The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek

"Keeping Horses in the Heart of our Community"
Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, CA

The Walnut Creek Community Service Day was rescheduled to this Saturday, Oct 21st. If you would like to come out and help us with some projects at the arenas we will need volunteers to paint fences, plant and do general clean-up tasks. 


If you did not sign up on the Walnut Creek website we can still use your help! Just email Heather Kozy at [email protected]


Our Annual English Western Horse Show was a great success...Thanks to all who attended our show! Go to www.horseshowtime.com
to see class results.
Congrats to all of our High Point Winners! If you did not stay to the end of the show to pick up your award email [email protected] so we can make arrangements to get it to you!
ECWC in the NEWS!!!
Click here to read an article covering the July 5th, 2017 visit by members and friends of the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek to the Walnut Creek City Council meeting. The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek will turn 60 years old next year, has a rich history, and is actively enjoyed by horse enthusiasts throughout the East San Francisco Bay Area.  Written by ECWC Member and CSHA Region 5 Trail Trial Chair, Andrew Turnbull  

Let 's help Walnut Creek Keep Its Historic Riding Arenas in Heather Farm Park!  Join us in the effort to update master plans for Heather Farm park to include ECWC for the enjoyment of many generations to come! If you have questions please email [email protected] 
Thanks for your support!

Adventure Day Camp is back at ECWC! 

Sessions will be held 6/12 - 8/18

Horseback riding is certainly a camper favorite at ADC!  Campers entering

3rd - 9th grade will be offered a Horseback Riding CHOICE at least once a week. Campers entering PreK - 2nd grade will experience our amazing Miniature Horses 1 time during the first 2 weeks and will then have the choice to ride our full size horses in week 3.  


 Call  (925) 937-6500 for more info and tell them we sent you! 

Contra Costa County Fair  2017 Horse Show was held on May 6th at the Rafter D Ranch 
in Brentwood, CA . 
Learn how your child can participate in a local CA 4H Club (there are 9 clubs in Contra Costa County!), the Future Farmers of America or the Contra Costa County Fair Horse show next year! Registration is in September! You can contact Jane VanderWerf by email at  [email protected] 
OR call 925-939-2929 for more info!
2017 ECWC Officers
             President: Heather Kozy             
Vice President: Bill Grant 
Secretary: Marilynn Terstegge 
Treasurer: Nina Dickerson

Please go to the Contact Us tab under MORE(drop down tab) to see the names of all 2017 Board Members & Committee Chairs!

Welcome to the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek!


Thank you for visiting our website. The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek is located in the back of Heather Farm Park. If you take a left at the dog park, you will find us. We are small but mighty and we hope you will help us to keep the Equestrian Center open for many years to come. 


Many are not aware that Heather Farm was actually a thoroughbred racehorse training facility, back in the 1920's. But, as they say, times changed and sadly the facility was closed. The good news is Heather Farm Park was opened to the public in 1970 by the city of Walnut Creek and the Equestrian Center was built by the efforts of local equestrians and volunteers. 


One can only imagine what it was like in the 1920's with horses all over Heather Farm. Now, the only part left in Heather Farm related to horses are the 2 arenas. By the support of donations, members and volunteers, it has been kept open. 


Heather Farm is a wonderful open space, with so many things to enjoy. There is a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, community center, Skate Park, volleyball court, fishing pond, nature pond, six athletic fields, a dog park, The Gardens and the Equestrian Center. There are restrooms and a connection to the Iron Horse Hiking Trail.


The Equestrian Center, which we consider the best part of Heather Farm, is run by a non-profit organization with the main purpose of keeping the 2 riding arenas maintained and open. We welcome any support, donations and would especially love you to join us by becoming a member. The more members we have, the bigger effect we have in the community to keep the Equestrian Center open. You do not need to have a horse to join the Equestrian Center; you only need to have the love of horses in your blood.


We have many events throughout the year and all are welcome. Admission is always free for spectators. If you check our calendar page, you can make plans to come and watch the next event, there are bleachers to sit on and a restroom, so all in the family will be comfortable. We have a great Snack Shack, full of tasty treats. So you not only get to enjoy watching the horses, you also get great food to go with it.


We love to educate our members and the public about horses. Horses can do so many wonderful things, and for some reason, they are kind and willing enough to let us do it with them. They are not only magnificent to look at but they are also kind and gentle if treated correctly. You do not need to ride them to enjoy them. Just the sight, smell or touch of these creatures can bring a smile to the old and young.


What can you do to help us keep the arenas open and to keep horses in Heather Farm? You can become a member, come to our events, volunteer with us for the events or help us maintain the arenas, buildings and immediate surrounding areas. Please go to our membership page to find out how to join. Of course we love donations as well. If you have money to spare, we have things to fix or replace!


We do not stable horses onsite and we do not give trail rides. If you go to local barns and trainers on our site you will find places that do. We do rent out our arenas for showing and events. Please go to arena rentals on our site for more information.


If you join you will make new friends, you will become more social, and best of all you will be helping us keep the Equestrian Center open for the future. Thank you for visiting, and please spread the word, there are horses in Heather Farm.


Written By Gaye DeRusso, Past President ECWC


 Professional Photos and Videos on our Website are courtesy of 

Bill Grant, https://www.youtube.com/smallbullproductions

Alan Myers http://www.amfoto1.exposuremanager.com

Andreas Koch http://www.akdesigninc.com/ 

Michele Nelson http://www.nelsonpics.com/

We had another fantastic work day for the 2016 Walnut Creek Community Service Day. Thanks to everyone who helps us keep the ECWC  riding arenas in great shape! Click here to see Walnut Creek TV's video footage shot at a past service day event at ECWC! 

Tuesday, Oct 24 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, Oct 24 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov 28 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov 28 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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We had a GREAT Fun and Games Day!

on Sunday, July 30th

Thanks to all who came to our first annual Fun and Games Day! We had all kinds of silly and safe fun. It was so nice to have a non-competitive event. We love to compete and we love to play on our horses too. We hope to have more events like this in the future.


Special Thanks to Board Members Stephanie and Kendall Shurr for organizing this wonderful event!

ECWC ARENA STATUS: OPEN

MEMBERS: ALWAYS check our calendar to see if there is a special event or if weather requires closure before driving to the arenas!

Questions? email [email protected]  You must be a 2017 arena member to ride your horse at will in our beautiful arenas. Go to the membership tab above for more info about joining the ECWC or email our membership Chairperson Sue Howell at

[email protected] Questions about riding in the arenas? Comments? Please email our Vice-President Bill Grant at 

[email protected] or call 925-939-2929


The East Bay Pony Club
MEGA-CLUB Meetings
were held this past spring at ECWC

A gathering of kids from local East Bay pony clubs were held with mounted lessons in the morning, followed by informational sessions in the afternoon with discussions like
"Horse Management" and "Parasites"
Mounted lessons were with Kyana Sazegari, a local intermediate level 3-day eventer who gives a fantastic, challenging lesson with a positive and encouraging attitude. Interested potential members are invited to contact Barbie Roth at bchpo[email protected] for more info on Pony Club. Info for ECWC memberships is available under the Membership tab above. Pony Club members attending these events bring their own horses to ride. ECWC members were also welcome to ride in the small arena during Pony Club mounted lessons. The public is always welcome to come and watch our events!

Our July 8 ECWC Mini Horse, Pony Schooling shows was a blast! Thanks to all of the great folks and horses who attended. We were especially happy to see those of you who have never been to our arenas before! Would you like to learn more about horses? A great way to start is with Mini Horses - the sweet little ambassadors of the Horse World! Contact Mary Stewart, ECWC Board Member and Chairperson for our Mini Horse Events, or go to her Angels for Minis website to inquire about how you can participate in camps, shows and other Mini Horse events at ECWC! ...maybe you can even give a Mini Horse a Forever Home!!!