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Event:   Equestrian Sunset Ride & Star Gazing   
Start Date:   Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time:   3:30pm-8pm
Location:   Deer Creek Hills Preserve
Limit:   30 people
    DUE TO HEAVY WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED - SORRY.

Be a part of a guided sunset Equestrian ride at beautiful Deer Creek Hills on your equine pal with other like-minded riders on 4400+ acres of rolling foothills.

As the cover of darkness captures the deep rich colors of the day, you'll have a great appreciation of traveling across an exquisite landscape of open space. Your next stop on this outing will be the vast universe above!

As you glimpse budding oaks and green rolling hills they will fade into darkness, the dark skies are yours to explore. Volunteer Docent David Scharlach will have a high powered gps telescope available for riders to look at distant stars and planets.

David will share his knowledge to the different features of the dark night sky. This evening will be especially ideal for star gazing, since there will be no moon rising in the evening sky!

Associate yourself and your horse to a docent led outing by trained equestrian. Travel on cattle paths and ranch roads on this 4400+ acre working cattle ranch. Approximately riding time 2 1/2 hours.

This ride is through open country over a variety of terrain. Climbing and descending hills and creek crossing are involved with this outing. Most groups are from 10-20 in size, and travel at a walk. Horses should be accustomed to riding in groups and in open fields.

The SVC's goal is a safe and enjoyable outing for all. Helmets are optional to riders, but REQUIRED for riders 16 yrs old and younger. Sorry, no exceptions.

Gates open at 3:30pm - ride out at 4:30pm.

Rate your riding ability when registering. Sorry, the dark environment is not considered an ideal "Beginner" outing. Select the from one of the following;

NOVICE
Experience: Rider should have more experience than a Beginner rider.
You the rider: clearly understand Horsemanship practices; tacking up, well balanced seat, properly mount & dismount, unassisted.
Controlling the Horse: Rider can bring a horse to an emergency stop, bend, able to control horse at a walk, trot, backing a horse and keep a proper distance between riders.
Riding Environment: Rider can manage basic trails with more obstacles, creek crossings, small hill climbing and descending.

INTERMEDIATE
Experience: Rider should have more experience than a Novice rider.
You the rider: has a confident balanced seat and has ridden horses with different skill levels and training. Rider should also be able to recognize and resolve horse's physical signs of pinned ears, aggressive head shaking/bobbing, tail swishing, teeth bearing, jigging, popping up, uncontrolled backing or spinning, etc.
Controlling the Horse: Rider can control the horse in all movements at a walk ,trot, canter, etc.
Riding Environment: Rider has the ability to handle more trail obstacles, creek crossings, climbing and descending hills at a quicker pace.

ADVANCED
Experience: Individual has more experience of an Intermediate rider. Rider has years of technical experience on and around horses as a trainer, horseman competitor, show riding and at event rides.
You the rider: can handle many difficult and unexpected situations, with confidence. Possesses a true independent balanced seat. Can mount and dismount of both sides of their horse, if need be. Has the ability to help other riders, if needed.
Controlling the Horse: Rider can control a horse at all times, in any circumstance. Rider knows how to safely navigate, maneuver or position their horse in group rides, if a situation calls for advance horsemanship.
Riding Environment: Ride has ability to handle all trail obstacles, creek crossings, climbing and descending hills at a quick and confident pace.

Ask about $50 season pass!

$20.00 registration fee and RSVP on-line or contact Gina Silvernale @ 916/612-3719.


 

P.O. Box 163351
Sacramento, CA 95816
info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org