Welcome to the Sonoma County Horse Council

Equus Award Banquet moved to Bi-Annual Event

The SCHC Board of Directors has decided to move the ever popular Equus Awards gala to a bi-annual format.  Our next Equus Awards Banquet will therefore be held in 2016.  Start thinking now about who you will nominate for induction into the Equus Hall of Fame in 2016!


SCHC Annual Meeting: Jan. 14, 2015

The Sonoma County Horse Council’s annual meeting of members will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Sonoma County Driving and Riding Club clubhouse at the Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm.   Standing for election for two year terms will be:  Elizabeth Palmer, Dr. Ted Stashak and Patrice Doyle;  standing for one year terms will be :  Joan Rasmussen, Melissa Kalember and Greg Harder.

Ron Malone, President





Emergency Contact for Equine Housing in Sonoma County

For any Sonoma County emergency housing need for horses in a flood or other emergency, your primary contact:

Debbie Townsend officeassistant@sonomacountyfair.com  707-545-4200 x205

Sonoma County Fairgrounds

1350 Bennett Valley Road

Santa Rosa, CA  95404

707-573-9342 fax

 www.sonomacountyfair.com  ...


Notice of SCHC Annual Meeting: Jan. 14, 2015

The Sonoma County Horse Council will hold its annual meeting of members on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at the Sonoma County Driving and Riding Club clubhouse at the Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 p.m where the 2015 directors will be elected.  If you are a SCHC member in good standing and are interested in serving as a director or you wish to nominate any other member to serve, please send your nominations to the Nominating Committee care of Ron Malone at Ron@circleoakequine.com by December 10th.   On December 14th, the Nominating Committee will post its approved slate of directors on the SCHA website.  Only SCHC members in good standing are permitted: (1) to nominate directors;  (2) to vote at the meeting to elect directors;  or (3) to serve as a SCHC director....


Pigeon Fever Informative Talk by UC Davis Veterinarian

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 6 pm - 8 pm

Where: Circle Oak Equine, 909 Mustang Ct., Petaluma, CA

We have Dr. Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVIM, Professor, UC Davis coming to Circle Oak to speak on Corynebacteruim Pseudotuberculosis in Horses 

All Welcome!


Field Trip to Reis Ranch: October 8, 6 pm

Horse Cabinet Meeting 
October 8, 6:00 pm

You are invited on a field trip to Reis Ranch for our October 8th SCHC Cabinet meeting!

Join Dennis & Deborah Reis for an evening of education and demonstration. Dennis will answer questions and will be working with horses in both Ground School and Mounted work.

Yes we know how to brush and saddle, but what is the horse telling us while we are getting ready to ride? The experience of the "ride" begins when we schedule it in.  The quality of the "ride" begins on the ground.  Horses are extremely receptive.  Please join us at the next Cabinet meeting at Reis Ranch.  We have a fantastic...


2014 Report on the Economic Impact of Equestrian Activities in Sonoma County

Sonoma State's 2014 Report on the Economic Impact of Equestrian Activities in Sonoma County was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 12th and was enthusiastically received by the Supervisors.  The headline is: There are an estimated 26,217 horses (and other equines) in Sonoma County which generate direct and indirect spending of $613 million annually and support 7,700 jobs and provide over $11 million in local tax revenues to Sonoma County every year.  We are fortunate to have a Board of Supervisors that embraces and appreciates the importance of the horse industry to the economy and culture of Sonoma County.  Our challenge now is to capitalize on this enthusiasm and take the steps that we need to preserve, protect and grow the horse industry in this wonderful county of ours.
See below to...


American Farriers Assoc. Certification at Giant Steps

The Western States Farriers Association is pleased to announce that we are hosting an American Farriers Association Certification on August 23rd 2014 from 8 am to 4 pm at the Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding Center at Sonoma horse park 7600 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma, CA 94954.

The AFA Certification process was developed in 1981. It is a voluntarily Certification program, which centers around a standardized examination processes, and is designed to assess proper trimming and shoeing. In addition to testing these “hands-on” aspects of competency, the system also includes written examinations designed to test comprehension of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics.

Certification provides an avenue for farriers to distinguish themselves—to themselves, to the horse owning public, to veterinarians and to others...


Presentation tomorrow, August 12th, of the 2013 survey of the Economic Impact of Equestrian Activities in Sonoma County

Tomorrow (August 12th),  sometime between 930 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Dr. Robert Eyler of Sonoma State's Center for Regional Economic Analysis will present to the Board of Supervisors the results of the Center's  2013 study of  the Economic Impact of Equestrian Activities in Sonoma County.  The Survey shows that there are approximately 26,000 horses in Sonoma County that generate approximately  $464 million in direct spending by horse owners and riders.  When the commercial interactions of Sonoma County's horse owners, riders and business owners are considered, the total economic impact of the equestrian industry totals over $600 million in business revenue, which supports over 7,700 jobs, and contributes almost $12 million in local tax revenues each year.  

The horse...


Horse Cabinet Meeting - Aug. 13 - Welcome Back Dennis Tour

Wednesday August 13th, 7 pm

The next meeting of the Horse Cabinet will begin the "Welcome Back Dennis Tour" for world renowned equine and human educator Dennis Reis. For the past 12 years Dennis has been traveling the globe teaching his proven techniques to people and their horses. The Universal Horsemanship taught has fostered a greater appreciation and understanding of the horse as partner. Dennis will be hosting  future meetings and sharing the components of his methodology as well as some good tales of the Road.

Sonoma Country Driving & Riding Club, Aston Ave. Gate at the back of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Enter gate and it's the first building on the left.


Ron Malone claims NCHA Super Stakes Amateur

Sonoma County Horse Council President Ron Malone claims the National Cutting Horse Associations Super Stakes Amateur Prize.
Congratulations, Ron!  We are proud of you.



American Mustang: Movie Screening

We have been working hard to get AMERICAN MUSTANG in theaters across the country.  

Our second screening is on July 9th at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael at 7:00pm.  Again, we will hold a VIP reception prior to the screening at 6pm. 

Wild horses are a historic part of the American West, but they are being systematically wiped out by an indifferent government program. While the reality of the wild horse situation is complicated, our film offers hope and inspiration and is suitable for families and children. 

Finally, we’re planning even more screenings of the film this summer, via the crowdsourcing web...


DMV Rules for Hauling Horse Trailers

Officer David Juricich of the CHP came and spoke to the Horse Cabinet last week to clear up some confusion about proper licensing of drivers who haul horse trailers.

Most of us have a Class C license.

With a Class C license you may:

  • Drive 4 wheel vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating up to 26,000 lbs.
  • You may haul a horse trailer with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating up to 10,000 lbs.
  • You may haul an RV with manufactured living quarters with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating up to 15,000 lbs.

Once you exceed any of those limits, you must get a Class A (Commercial) license. It must be renewed every 2 years with a physical exam, written test and driving test in the vehicle you will be hauling.

You must carry your medical card in your vehicle at all times and there is zero tolerance for any alcohol in...


Equine Interstate Movement Requirements

The new federal Animal Disease Traceability Rule became effective on March 11, 2013. Since then we have received numerous questions regarding equine interstate movement requirements.  The attached Equine Interstate Movement Question and Answer document was developed to answer the questions related to equine movement under the new federal rule.

Please see attached file for requirements.


Thanks to the EQUUS Awards Sponsors

Our event wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of the following sponsors. Pleaseuse their services whenever possible to thank them for their support.

  • Circle Oak Equine
  • Premier Equestrian Properties
  • American AgCredit
  • Larsen Feed & Pet Supply
  • Martin Ranch Supply
  • Honig Vineyard & Winery
  • Hunter Lane Equestrian Center
  • Cochran/Erickson; Attorneys at Law
  • Greg Harder; Edward Jones
  • Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
  • Burgess Lumber