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Chatsworth residents will join the equestrian community for the ninth annual Day of the Horse celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 22, at , 10861 Andora Ave.

The event is being held by the and is co-sponsored by Councilman Mitchell Englander’s office. Members of the local will be volunteering their services to provide BBQ lunch to all the visitors.

Equestrians from the local community and from all over Southern California will
provide exhibitions of riding disciplines including dressage, endurance riding, equestrian performances set to music, and jumping. and will both participate at the event with demonstrations of therapeutic horseback riding.

A special tribute to the American Flag featuring the choir from will start off the day.

The Los Angeles Animal Services Rescue Team will demonstrate their rescue techniques for large animals.

Councilman Mitch Englander will have a few words to say at about 2 p.m.,  but he'd better who wants to throw him in the hoosegow. Maybe someone will bail him out with the proceeds going to the Chatsworth Historical Society.

Dozens of vendors and craftspeople will be on-site to provide an array of local handmade items and to distribute information on various equestrian programs in the Valley.

“Chatsworth has a strong equestrian heritage. Many of the old time western films and television series were filmed in our hills. This event gives the community a chance to share our love of horses together, whether you have a horse or not,” said Mary Kaufman, chairperson of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Equestrian Committee.

Cary Languevin, a long time Day of the Horse volunteer and Chatsworth resident, shared his thoughts about some of the past Day of the Horse events: “The best part about this event is bringing the horses to the kids in the community. Kids are what this whole thing is about, and that’s why we are all here volunteering to make this day happen.”

Activities for children include pony rides, a stick-horse race, and craft projects, all provided free of charge.

“The goal here is to educate the community about the benefits of horsekeeping and to let them in on one of Chatsworth’s treasures, it’s Western heritage,” said Susan Eskander, state director of the National Barrel Horse Association and owner with husband Bart of the boarding stable.

Ride With Pride’s executive director, Bill Updegraff, said, “Because of Ride with Pride’s commitment to the Chatsworth community, we are glad to help..." 

"Ride with Pride provides quality recreational and therapeutic horseback riding lesson to clients with disabilities," he said. "We are also providing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy to veterans. This service is free to the veterans as they have already served our country. Ride with Pride will have an information booth at Day of the Horse, so please stop by for more information on these programs or how to volunteer.”

jeff April 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Well, me, my wife, and 3 kids... Plus mom went to check it out. It was pretty fun... Except when we went to the "free" pony rides with my 6yr old son and 3yr old daughter (the other is 9 months old), only to find out they were charging 5 dollars!!! At least that's what the fat chick in red said. So 10 dollars later, the lady on the p.a system clearly said " and yes, the pony rides are free!" So we went back and questioned this lady at the pony rides, and she insisted it was a mistake and that its 5 dollars to ride. So either she was lying and collecting the money for herself, or its a clear case of false advertisement. In any case, its lucky I'm not an asshole, otherwise I'd bring some legality issues into question. The food was great, the show was entertaining, and the staff was friendly. If it wasn't for the damn pony ride issue, it might of been a perfect 10. I rate this event a 7.
Mary Kaufman April 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I apologize for the confusion. I had understood that the Pony Rides were to be free. At the last moment, the vendor decided to charge for the ride. Staff for Day of the Horse had not been told that there was going to be a fee for the ride. The vendor did not keep any of the money. They wanted to be able to contribute money to the Chatsworth Historical Society. ALL funds were in fact donated to the Chatsworth Historical Society.
jeff April 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Its alright, no harm done. Besides, the joy in my kids faces was priceless. Either way 5 bucks a ride is still good. My issue wasn't with the price, just the change in detail. In any case, the money is going to a place I would recomend anyone of any age to go to. Check out the tours (you'll like the library). Thanks for the reply and information as to where the money went.
Susan Eskander April 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I was the person who announced that the pony rides were for free and I apologize for any confusion or disappointment that I caused. I attended a meeting where we were all assured that the pony rides were to be provided at no cost to the community. All of us who volunteer at this event work very hard to create a quality experience for the people who attend. THANK YOU Jeff for speaking up and letting us know what happened. Without good feedback like this, our team cannot make the necessary changes to improve the experience for the community. I am SO happy to learn that the money went to a great cause, our Historical Society, who work so hard to preserve Chatsworth's rich cultural heritage for current and future generations.
jeff April 24, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Like I said previously, no harm done. You didn't cause any disappointment, no one did, for that matter. YOU'RE WELCOME for speaking up and letting you know what had happened. I too am very happy the money went to a great cause. Thank you and everyone else for providing fun and educational experiences for the community, my kids love the events.

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