Originally Published: January 8, 2019 8:26 p.m.
After last year’s successful efforts to raise awareness of the Chino Valley Equestrian Association within the community, the organization is working on ways to be more involved, according to President Danielle Feller.
This year, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the association wants to get involved with other nonprofits, Feller said. One particular one she mentioned is Bethany’s Gait Ranch for Heroes, an organization offering equine therapy for first responders, veterans and their families.
“They don’t have a facility,” Feller said, adding that the Chino Valley Equestrian Association is planning to open up its own facility “so they can have a place to do their therapy sessions.
The association is also putting on a series called the Chino Valley Equestrian Park Speedsters Saddle Series, beginning in late March and running through July. Dates for the series are Saturday, March 23, Saturday, April 27, Saturday, June 1, Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, July 13. It will end with a banquet on Sunday, Aug. 11.
At the same time, last year saw The Big Q, the first community event put on by the Chino Valley Equestrian Association. The organization is going to offer another community event, and this time it’s a hoedown, Feller said. This year it’s on Saturday, May 18.
“That’s going to be our annual function,” she said. “It’s in the pre-planning stage right now.”
The association’s board is planning the hoedown, which is meant to bring awareness to the Equestrian Association’s grounds, Feller said. The Chino Valley Equestrian Park is located at 2208 Equestrian Way in Old Home Manor.
That’s not the only way the organization is planning on being more visible in the community, she said. It also wants to bring more awareness by being more active with the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and wants to be actively involved in the Town of Chino Valley’s 50th birthday party. The celebration is set to begin in the second half of 2019.
The Equestrian Association is also putting on another horse show later this year, Feller said.
For more information about the Chino Valley Equestrian Association, visit www.cvequestrianpark.com.