We look forward to another fantastic work day for the 2022 Walnut Creek Community Service Day on Saturday, Oct.8th 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!
ECWC ARENAS ARE OPEN
BEFORE DRIVING TO ARENA, OUR MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO ALWAYS Check our calendar to see if there is a special event,OR arenas are closed for some other reason: bad weather/footing CV19 restrictions, repairs, etc.
You must be a 2022 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 Membership@ecwc.org Questions about riding in the arenas? Comments? Please email our Vice-President Therese Caples at
VP@ecwc.org or call 925-939-2929
President: Gayle Jackson
Vice-President: Therese Caples
We want to encourage you to join our club!
We truly hope to keep these riding arenas in Heather Farm Park open for you, your family, your friends and your horses... forever ! NEW: You can now pay for your membership online, go to our membership tab above!
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
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Donate To ECWC Today!
ECWC relies on donations to maintain our beautiful riding arenas, and to provide the amazing community events we offer the public every year. Please donate now to support ECWC!!
EHV-1 - Equine Health Alert
There have been several recent equine deaths in California -including the counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara- from the neurological form of this respiratory disease.
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion in mares, neonatal foal death and neurological disease. The neurological form of the disease is known as Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) and may be caused by damage to blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord associated with EHV-1 infection. EHM is most often due to the neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1, but may occasionally be caused by the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus.
EHV-1 is easily spread and typically has an incubation period between 2-10 days. Respiratory shedding of the virus generally occurs for 7-10 days, but may persist longer in infected horses. For this reason, a twenty-one day isolation period of confirmed positive EHM cases is recommended along with stringent biosecurity protocols. Similar to herpes viruses in other species, the latent form of EHV-1 can reactivate at a later date, but generally with a low viral load posing a low risk of infecting other horses. Humans are not at risk of contracting the virus, however humans can act as an indirect mode of transmission.
The CDFA, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture, provides reporting on the latest information for location of cases across the state of California. Click below for the website:
Above is a video of Goldie Schnitzer and her gorgeous horse, Rory, who came to the ECWC arenas to demonstrate Dressage movements to a Patriotic program of music. Goldie also demonstrated Natural Horsemanship techniques that she uses to connect with Rory through love, language and leadership.
The Olympic sport Dressage began in 1912. It comes from the word "training" in French. Its purpose is to strengthen and supple the horse while maintaining a calm and attentive demeanor. Each test and the progressively difficult levels makes the horse and rider achieve the goal of musical ballet.
Dressage is based around principles of the Imperial Spanish Riding School of Vienna est. in 1572.
PLEASE, WHEN YOU COME TO THE ARENAS:
Wear a Mask and Social Distance,
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