photos by Viki Strand

Ride, Stride, and Celebrate at Annual Community Event

Riders, walkers, and horse enthusiasts of all stripes are invited to the 2017 Horse Heritage Festival and 11th Annual Ride & Stride, presented by Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association (TOVEA) and the San Marcos Historical Society. The event will be held at Walnut Grove Park on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The morning will start at 8:30 a.m. with the Ride & Stride, a three-mile trail event for horseback riders and pedestrians, with dogs welcome to join the walk. Participants receive a t-shirt, lunch coupon, swag bag, and raffle ticket.


The Horse Heritage Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Activities include pony rides, frontier games, a petting corral, nature center, pumpkin patch, and more. Stop by the arena for demonstrations by Historic Enterprises, Temecula Cowgirl Color Guard, V-Spurs Gymkhana, Jody Childs Trick Training, and a mini horse parade.

Vendor registration is also open through Oct. 8 – community-based clubs and vendors with unique equestrian items are welcome to participate in the festivities.

TOVEA and its nonprofit branch, the Horse Heritage Conservancy, works to promote equine education and advocacy throughout the local community. The organization also supports improvements and upkeep of Walnut Grove Horse Park, providing bleachers, corrals, sprinklers, arena footing, maintenance, and trail improvements. Find more information and registration forms for all events at