Santa Cruz County 

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  • 10/23/2018 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Everyone had a great time at the Battle of the Barns! Check our website for a message from Event Manager Carol Kelley as well as a slide show of photos!

    Click here

  • 05/24/2018 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is so awesome that plans are moving forward to fix up the cross country course!   Work is underway!  BUT please do not use the course, it is not yet finished and is still closed.  

    If you are interested in working on rebuilding the course, please contact the Grounds committe!   email grounds committee

  • 05/24/2018 8:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A saddle pad was found hanging over the tie rack in the Mendoza Ranch parking lot (near Coyote Lake).  If you think it is yours please email with a description!  

  • 05/24/2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A huge shout out to a small but mighty group of volunteers that turned out for the May 20 workday headed by Mary Sullivan.  These folks moved a 4 pack of stalls, pressure washed Dave's Place (aka announcer's booth), pulled scotch broom, cleaned and stained the benches and pressure washed the bbq and patio area.  Many thanks go to  James Bowmen,  John Tinetti, PJ Myatt, Anne Murphy, Mary Breslin, and Trisha Dalton!  You all rock! 



  • 03/10/2018 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Election Meeting Tues Mar 20, 6:30pm at the Clubhouse

    Click here to view Candidate Statements

  • 10/13/2017 7:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear SCCHA Members,

    The wildfires raging in California have affected all of us who care about horses.  It is frightening to know some of our friends are in danger, and heartening to hear that hundreds of horses have been safely evacuated.  IMPORTANT:  We have been advised by those coordinating evacuations that private citizens driving in to help may actually hinder rescue efforts.  Please keep the roads clear for evacuees and safety personnel!

    AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

    As of Thursday 10/12/17, the Equine Evacuation Units in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties have NOT been activated.  The SCCHA showgrounds has NOT been activated for evacuations.

    SCCHA wants to help members seeking shelter for themselves and their horses. Accordingly, the usual 4-day limit will be extended to 7 days for members and their guests evacuating from fire zones.  Dogs must be leashed or penned at all times. Owners must stay with their animals.  Information and paperwork will be available from our groundskeeper, Tricia Dalton.

    The SCCHA board has heard from many members who want to help fire victims.  In response SCCHA is donating $1,000 to send hay to evacuation centers.  

    We’ve also compiled a list of agencies seeking volunteers or donations

    to help equine fire victims, for your information.

    Scotts Valley Feed - 831 438-3194

    Organizing and shipping hay to evacuation centers at wholesale cost.  Donate cash to help.

    Solano County Fairgrounds - www.scfair.com/EvacCenter2017.html  707 551-2008

    Housing nearly 500 animals, with 381 more stalls available.  A list of donation needs is available on their website, including supplies and onsite volunteers.  Call first! 

    Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association www.napahorsemen.org

    Housing 100 horses, donate cash online via their website to help with expenses.

    Sonoma County Fairgrounds - www.sonomacountyfair.com/animal-evacuation.php

    Well-supplied with volunteers and supplies per their website.  Call 707 545-4200 to volunteer as help will be needed in the weeks to come.

    Redwood Empire Fairgrounds (Ukiah/Mendocino County) - 707-462-3884

    Housing 150 animals (horses, goats, pigs). Need shavings, shade cloth & portable pens.

    Rainbow Agricultural Services (Ukiah)- 707-462-2404

    Feed store in Ukiah taking donations and delivering feed & shavings to the evacuation center at the Redwood Empire fairgrounds in Ukiah.

    Woodside Horse Owner’s Association www.whoa94062.org  (Day of the Horse)

    Accepting cash donations and gently used horse equipment for fire victims Saturday Oct 14 at the Woodside Mounted Patrol Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road. 

    All Animal Rescue & Friends – 16970 DeWitt Ave, Morgan Hill, Noon-8pm.

    Delivering donated pet food, feed, and pet supplies to affected areas.

    Silva Feed - 12310 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Martin, (408) 683-2348 

    Transporting donations to affected areas.  Has delivered a few loads already.

    AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli


  • 07/22/2017 5:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The results of the 2017 Fireworks Endurance Ride are here!  Click on the links below to review the results of this great event.  

    Congratulations to all our riders!

    Thank you to all our Volunteers!

    P.S.  Save the date

    Next year's ride is tentatively scheduled for July 14, 2018

  • 03/08/2017 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I spoke with Karen Cohen, whose Rocky Monet was trapped in the bog yesterday.  She posted this on Facebook and says we can put it on our Website to caution others. - Elise Levinson

    About 12 years ago I was crossing a creek on my little Arab with my friend, Sharon Conley. this was a normal place to cross but it had rained and then the rain slowed and the creek was sluggish. All of a sudden my mare started to sink in the mud. She spooked and started to spin. My friend yelled--get off that is quicksand! I jumped off and was able to coax my mare up out of the mud. 

    Well something extremely frightening happened yesterday and I am posting so that others can learn from my mistake and avoid similar near tragedies in the future. My daughter and I were walking our Rocky Mountain horses up Woodcutters trail in Wilder ranch We had waited for a warmer day and were going at a slow pace. The ground seems fine. We got to a place where there is a culvert under the road but in the rains the water had begun to go up over the road. Weeks ago it was actually fast moving water making a small waterfall off the right side of the road. The ground at that point was hard. Sonya, riding Monet passed the spot but Cruz placed his nose down indicating that he wanted to drink that delicious attractive mineral laced water that the horses seem to love. Sonya turned around to let Monet drink the water too. She took one or two steps to her right toward the source of the slow flowing water and it was as if she stepped off a steep cliff. She was immediately chest deep in mud. Of course she tried to free herself by leaping forward which only served to move her further into the quicksand like mud. Sonya jumped off and I jumped off my horse to try and turn her to what appeared to be hard ground but as my feet touched I too sunk to thigh level. The ground was liquifying with any weight. We tried to turn her but I sent Sonya to get Rudy our barn helper and bring some ropes. Rudy could not get there in the Kabota due to a downed tree. Sonya came back on horseback and I left her there to call for help. While I was away the horse had sunken deeper and had her whole body in the mud with only her one eye and nostrils above. She was becoming hypothermic and shaking. Sonya was there alone holding her head above the water with a single rope. Eventually Rudy, Sonya, Sharon and I were there trying to free the horse and it became evident that we needed to call 911 and alert Cal Fire and Equine rescue. Luckily Sharon had been able to open the gait from Smith Grade and they arrived in about 25 minutes. Two officers including officer Gonzales arrived and called for more help. Then when more people came the officer had the idea to shovel out a diversion for some of the water to harden up the mud. Meanwhile Sonya was chest deep in the mud almost diving under to get a rope around the mare's belly. She kept her cool to my relative panic and had definite ideas about how to proceed. This is especially poignant because she was flashing on this movie that she watched over and over as a child; The Neverending Story, where the horse sinks into a mud swamp and dies. Monet was shivering and closing her eyes and appeared to be drifting away in will but every fifteen minutes she made an effort to free herself. Due to the shovel work the ground became firmer and she was able to throw herself forward. The officers were concerned that her legs under the heavy mud might be broken. The picture you see was her hoisting herself onto a place where the roots of a tree kept the ground more solid. We did not have to hold her head above the mud and she was able to rest and breath. from here she made another effort and righted herself and got her two front feet above the hardening mud. People tried the idea of getting a rope under her chest but it was impossible. After another 10 minute rest she took everything she had left and pushed forward and was able to get purchase and pull herself free. Every one there had helped but the calm determined nature of my little Rocky Mountain mare who did not panic and never gave up allowed her to finally free herself from the cold heavy mud. Once out Sonya lead her to our barn and she got a hot shower and immediately began scarfing up her hay and of course I made her a warm mash of nourishing food. Thank you to Cal Fire and Equine rescue and my hero, Sonya, and the spirit of my awesome mare, Monet and the powers that blessed us with another day. In short; beware of areas where the water is moving sluggishly and there is a build up of silt after a storm. These areas are unsafe. Only tread where you can determine the ground is solid. Slow moving water will make silt deposits and this is what must be avoided. Thanks again to everyone who helped. Today Monet is turned out and enjoying the sun with her friends Cruz and Mocha. I am very grateful.


  • 09/02/2016 7:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for Camp Cut Loose is now open to members and non-members alike.  Call your buddy, so they can join the fun !

    Sept 16 - 18 at the showgrounds

    Click here to register online today:  Camp Cut Loose

  • 05/16/2016 9:50 PM | Anonymous

    Tuesday Evening, May 17th 6:30 ~ Clubhouse

    New Connections

    Our club has a new website on the horizon, and we will be using it to build better ways to connect with members that include replacing our current website, email, on-line memberships & event registrations, and more. This meeting will demo our new website and and discuss ways in which we will be able to utilize new software, and hopefully answer any questions members have.

    A launch date (the day we actually transition from our existing website to our new one) has not yet been set. So stay tuned - and come on out to our May meeting to see what the future holds for making the best online connections to our club.


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