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When THE HOR

by Donjä Marie Garvey

ONE INNOCENT MOSQUITO BITE

can change a person’s world forever. But for Orlando Gonzales of Northern California, no mosquito was going to keep him out of the saddle.“Just looking out the window at my horses made me feel better. It brought back memories of how much I love to ride.” Orlando pauses as his face becomes more serious. “And I knew I’d ride again.”

At one time though, few would

have believed this statement. In fact, Orlando wouldn’t even have been the one talking...because he couldn’t.

Happy Days

More than twelve years ago, Orlando Gonzales was a very successful entrepreneur, a celebrated and sought-after cosmetic and hair designer to celebrities and wealthy clients, and an owner of a stable in upscale Granite Bay, California. In the fall of 1997, he was living his dream as he pushed toward his ultimate goal of riding for the United States Equestrian Team in the Olympics. A huge fan of Robert Dover,

six-time Dressage Team Olympian and four-time Team bronze medalist, Orlando, as he is known to friends and public, was transformed once he took his seat on his favorite Warmblood. “I must have looked good,” he laughs. “People would see me on a horse and be

32 May/June 2010

Orlando and Indy today after recovering from their illnesses.

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