Cindy Norman reported to Historic City News that the St. Johns County Horse Council will hold the official opening of the St Johns County equestrian center today and the public is invited.
“You are invited to make a day of it”, Norman said. The SJCHC Equestrian Center is located at Smith Rd. in Hastings. “Bring your horses, compete in the games and participate in the tack swap”.
Today’s morning schedule begins with Barrels, Poles and Musical Sacks with check-in at 9:00a.m. Games begin at 9:30a.m. Negative coggins required at check in. Helmets required for riders under age 18. There is a flat fee of $10.00.
For lunch, there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, water and baked goods on sale.
Check-in for the afternoon events are at 1:00 p.m. with games beginning at 1:30 p.m. Flat fee of $10.00 includes Egg & Spoon, Red Light/ Green Light and Ride a Buck.
Afternoon games will be followed by 1st and 2nd place winners’ face off for the grand championship. No extra fees! Awards will be presented!
The St. Johns County Horse Council was established in 1999 when a public meeting was held at the County Agricultural Center to examine means to prevent a pending law to prohibit riding on the Public Beaches of St. Johns County.
The attendance was outstanding – over 300 people attended.
The urgency of this general meeting and the large turnout were a direct response by equestrians to preserve riding rights in the County.
Since that time the Council has become involved in promoting all types of equine activities and raising awareness regarding the economic impact of horses in our county.
The Mission of the St. Johns County Horse Council is to promote, defend and propagate equestrian interests in St. Johns County through its inclusion and representation of all equine enthusiasts in our county.