Tag: Horseback Riding

Outdoor Enthusiasts, The City Is Listening

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 27, 2012 – The Big Bear Valley Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Equestrian Master Plan process is underway, with the goal of developing a blueprint for a community of neighborhoods enjoyable and safe for people on foot, bike, horseback and other modes of transportation. It will also be a guide for attracting and building businesses related to the recreation industry. On November 3, the public will have a chance to give input on the master plan during Community Field Day. Residents can participate in activities depending on their interests – be it a horseback ride, a senior walk, or a hike, run or bike ride on a trail – then tell the City what they can do to improve the experience. For more details on schedule and locations, contact Siri Eggebraten at (909) 866-5831 or sirieggebraten@citybigbearlake.com. SCHEDULE Run a Trail 8:30-10:00: Meet at the Discovery Center, participate in an easy to moderate run on off-road trails, and suggest ways to improve our local running resources. SeniorWalk 9:00-10:30: Meet at the Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve parking area, located at the west end of the Stanfield Marsh, walk along the boardwalk and tell the City how they can make streets, sidewalks, and trails better for Big Bear Seniors. Hike a Trail 11:00-1:00: Meet at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area on Mill Creek Road, hike Pine Knot Trail, and tell us...

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Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Expanding Their Reach to Include Paths for Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Running, Cycling and Horseback Riding

When the snow melts, outdoor enthusiasts will again be able to enjoy the 30 miles of bike routes throughout the Big Bear Valley, though, through the efforts of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the hope is to have paths available for non-motorized travel year-round by incorporating routes not just for cycling, but cross-county skiing, hiking, running and horseback riding. In 2009, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation expanded their reach, became a non-profit 501C3 corporation, and are now pursuing grant funding—which is a considerable effort for the group which, only in 2006, was a handful of volunteers operating as an ad hoc committee of the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District focused on establishing Class 3 bike routes within Big Bear. This initial focus was accomplished, given support from the City of Big Bear Lake and the County of San Bernardino, and, on Memorial Day weekend 2008, the coalition celebrated the ribbon cutting for 30 miles of bike routes (15 in Big Bear Lake and 17 in the East Valley), the installation of 37 “share the road” signs around the perimeter of Big Bear Lake and beyond, the completion and distribution of Valley-wide bike trails maps, and a community Bike Ride for Ryan, in support of local Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall. The group has since incorporated equestrian, hiking, running and cross-county skiing enthusiasts into their Foundation...

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Local Activities and Camps Available to Students During Fall Break; Hummingbird Project Offers Financial Assistance

Bear Valley Unified students start their two-week Fall Break come Saturday and, parents, should you be looking for activities to engage your children through October 18, there are some opportunities. The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District offers Wild and Crazy Super Sports Camp for 9 to 13-year-olds, at a cost of $99 per week. Offerings during sports camp include bowling, hiking, mountain bike riding, volleyball, basketball, and a scavenger hunt; to register for Wild and Crazy Super Sports Camp, which runs from 9am to 2pm, call the Recreation and Park District at 866-9700. There is also a day camp offered by the YMCA’s Camp Whittle, with transportation services available from Vons. At Camp Whittle, in the woods behind Fawnskin, day campers can participate in arts and crafts, archery, outdoor games and hikes, and, for 12 to 14-year-olds, a specialized equestrian day camp is available. Cost for Camp Whittle over Fall Break is $250 per week, which also includes meals and transportation, as well as a Friday family dinner and campfire; to register, call 866-3000. Local teacher Kasey Hall offers an Arts and Outdoor Education program during break, which is available to kindergarten through sixth grade students at a cost of $100 per week. The outdoor science program will also include daily nature hikes, painting, canoeing on Cedar Lake, and healthy, organic snacks. Call soon to register, at...

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“Horse Whisperer” Techniques Come to Big Bear; Los Vaqueros Host Three-Day Horsemanship Clinic in August

Big Bear’s Los Vaqueros de La Montañas Riding Club has a special event planned for August, as horse expert Paul Dietz–who has been mentored by Buck Brannaman, the “horse whisperer” who inspired the book by Nicholas Evans and the movie starring Robert Redford—will be teaching three days of horsemanship and cow working workshops on August 7, 8 and 9. Says Los Vaqueros’ Suzanne Hodges, “This is very special for Big Bear to have such a close connection to the ‘horse whisperer.’ Paul Dietz is a very close friend, and studied for four years traveling the country with Buck Brannaman. Big Bear is lucky to have Paul make one of his national stops here, and promoting communication between horse and rider is his expertise.” Dietz offers a money-back guarantee on workshops (offered at $275 for three days), and classes offered at Los Vaqueros Arena will remain small so that individual attention can be given to all riders. For those who would like to get a sneak peak of the horse whisperer techniques, a free horsemanship and riding equipment demonstration will be offered by Dietz on Thursday evening, August 6 at 6pm. Spectator seating during the three days of clinics will also be offered at $15 per day, pre-sale. Other horseback riding events offered by Los Vaqueros include the August 16 horse show and, on August 15, September 12 and October...

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Los Vaqueros Riding Club Hosts Gymkhana, Kick-Off BBQ and Ranch Sorting Event on Saturday

In addition to hosting all-breed western horse shows, Los Vaqueros de Las Montañas, Big Bear’s riding club formed in 1946, this weekend hosts the first in their Los Vaqueros Saddle Series Gymkhanas. Saturday’s 10am gymkhana features pole bending, Texas barrels, speedball and keyhole, and spectators are welcomed. Following the gymkhana (at about 4 or 5pm), Los Vaqueros host a kick-off BBQ featuring tri-tip. The day’s festivities at the Los Vaqueros arena, located at the eastern-most end of Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear City, continue with ranch sorting in the evening. Ranch sorting is a timed cattle event that tests the horsemanship skills of the rider. Says Los Vaqueros Suzanne Hodges, “Your $15 donation is asked for the BBQ, but with free ranch sorting, what a great deal for a night of fun, an opportunity to meet some great horse people, and a chance to join one of the most historic clubs in Big Bear!” The Los Vaqueros Saddle Series Gymkhanas will also be held on June 13, August 15, September 12 and October 3; the overall high-point winner in the series will win a saddle donated by All Mountain Feed. Western horse shows at the Los Vaqueros area are scheduled for June 14, July 12 and August 16. For more information, or driving directions, you can visit...

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