Getting up on a horse and taking a leisurely ride with the equestrians of Chatsworth is a political rite of passage in Los Angeles. Eastside boy Antonio Villaraigosa did it and survived — though he held off until after he won the election. On Sunday it was mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel's turn. Though as a citywide office holder already, a former councilwoman from the Valley and a Granada Hills girl by upbringing, it's quite possible she has hit the trail with the Chatsworthians before.
The ride left Davis Ranch at 1:30 p.m., headed to Stoney Point Ranch and out through their back gate into Chatsworth Park North. The route then followed the trail up to the memorial plaque honoring the victims of the Metrolink crash.
Greuel saw the Chumash petroglyphs in the park, and then the group rode past Chatsworth Trails Park and took a short loop trail back to Canoga Avenue, returning to Davis Ranch as raindrops were starting to fall.
During the ride Greuel asked about preserving equestrian land rights, the Rim of the Valley Trail and other issues of concern to equestrians.
The trail ride was organized by Corral 54 member Dorothy Allison, a Chatsworth resident and a representative on the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. Jeanne Plumb provided refreshments.
Not to unduly stereotype any one area of the city, but last we heard from Chatsworth there was a herd of cattle loose on the street.
Photo of Greuel en saddle: Christopher Guerrero