ranch was bought
by Vance B. Minnis. The State of California
had bought several hundred acres in Laguna
Valley in hopes of building a reservoir;
however, studies showed that the land was
not suitable for a reservoir and the idea was
abandoned. In the early 1960's, County
Supervisor Ed R. Levin led a campaign to
acquire the property from the state. After a
special referendum, the 488 acres were
purchased from the state in 1965. Levin died
Here’s the Higuera Adobe. The rancho stretched in 1966 and Airpoint Park, renamed Ed Levin
from the confluence of Calera and Pennitencia Park, was opened in September 1969. In 1979,
creeks in the northwest to a large live oak tree the County Parks Department acquired part
that marked its southeastern corner. of the Minnis Ranch which is still partially in
Naming Creatures Who Live Around IHR
I've heard numerous people comment on how great it is
to spend a day at Indian Hills, and how nice it is to see
all the wildlife around. I know many of you appreciate
stepping out of the city and into the hills, even if you
don't know that much about what you're seeing. I have
an advantage identifying the local critters, as I spent
four years of college studying them and now work as a
biologist. With that in mind, I'd like to share some of
what I know with you, and I hope you enjoy learning a
bit about some of our non-human residents. ~Angela
Canidae ~ Canidae is the family of dogs, Myth: The coyote is a central part of much American
including our domestic pets, wolves, coyotes, myth and lore. It has been vilified for years by the
and foxes. cattle industry, even though there is little evidence to
support its bad reputation (both of my grandfathers
Coyote ~ (Canis latrans) were cattlemen, and were they still alive, I'm sure we'd
Features: Coyotes look like a medium sized argue over this, but the data does not support coyote
killing cows). Coyotes are quick to scavenge on dead
dog, and vary in color from gray to rust, with
cattle, and may take sick or injured cows down. Loose
a light throat and belly. Compared to a dog,
or wild dogs are much more danger to livestock than a
the nose is more pointed and the tail more coyote. Sheep, on the other hand, are the right size for
bushy. They weigh between 20 and 50 lbs. an adult coyote, which can create havoc in a flock.
Coyotes are a great part of IHR, as they help take out
Lives in many habitats, I have heard them rodents and pose no threat to our horses
deep in the Olympic Forests, and seen them
chasing down rabbits in the Mojave Desert. Gray Fox ~(Urocyon cinereoargentus)
Body size varies in part with their geographic Features: Gray fox have a salt-and-pepper coat, with a
location, and proximity to wolves (if there are black stripe down the middle of the tail and black on
wolves around, coyotes tend to be smaller in the tail's tip. Weighs 7-13 lbs.
size. In areas where wolves are absent,
Highly nocturnal and secretive. Lives in chaparral and
coyotes can grow to the size of a small wolf).
open forest. Dens in logs, beneath boulders, or in the
Primarily nocturnal. Dens in the ground.
Usually part of a small pack, although loners Diet: Primarily eats small mammals, but may also eat
are not uncommon. Call: The coyote howl is acorns, bird eggs, fruit and insects.
unmistakable, and can often be heard around
dawn or dusk. Coyotes often yip and yip- Interesting Fact: The Gray Fox is the only member of
howl as well. the canine family (foxes, coyotes, wolves) that can
climb trees, which it does by using its front feet to
Diet: Up to 80% of their diet consists of rodents. grasp a tree trunk and its hind feet to push upward.
Coyotes often scavenge. They hunt alone or in Gray foxes have been found in squirrel nests and
pairs. They may, on occasion, eat loose cats or abandoned hawk nests up to 60 feet above the ground.
dogs, but are more likely to stick to ground This habit is useful for escaping enemies, sunbathing,
squirrels and rabbits. and eating fruits or other foods found in trees.
Similar Species: Fox hold their tail strait when
running, and are smaller in size. Continued…
shown at 12
hours old, left,
Wow! I’ve sure six months
grown up old. Now she
Animal Chiropractic Solutions
Every month at Indian Hills Ranch, Dr. Care, Custody and Horse
John Red Eagle Valenzuela, D. C., Services Available
provides equine chiropractic clinics.
Chiropractic care is appropriate in the
treatment of: Jay and Linda Pepe are available to
provide care for your horse whether you
Neck, back, leg and tail pain need to go on vacation, can’t get away
Muscle spasms, nerve problems from work, or are not able to get up to
Performance problems on the trail the ranch for any reason. Years of
or arena satisfied customers can attest to the care
Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty Linda & Jay provide. References are
chewing available upon request.
Event or sports injuries
Maintenance of joint and spinal Jay charges $20 for a one-hour exercise
health ride in the park or around the ranch; $6
Difficulty holding legs for farrier for turnouts; $6 for hand walking, and $8
Compensation problems from for lunging.
The Pepes will also provide wound care
Many animals with chronic disorders
and will allot your feed supplements
can benefit from regular adjustments.
upon request. For information or to ask
To sign up for upcoming clinics, please
contact Dr. John Red Eagle at (831) for assistance, you can call them at (408)
261-5625 or Linda Pepe at (408) 926- 926-5457.
Equestrian Volunteers Needed to Trail Watch
~ Four Hours a Month
Spend four hours a month riding through a
county park helping to enhance patrol and public
safety presence on County Park trails and related
areas used by equestrians.
Must possess adequate physical and mental health
to perform the elements of this job. Patrollers
must demonstrate to the public, through their
actions, proper biking technique and trail use.
Trail Watch patrollers are responsible for and courteous, and must be able to
answering questions and providing information to appropriately represent the mission of the
visitors. They provide EMS activation for major Department. The volunteer’s mount must be
incidents. Trail Watch patrollers correct minor able to be ridden under saddle for at least six (6)
safety hazards when observed and report major hours; complete a five-mile course in one hour
hazards, while assuring the safety of visitors. and recover in 15 minutes; be able to walk for 30
Trail Watch patrollers must pick up a radio, first minutes; negotiate park obstacles; accept other
aid kit and Trail Watch Patrol Card prior to trail users; be able to pony other mounts; be able
starting their patrol. While on-duty all Trail Watch to be ponied; stand calm when tied; be
members must wear all assigned uniform items mountable from both sides; tolerate radio noise;
issued. be a gelding or mare older than four years of
age, and exhibit good trail manners. Patrollers
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS must demonstrate trail use courtesy skills such
Minimum Time Commitment Required Per as passing warnings and reduced speed in
Month: 4 Hours. Specific work days/hours vary. congested conditions.
Department Training Provided: All Trail Watch BENEFIT TO THE VOLUNTEER
candidates must complete a 16 hour training The ability to ride in a park setting. Meeting
academy which includes a program orientation, new people and opportunities to make new
radio use class, an American Red Cross friends with parks staff and visitors. Training
community first aid/CPR certification and and experience in first aid/CPR and two-way
tabletop scenarios. Trail Watch members must be radio use. Learn new equestrian techniques.
re-certified in CPR annually and must re-certify
for community first aid every three years. For More Information, or to Apply, Call (408)
Additionally, equestrian Trail Watch patrollers 355-2254
must complete a post-academy qualification Applications May Be Filed At:
ride/written test and a separate escorted patrol *Any County Park
ride prior to their first active patrol. *Department of Parks and Recreation
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS 298 Garden Hill Drive
Must be at least 18 years of age and have the Los Gatos, CA 95032
ability to work independently. Must possess good *Or Call (408)355-2254 to have an application
communication skills. Patrollers must be friendly mailed to you.
~Submitted by Debbie Souza
Local Critters, Continued
Owls are primarily nocturnal birds of prey that
all have forward immovable eyeballs, strong
hooked bills, feathered feet with a reversible toe,
talons, and round heads with flat faces forming Great Horned Owl ~Bubo virginianus
Features: A large owl with ear tufts or 'horns'. Yellow
facial disks. Owls are carnivorous, territorial, lay
eyes, heavily barred chest, with a white throat bib.
2-8 eggs, and have young that are helpless for
Lives in both open country and forestlands. Call: Five
the first weeks of life. They use a combination of
or six resonant hoots, commonly heard around the
sight and hearing to detect their prey, aided by
barn at night (or as the owl call in any TV show). Diet:
ears that are asymmetrically placed on their
Small mammals up to the size of skunks (yes, they
will eat skunks), and the occasional stray cat or small
Barn Owl ~ (Tyto alba)
Features: The Barn Owl is known for its heart-
Interesting Fact: Great Horned Owls are incredibly
shaped face, dark eyes, and light coloration.
territorial, and have been known to act aggressively
They lack ear tufts, and average a wingspan of
toward other smaller owl species. Two Spotted Owl
3.5 feet. They are a slim, medium sized owl, and
technicians I know of have been attacked by Great
one of the world's most widespread birds. This
Horned Owls while calling like a Spotted Owl. One
distribution is due in part to the birds' flexibility
was bare-knuckled by the owl in the back of the
in nesting sites, which includes: ledges, caves,
head, and woke up an hour later with the owl still
lava tubes, wells, tree cavities, tunnels, duck nest
angrily calling in the area (if you behave like a person,
boxes, stacked hay bales, barns and other human
and not an owl, they are harmless).
structures. Call: Unlike the rhythmic hooting of
We have had a family of Barn owls above the indoor
most owls, Barn owls communicate with clicks,
arena, and I have heard Great Horned Owls in
harsh screeches and whistles. Diet: Primarily
small mammals (ground squirrels, rats, mice, numerous locations around IHR.
rabbits), but may also prey on small birds, lizards About the author: Angela Rex has been owned by
or insects. Interesting Fact: Barn owls have the Charger for ten years. Angela went to college for a degree
most acute hearing of any animal tested, and are in Fisheries and Wildlife, and has moved about working
able to hunt by sound alone in complete on Spotted Owls, Coyotes, Mojave Fringe-toed Lizards,
darkness. Due to their diet, they are highly and salamanders. Angela is currently working as a
susceptible to accumulating rodent poison, which Biological Research Assistant for USGS, working with
effects their reproduction. numerous species in the bay.
Myra’s Story, continued from the front page…
another horse from behind also fell over the top of us. I suffered extensive spinal injuries. My spinal
cord was severely bruised and swollen totally paralyzing me. I was in the Oklahoma University
Hospital until December 20, 2004. Then I was Life-Flighted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
After spending two months in the hospitalt, I am working diligently to regain feeling and movement
in my body. Physical and Occupation Therapy are helping me relearn everything. The process is
gradual and frustrating. Unfortunately, Remington Park Racetrack insurance maxed out at $100,000.
My career is over, I am now totally disabled and I am buried in debt. I struggle to pay for the
therapy that is imperative to regain my feeling and movement. I would like to take this opportunity
to thank everyone for you help and support by participating in this event. Your generosity is greatly
appreciated. ~ Myra Truitt
Indian Hills Classifieds
For Sale For Sale
Kid Safe Pony
Giggles 10 hands can be
Well built Bay, AQHA, 4 yrs old, mare 14.1 hands
ridden and she pulls
Foxy has been used on the trails and the in the arena.
a cart. She is 15 yrs. Red, roan and white.
She was started as a three year old. She ties and
She has been very good to the kids. She
bathes. She stands well when being mounted and is
can be led, saddled, mounted and
patient. She too, will be a excellent beginner’s horse as
dismounted as well as ridden bareback.
long as they have a instructor with them. $4,500 Call
She stands well being groomed. No vices.
Tracy (925) 961-0845, only selling due to owner’s
Giggles sells with a cart for $2,700. Call
Tracy (925) 961-0845
Friendly, cute, kind, quiet and sensible
Appaloosa, gelding, 5yrs, 14.2 hands.
Cowboy has excellent ground manners.
He has been ridden on trails and in the
arena, he is not spooky. He has ponied For Sale
other horses and has been ponied himself.
He can be ridden out by himself or in a
group. He prefers to ride in the middle or
Save gas! Haul your horse without a huge truck!
back of the group as he is not much of one
2005 Brender Up two-horse trailer, Apollo model.
to get in a hurry. He will walk quietly, has
Fits big Warmbloods easily. Nice front unload ramp
a slow jog and lope. He opens and closes
so your horse doesn’t have to back blindly down a
gates. Works well in the round pen. Loads
ramp. Back loading ramp, storm doors, dividers,
in the trailer, ties and bathes well, too.
feeder, tack box. Used less than 10 times. Very light,
$3000. Call Tracy (925)961-0845
safe and well designed. I hauled my 17H
Warmblood with my Subaru Outback. Paid $14K,
asking $12K. Georges (408) 383-7673.
Abetta 13 in. black leather saddle and green navajo
$300; Big Horn 13 in. nylon and leather brown fairly
new $250; tooled black unnamed small child’s
saddle $75; 2 pony sized bridles snaffle and curb $30
each. Call Tracy (925) 961-0845
Indian Hills Smoke Signals
is published on the first of each month. The Blanket
deadline is in late September for the October,
2005 edition. The editor is Erica M. Nelson, and 72" Stateline brand quilted, water resistant stable
you may e-mail her at EricaNelson@kw.com blanket. Recently cleaned and repaired (1 small
with story ideas. You are also invited to write tear) by Denise (still in plastic bag). $40. Please
and submit stories and photos! Text-only contact Lisa Hodges at 408-656-1764 or
classified ads are free for boarders. email@example.com
Tack Sale & Craft Fair ~ October 8
Anyone interested in selling can contact Linda Pepe at
408-926-5457 or Terri Migleo at 408-267-6755. The
more the merrier. BBQ to follow in the afternoon.
Fall Vet Clinic ~ October 1
Time for shots: flu/rhino, West Nile Virus or
Strangles. Sign up sheets will be posted around the
ranch, or please call Liz at Tri-County Vet (925) 449-
7922 with any questions. Please schedule lameness
checks, teeth floats and sheath cleaning on different
Poker Ride Sunday ~ October 9
Ride with the TriValley Trailblazers at Del Valle
Regional Park in Livermore. The date will be Sunday
Humor from Ranch October 9th, with a BBQ and Raffle following the
Foreman Bill Wall poker ride. Call Dawn Johnson at (925) 484-4684 for