History of Heather Farm Park
In 1921, John Marchbank bought former Johnny Walker property in Ygnacio Valley and opened Heather Farm to train Thoroughbred racehorses.
In 1931, film actor Clark Gable filmed scenes for the MGM feature movie Sporting Blood at Heather Farm.
In 1970, the city officially opened Heather Farm Park on July 4.
Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek
The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek was built in 1970 due to the foresight and efforts of a group of local equestrians. James Naviaux, DVM, thought it was a good idea to conduct a course in horse husbandry for interested people in the Walnut Creek area. The overwhelming popularity of the class awakened residents to the need for more facilities for local equestrians. In 1969, there were nine clubs and 130 members in the ECWC. T. W. "Cap" Carrithers was President of the California State Horsemen’s Association in 1967-68 and the first President of the fledgling ECWC organization. Through fundraising and many volunteer work parties, the ECWC was built.
We are very proud to still have the ECWC to use for our local Equestrian events.
Thank you for your support!
Photos courtesy of Alan Myers www.amfoto1.printroom.com
Photo of ECWC, CSHA and 4H members Sarenna Ben-Zeev and Kelly VanderWerf at our largest ever English Western Horse show! Many Thanks to all the volunteers, riders, horses, friends and family who came out to support this show. What a great way to spend part of Labor Day Weekend-- at a Horse Show!
The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek is indebted to the help of all those who support our organization with your volunteered talent, time and efforts. Special thanks to the Routson sisters: Creeky and Susan, for the generous donation of their time and expertise at the May 5th Eventing Clinic and the May 27th Dressage Schooling Show respectively. We also greatly appreciate the efforts of our event managers: Jeanne Wiegand and Vicki Nuetzel, for organizing and managing these wonderful events!
Creeky Routson - shown riding below
Susan Routson -- Photo from the Routson Ranch in Placerville CA
9/2/12 Labor Day weekend English/ Western Horse shows
9/9/12 ECWC/KMT Hunter Jumper Show
9/25/12 Board meeting