From Endurance to Dressage
Mosquito and Vector Control
Bakersfield is an agricultural community and according to Wikipedia, Kern County is the fourth most productive agricultural county in the USA. Kind of hard to assume anything else with a name like Baker's field. Really. That's how the city got its name. Colonel Baker had a residence and a field that was used as a stop-over by travelers. Baker's field became Bakersfield.
We have excellent access to all things grown or raised, but that also means we get some of the pests that accompany those products. Mosquitos are of particular concern to our county leaders. As such, our county has developed a vector control program. The Vector Control Program provides for the surveillance, mitigation and educational outreach regarding animals that are capable of transmitting diseases to humans, which includes involvement with seasonal plague surveillance and response to ongoing and emerging vectors.
Jimmy, our mosquito guy
I don't know a lot about the program, but I thought I'd share what I do know since the mosquito guy was at our barn this week and was nice enough to answer my zillion questions. Essentially, each driver has an assigned area that he is responsible for monitoring. Our guy monitors areas of the northeast along both sides of the Kern River. He deposits mosquito fish into the ponds and standing water that he finds near the river. He also adds mosquito fish to water troughs, abandoned swimming pools, and any other place where he finds standing water.
Mosquitos lay their eggs in quiet water, but the mosquito fish eat those eggs which helps to reduce/eliminate the mosquito problem. Mosquitos are of grave concern here in California as they are vectors of the West Nile Virus. Kern County has had a fair amount of human and equine cases of West Nile, but I can't say how our numbers compare with other counties. Here are the known cases in Kern County since 2007.
To give you an idea of the size of Kern County, it's pretty big, here is a map of California with Kern County shaded orange and Bakersfield and nearby towns shaded in red.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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