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By Dorothy Rogers Green grass is springing up outlining paths, filling in the pastures while tempting horses to snitch a taste. Sunshine is nothing new for Central California. A little more rain might be a topic to discuss in your prayers. Literary Options Twin Rivers Ranch hosts Winter Horse Trials on Thursday through Sunday, March 1 to 4, featuring intro to advanced schooling rounds. The 500-acre facility is located at 8715 N. River Road between Paso and San Miguel. Admission for spectators is free. You might want to take along a chair, warm clothes as well as some sun protection as well as your camera to catch the action. More info at twinrivershorsepark.com. Barb’s Wild Weekend This weekend, March 2 to 4, Barb’s Wild Weekend has been gaining popularity. A ladies-only weekend of reading and riding is the core for the weekend at the lovely V6 Ranch in Parkfield. You would be hard pressed to meet nicer folks than the Varian clan. The last gathering sold out early. Be one of the fortunate women who enjoy this experience. You’ll return home with more friends. Barbara be very busy, but make it a point to meet her — she has one of the great smiles that comes from her heart. More info at v6ranch.com. Fast Times Paloma Creek in south Atascadero will be the scene of a California Gymkhana Association meet on Saturdays, March 4 and 10. Sign up is at 8 a.m. The first ride will begin at 9 a.m. Free for spectators, pay the participants back with your cheers. Some horses are really encouraged by the sound of the audience — the excitement level raises. Kudos to those who work tirelessly to make these events possible. Young riders are preparing their horses for the CA State Championships mid-year at Bolado Park south of Hollister. Call Margo Abatti at 467-3535, or Vicky Womble at 610-7778. Refinement Internationally known, Mike Bridges will be here March 23-25 to conduct his Seeking Refinement course. Riders come from far and wide to ride with Mike in developing a hackamore or bridle horse in the California style. Adams Brothers Ranch in Santa Maria once again will be the center of energy. Gain the directions and the fees from Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Templeton Farms Ever wonder what happens at Templeton Farms on Templeton Road? March 23-25 will find an amateur clinic with Melissa Creswick. Friday night sees a mandatory dinner/meeting with the clinic scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Call 805- 434-1485 for information. Hands On Get your entry in for the Varian Arabians Hands On Clinic April 21-22 at the historic ranch in Arroyo Grande. Don’t let this opportunity slip by. Arabian industry leaders Brett and Marjie Becker, Lester Buckley and VA’s own Jaime Hernandez and Mike Perez will share intense insights with you gleaned from their equine extensive experience. Students may work with their own horse or work with one provided by “Dex” nearly dances with his owner Katrina Sanders through their paces March 31. Photo by Dayton Photography VA. Check varianarabians.com for more details. Call Angela, 805-489- 5802 to reserve your spot. You’ll be part of an exclusive group of horse people to gain this experience. Listen and watch very carefully. Down On Your Hocks Coyote Rock Ranch Roundup hosts hollers of “Watch that shifty cow” at the Paso Robles Events Center March 6-11. Top horses and riders contend for points in four one-day cuttings. Admission for spectators and parking By Millie Drum In 1990, the Cattlemen’s Western Art show got a modest start at the old Cooper Ranch outside of Paso Robles. There was a gathering of only three artists, a spouse, and a contract cowboy – artist Larry Bees, Ernie Morris, Suzanne Williams, Larry’s wife Jackie and cowboy Gary Williams. They decided there was a need for a Western art show on the Central Coast. Through the SLO Cattlemen’s Association, the show was established and has become a nationally renowned event drawing huge crowds and artists from throughout the Western states. Whether you’re a serious or novice collector, or just enjoy viewing original paintings, prints and sculpture, this show offers something for everyone. The artists present their art in person; welcoming interaction with attendees. The 2018 featured artist is Susan von Borstel. “Much like the original old masters who painted in caves, I work on beautiful, natural stone; providing me with exciting and wonderful challenges,” says Susan. She prepares each stone with a variety of techniques such as sand blasting, acid washing and sealing; then paints with brushes, sponges, Q-tips and her fingers to blend the oil paint with the stone. Susan’s treasure hunt for a perfect stone elicits a thrill of anticipation that motivates her. She adds, “I want to know if the painting in my imagination will turn out well. The patterns, textures and colors of the piece inspire the subject matter which usually includes animals. Transparency is key. The stone is my guide.” Considering there are collectors in most states in America, China, Saudi Arabia and Canada along with galleries that have sold hundreds of pieces; thanks to her supportive family and compelling love of art, she continues to strive to create her elusive “perfect painting.” This local show has been a consistent, friendly and top selling venue for her. For the list of participating artists, details about the evening Artist Reception on Friday, April 6 and weekend show held on April 7 and 8 at the Paso Robles Event Center, go to cattlemenswesternartshow.com. Left: Santa Fe by Daniel Hachard Far left: Sweet Talkin by Richard Myer 30 PASO Magazine, March 2018
will be free. Take your camera along to use to illustrate your stories. World Equestrian Games Cheryl Magoteaux Cody, owner of Pro Management, Inc. has been selected to manage the reining at the 2018 World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center at the Carolina Classic Derby. The selection for TEAM USA will find $15,000 in added prize money, and this will be the first reining held at that location. Reining tests the maneuvers of a horse and rider in competition without working a cow. March 1-4: Winter Horse Trials, Twin Rivers Ranch, intro-advanced, schooling rounds, 8715 N. River Rd., Paso Robles, free admission & parking March 2-4 Barb’s Wild Weekend, V6, 70410 Parkfield-Coalinga Rds., ladies only, read/ride, price is all inclusive, ride your own horse or one of the ranch’s, $550 dbl. occupancy, 805-463-2421 March 3-4 HS Rodeo, Santa Maria Elk’s Rodeo Grounds March 4 CGA, Paloma Creek Arena, south Atascadero Halcon & Viejo Camino Rds., gymkhana sign up 8 a.m., ride 9 a.m., running set 1 March 6-11 Four one day cuttings, Paso Events Center. Coyote Rock Ranch Roundup, admission & parking free March 10 CGA, Paloma Creek Arena, south Atascadero Halcon & Viejo Camino Rds., gymkhana sign up 8 a.m., ride 9 a.m., running set 2 March 10 Ray Berta Clinic, Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle Club, next clinic April 7, see rayberta.com March 14 SLOCQHA meeting, 434- 1594 Marie March 16-18 Challenge of Champions, Plymouth, CA March 17 Wranglerette Gymkhana and BBQ Fundraiser, 9 a.m., Wranglerette Arena, 7785 Aragon Rd, Atascadero. March 22-25 Spring Dude Ranch Weekend, V6, 70410 Parkfield-Coalinga Rd, Parkfield, 805-463-2421 March 23 Group class wkg. eq., Golden Hills Farm, 775-427-5550 Katrina March 23-25 Seeking Refinement, Mike Bridges clinic, Adams Brothers Ranch, Santa Maria March 23-25 Amateur Clinic, Templeton Farms, 1799 Templeton Rd., Melissa Creswick, Fri. nt. mandatory dinner/ meet, Sat/Sun. clinic, 805-434-1485 March 28 - 31 Spring Dude Ranch Weekend, V6, Parkfield, your horse or theirs, 805-463-2421 March 31 CCWEA Spring Fling Schooling Show, 8455 Golden Hills Farm, off of Creston Rd., $50/rider, ltd. to 8, spectator admission free The Anza Trail is in process. The trail extends 1200 mi. from AZ to SF. It commemorates the Anza Expedition of 1775-76. A portion of the trail goes through Atascadero-San Miguel generally following the Salinas. Private property rights for ingress & egress & maintenance are at issue. Watch water flow. Wildlife: birds, beavers, rabbits, deer, coyotes, bob cats, foxes & mountain lions. The Salinas is noted for quicksand (not the sucking type portrayed in the movies, but a somewhat bottomless type). Use caution, but don’t panic. Try to move your horse slowly to firm ground. It is best to travel with another rider with rope experience. Follow directly in the footsteps of others. Wear both a whistle & cell phone. Tell people where you plan to ride & how long you will be out. Atascadero Access: Wranglerette Arena (7785 Aragon) or Atascadero Mutual Water Co. (6805 Sycamore, v. ltd. parking) or Home Depot Arena (Santa Cruz exit, drive on bridge over RR track, right on Ferrocaril at bottom of hill, drive one-quarter mile to arena on left) Maps: www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/juanbautista-de-anza-trail Brought to you by Whitehorse Tack 2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles whitehorsetack.com March 2018, PASO Magazine 31