Equine Benefits – Ruth Gerson receives Life Time Achievement Award


Ruth Gerson (center) receives Life Time Achievement Award from Jeanne Wallace as Howard Cohen looks on


Editor’s Note –

I remember years ago being admonished by a postal worker after I criticized stamps with Richard Nixon’s face on them. “Your generation didn’t build the roads, you didn’t build the dams, and you didn’t fight the wars, what have you done?” I looked at her blankly and politely picked up my mail as I tiptoed away. Now that I am older, I know what the gal at the Post Office was talking about. When it comes to the Santa Monica Mountains, almost every trail I ride my horse on was either found, cleared, or to this day, along with the Trails Council, State and Federal Parks, maintained by equestrian/activist Ruth Gerson. So it came as no surprise when Ruth Gerson was honored last month at  The Calamigos Ranch. Ruth’s cohort Howard Cohen reports,       “It was a great night honoring Ruth Gerson as the driving force for the preservation and maintenance of the trails throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. She spent over 40 years on the Trails Council to date and is still an active contributor to the vision and mission of the Trails Council.  She was honored by Fran Pavley’s office through a presentation by Craig Sap for California State Parks.  She also received a commendation from the President of the United States as a distinguished volunteer, which was presented by NPS Superintendent David Szymanski. Additionally, Jeanne Wallace honored Ruth with a commemorative plaque from the Trails Council. (Jeanne was Ruth’s equestrian partner on many trail rides exploring routes and finding connections to other bridle paths over a 40-year span. Recently, the pair trekked the Backbone Trail to commemorate the same ride they took so many years ago.)  Likewise, MRCA honored Ruth as well with a speech and a gift presented by Rourie Skei. The Calamigos Ranch hosted the event providing a great atmosphere for presenting Ruth with the Lifetime Achievement award.”

Me and Ruth REC


Author: Alice

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