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Dr. Deb Bennett to speak at Shone Farm, 9/27/15

Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph. D. will speak on Equine Anatomy, Conformation and Biomechanics
Sunday Sept. 27, 2015  9 am - 5 pm at the Shone Farm Pavillion Classroom,
7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville, CA 95436

$65 seminar fee

See attached flyer for details and registration form.


Horse Journal Seeks new Editor

The nonprofit Sonoma County Horse Council seeks a volunteer, experienced, part-time editor for the Horse Journal, its quarterly-publication. The Horse Journal is distributed free to Horse Council members, equine-related services and businesses throughout Sonoma County, and available digitally on the Horse Council’s website. The editor will work closely with the Horse Council’s board of directors to maintain the publication’s purpose, content and design. Approximately 12-15 articles per issue, with advertising, on subjects of interest to horse owners and horse-related businesses. Main tasks include: - Solicit articles from existing contributors, seek and evaluate new contributions, approve and edit. - Solicit cover photo and coordinate with graphic artist to evaluate photos accompanying articles. - Work with advertising salesperson and graphic...


Horse Cabinet Meeting: June 10 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for some social time at 6:30 and then at 7:00 pm Sarah Lockwood will present a program about Wild Mustangs. Sarah has an extensive background working with the Mustang population on the Range and in the Barn.  

Wanda Smith will give a 10 minute presentation on some land that CEPEC is looking to buy in Sonoma County.

As always we will be at the Sonoma County Ride and Drive Clubhouse at the south entrance of the Fairgrounds.  See you There!

For more about Sarah check out her website.       http://www.earthandequine.com/events 


Rose Parade Float wins prize.

The Sonoma County Horse Council entry won best overall equestrian entry in the Rose Parade last weekend!




Horse Cabinet Meeting:April 8 - 7:00 PM Water Management

On April 8th, 7 pm at the Fairgrounds former Sonoma County Farm Bureau President Tito Sasaki will inform us of the proposed water and well regulations that are being discussed at the county and state levels.  Please attend so we can start to make informed decisions about our water supplies in the future.

Meetings are held at the Sonoma County Driving and Riding Club at the back gate to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds off Aston Ave.


Renew your Membership Now!

Did you know that there are over 26,000 horses in Sonoma County? The horse industry is an undeniable assent to our county supporting over 7,700 jobs and providing $11 million in local tax revenues.* The Sonoma County Horse Council addresses all concerns the horse community, from horse ownership and use, to land issues, political concerns and stewardship of the land. Your membership in the Sonoma County Horse Council helps to unify and strengthen the horse community into one powerful group. 

Individual/Family yearly membership is only $30, and it means everything to our community when you show your support. You will receive our Horse Journal via mail 4 times per year. 

RENEW OR JOIN TODAY by clicking on the link:



New Board of Directors Elected to Sonoma County Horse Council

Elected for two year terms: Elizabeth Palmer; President, Dr. Ted Stashak and Patrice Doyle;  elected for one year terms: Greg Harder;Vice President, Joan Rasmussen; Treasurer, and Melissa Kalember.


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!


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  ...


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...


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.



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