October 2015 - What's Happening
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:35

California Riding Magazine Event Calendar



Horse Heritage Festival
Oct. 11 in San Diego County’s San Marcos

Pony rides, petting corral, pumpkin patch, food prizes, demonstrations, crafts and frontier games are all part of the fun at this fundraiser for the Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos. The highlight is a three-mile Poker Ride & Stride for riders, walkers and runners and even dogs. And there will be a tack sale benefitting TERI, Inc., Therapeutic Riding Program.

For more info, visit www.HelpTheHorsePark.org.

Camelot’s Ride & Dine
Oct. 17 in Butte Valley


The Camelot Equestrian Park Foundation’s eighth annual Ride & Dine is a family fun event for riders and non-riders alike. The day-to-night affair includes a scavenger round-up, silent auction, costume parade, “Donkey Plop Bingo,” door princes, dancing, Kinder’s BBQ and overnight camping is part of the admission price. The non-profit Park Foundation has a shared mission of creating competitions and events to enjoy horses and also to preserve land for same.

All are invited to be part of the day’s Cowboy Commerce to “celebrate the horse industry and its positive community impact.” Affordable booth space is open to horse-related and any other businesses.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. They can be purchased in person at Wilbur’s Feed in Chico and Pony Tracks in Durham, or online at www.camelotequestrianpark.com, where you can also find a detailed schedule of the day’s events.

Stanford’s Stock Farm Soiree
Oct. 17 in Palo Alto


Riding demonstrations featuring everything from a musical freestyle dressage performance to the much-anticipated Icelandic Pony tolt-off will be among many highlights at his annual fundraiser for the Stanford Red Barn Equestrian Center. Interactive exhibits, tours and events for kids are part of the afternoon-into-evening affair, plus cocktails, auction, sit-down dinner and other surprises.

The event has “become a little bit famous for our amazing wine tastings, this year will be no exception,” relays program chief and head coach Vanessa Bartsch. An exciting selection of wines—both public and private labeled—from Sonoma to the Santa Lucia Highlands will be included and many will also be available in the silent and live auctions

For tickets and more information, visit http://set.stanford.edu.

Orange County Horse Show Association Championship
Oct. 21-25 in San Juan Capistrano


This is a championship that has something for everybody, from leadline to a Mini Prix and super fun Ride & Drive competition, sponsored by Audi/Volvo of Mission Viejo. New this year is a division for Thoroughbreds and another for students on school horses. Tried and true events include the progressive dinner in the barns Friday night, plus Hunter division derbies and classics, the CWD Flat Equitation Challenge and, of course, the OCHSA Medal Finals. Good luck to all!

For more information, visit www.ochsa.org.

Trick Or Trot
Oct. 24 in San Diego County’s Bonita


The Bonita Valley Horsemen present Trick or Trot Trail Trials at Sweetwater Summit. The venue is the Summit Park Campgroud in Bonita, where camping Friday and Saturday night is available by reservation. Prizes will be awarded through sixth place in the adult and junior divisions, and there’s also a costume contest for adults, juniors and horses. At noon, it’s lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse, followed by the awards presentation.

For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Diane Carter at 619-470-0432.

Circle Oak Equine Health Fair
Oct. 31 in Petaluma


We were lucky to attend this event two years ago and vouch for it 100% as a terrific day of learning. At that time, topics ranged from the seemingly simple, like how to keep your horse properly hydrated in a variety of circumstances, to the latest in diagnostic and surgical techniques.

This year’s schedule was still being determined as we went to press, but expect presentations of several of the rehab and sports medicine facility’s staff. Circle Oaks veterinarians Jack Snyder, Carrie Schlachter and Sara Puchalski are some of the country’s best in surgery, lameness diagnosis, conditioning and radiology. The slate will also include forward-thinking Kerry Ridgway, equine nutritionist Clair Thunes, PhD, and presentations on prevention and treatment of lower leg injuries. Plus much more!

A “haunted hospital” theme will include tours of state-of-the-art veterinary clinic, surgery and standing MRI machine.

And it’s all free!

For more info, visit www.circleoakequine.com or call 707-738-2529.

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