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Hoofbeats in the Vineyard At Shone Farm

Hoofbeats in the Vineyard 
Benefit for Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian Program

Mar 30, 2017


Equi-Ed, a therapeutic equestrian program, and Shone Farm Equestrian program present the 3rd annual Hoofbeats in the Vineyard, April 29th, from 12:30-5:00 pm at The Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Equestrian Center, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville, CA.Tickets are $25 in advance for adults, and $20 in advance for students.  Admission is free for children 12 and under. All proceeds from this event benefit Equi-Ed and Shone Farm Equestrian.  Advance tickets may be purchased on line through brown paper tickets or in person at Friendly Feed in Fulton, Apples N Carrots tack store in Larkfield, and at Western Farm Center in Santa Rosa. Tickets also are available at the door on the day of the event, at $30 for adults and $25 for ages 13-20.

Tambourine Vaulters perform on horseback.Now in its 3rd year, Hoofbeats in the Vineyard is an afternoon event and a fundraiser for two organizations; Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian program, and the Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Equestrian program. These programs provide equestrian lessons, activities, and education to students and individuals of all abilities. The event features a variety of vendors, horse, and equestrian related demonstrations, and offers free tastes of Shone Farm’s own wines and olive oils. Guided tours of the farm also will be offered. 

The day’s events at Hoofbeats in the Vineyard will include:

  • An opening National Anthem with presentation of the colors by the WAVE (Wounded American Veteran’s Equestrian) program of Equi-Ed and from SRJC Equine Science staff and students.
  • A demonstration by the Tambourine Vaulters, performing gymnastics, and dance on horseback
  • A drill team demonstration by the Petaluma Riding and Driving Junior Drill Team
  • A demonstration by Wine Country Arabians, featuring their beautiful Arabian horses in native costume.
  • A quadrille (riding to a freestyle dressage pattern put to music) performed by 4 riders and volunteers from Equi-Ed and the SRJC Equine Science and the Adapted Physical Education departments.
  • A talk on equine nutrition by Claire Thunes, DVM, Equine Nutrition Specialist
  • A mounted archery demonstration by The California Centaurs Mounted Archery team.
  • A live discussion on equine hoof care, with “Ask the Farrier.”Baked goods and a lunch menu will be provided by Monday

Bakery of Napa and El Coronel of Sebastopol, and proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Equi-Ed.

About Equi-Ed

Begun in 1993, Equi-Ed, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, initially was a part of the Special Education Department of Santa Rosa City Schools. Today, Equi-Ed offers a variety of year-round programs to children from 4 years through adult, whose special needs include autism, psychological issues, developmental delays, and physical disabilities. With activities ranging from riding, vaulting, horsemanship, and competition opportunities to specialized programs such as the new CHAPS (Cancer, Horses and Positive Strategies), each program is specially designed to enhance lives and offer the therapeutic benefits of interaction with horses.

Therapeutic riding helps students become healthier as it increases balance, muscle control, and strength. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the human body in a manner similar to the human walking gait, thereby providing the upper and lower body sensation and a mental image of walking. It stimulates passive exercise, which increases cardiovascular, muscular, and respiratory strength, and provides mental stimulation, relaxation, and social and emotional support.

Equi-Ed also maintains a 20-year affiliation with the Equine Science and Adapted Physical Education departments of Santa Rosa Junior College. Santa Rosa Junior College is the only college in California to offer courses in therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities. Equi-Ed provides the facility, horses, and equipment for both Equine Science and Adapted Physical Education students.

For more information about Equi-Ed, visit

About Shone Farm and Shone Farm Equestrian

 Shone Farm is a unique outdoor education laboratory forSanta Rosa Junior College Agriculture/Natural Resources students. The 365 acres of diversified agricultural enterprises provide an opportunity for students to experience real-life, hands-on training relevant to their career choice.

Shone Farm Equestrian is a place for horses to thrive and for students to gain equestrian skills and competence. Overlooking rolling hills and the Russian River valley, the center is equipped with both an outdoor and a large covered arena for rain-or-shine riding.  Shone Farm Equestrian serves and accommodates the needs of children and adults who wish to learn to horseback ride and to learn from a variety of workshops and clinics sponsored by the program. For more information about Shone Farm Equestrian, visit


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