Santa Cruz County 

Horsemen's Association

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Upcoming events

    • 03/03/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • March 3, 2019. Come learn a skill that could save someone's life! Contact Kathy Rodoni for more info and to sign up.

    Come learn a skill that can save someone's life!

    SCCHA is hosting a CPR/First Aid class that will be taught by our local heroes from Felton Fire on March 3, 2019 from 9am - 1pm.

    The cost of the class is $40 (but free if you are a resident of Felton or work in Felton).  Please RSVP to Kathy Rodoni so we can get a headcount and determine what the level of interest is for this event.  

    • 03/10/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Learn about fire readiness from the experts! Topics include information on evacuating livestock and pets as well a a tour of Graham Hill fuel load reduction projects. FREE but please RSVP as space is limited

    Resource Conservation District/Fire Safe Council Workshop and Tour

    Sunday March 10

    1:00 - 3:30 PM

    SCCHA Clubhouse, Graham Hill Showgrounds


    Defensible Space around Homes

    Private and Rural Road Readiness

    Creating Fuel Breaks

    Evacuating Livestock and Pets

    TOUR:  Graham Hill  Fuel Load Reduction Projects

    FREE but please RSVP by calling 831-464-2950 x 22

    GH Fire Safe Outreach Poster Final - small.pdf

    • 03/19/2019
    • 6:30 PM

    SCCHA Member Meeting 6:30pm at the Clubhouse

    March 19


      Bring friends, non-members are always welcome!

            • 03/30/2019
            • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
            • SCCHA

            Santa Cruz County Equine Evac Unit Training Day

            The clubhouse as well as picnic and parking areas will be in use.  There will be optional trailer inspections for new members which could bring in up to 20 trailers.

            • 04/16/2019
            • 6:30 PM

            SCCHA Member Meeting 6:30pm at the Clubhouse

            April 16, 2019


              Bring friends, non-members are always welcome!

                    • 04/25/2019
                    • 04/28/2019
                    • What better way to bring in the New Year than planning to ride with Buck in April? Yes, he’s coming back to the beautiful Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club. Get your deposit in soon!

                    April 25th-28th, 2019!

                    Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle Club

                    85 E Garzas Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

                    Bucks' experience teaching all levels of riders, from novice to Olympic competitors, is unparalleled. His reputation for being able to help even the most troubled and dangerous horses is legendary. And his level of horsemanship is world-class. Bring your horse and ride with Buck or come as an auditor and watch how he helps his students become more solid in their partnership together. (Auditor's hint: the first day is best for being introduced to Buck's approach and philosophy.)

                    COLT CLASS: (ALL DAY Thurs & 9:00-12:00 Fri-Sun) 

                    Buck has his own riders start the colts. Some of the finest hands in the country! The colts get the best start possible. Owners not only observe everything that gets done with their colts but interact with "their rider" throughout the process and questions answered by Buck. Rare opportunity for auditors to witness youngsters getting their first rides. Education, not force and violence. Doesn't get any better than this!

                    HORSEMANSHIP CLASS: (Fri-SuN 1:30-4:30) 

                    Under saddle class emphasizing classical and vaquero traditions. Guiding your horse becomes a dance of lightness, willingness and precision. All levels welcome.

                    Total cost for each class series $700. Pre-registration and non-refundable deposit required. Click here for details on signing up.

                    LOCATION: Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle Club - 85 E Garzas Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924 - Click here for directions.

                    AUDITORS: $30/day. No Pre-registration. Pay at venue. Seating area: covered bleachers or bring your own chair.  

                    Sorry, NO DOGS allowed on property. Seniors 65 and over and children under 12, no charge.

                    CLINIC SPONSOR: Bonnie Stoehn (831) 457-2224

                    • 04/27/2019

                    State Parks Wilderness Patrol / Mounted Assistance Unit

                    Meeting at Clubhouse

                    • 04/27/2019
                    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

                    IT'S TIME TO GET READY FOR SUMMER AT 

                    It's time to volunteer to clean up the campground, clubhouse, & grounds for a summer full of camping & great events.  You will be rewarded with a yummy lunch, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the company of great people!

                    For more info or to sign up, please contact Mary Sullivan.

                    • 05/04/2019
                    • 05/05/2019

                    Ride for Relay 2019

                    May 4 & 5

                    A ton of fun for a good cause!  Come join the fight against cancer.  Questions?  Want to be a sponsor?  Contact Mary Sullivan-White 831-331-6227

                    • 05/18/2019
                    • 05/19/2019
                    • Endurdance curious? Or interested in polishing your skills? This two day clinic in Harvey Bear Park, San Martin, is for you!

                    2 day Endurance Clinic and Fun Rides

                     May 18th and 19th,  2019

                    Harvey Bear Park, San Martin, Ca. (near San Jose)

                    Hosted by the Quicksilver Endurance Riders Club

                    Welcome to the Second Harvey Bear 2-day Endurance Clinic for beginners and new riders!  Bring a horse or just yourself.  You can take part in the learning and camping experience, or enter one of the two fun rides on Sunday.   The whole weekend will be designed to emulate a real, live, endurance ride.  This includes arriving the day before, checking in, vetting in, a pot luck dinner, the ride meeting, and the next day there are 2 Introductory rides of different distances, complete with a vet check, the finish, awards, and a real live Best Condition judging.  This is not a race; it is a learning experience, so we will draw 3 horses at random from each ride to be judged for Best Condition.   When you leave this clinic you will be prepared to enter your first Endurance Ride, as soon as your horse is in shape!

                    Click on this link to access complete details including directions, agenda, ride rules and an ENTRY FORM:  QSER clinic flier and entry final 11-8-18.docx

                    • 05/21/2019
                    • 6:30 PM

                    SCCHA Member Meeting 6:30pm at the Clubhouse

                    May 21, 2019


                      Bring friends, non-members are always welcome!

                            • 05/31/2019
                            • 06/02/2019
                            • 1145 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA

                            PONY CLUB TETRATHALON

                            More Details to Follow

                            20 paddocks reserved

                            both arenas reserved Saturday morning June 1

                            for more info please contact Nicole Fisher at or call 831-239-3067

                            • 06/12/2019
                            • 06/16/2019
                            • ALL PADDOCKS RESERVED June 14-16, 2019 for this event

                            Contract Pending.   Tentative event info:

                            • Wed June 12: Volunteers/event crew begin to arrive
                            • Thur June 13: Volunteers/event crew set up for event

                            ALL PADDOCKS RESERVED JUNE 14-16, 2019 FOR THIS EVENT

                            • Fri June 14: Participants arrive, Check-in, optional trail rides, dinner Friday evening
                            • Sat June 15:  Obstacle Event; trail rides, Poker games; BBQ dinner; Awards; Prize Corral
                            • Sun Jun 16:  event ends, campers check out by 12 noon


                            • 06/16/2019
                            • 06/21/2019

                            PVHC Kids Camp 

                            Private Event at SCCHA

                            contact Michelle LeClair for more info

                            • 06/22/2019
                            • 06/23/2019
                            • big arena reserved

                            Redwood Riders at SCCHA

                            Big Arena reserved

                            Contact Kathy Rodoni for more info

                            • 07/13/2019
                            • Showgrounds closed to all but competitors and volunteers from 7/11 noon to 7/14 noon

                            The Fireworks Endurance Ride will be July 13th, 2019, with riders arriving beginning July 11th.  The campgrounds WILL BE CLOSED FROM JULY 11TH, NOON, THROUGH JULY 14TH, NOON.  This is a very big event/fundraiser for our club, and thank you for understanding.  If you'd like to help, please email Debbie Boscoe

                            • 07/19/2019
                            • 07/20/2019
                            • Both Arenas reserved Fri-Sun + Clubhouse Kitchen

                            This is an opportunity to camp and learn horsemanship and riding skills along with meeting other juniors that are members of Pony Club throughout California.

                            • The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. started in 1954 to teach riding and the proper care of horses. It is based on The British Pony Club, which was created in 1929 as a junior branch of the Institute of the Horse. Since then, Pony Club has expanded to many countries around the world, with the main goal being to promote sportsmanship, stewardship and leadership through horsemanship.
                            • What is in a name? Back in 1929, the term “pony” was used to describe the mount of a youth equestrian. With a name steeped in the tradition of educating the next generation of equestrians, the name Pony Club continues to focus on education and quality care of both horses and ponies.

                            This camp has been an annual event for Santa Cruz Pony Club for over 50 years.  It is a fun a low key event with a one day show on Sunday. (Dressage/Jumping)

                            Don't miss out on the fun!  Contact to make your reservation.  Participants must be members of United States Pony Club or SCCHA prior to registration and submission of camp entry. 

                            For more info please contact Nicole Fisher at or call 831-239-3067

                            • 08/10/2019
                            • 08/11/2019

                            Tentative dates 8/10-11 or 8/17-18

                            CSHA Open Horse Show

                            • 08/17/2019
                            • 08/18/2019

                            Tentative dates 8/10-11 or 8/17-18

                            CSHA Open Horse Show

                            • 08/24/2019
                            • 08/25/2019
                            • big arena reserved

                            Redwood Riders at SCCHA

                            Big Arena reserved

                            Contact Kathy Rodoni for more info

                            • 08/30/2019
                            • 09/03/2019
                            • Private event, Tri-Cities Horsemen's Camp Out

                            Tri-Cities Horsemen's Association camp out at SCCHA Showgrounds!

                            Friday 8/30 through Monday 9/2/2019

                            20 paddocks requested by this group

                            For more info please contact Marie at

                            • 08/31/2019
                            • 09/01/2019

                            Hold the date!  Aug 31 & Sept 1, 2019 - Obstacle Challenge @ SCCHA

                            2 day Obstacle Competition at the beautiful Santa Cruz Showgrounds

                            • Horse Camping available
                            • Open to all riders
                            • Classes for Advanced, Intermediate, Novice & Youth

                            Contact Heather Shupe to volunteer 408 348.9512

                            • 09/12/2019
                            • 09/15/2019
                            • The camaraderie and sense of community that evolves during this clinic is just magical. Come be part of the magic! Questions? contact Bonnie Stoehn

                            Buster McLaury
                            September 12-15th 2019 

                            Graham Hill Showgrounds -1145 Graham Hill Rd., Santa Cruz, CA
                            Sponsored by the SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HORSEMAN'S ASSOCIATION 

                            The camaraderie and sense of community that evolves during this clinic is just magical. Buster seems to draw people to him who care deeply about good horsemanship and offering the horse the best. He’s interested in what each of us wants to learn and every question gets the attention it deserves. 

                            "Buster’s clinic format is reminiscent of Tom Dorrance’s: no pre-set exercises. He asks what problems people are experiencing, what they’re currently working on with their horses and what they’d like to learn/understand better. Hence, the curriculum is set in motion! We all benefit from Buster’s help, as a group and individually. Truly unique learning experience as Buster weaves each answer with his experience and knowledge."-Bonnie Stoehn, organizer

                            Back by popular demand, MECHANICAL COW! Courtesy of CowTrac.
                            The ultimate mechanical cow! Great for building your horse's confidence. 

                            CATTLE CLASS: (Thursday-Sunday: 8:00am-11:00AM, limit 12 riders)

                            For riders wanting to refine relationship with their horse through working cattle. Excellent opportunity for introducing your horse to cattle while building confidence. Those with more experience will appreciate Buster’s focus on how to ‘read’ cattle & how to position for accurate influence with as little stress as possible on the horses, cattle and riders. That’s how it’s supposed to be done!  For more info on this class, call Pierre Paquelier 408 242-2001 Cattle fee paid at clinic.

                            LUNCH: 11:00AM-NOON

                            HORSEMANSHIP 1 CLASS (Thursday-Sunday: NOON-3:00pm)

                            Emphasis on good ground work to lay the foundation for good work under saddle. Learn to hone communication and solve problems before getting on the horse. Amount of riding depends on how solid that day’s progress is on the ground. Excellent class for all who want to improve handling their horse with ease and confidence! Fine for horses not under saddle. All questions/concerns welcome. 

                            HORSEMANSHIP 2 CLASS (Thursday-Sunday: 3:30pm-6:30pm) 

                            This class is designed to achieve a higher level of confidence and communication between horse and rider. Emphasis on the rider’s awareness of what the horse needs to do with his feet and balance in order to do what the rider has in mind. Absolutely essential to success in all disciplines whether in the arena or riding out.

                            COST: info to be added later

                            AUDITORS: Absolutely welcome! $30 per day. Seniors (over 65) $15 per day. No reservation, just show up and bring your own comfy chair. Plenty of parking available. No charge for: legal guardian of minor riding or children under 12 years old. DOGS: Okay only if well behaved and on leash at all times. Thank you.

                            FOOD: We’ll take food/sandwich orders in the morning and have them delivered from local deli by lunchtime. Also there is a convenience store just across the street. Bottled water available all day on site.

                            STABLING: Pipe-pens. Under beautiful oak shaded area. $25 per horse per night. No charge for SCCHA members. Camping free for all paid participants. Showers on site. I suggest you check out becoming a member. Not only free stabling for this clinic but free access to Showgrounds and camping all during the year. There are 40+ miles of equestrian trails from the Showgrounds that go through redwoods, chaparral, coastal prairie with breathtaking views of Monterey Bay.

                            To find out about SCCHA membershipCLICK HERE.   Bring your own feed/water buckets. Plenty of hoses on site.

                            ADDITIONAL INFO

                            QUESTIONS: email me, I’ll send out additional info to those who sign up.

                            • 09/28/2019
                            • 9:00 AM
                            • Teams of 4 compete in various fun games to earn bragging rights..and cool prizes! Questions? contact

                            The Battle of the Barns returns!

                            Battle of the Barns ~ Saturday Sept. 28th 

                            Event starts at 9:00am ~ Dinner and more after the games are over!


                             *GREAT PRIZES* *BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR YOUR BARN*

                            GAMES COMPETITION Teams must compete in all events to eligible for the Grand Prize (except soccer).  Games include side-passing, relays at a walk trot and canter and ranch versatility skills. One soccer game included with entry, additional games $10 each per team.  Games for kids 13 and under between noon and 1pm ($5 each ~ pay to play on Saturday).

                            contact Carol Kelley for more information

                            • 10/19/2019
                            • 10/20/2019

                            Back Country Horsemen at SCCHA

                            October 19, 20 2019

                            Contract Pending

                            • 10/25/2019
                            • 10/27/2019
                            • This is a great clinic to attend if you want your journey with your horse to flourish in any riding discipline. Three day clinic; two classes per day PLUS cattle!


                             3 days:  October 25-27, 2019

                            at SCCHA's Graham Hill Showgrounds

                            Are you interested in helping you and your horse be a  better team?  Do you want to improve your understanding of horsemanship? This is a great clinic to attend if you want your journey with your horse to flourish in any riding discipline.  Ricky Quinn will help you improve  your communication skills with your horse. This helps build your horse's confidence and helps you both work best as a team.  There is always so much more to learn! Please join us to ride or audit this unique horsemanship clinic.  This will be  a great opportunity to watch and/or experience how to apply basic horsemanship skills in the environment of working with cattle. 

                            Class offerings include Horsemanship 1 and Horsemanship 2 with Cattle.  There will be two classes each day(9:00 AM – Noon) with a lunch break before the afternoon session(1:30 – 4:30 PM).  Rain or shine.  


                            Contact Lisa with any questions. 

                            Lisa Boyer 831-359-3796

                            30 Paddocks and the Large Arena are reserved for this event

                            • 12/08/2019
                            • 6:00 PM
                            • Our traditional holiday party; a happy time celebrated among friends! Click for more details...

                            Our Annual Gathering at the SCCHA Clubhouse!

                            Sunday December 8, 2019

                          Past events

                          02/19/2019 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month) at SCCHA
                          02/15/2019 Junior Program Meeting - Game Night
                          01/29/2019 Public Input on Castle Rock roads and trails
                          01/18/2019 Junior Meeting - Horse Conformation at SCCHA
                          01/15/2019 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month) at SCCHA
                          12/14/2018 SCCHA Juniors Holiday Party at SCCHA Clubhouse
                          12/13/2018 Cotoni-Coast Dairies public access workshop at Bonny Doon Elementary School
                          12/08/2018 Dig Day at Wilder Ranch State Park
                          12/06/2018 The Mountain Lions of the Santa Cruz Mountains - at Santa Cruz Bicycles
                          12/04/2018 Cotoni-Coast Dairies public access workshop at Louden Nelson
                          11/16/2018 TTouch for You and your Horse - 3 Day Clinic with Linda Tellington Jones in Gilroy CA
                          11/13/2018 Redwood Riders General Meeting at SCCHA
                          11/08/2018 Community Meeting on CEMEX DRAFT Restoration and Reuse Plan - in DAVENPORT
                          10/28/2018 Halloween Gymkhana at Boulder Creek Stables
                          10/27/2018 Remembering Karen - at SCCHA
                          10/21/2018 Diablo Foothills Open Weekends - 6280 Canada Rd., Gilroy
                          10/19/2018 Junior Meeting at SCCHA
                          10/16/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month) at SCCHA
                          10/13/2018 Woodside Day of the Horse
                          10/05/2018 Painted Horses Art Show at MichaelAngelo Gallery
                          09/21/2018 Sandi Parker Clinic - Principles to Purpose at SCCHA
                          09/18/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month) at SCCHA
                          09/10/2018 Carmel Area State Parks (CASP) General Info Meeting
                          09/03/2018 Bay Area Ridge Riders at SCCHA
                          08/25/2018 Redwood Riders at SCCHA
                          08/21/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month)
                          08/20/2018 Gymkhana Play Evening at SCCHA
                          08/11/2018 Ray Berta Horsemanship Clinic
                          07/19/2018 Bay Area Savvy Players
                          07/17/2018 No SCCHA MEMBER MEETING in July
                          07/14/2018 2018 FIREWORKS ENDURANCE RIDE
                          07/07/2018 Clinic by Jec Ballou at LOARC
                          06/23/2018 Redwood Riders
                          06/19/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month)
                          06/17/2018 Junior Vaulting club
                          06/16/2018 KRISTA KOENIG CLINIC #1
                          06/02/2018 Endurance 201 Clinic at Harvey Bear Park/QSER
                          06/02/2018 Pony Club "Tetrathlon Rally"
                          05/26/2018 Felton Remembers Parade
                          05/20/2018 Junior Program Introductory Meeting
                          05/15/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month)
                          05/04/2018 Ride for Relay 2018
                          04/17/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING (3rd Tues each month)
                          04/07/2018 Cancelled due to RAIN - SCCHA WORK DAY
                          03/20/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING - ELECTION NIGHT!
                          03/17/2018 CANCELLED: Santa Cruz Obstacle Challenge & Clinic
                          02/20/2018 SCCHA MEMBER MEETING & TACK SWAP
                          02/17/2018 Santa Cruz Pony Club Meet
                          12/13/2017 Mounted Horse Patrol Holiday Party
                          12/10/2017 SCCHA Holiday Party
                          11/18/2017 Krista Koenig Clinic (Clinic date changed due to rain)
                          10/27/2017 Ricky Quinn Horsemanship Clinic
                          10/27/2017 CANCELLED: Vaquero Clinic with Jeff Sanders
                          10/11/2017 Mounted Horse Patrol Meeting
                          09/29/2017 CAMP CUT LOOSE
                          09/21/2017 CSHA Trail Trials Statewide Competition
                          09/14/2017 Buster McLaury Clinic
                          08/26/2017 Quicksilver Endurance Riders Trail Ride & Camping
                          08/26/2017 (copy) Redwood Riders
                          08/18/2017 TriCity Horsemens
                          08/09/2017 (copy) Mounted Horse Patrol Meeting
                          08/04/2017 LOS VIAJEROS
                          07/28/2017 PONY CLUB D-CAMP
                          07/20/2017 BAY AREA SAVAY
                          07/15/2017 FIREWORKS ENDURANCE RIDE
                          07/01/2017 SUMMIT RIDERS
                          06/24/2017 Redwood Riders
                          06/16/2017 KRISTA KOENIG CLINIC
                          06/01/2017 Donate for "Horse Crazy" Sculpture
                          05/20/2017 Ride For Relay
                          05/06/2017 SCCHA Showgrounds Work Day
                          04/23/2017 Introduction to Endurance Riding Clinic
                          04/15/2017 SCCHA OPEN HOUSE
                          03/21/2017 SCCHA Member Meeting
                          03/15/2017 Volunteer for the Fireworks Ride!
                          02/21/2017 MEMBER MEETING CANCELLED 2/21
                          02/01/2017 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CONTEST!
                          12/15/2016 Horse Patrol Holiday Meeting
                          12/04/2016 SCCHA Holiday Party
                          11/15/2016 Membership Meeting
                          11/04/2016 Krista Koenig Clinic
                          10/29/2016 Santa Clara Horsemen's Association
                          10/18/2016 Membership Meeting
                          09/22/2016 Buster McClaury Clinic
                          09/16/2016 Camp Cut Loose
                          08/27/2016 August Membership Meeting
                          08/27/2016 Endurance 101 Clinic
                          08/05/2016 Bay Area Savvy Players
                          07/29/2016 Krista Koenig Clinic
                          06/25/2016 District 9 Gymkana
                          06/03/2016 OBSTACLE CHALLENGE & TRAIL TRIAL
                          05/21/2016 May 21 Spring Clean up day CANCELLED
                          05/07/2016 Ride for Relay
                          04/23/2016 Spring Clean-up Workday at the Showgrounds April 23rd
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