Dear Friends,

Reins At the time Bob was sick with mesothelioma, friends and family sent Bob and me gifts of money thinking we would need it for doctors and hospital bills. As it turned out, our two insurances covered nearly everything.

I used some of the money for his memorial service, and I have had much of it left over since his passing. It has been sitting in a bank account until recently when our family has decided to donate it to a non-profit group called “Reins”.

Reins is a therapeutic horsemanship program in Fallbrook, CA, providing therapy on horseback to children and adults with both mental and physical disabilities. With Bob’s love of horses, we thought this would make him very happy.

We thank all of you for your very generous gifts.

Susan & family

If any of you are interested in learning more about this organization, here is the link to their web site.

A Moment for Reflection

Robert Koga

Sunday, February 15, would have been Robert Koga's birthday. For us at the Koga Institute, as well as for colleagues, instructors, students, and friends around the world, this will be a day of both sadness and joy.

We are grateful and appreciative for the time we were able to spend with Sensei Koga, learning from his wisdom, skills, and knowledge while enjoying his warmth and humor. He gave us gifts of both body and spirit that we will forever treasure.

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Notice regarding Dymondwood Batons

Dymondwood Batons As many of you may already know, the manufacturer of our popular Dymondwood* batons was completely destroyed by a fire in August of 2014.

    NOTE: This manufacturer is in the process of determining whether to rebuild, or to sell the patent and exit the business. Due to the unique nature and wide popularity of their products, we are hopeful that another company will quickly step up if the original company exits the business.

However, as a result of this event, we presently have a very limited stock of Dymondwood batons on hand. The fire had no impact on our Hickory wood batons.

What does this mean for you, our customer?

  • All existing orders for Dymondwood batons will be fulfilled as quickly as possible.
  • New orders for Dymondwood batons will be accepted as long as our existing supplies last.

We are actively seeking a substitute for the Dymondwood material, as we understand how critical it is to continue to offer batons made from the highest quality and most durable materials available. We also are continuing to monitor the situation with the current manufacturer.

We will keep you informed regarding any significant changes to the current status. In the meantime, we welcome any and all suggestions and/or referrals regarding potential substitute manufacturers and/or materials. If you are (or become) aware of a manufacturer that may offer a product similar to Dymondwood, please let us know. We would be happy to pursue discussions with all qualified candidates, up to and including conducting actual product evaluations where appropriate.

*Dymondwood is a dense, warp-resistant material that finishes to a high polish without stains or finishes.