Sunday: Portola Valley celebrates the horse

Submitted by Ellie Ferrari of Portola Valley.

The banners are up in town and the countdown has begun to Portola Valley's "Celebration of the Horse, Past, Present and Future" on Sunday, June 22, a part of the town's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The day will kick off with three organized trail rides from 9 a.m. to noon, staging across from the Town Center in front of Springdown. Ride-in only as no trailer parking is available. RSVP for the trail ride to

Then, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Horse Fair will take place, with fun for the whole family, such as carriage rides, apple bobbing, Icelandic horses to pet, and miniature driving horses and their competition vehicles to check out. A horseshoer will on hand, plying his trade and shoes to decorate. Listen to a horse's heartbeat and, for good measure, sit on one of the demo saddles.

For some action, how about flying around a mini-jumping course on foot and see what it's like to be a horse? Or have a turn on a barrel, simulating what a vaulter does on horseback.

On hand will be pony clubs, local stables, riding facilities and merchants, all catering to the horse,

Local Girl Scouts will be selling refreshments. Bring the entire family (but leave the dog at home).


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