Hall of Famer Julie Krone to appear at Rancho Riding Club


Hall of Fame Thoroughbred jockey and local resident Julie Krone will be the featured guest at an open house and barbecue at the Rancho Riding Club in Rancho Santa Fe on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 20.

“Julie will be sharing stories of her life-long love of horses and how they can impact our lives in a positive way,” said Debbie Rocha, Rancho Riding Club instructor and co-organizer of the event. “The whole community is invited to hear her inspirational message, and to learn more about the Rancho Riding Club.”

The Rancho Riding Club, founded in 1946, is an all-purpose equestrian facility located on 11 acres in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. The club offers year-round activities, including horse shows, instructional clinics and social events, plus access to the extensive network of Rancho Santa Fe riding trails.

In addition to winning 3,705 races during her Thoroughbred career – including the 2003 Pacific Classic at Del Mar — Krone is an experienced equestrian in a variety of riding and training disciplines. After competing the final two years of her racing career in Southern California, she retired in 2004. She lives in Carlsbad with her husband, Jay Hovdey, and daughter Lorelei.

The Oct. 20 event will begin at 3 p.m. at the clubhouse of the Rancho Riding Club, with a barbecue to follow Krone’s remarks. The club is located on Rambla de las Flores, south of La Granada. The Riding Club board of directors requests that those interested in attending RSVP by Oct. 17 at (760) 803-4041.