July ~ 2015
Ellen Corob Equestrian Center
Ellen Corob has been a part of the Central Coast equestrian community for over 23 years. She is a person that is active as a competitor, but has always found time to give back to the sport by volunteering as a show manager, clinic organizer, and board member. She has been at her current location, the Ellen Corob Equestrian Center for almost 10 years
The facility is part of the Reinbow Ranch, a 200 acre ranch located in the Huasna Valley just East of Arroyo Grande. The view from the arena and surrounding trails is spectacular, with the ocean being close enough to provide beauty and inspiration. The cool breezes off the ocean also make for perfect riding weather.
The facility includes a huge barn, stalls with attached paddocks, and paddocks with shelters. Boarding as well as training and lessons are available. Ellen’s background in riding began in Western disciplines, but her primary focus on teaching today is Dressage and General Horsemanship. All breeds of horses are welcome in addition to all levels of riders. Full training for horses and riders includes traditional arena and round pen work, and miles of trail riding. Haul-in lessons are welcome and Ellen will travel to teach off the premises when time permits.
Ellen’s show string includes a variety of breeds including Warmbloods, Arabians, Mustang, and Quarter Horses. Her top horse at the moment is Deynika. A homebred and trained American Warmblood. Ellen has brought Deynika along as a Dressage horse from birth to Grand Prix. The pair competed in their first Grand Prix test in July. This is a huge accomplishment. Ellen is now 1 score away from earning her USDF Gold medal.
Another horse actively competing is HR Maverick, a 7 year old Arabian gelding competing at 2nd Level. Maverick is another horse that Ellen has brought along from the beginning of his training. Maverick is owned by long time client, Mary Poelke of Bakersfield. In 2014 Maverick was 3rd in the USDF Region 7 First Level Freestyle Championships, and 3rd in the CDS 1st Level Freestyle Championships. The goal is to take Maverick all the way to Grand Prix.
Ellen has volunteered her time back to the sport she loves, because she would like a say in the direction the sport is going and the decisions that impact both her and her clients. Ellen is currently Vice President of both the local and state chapter of the California Dressage Society. She has also served as a Region 7 Delegate for the United Sates Dressage Society.
As a side note Ellen is a certified appraiser with the American Association of Equine Appraisers. If you are in need of an appraisal for insurance, as a donation, or due to divorce proceeding, please contact Ellen for an appointment. Ellen Corob Equestrian Center is one of the Horse Connection Center 5 star businesses. If you have
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Broken Bit Photography & Art By Erin Calderon
Erin Calderon is a self-taught artist and photographer. However the talents run deep in her family. Her grandfather was an avid painter, photographer, musician, and creator. He made everything from a product line of model trains, to his own easels and frames. The large full size easel he made, she now has in her office studio. Her father is also an avid musician and had she had functioning thumbs (she was born without the metacarpals of her thumbs which were subsequently amputated when she was a year old) she probably would be playing music as well.
Water colors and pen and ink were her first medias of choice. But she loved the vivid and bold contrasts of color, water color could create. Discovering her love of “bold color”, acrylic felt like a natural progression. Painting on canvas was a new experience that she took to immediately. The ability to immediately hang a finished canvas was much more alluring than matting and framing water color paper. She is enjoying pushing the media in new directions and is constantly learning different techniques.
Photography had always been a part of her art, even if it was only used for reference to begin with. Having her son delayed her painting but created another creative inspiration that became a passion for photography! She was driven to learn as much as possible with this new media. After a few years of dreaming she finally mustered up the courage and started Broken Bit Photography & Art. The business includes family and small event photography, fine art photography, and her paintings.
As of late it has been much easier for her to work on the photography portion of the business due to having a four year old in the house. The second she brings the paints out he’s wanting to paint too. But his interest lasts about five minutes and then he’s done. All the set up and break down took longer than his active time. So focusing on fine art photography has allowed her to get creative with western lifestyle images.
She feels that ranching is rapidly losing its place in the modern world. The insecurities of reliable rain has wiped out many herds and with each click of the shutter she’s documenting a dying lifestyle. Here on the Central Coast many cattle ranchers raise cattle on the side, before and after their full time jobs. Many are lucky if they have managed to keep their livestock through this drought. So she clicks away at dusty spurs, classic spade bits, romel reins, lariats, wrangler jeans, and dirty, bloody chinks. The crisp, clean, colorful, images are transformed in post production to gritty, rustic pieces of art.
She has won and placed in many photography categories at the Mid State Fair photography competition. She continues to enter her images in local exhibitions and has plans to enter larger exhibitions and contests. She has two pieces currently displayed at the Atascadero Library’s summer themed exhibition “The American Dream.” It will run through July 30th.