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Chino Hills Horsemen mix fun with important purpose

Ranch owners, trainers, boarders, and area equestrians founded Chino Hills Horsemen’s Association last June “to preserve and promote the equestrian lifestyle in Chino Hills. The yearling group has about 50 members, and the club represents interests of more than 500 horse owners in Chino Hills.

Founded: June 2009

Open to: Anyone…and you need not own a horse nor live in the city of Chino Hills.

Current Membership: 50

Meetings: McCoy Equestrian Center, 2nd Tuesday each month

About the community: More than a dozen horse trainers call Chino Hills home…World and National Champion Paint horses, Arabians, Buckskins, Appaloosas, Miniature horses, Quarter Horses, nationally ranked dressage and driving horses, hunters, and even racehorses…Hundreds of riders take lessons in Chino Hills each week, and there is a challenged-student program too…also home of the Chino Valley Equine Hospital, one of the most respected teaching “horsepitals” in the U.S….home, too, of the popular McCoy Equestrian Center…plus, nearly 40 miles of city-maintained, multi-use trails and hundreds more miles of trails in linked trail systems and open spaces.

Activities: Our first year has been primarily organizational, but we did have a micro-chipping clinic in November, an entry in the Chino Hills Boat Parade in December, a New Year’s Trail ride with 30 local horses and also another trail ride in May with 39 horses from 12 cities around Southern California attending. CHHA also hosts annual field trips to Chino Valley Equine Hospital and our popular spring “Many Mini Mini’s” foal follies at Painted H Ranch in Chino Hills, where we get to meet and play with the current foal crop of curious, confident miniature horses…our club sets up educational booths at Chino Hills city events, including Chino Hills Day at the L.A. County Fair, Chino Hills Pet Fair, and Chino Hills Old-Fashioned 4th of July Picnic. Our next big event is the Westfall Weekend clinic with Stacy Westfall on Aug. 27-28 at McCoy’s (see ad, page 86). Chino Hills Horsemen also have adopted a street: Club members actually clean English Road weekly of debris and manure to help keep this unique rural corridor attractive for all recreational users…CHHA is also spearheading a public movement to protect our area’s equestrian heritage. What is now Chino Hills is the birthplace of the modern Arabian horse business because of Frank and Helen McCoy’s McCoy Arabians. Says CHHA President Suzi Vierstra, “they generously arranged for their ranch, established in 1963, to become the recreational centerpiece of Chino Hills but now we find ourselves fighting to save Frank and Helen’s dream of an equestrian-friendly community.”

Contact: Suzi Vierstra, President (info@chinohillshorsemen.org)
More info: http://www.Chinohillshorsemen.org (Facebook, too!)
More photos: http://news.horsetrader.com/media/chha

The Horsetrader’s “Club Corral” promotes horse associations of all types. If your club is interested in joining our Club Corral program, contact Publisher Warren Wilson at wilson@horsetrader.com, and learn the benefits to your group!

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