AGUA DULCE – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and family of Darrell Readmond dedicated a memorial Wednesday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in honor of the trails advocate.The LA County Dept. of Parks and Recreation dedicated a memorial Wednesday morning at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area and Interpretive Center to long time keeper of the trails, Darrell Readman. 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich unveils the memorial Readman's son Brett (center left}, grandson Ryan holding his son Ryle and son Darin. The memorial includes boot and hoof prints in honor of Readmond's commitment to equestrian recreation. RON SIDDLE/Valley Press Nov. 20,
Aimed at recognizing Readmond’s work in preserving and creating trails in Los Angeles County and throughout California, the memorial of a hitching post and plaque includes boot- and hoofprints in illustration of his commitment to equestrian recreation.
An Agua Dulce resident, Readmond served for years as a member of the Agua Dulce Town Council and the Santa Clarita Valley Trails Advisory Council. He also was active with Equestrian Trails Inc.
He died of a brain tumor in 2005 at age 73. Less than a month before his death, he was honored with the designation of a four-mile-long trail proposed to run from the Pacific Crest Trail at Vasquez Rocks to Acton County Park, passing Readmond’s Agua Dulce home and incorporating parts of the Vasquez Rocks Loop Trail and the Acton Community Trail. The trail is not yet finished.
Readmond was instrumental in planning the Acton-Agua Dulce portion of the Los Angeles County Trails Master Plan, county officials said.
Born in Michigan, he lived in several states, including Texas, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota, before moving in 1957 to Southern California, where he became a skilled cabinet maker.
Besides loving horses, he enjoyed baseball and was a Little League coach.
Readmond was the trail boss for Antonovich’s first Trail Dusters ride in 1992, securing horses for the participating dignitaries.
The ride, now conducted twice yearly, allows participants to enjoy a relaxing day on horseback while promoting appreciation of the county’s trail system.