Margaret Rich is the Founder of GAIT and the owner of Green Acres Ranch Inc. She is a seasoned horse woman with 50 plus years of experience as an international judge, trainer, breeder and PATH certified instructor.
Margaret heads up the Green Acres Ranch operation and under her leadership, Green Acres has been actively involved with the Temecula community for over 48 years. Her mission is to ensure that Green Acres is a safe, and tranquil environment in which you can enjoy your horse. Since 1969 she has ensured that clients and guests enjoy many of the pleasurable aspects of Temecula’s Valle de los Caballos (Valley of the Horses).
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2021 Woman of the Year
ARABIAN HORSE WORLD JULY 2013 ARTICLE BY MARY JANE PARKINSON
"In 1957, Dr. Harold and Betty West purchased an alfalfa
farm near Indio, in California’s desert country. There, for
starters, the Wests had two factors common to the Arabian
horse — the desert scene as a romantic element and, more
practically, alfalfa as horse feed.
The Wests realized the Arabian was the only horse for an
extremely dry climate, and they made trips to the Pomona,
California, area to talk to two of the most informed persons
on Arabian horses of that time: Herbert Reese, former
manager of the Kellogg Ranch, and Gladys Brown Edwards,
former secretary at the ranch. The Wests wanted to get Mr.
Reese’s and GBE’s thoughts about the best horses to start a
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Margaret is a Leader in the Industry
In addition to being an international and accredited horse show judge, Margaret also sits on the Arabian Horse Association's Education and Evaluation Commission. With a mission of education, the AHA Judges & Stewards office offers a variety of learning and educational opportunities, including: the Arabian Horse Judges & Exhibitors School, the Arabian Horse Judges Evaluation, the Arabian Horse Judges Seminar and National/Regional Interviews.
Margaret's knowledge and expertise in the industry benefits countless individuals. She has helped guide and shape the future of our horse community as not just a horse lover, but as a leader.
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2021 Woman of the Year
Congratulations Margaret Rich, recipient of the Woman of the Year 2021 Award
Margaret Rich Awarded Woman of the Year for the California Senate District 28
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Program Serves Special Needs Community
Temecula, CA, November 12, 2021: Local business owner, equestrian and longtime Temecula Valley Resident Margaret Rich has been named Woman of the Year for the California Senate District 28 in recognition of her non-profit Green Acres Interactive Therapy (GAIT) therapeutic riding programs that provides support to children and adults with special needs in our area.
The award was presented to Ms. Rich by Senator Melissa Melendez of the 28th District earlier this week at a ceremony held at Green Acres Ranch. “I’ve had my eye on Margaret’s programs for a while now and wanted to recognize her and the important work she performs,” said Senator Melendez. Melendez stated that the funding of Special Needs programs is a focus of her office. “GAIT is a prime example of an excellent program that could use additional funding to expand and serve more of our special needs community.”
Margaret stated that, “We use horses in our therapeutic program because the horse’s movement, at a walk, mimics that of our own movement so individuals who have never walked get the same sensation of walking while on the back of a horse”
The GAIT program serves individuals of all abilities with special needs.
For more information visit www.GAITprogram.org