Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Coto de Caza Horse is a Horse, of Course, Of Course, Unless it is Repoed!

The Case of the Coto de Caza Repoed Pony, Passing as a Theft:

An Orange County Register’s columnist writes in the March 31 2006 issue of The CanyonLife

“This past week has been a little wilder than most here in Coto de Caza. Suddenly we have gone from a serene, bucolic community that no one outside of Orange County knew existed to a place splashed all over the national news. Not only are we now nationally known as the home to some as the most “Unreal Housewives” on the chest, uh, I mean face of the earth, we are now also famous for being a gate-guarded community with horse thieves”.

The references to horse thieves is the alleged theft of a Pony from the Coto de Caza Equestrian Center, then he proceeds to describe the announcement of the pony’s disappearance: “Last Wednesday we were all just waking up with this image hangover from the premier of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” when we were hit with another blow to our collective ego. Most of us were just sitting down with our first cup of coffee or taking the first steps on the treadmill at the gym when we see the lead story on the national news is a 10-year-old Coto de Caza girl pleading for the thieves that stole her pony to “please bring it back.” In one day we went from a virtually unknown location to being recognized as the epicenter of plastic surgery, blatant materialism, flirting housewives, egotistical men and spoiled children. All this behind gates so secure that thieves can steal away a horse undetected”. We checked with the Orange County Sheriff’s office April 5, 2005 to get an update on the reported pony theft, and a Sheriff’s spokesperson told us that the it turned out to be a civil matter and not a theft after all! Although a much more palatable situation, still speaks volumes about the emerging “Coto Culture”

Paintball Assault:

With regards to the assault with a deadly weapon, which the Coto Board refers to a game, and which has partially blinded a Coto kid, the Sheriff has credible hot leads – but as Sheriff’s spokesperson puts it, “no handcuffs’ yet – we expect arrests shortly.

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