September 2018 - Back To School Bash

Wonderful welcome to the horse world.

The Paso Robles Horse Park hosted its first Back To School Bash Aug. 10-11, but it wasn’t traditional academics that were the focal point. Instead, speakers including Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson offered current and newbie equestrians a fun welcome and loads of useful information to the horse-owning world.

 


“Working with youth and creating opportunities for anyone to experience the incredible ability of horses to impact our lives has long been a passion of mine,” explained Will. His presentation shared stories of his early days beginning riding at the local riding school and Pony Club. From there, he made the decision to commit to the sport and grow his expertise until he found himself on the journey of pursuing qualification to participate in the Olympic trials, to pursuing selection to be on the Olympic team, to the realization that they were positioned to pursue, and eventually win, the Olympic gold medal.

 

The weekend also included Central Coast Trail Rides giving many attendees their first opportunity to ride a horse. Presentations on horse safety and show etiquette helped future competitors make the most of their first show experience. Demonstrations and information from local riding groups including Black Oak Pony Club, SLO County 4-H, and the Cal Poly Equestrian Team shared details of how people can get involved with horses.

Equine veterinarian Dr. Bogenrief and farrier Tony Knust presented on elements of horse health. Jessica Bohon, the grooming and show etiquette presenter said, “It was inspirational to experience first-hand the excitement and joy the attendees shared as they enjoyed their new exposure to horses.”

The inaugural event welcomed more than 40 riders, nearly 50 movie attendees and campers, and around 100 attendees to the educational sessions.