Trail Symposium Features Conservation, Lots of Fun on the Trails!
Presentations at the Horse Expo Trail Symposium are structured to educate horse people about the use and expansion of multi-use trails. Created to inform horse owners of the on-going and pressing issues facing the preservation of trails, the Symposium offers a forum to share ideas and effective actions needed to keep our trails open and used properly. Environmental and political issues will also be addressed, as well as horse safety, proper packing techniques, and campfire cooking.
Come visit the Back Country Horsemen of California, presented by the Mother Lode, Sutter Buttes and East Bay Units in their Gentle Use Camp.
Learn their Gentle Use Principles so that you will leave no trace when enjoying the trails and backcountry. Learn how to conduct yourself and manage your stock to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Featuring how to throw a hitch on our metal mules, high lining, what to pack, how to pack, dutch oven cooking and new this year a kids corner.
Bonnie Davis has been horsecamping and trail riding for over 45 years and
is a nationally recognized clincian. Her clinic, “Horsecamping: expanding your
trail adventures”, has been presented at seminars, conferences, events and
expos (Western States Horse Expo, Equine Affaire, Iowa Horse Fair, Backcountry
Horsemen of California, National Trails Symposium, etc.). Bonnie maintains
that “recreational trail riders are the backbone of the horse industry yet we are
the most overlooked within the industry itself!”.
Drawing from her own experiences, “Horsecamping” covers getting a horse
ready to camp, rigs and trailers, feeds and feeding, weed free feeds, selecting
campsites, keeping a horse in camp, meeting environmental regulations, bears,
mountain lions and elk, safety, emergency care, camping tips and more! Bonnie
points out that horsecamping allows a person to enjoy longer trips, spend more
time with your horse exploring and regardless of one’s physical condition or
age, “anyone can horsecamp and trail ride! We often let others and our own
emotions dictate what we should or shouldn’t do. Age is a mark on a calendar.
Not of the person. You’re never to oldS to ride. It doesn’t matter if one uses rocks,
stumps, trailer fenders, mounting blocks or the side of a hill to get on your horse,
the important thing is your still riding, getting ON your horse and still cleaning
your own horse’s hooves!”.
Bonnie was Woman of the Year for “Environmental Work” as the first
woman to be inducted into the Alameda County Hall of Fame. American Express
Philanthropy Foundation & California State Parks Department awarded her
the “Take Pride in California” at the California Governor’s Presentations for
her “dedication to trails and open space”. Along with trail riding, horsecamping,
presentations, she is Consulting Editor for “Trail Rider” magazine, owner of Two
Horse Enterprises (www.twohorseenterprises.com), dedicated to trail riding and
horsecamping, manager/owner of the website www.weedfreefeed.com (the first
website recognized by the State of California’s Trails and Greenway Conference
for education in preserving open space from invasive and noxious weeds in horse feed) working with the California National Park Service writing “Best Equestrian
Management Procedures and Practices for California’s National Parks”. In
her spare time, she maintains a blog, does free lance writing for publications
including “UK Western Horse” in England and if not doing that – can be found
riding Nic in the hills around Pleasanton, California. Always willing and eager
to help individuals, groups, clubs or associations with trails and camps or
horsecamping questions, Bonnie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Western States Horse Expo • June 13-15, 2014
Hours: 9 am - 7 pm Friday & Saturday, 9 am -5 pm Sunday
at Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California
|What natural horsemanship clinicians have appeared at California's Western States Horse Expo?
Over the years such notable presenters have included; Pat Parrelli, Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, John Lyons, Richard Winters, Ken McNabb,Tommy Garland, Craig Cameron, Ryan Gingerich, Bob Avila and more. As a visitor to Western States Horse Expo you can benefit from a wide variety of great horse training knowledge each year - it's like being able to be at a dozen horsemanship clinics all in one day, at a fraction of the cost! Besides learning how to train your horse, you can shop for horse trailers, horse art, horses for sale and all types of horse supplies all in one place!