On a sunny, dry, blue-sky day, people from the area gathered at Walnut Creek’s Equestrian Center at Heather Farms to celebrate
This playful, informative event, sponsored by the Walnut Creek Equestrian Center, introduced about 3,000 people to the wonderful world of horses — both full sized and minis.
Booths and vendors were abundant. You could buy anything from cowboy hats and pony blankets to horse hair jewelry and riding attire for both English and western riding. There was also plenty of food and live music throughout the day.
Children enjoyed the petting zoo, where they could pet everything from miniature goats, rabbits and even chickens. There was an obstacle course set up where little ones could lead adorable miniature ponies decked out with colorful western bandanas through a variety of obstacles.
Other activities included face painting, horse painting, and ample opportunity to groom and pet full-sized Arabian horses and mustangs. There was also a booth to disseminate information about the world of horse rescue (Horses’ Honor Rescue & Sanctuary).
In the large center ring, audiences were entertained throughout the day with an eclectic group of horses and riders. The diverse equine entertainment included the speed and excitement of drill teams and vaulting on horseback. There were demonstrations of therapeutic riding and the presentation of Princess Noe, this year's Princess of the Horse Faire, who is also a long-time rider in various therapeutic riding programs.
Castro Valley’s Charles Wilhelm demonstrated riding a horse bridleless and Justin Mott, who is competing in the Mustang Challenge, impressed the crowd with his skill at riding a wild mustang whom he had “gentled” instead of broken.
There was even a wild-west gunfight, which included watching Walnut Creek’s mayor, Bob Simmons, get caught and hanged for various misdeeds by old-west costumed entertainers.
It was an engaging, entertaining and unique way to spend the day—family fun for everyone, and it was free! Even the weather cooperated with sunny skies and not a hint of mud!
Scroll through the photos above to catch all the action from the event!