Fairplex provides temporary home to horses during fire

Fairplex Horses 249x300 Fairplex provides temporary home to horses during fire If you’re a resident of Southern California, you have been keeping tabs on the numerous wildfires wreaking havoc throughout our region. Many have been forced to evacuate, bringing their animals along with them.

Fairplex has once again opened its barns to horses and large farm animals in need of shelter during the evacuations — so far we have about 23 horses staying with us.

If you or someone you know is in need of a place to keep farm animals, please give us a call at (909) 865-4600 to confirm space availability. We have 250 stalls available, 20 of which are currently in use as of Thursday, at 1 p.m. Enter through Gate 12 off White Avenue upon arrival.

Thank you to the volunteers and staff who are working to provide a clean, safe space for these animals and their owners.

Our thoughts go out to those being affected by the fires, and to those who are bravely combating the flames.


Battling Cancer With Horse Power

rideforlife Battling Cancer With Horse PowerThe San Dimas Ride for Life has organized a unique way to raise money for the American Cancer Society – horseback riding. Instead of walking in a Relay for Life, equestrians will ride their horses for a 10-hour ride-a-thon at Fairplex this Saturday for cancer support.

The public is welcome to come out to Fairplex’s horse arenas to cheer on the riders. There will be free demonstrations and games involving the horses for spectators to enjoy. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. with closing ceremonies at 7 p.m. So far, 57 riders and their horses are signed up.

Riders and the public can participate in the Remember ceremony. Lavendar ribbons to remember a cancer survivor or someone lost to cancer will be available for $10. The ribbons can be decorated. Riders will take the ribbons into the arena, ride for one lap, then place the ribbon in one of several vases in the center of the ring. After all ribbons are placed in the arena all riders simultaneously stop for 60 seconds, then reverse direction, in silence, to symbolize we are all changing direction, turning to Fight Back.

Ride for Life will also have an open mic available for survivors and caregivers to tell their story.

What a great event and a wonderful way to encourage cancer survivors and remembers those who’ve died. Organizer Bob Hardcastle said he hopes to grow the event in the coming years, with more riders and more activities.

In the meantime, come out to Fairplex on Saturday, fight against cancer and pet a horse. Bring chairs and goodies to munch on. If it rains, the riders will move to the covered horse arena.

Lots of Horsin’ around at Equine Affaire

Whether you’re a serious horse person or just a casual fan, get yourself over to Fairplex this weekend for the nation’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering – Equine Affaire. If you want to see beautiful breeds, catch the latest on horse care or buy a new saddle, this is the place to be.

 Lots of Horsin around at Equine AffaireAnd don’t let these few sprinkles stop you. Every event is either in one of the buildings or under a covered barn, so no worries! There is so much to see, so plan to stay for awhile. I was just out there and found the amazing Gypsy Vanner horses. Gypsy Vanners are horses bred by gypsies in Great Britain. They are very docile and easily trainable. The breed has been in the U.S. for about 15 years. This fella to the left was most interesting, looking like a cross between Tiny Tim and Russell Brand. The Gypsy Vanners are in Fairplex 10 along with other breeds, including miniature horses and Fighting Furrari, the thoroughbred that played Seabiscuit in the movie about that famous horse (did you know some race track scenes from Seabiscuit were filmed here at Fairplex?).


Vendors are selling tons of horse and barn supplies, boots, clot Lots of Horsin around at Equine Affairehing and saddles. There is even a simulated riding apparatus that shows you via a big screen how to ride and handle a horse. Don’ts miss the Extreme Cowboy Race. A complete list of seminars and classes can be found at equineaffair.com.


So tons to do at Equine Affaire! Hours today, Saturday and Sunday are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $16 a day for adults, $10 for children ages 7-12 (6 and younger are free). Or get a three-day pass for $40 for adults and $25 for children.

This is one event you will not want to say neigh to!