Calendar

2022 BVDRC Calendar of Events

The BVDRC’s events are highlighted in Bold Black.

Wishing you a Happy May!  Hopefully, we will continue to get some much-needed rain and grass!

The four driving clubs in Texas are Brazos Valley Driving and Riding Club, BVDRC.com;  Houston Area Carriage Association, hacaclub.com; North Texas Whip, ntw.clubexpress.com; and Tejas Carriage Association, tejascarriageassociation.org.

If you are interested in attending Competitive Trail Challenges, please go to their actual websites:  Texas Trail Challenge Club, texastrailchallengeclub.com; Equine Trail Sports, and equinetrailsports.com.  Due to the high volume of dates for these events, I will no longer list them; just too many.

There is a new competition platform called Working Horse Central.  I was sent information about this platform from a fellow Calendar recipient.  She thought that some of you would be interested in this event.  It is a quarterly virtual competition and there are 4-in-person competitions being scheduled for Texas.  For more information, go to their website:  workinghorsecentral.com.  If any of you join up, let me/us know how it is going.

Two more good resources for equine-related activities to check out are the Brazos Expo calendar – brazoscountyexpo.com; and the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension app (it is a free download).  Both have numerous events/activities posted.

Due to the length of the trail riding facilities list, I have moved it to the END of the Calendar so that it is easier to reference and review.  Please feel free to send me facilities that are not listed.  

May 2022

May 6-8th – SWMHC mini Horsin’ Around Show to be held at Bell County Expo Center; 301 W. Loop 121, Belton, TX.76513.  Contact Laura Mullen (607) 769-6743 or website:  swmini.com.

May 9th HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  Tell your mom you love her!🤱🏻❤️

May 10-16th – Carriage Association of America’s trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor, England.  Check their website for more information:  CarriageAssociationofAmerica.com/events.

May 12th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting is to be held at the Reliance Baptist Church Community Center, 6925 Reliance Church Rd., Bryan, TX   This will be a spaghetti meal, $5.00/person; RSVP to Tess Villarreal (979) 204-0426 (cell/text).  We will gather at 6:00 and the meeting will start at 6:30.  

May 13-15th – SAAMHC Family Fiesta Show for minis, Shetland pony, Gypsy Vanner, and Open Feathered Horses.   Contact Sherri Jolliff (417) 274-7518 or email:  sherrijolliff@yahoo.com.  Check the website:  sanantoniominiaturehorseclub.com.

May 14th – Tejas Carriage Association’s Annual Recreational drive to be held at Bill & Fran Woodfins’’s place in McKinney, TX.  More details to follow. Check the website:  TejasCarriageAssociation.org.

May 14th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Harvest Day to be held in Ledbetter, TX.  Check website:  TDHMA.org and/or FB.

May 14-15th – BVDRC’s month ride to be an overnight ride at Six RS Ranch LP, 20081 FM 831, Oakwood, TX.  The club will be paying for the house and RV sites/pens for members for Saturday night.  Must be a paid-up member by May 1st. Watch for Club emails with more information, who to contact, etc.  Contact Doris Ann (903) 388-0439 to reserve an RV site/room.  

May 14-15th – Southwestern Donkey and Mule Society’s Classic show in Lampasas, TX.  Check the website:  swdonkeyandmulesociety.com.

May 15th – North Texas Whip At-Will Fun Drive #2 to be held at Willow Draw, 401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX 76085.  (817) 313-1515.  Check the website:  ntw.clubexpress.com or their FB page.

May 16-19th – Carriage Association of America’s Trip, Driving at Woburn Abbey, England.  Check their website for more information:  CarriageAssociationofAmerica.com/events.

May 21st – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check the website:  LostHorizonRanch.org.

May 21st – BVETR’s monthly ride to be held at 7D Ranch, 2729 CR 305, Navasota, TX 77868.  Watch for club emails with more details.  Cindy Allen, email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com or website:  BVETR.org.

May 21-22nd – HACA Pine Hill work weekend at Pine Hill Farm in Bellville, TX.  Volunteers needed to help set up the dressage arena, obstacles, and marathon course.  Contact Trisha Clements email:  trishaclements@hotmail.com.  Check the website:  HACAclub.com.

May 24-29th – Bishop Mule Days and Celebration to be held at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, 1141 N. Main Street, Bishop, CA 93514.  Contact phone (760) 872-4263.  Check the website:  MuleDays.org.

May 28th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Spring Series show to be held at the Snook rodeo, Arena.  Check the website:  NavaRioRanch.com.

May 28th – BV Horse Show, Hunter/Jumper Schooling show to be held at Royal Legend Arena, 7786 Riley, Rd., Bryan, TX 77808.  Contact Lisa Robertson (979) 229-3622 or check the website: BVHorseshows.org.

May 28-29th – HACA’s Pine Hill DT/CT to be held at Pine Hill Farm in Bellville, TX.  Teresa Bron is the ADS-recognized judge.  Check HACA’s website: hacaclub.com or ADS omnibus:  AmericanDrivingSociety.org.

May 30thMemorial Day – to honor those that gave their all!  🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

June 2022

June 3-5th – 2022 Heart of Oklahoma Miniature Donkey Show to be held at the Expo Center Humphries Arena in Shawnee, OK.  NMDA sanction is pending; Judge is James Rutledge.  The website will be updated shortly with more information:  www.AssN9Ranch.com.

June 4th – BVDRC’s monthly ride to be held at Mike and Martha Dodd’s place.  This will be the “Pond to Pond” ride like they had last year.  Will be a potluck lunch.  Contact Lee Fuermann (979) 777-9239 Cell/text) or email:  farriershop@icloud.com.  More details to follow. (Rescheduled from the 11th)

June 9th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting Location TBD.  Watch for an email with the information.

June 11th – BV Horse Show, Hunter/Jumper Schooling show to be held at Royal Legend Arena, 7786 Riley, Rd., Bryan, TX 77808.  Contact Lisa Robertson (979) 229-3622 or check the website:  BVHorseshows.org.

June 13-25th – Pinto Horse Association World Championship Show, Tulsa Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., Tulsa, OK 74114.  (918) 744-1113; Check their website for more info:  pinto.org/index.php/en/.

June 18th – BVETR’s ride/lunch/membership meeting is to be held at the Diamond A ranch in Wheelock, TX.  Contact Cindy Allen, email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com or website:  BVETR.org.

June 18th – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check the website:  LostHorizonRanch.org.

June 18-19th – Tejas Carriage Association’s Carriage Classic Pleasure Driving Show will be held at the OK Corral in Terrell, TX.  This will be the only ADS sanctioned Carriage Pleasure show in the state/region.  A Prize List will be coming out in mid-April or so. Check the website:  TejasCarriageAssociation.org.  

June 19thHAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!  Tell your dad you love him!❤️

June 24-July 10th – American Paint Horse Association World Show to be held at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Ft. Worth, TX 76107.  (817) 392-7460; check website:  APHA.com.

July 2022

July 4thHAPPY 4TH OF JULY!  Happy Birthday, America!🎂🇺🇸🎇

July 4th – Wheelock 4th of July parade and BBQ sponsored by the Friends of the Wheelock School House.  The parade begins are 10:00 an and the BBQ follows.  BBQ is a plate lunch with all fixings; pay at the door.  This is a very equine-friendly hometown parade!  The staging area for the parade and BBQ is the Wheelock School grounds.  Contact Joe (979) 828-4347, Kathy (979) 255-9311, or check them out on FB -“Friends of the Wheelock School House”. 

July 14th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting Location TBD. Watch for an email with the information.

July 16th – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check the website:  LostHorizonRanch.org.

July 16th – North Texas Whip Summer Membership Meeting and Drive to be held at Willow Draw, 401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX 76085.  (817) 313-1515.  Check the website:  ntw.clubexpress.com or their FB page.

August 2022

Aug. 11th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting Location TBD.  Watch for an email with the information.

Aug. 20th – BVDRC’s Horseman’s Market Day to be held in the East Pavilion at the Brazos Co. Expo, 5827 Leonard Rd, Bryan, TX 77807.  Buy, sell, trade all things equine (no live animals or guns on site – ONLY posters).  Booths are 10×10’ and all have access to electricity.  Contact Lee Fuermann (979) 777-9239 (cell/text) or email:  farriershop@icloud.com; check website:  BVDRC.com.

Aug. 20th – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check the website:  losthorizonranch.org.

Aug. 20-21stState Fair of Texas’s Donkey, Mule, and NMDA show to be held in Dallas, TX.  Contact Rhonda (972) 575-8313.

Aug. 27-Sept. 5th – National Championship Chuckwagon Races to be held in Clinton, AR.  Check the website:  chuckwagonraces.com.

September 2022

Aug. 27th-Sept. 5th – National Championship Chuckwagon Races to be held in Clinton, AR.  Check the website:  chuckwagonraces.com.

Sept. 3-4thSAVE THE DATE “Let’s Have Fun In Texas” Driving Event to be held at Equirena Fields, Burnett, TX.  More details to follow.  Contact Eileen Leek (972) 345-8409; email:  eleek5@verizon.net.

Sept. 5thHAPPY Labor Day!!

Sept. 8-17th – AMHR National Show to be held at Tulsa Expo Square, 4145 E 21st St., Tulsa, OK 74114.  (918) 744-1113, check website:  shetlandandminiature.com.

Sept. 10th – BVDRC’s Post-HMD meeting/volunteer appreciation supper to be held at Joe’s Hamburgers, 9376 E. State Hwy. 21, Bryan, TX 77808 (Wixon Valley).  The club will be paying for meals.  Contact Jim Wood (979) 422-0189.

Sept. 17th – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check the website:  losthorizonranch.org.

Sept. 24th – North Texas Whip At-Will Fun Drive #3 to be held at Willow Draw, 401 north Bend Rd, Weatherford, TX 76085.  Contact # (817) 313-1515.  Also check the website:  ntw.clubexpress.com.

Sept. 24th – BV Horse Show, Hunter/Jumper Schooling show to be held at Royal Legend Arena, 7786 Riley, Rd., Bryan, TX 77808.  Contact Lisa Robertson (979) 229-3622 or check the website:  BVHorseshows.org.

Sept. 24-Oct. 1st – AMHA World Championship Show to be held at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Ft. Worth, TX 76107.  (817) 392-7469, check website:  amha.org.

Sept. 29-Oct. 8th – CAA’s trip to Germany and the Netherlands.  Check the website:  carriageassociationofamerica.com. 

October 2022

Sept. 29-Oct. 8th – CAA’s trip to Germany and the Netherlands.  Check the website:  carriageassociationofamerica.com. 

Oct. 4-9th – Fall National Drive to be held at Hoosier Horse Park, Ninevah, IN.  Check Facebook for more information.  

Oct. 8th – BVDRC’s informal monthly ride to be held at Millican Reserve, 19851 FM 2154, College Station, TX.  More details to follow.

Oct. 8th – North Texas Whip Learning Day to be held at Willow Draw, 401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX 76085.  (817) 313-1515.  Check the website:  ntw.clubexpress.com or their FB page.

October 13th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting Location TBD.  Watch for an email with the information.

Oct. 15th – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check the website:  losthorizonranch.org.

Oct. 15th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Fall Series show to be held at Miracle Farm, 10812 FM 2621,  Brenham, TX 77833.  Check the website:  navarioranch.com.

Oct. 22nd – BV Horse Show, Hunter/Jumper Schooling show to be held at Royal Legend Arena, 7786 Riley, Rd., Bryan, TX 77808.  Contact Lisa Robertson (979) 229-3622 or check the website:  BVHorseshows.org.

Oct. 29th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Halloween Play Day to be held at the Limestone Co. Fairgrounds, 922 N. Tyus, Groesbeck, TX.  Check website:  TDHMA.com or FB.

Oct. 29-30th – Southwestern Donkey and Mule Society’s Spooktacular Show, Lampasas, TX.  Check the website:  swdonkeyandmulesociety.com.

Oct. 31HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 🎃👻

November 2022

Nov. 5-6th  Tejas Carriage Association’s Driving Trial to be held at Willow Draw,  401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX 76085.  (817) 313-1515.  Check the website:  ntw.clubexpress.com or their FB page.

Nov. 9-13th – CAA’s Trip to 100th Anniversary, Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada.  Check the website:  carriageassociationofamerica.com.

Nov. 10th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting Location TBD.  Watch for an email with the information.

Nov. 12th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Fall Series show to be held at the Snook rodeo, Arena.  Check the website:  navarioranch.com.

Nov. 12-13th – BVDRC’s informal monthly ride will be an overnight ride at Reynolds Creek, 2885 N. Speegleville, RD, Waco, TX.  Will need to make your own reservations through Reynold’s Creek Park.  More details to follow.

Nov. 13th – North Texas Whip At-Will Drive #4 to be held at Willow Draw, 401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX 76085.  (817) 313-1515.  Check the website:  ntw.clubexpress.com or their FB page.

Nov. 19th – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check the website:  losthorizonranch.org.

Nov. 26th – BV Horse Show, Hunter/Jumper Schooling show to be held at Royal Legend Arena, 7786 Riley, Rd., Bryan, TX 77808.  Contact Lisa Robertson (979) 229-3622 or check the website:  BVHorseshows.org.

December 2022

Dec. 8th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting Location TBD.  Watch for an email with the information.

Dec. 10th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Fall Series show to be held at Miracle Farm, 10812 FM 2621,  Brenham, TX 77833.  Check the website:  navarioranch.com.

Dec. 11th – BVDRC Christmas party.  More details to follow when it gets closer.

Listing of Trail Riding Options

There are numerous trail riding options around Texas.  Here is a listing of some of them, and if you know of some that are not on this list, shoot me an email and let me know.  Also check out the following trail riding clubs:  Brazos Valley Driving and Riding Club which welcomes drivers and riders, and BVDRC.com. Brazos Valley Equestrian Trail Riders is a local trail riding group, BVETR.org.  Texas Equestrian Trailriders Association is a statewide trail riding/trail development club; TETRA.memberlodge.org.

Birch Creek Park at Lake Somerville in Somerville, TX (979) 535-7763 is now open to equestrians (they have been closed due to much flood damage in 2017).  

Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville, TX 77461.  They have 13 miles of multi-use trails and primitive equestrian campsites at the trailhead.  Phone (979) 553-5102; website:  tpwd.texas.gov and type in Brazos Bend State Park.

5D Ranch Riding Trails 548 Eckhardt Road, Nordheim, TX 78141.  Their phone is (979) 204-2559; website:  5dranchnavasotatx.com.

7D Ranch 2729 CR 305, Navasota, TX 77868.  They have equestrian trails and various options for overnight.   Phone (936) 870-5114; website: 7dranchtexas.com.  

7iL Ranch in Cat Springs, TX (south of Bellville).  Equestrian trails, RV sites, stalls, lots of trails.  Phone:  (979) 236-5552, website:  7iLranch.com.

Ebenezer State Park, Recreation Road 255, Jasper, TX 75951.  RV sites, corrals, trails, etc.  Campground inquiries call (409) 384-5716.  Website:  recreation.gov.

Granger Lake State Park/Corp of Engineers at Willis Creek on CR 346, Taylor, TX.  Has equestrian trails, and a few hook-ups (not in real good shape; this is a better day-use facility than overnight).  Website:  tpwd.tex.gov.

Indian Spirit Springs 4342 Dobrovolny Rd,  Bryan, TX 77807.   The phone is (979) 318-2411 or email:  info@IndianSpiritSprings.com.  Website; IndianSpiritSprings.com.

Lazy F Guest Ranch; 15547 FM 1116, Smiley TX 78159; (210) 391-6378, website:  lazyfguestranch.com.  

Parrie Haynes Ranch 13816 Maxdale Rd., Killeen, TX 76549.  Phone (254) 394-0330,  email:  parriehaynesranch@gmail.com, website:  parriehaynesequestriancenter.com; 

Reynold’s Creek Park is a Corps of Engineer facility on the shores of Lake Waco.  Some of their trails are driving friendly; there are about 19 miles of trails.  Their address is 2885 N. Speegleville Rd, Waco, TX 76712; phone:  (254) 756-5359; Google “Reynold’s Creek Park, Waco, TX” to get information and/or make reservations. 

Richards/Raven Equestrian Trail is located in the Sam Houston National Forest.  This trail just opened up this June.  Trailhead is located 14 miles southwest of Huntsville, TX on FM 1791 near Farris Cemetary.  Check the website:  samhoustontrails.org. 

Rusty’s Walnut Creek Ranch, 394 Pleasant Chapel Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612.  This facility is west of Bastrop and is suitable for driving also.  Has arenas, bunkhouses, pens, RV sites, and trails.  Their phone is (512) 304-5880, website: is rustyswalnutcreekranch.net.  

Six RS Ranch LP, 20081 FM 831, Oakwood, TX.  Has RV sites, some stalls, pens, and a guest house.  Contact Doris Ann (903) 388-0439 (cell/text) to reserve spots.

T bar S Horse Camp; 6387 FM 2781, Kennard, TX 75847.  (832) 928-9584 (cell/text), website:  TbarShorsecamp.com.  This is a private facility that butts up against the Davy Crockett National Forest.  Has RV sites, pens, etc.  Lots of trails.

Train Robber Ranch; 2692 Iron Bridge Rd, Rusk, TX 75785.  (281) 507-2714.  Website:  trainrobberranch.com.  This facility is ONLY available by renting the WHOLE place.  You cannot just show up and camp/ride there.  They have a full facility – RV sites, bunkhouse, a large house that sleeps a lot of people, stalls, pens, and access to Fairchild State Forest.