What is the National Day of the Horse? In 2004 the US Congress voted to recognize Dec 13th as the nationally observed annual Day of the Horse, a beautiful and hard working animal that helped us build our great country. The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek will celebrate on Sat, Dec 8th. The public is welcome to this festive, family-friendly, and free event! From 12 noon to 4pm you can watch exciting riding demonstrations in arenas including: cowboys n'cowgirls, gymkhana, 4-h horse members, mini horses, drill teams and much more! Our Snack Shack will be open with yummy lunch options and other great snacks and we will have a fabulous Tri-Tip BBQ.
We invite you to bring a canned food donation for the Contra Costa County Food Bank, just deliver to the registration table. Let's do some good for those in need! We will also take donations to help horses and owners who have been devastated by recent wildfires in California. Thank you.
Notes to Demo Riders and Booth Contacts
PLEASE NOTE: the Heather Farm Park entrance will be open at 10:30 am following the Walnut Creek Half Marathon.
Riders: Please arrive so you can register no later than one hour prior to your scheduled time.
Booths: Please arrive so your booth can be set up by 11:30am. If you can try to be "open for business" by then that would be great - thanks!
Riders: Our schedule will be tight but we want to keep the event moving along at a brisk pace so be warmed up and ready to ride at the time given to you. If we are running late, enjoy the extra time that you and your horse(s) will have to warm up or hang out!
All: You are encouraged to wear festive dress; Christmas, Hanukkah, etc—However this is optional.
Riders: please dress your horse for the occasion too, be as fancy as you want. Again, optional.
All: Our warm up arena, bathrooms and Snack shack will be open early -- you are welcome to come as early as 11:00am,
All: As soon as you can
after you arrive, please come directly to registration to check in.
Registration is in front of the small arena.
Riders: please bring your demo music (CD or iPad/iPod) and your legible(preferably typed) demo script (unless you will have your own announcer). You will get a wristband so we know you have signed a liability form.
All: We have had a lot of interest in this event, and parking will be tight. Please be patient with us and please follow the instructions of our parking lot attendants. Important: let your friends and family who are driving in cars know that they will likely be parking outside the arena as most of our parking lot will be filled with horse trailers, and booths.
Riders: We will have police tape around all horse trailer areas in an effort to keep the public from walking up to our horses. Please try to help us police this and gently escort any of the public that wanders into this area (look for those without wristbands) back to the other side of the tape- thanks! If a friend or family member wants to hang out by horse trailer please send them over to registration so they can sign a liability form and get a wristband.
Riders: please note that most of you should plan to show in half of our very large main arena. You will enter into it directly from the gate in the center of the warm-up arena. We suggest riding straight across for a Grand Entry! You can certainly use the entire arena IF you need the room to safely perform your demo. We will use the front half of the arena as much as possible because we will use the back 3rd of the arena as warm up and the public will be in the *grandstands* in the front. We will have a gate person in the warm up arena to give you instructions and answer any questions you have.
All: Come hungry! We will have the Snack Shack open with coffee, hot chocolate, muffins, hot dogs, salads, drinks, chips and cookies AND we will have BBQ Tri Tip and Chicken sandwiches grilled on site.
All: If you are the contact for a group PLEASE forward this information to your participants
All: Please call or text either of our cell phones: Jane 925-822-5258 or Christina 925-348-2635 if you have any questions
We are looking forward to a fun day! Thank you so much for your participation!
We really appreciate your willingness to be an Ambassador for Horses with the public on DAY OF THE HORSE!