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Canyon Lake bids farewell to dedicated equestrian center manager

Anita and Luis Martinez are seen here riding horses in Canyon Lake’s Fiesta Day Parade. Photo provided by Anita Martinez.

After more than three decades as the manager of the Canyon Lake POA’s Equestrian Center, Luis Martinez bid farewell to the Canyon Lake community upon his retirement.

Martinez, who arrived in the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 19, began his tenure at the POA when he was 34 years old. Before joining the POA, Martinez worked as a groundskeeper at a thoroughbred ranch in Hemet.

Since joining the POA in February 1991, Martinez has been a cornerstone of the equestrian center, residing on the property and ensuring seamless operations day in and day out. Whether rain or shine, Martinez diligently cared for the horses, working seven days a week to uphold the center’s standards.

Embarking on his retirement journey, Martines has relocated to his retirement home in Hemet, on a ranch where his wife, Anita, was raised.

In honor of his service, the POA staff gave Martinez a send-off with a barbecue. The Equestrian Center horse owners also expressed their gratitude to Martinez, acknowledging his unwavering dedication with a party held at the equestrian center the week before his retirement.

Reflecting on his time in Canyon Lake, Martinez expressed that what he will miss the most are his coworkers and the horse owners, whose camaraderie and shared passion for horses made his years at the equestrian center truly memorable. “We have made friendships that will last forever,” he said.

The POA said Luis has been a pleasure to work with, “a warm presence guaranteed to brighten the day for horses and humans.”

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