The Paso Robles Horse Park Foundation is excited to present the second annual Back To School Bash, scheduled for Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10. The community is invited to attend this free educational event, aligned with the Park Foundation’s mission of supporting relevance of the horse in today’s world through showcasing its unique ability to enhance education, health and quality of life. The Back To School Bash welcomes and encourages participation for horse lovers of all levels. Whether a first-time rider or an up-and-coming competitor, participants will find programming that offers equine fun and education.Beginning Friday afternoon, August 9, riders are invited to bring their horses to the Park for schooling access in the competition arenas featuring world-class GGT footing and competition-style jumps. Friday evening is open and free to the community to settle into the Park’s iconic Adirondack chairs and enjoy a horse movie while grubbing on s’mores and snacks. The fun continues into the night as all are invited to bring along their tent to camp out and prepare for an education-packed day to follow.
Saturday will be filled with equine education beneficial for all riding levels. Two educational tracks are targeted for varying levels of horse experience. Introduction to the Horse is a no-horse-required opportunity for those with limited to no equine experience. Attendees of this educational track will learn about Horse Safety 101, share what horses mean to them, and enjoy presentations from 4H and Pony Club as they learn how to make the passion for horses a regular treat.
The Preparing to Show & Learning More track is for those that have been riding and are looking to take their horse knowledge to the next level. While attendees are welcome to bring their horse, they will learn just as much if they need to leave their four-legged friends at home. This educational track will feature lessons on off-track thoroughbreds’ second careers, mini horses and driving, key learnings from meeting with a Park judge, and tips on navigating a course. Finally, this track will round out the day with a discussion on concussion safety and helmet fittings.
“As a world-class competition facility, we recognize the importance of fostering the development of the future of the sport, especially in our community,” said Amanda Diefenderfer, Park Director. “The Back to School Bash is a fantastic opportunity for the public to enjoy these remarkable animals in a professional and safe environment.”
Horse lovers over the age of six, with all levels of experience, even those that have never met a horse, are encouraged to attend on August 9 and 10, 2019, at the Paso Robles Horse Park at 3801 Hughes Parkway, Paso Robles, CA. Reservations are required for the Saturday educational tracks. For more information and to join the Back To School Bash fun, visit https://pasorobleshorsepark.com/event/back-to-school-bash-2/