Calendar

2021 Calendar of Events

The BVDRC’s events are highlighted in Bold Black.

Hope everyone is staying cool and finding times to ride/drive when the temperatures aren’t trying to fry you!!  We are finding that early morning or about 6:30 at night, temps cool down and there is a window to get outside and get things done!  😎

The 4 driving clubs in Texas are.  The websites for each club 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.

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.  

If you are interested in attending Competitive Trail Challenges, please go to the actual websites:  Texas Trail Challenge Club, texastrailchallengeclub.com; Equine Trail Sports, equinetrailsports.com.  I have had several requests to list some of the trail dates in this calendar, so I have done that.   

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

August 2021

Aug. 9th – Horseman’s Market Day post-mark deadline for preregistering for your booth space/Early Bird Special.  Check website for forms and FAQ’s:  BVDRC.com.

Aug.12th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  We will be meeting at Los Cucos Restaurant located at 1521 Texas Ave., South, College Station, TX.  We will gather around 6:00ish to eat and the meeting will start at 6:30.  This is a BIG meeting as it is the meeting before our Horseman’s Market Day so we will be tying up loose ends.  Contact Lisa Robertson (979) 229-3622 (cell/text). 

Aug. 21st – BVDRC’S Horseman’s Market Day to be held at the Brazos Co. Expo, 5827 Leonard Rd., Bryan, TX, 77807.  Buy, sell, trade all things equine related (no live animals though).  Free admission, free parking, covered, and lots of spaces!  Early Bird entries must be post marked by Aug. 9th.  Contact Lee Fuermann (979) 777-9239 (cell/text), email:  MarketDay@BVDRC.com.  Also check the website:  BVDRC.com or their FB page.

Aug. 21-22nd – Music City Donkey Show, Clearview Horse Farm; 2291 Hwy. 231 S; Shelbyville, tX.  NMDA pending, ACOSA Nationals.  Halter, In-Hand, and Driving Classes.Check website:  americandonkeyassociation.com.

Aug. 28-Sept. 6th – National Chuckwagon Races to be held at OF Ranch, Clinton, AR.  Website:  chuckwagonrraces.com.

September, 2021

Aug. 28-Sept. 6th – National Chuckwagon Races to be held at OF Ranch, Clinton, AR.  Website:  chuckwagonrraces.com.

Sept. 4-6th – NTW’s Fun Drive #2 to be held at Ree Salter’s place.  This weekend long fun event is open to members only.  Check club website:  ntw.clubexpress.com.

Sept. 6th – HAPPY LABOR DAY!!

Sept. 9th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location and details TBD.  Watch for emails with information.

Sept. 9-12th – CAA’s Carriage Showcase competition to be held in conjunction with the Villa Louis Carriage Classic show in Prairie du Chien, WI.  Check website:  carriageassociationofamerica.com.

Sept. 9-19th – American Miniature Horse Registry’s (AMHR) National Show to be held in Tulsa OK.  Check Association’s website:  shetlandminiature.com.

Sept. 11th – BVDRC will have an informal monthly ride at Reynold’s Creek Park, Waco, TX.  This is being set up as a day ride, but quite a few members are planning on spending a couple of days there.  If you want to reserve a RV spot/stalls, contact Reynold’s Creek directly:  www.recreation.gov and select Reynold’s Creek.  Contact Jim Wood (979) 422-0189 (cell/text) or email:  jrwood316@gmail.com.

Sept. 11-12th – TTCC’s Pony Pilot Competition, Fundraiser, Arena Games and Picnic to be held at BLORA which is at the intersection of Sparta, and Cottonwood Rd, Fort Hood, TX.  This is a new location for this ride.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Sept. 11-12th – SAVE THE DATE for the State Fair of Texas Donkey, Mule, and NMDA show.  Show bill/class list is out.  Check website:  bigtex.com.

Sept. 18th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show series to be held at Miracle Farm in Brenham, TX.  Nava Rio Ranch Horse Series show to be held at the Snook Rodeo Arena in Snook, TX.  Check website for information/registration:  navarioranch.com.

Sept. 18th – NTW Playday/Swap Drive to be held at Willow Draw, 401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX 76085.  Contact Karen:  kbarthel221@gmail.com.  Check website:  ntw.clubexpress.com.

Sept. 18-19th – ***CANCELLED UNTIL 2022***CAA’s Sporting Day of Traditional Driving to be held at Wethersfield Farm in Millbrook. NY.  Check website:  carriageassociationofamerica.com.

Sept. 18-19th – Equine Trail Sports TC/OC to be held at Morning Star Ranch, Milano, TX. Check website:  equinetrailsports.com.

Sept. 23 -Oct. 3 – CAA’s Trip to the Netherlands/Germany.  Check website:  Carriageassociationofamerica.com.

Sept. 24-Oct. 2nd – American Miniature Horse (AMHA) World Championship show.  Check website:  amha.org.

Sept. 25th – BVHS All Breed Hunter/Jumper Show.  More details will be forthcoming.  Contact Lisa Robertson, (979) 229-3622.  Check website:  BVHorseshows.org.  

Sept. 25-26th – TTCC’s Concho Valley Showdown to be held at the San Angelo State Park at the North Concho and Bald Eagle camping areas.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Sept. 25-26th – “Let’s Have Fun In Texas” Driving Trial and Combined Test to be held at Equirena Fields in Burnet, TX.  Contact Kelly James (512) 630-7069.  Check American Driving Society’s Omnibus:  americandrivingsociety.org.

Sept. 25-26th – SAVE THE DATE!  2021 NMDA National Miniature Donkey Show to be held in Oklahoma City, OK at the Oklahoma State Fair – okstatefair.com – Keep watch for more information as it gets closer! 

October, 2021

Sept. 23 -Oct. 3 – CAA’s Trip to the Netherlands/Germany.  Check website:  Carriageassociationofamerica.com.

Sept. 24-Oct. 2nd – American Miniature Horse (AMHA) World Championship show.  Check website:  amha.org.

Oct. 1-3rd, Colorado CDE and CT to be held at the Colorado Horse Park, Parker, CO.  Training, Preliminary and Intermediate levels.  Sponsored by the Colorado Driving Society and Rocky Mountain Carriage Club.  Check website for more information:  coloradodrivingsociety.com/2021-colorado-cde-ct.

Oct. 2nd – HACA’s Annual Brookwood Drive for the residents of the Brookwood Residential Facility in Brookwood, TX. Volunteers to help residents on/off carriages and drivers with steady driving equines are needed.  Contact John Milligan (979) 574-3419 (cell/text); email:  jjmj7735@gmail.com.

Oct. 5-10th – The National Drive to be held at the Hoosier Horse Park, Ninevah, IN.  Check website for more information:  www.nationaldrive.net.

Oct. 8-10th – Tejas Carriage Association will be having a Pleasure Driving Show at the Leon Co., Expo in Buffalo, TX.  More details to follow.  Contact Ruthie Graves (903) 883-4638 or email:  iminthebarnnow@gmail.com.  Also check website:  tejascarriageassociation.org.

Oct. 8th – TTCC’s Fall Rider Clinic to be held at the Smith ranch, 245 FM 1042, Three Rivers, TX 78071.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Oct. 8-15th – Morgan Horse Grand National and World Championship show.  Check website:  morganhorse.com.

Oct. 9-10th – TTCC’s South Texas Shoot Out to be held at Smith Ranch, 245 FM 1042, Three Rivers, TX 78071.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Oct. 14th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location and details TBD.  Watch for emails with information.

Oct. 16th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Series to be held at the Snook Rodeo Arena in Snook, TX.  Nava Rio Ranch Horse Series show to be held at the Snook Rodeo Arena in Snook, TX.  Check website for information/registration:  navarioranch.com.

Oct. 16th – BVETR’s fall general meeting to be held at the Allen’s place in Wheelock.  There will be a meeting, a pot luck lunch and a trail ride.  More details will be coming.  Check website:  BVETR.org.

Oct. 16-17th – ***DATE/LOCATION AS BEEN CHANGED.  SEE OCT. 30-31)***SDMS’s Spooktacualr Donkey and Mule Show. Check website:  swdonkeyandmulesociety.com.

Oct. 23-24th – TTCC’s Grasslands Gallop to be held at the LBJ Grasslands, Decatur, TX.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Oct. 23-24th – Equine Trail Sports OC/TC to be held at 2b Ranch Performance Horses in New Caney, TX.  Check website:  equinetrailsports.com.

Oct. 24th – NTW Open Drive at Willow Draw, 401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX  76085.  Watch for more information in NTW newsletter.  Check website:  ntw.clubexpress.com.

Oct. 30th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Play Day to be held at Groesbeck, TX.  Check their FB page for more info:  Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association.

Oct. 30th – BVETR’s Annual Halloween Ride.  More details will be coming.  Check website:  BVETR.org.

Oct. 30-31st – Equine Trail Sports Trail Challenge to be held at Morning Star Ranch, Milano, TX.  Check website:  equinetrailsports.com.

Oct. 30-31st – ***NEW DATE/LOCATION ***SDMS’s Spooktacualr Donkey and Mule Show. To be held in Lampasas, TX.   Check website:  swdonkeyandmulesociety.com.

Oct. 30-Nov. 1st – ASPC/AMHR Halloween Spooktacular show to be held in Glen Rose, TX.  Check website:  aspcamhrmtexas.com/Show-Information.php.

Oct. 31st – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 🎃👻

November, 2021

Oct. 30-Nov. 1st – ASPC/AMHR Halloween Spooktacular show to be held in Glen Rose, TX.  Check website:  aspcamhrmtexas.com/Show-Information.php.

Nov. 5-13th – Color Breed Congress. Sponsored by the Pinto Association.  Check website:  pinto.org.

Nov. 11th – VETERANS’ DAY!  Thank a Veteran for his/her service!!🇺🇸

Nov. 11th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location and details TBD.  Watch for emails with information.

Nov. 13th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Series to be held at Miracle Farm in Brenham, TX.  Check website for information/registration:  navarioranch.com.

Nov. 13-14th – Tejas Carriage Association’s Pinch Hitcher Driving Event to be held at the Leon Co. Expo in Buffalo, TX.  More details will be coming.  Check website:  tejascarriageassociation.org.

Nov. 13-14th – TTCC’s Final Follies/Salute to the Troops, to be held at the C Bar Ranch, Valley Mills, TX.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Nov. 13-14th – Equine Trail Sports TC/OC to be held at 7iL Ranch, Cat Springs, TX.  Check website:  equinetrailsports.com.

Nov. 19-21st – BVETR ride weekend at Train Robber’s Ranch, 2692 Iron Bridge Road, Rusk, TX 75785.  Fiesta supper on Saturday night, more details to follow.  Check website:  BVETR.org.

Nov. 20th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Field Day to be held in Smithville, TX.  Check their FB page for more info:  Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association.

Nov. 25th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!🦃

December, 2021

Dec. 4th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Series to be held at Miracle Farm in Brenham, TX.  Check website for information/registration:  navarioranch.com.

dec. 4th – HACA’s Annual Meeting and Board Member Elections.  More info will be coming soon.  Check website:  hacaclub.com.

Dec. 4-5th – Equine Trail Sports OT to be held at Leon Co. Expo Center in Buffalo, TX.  Check website:  equinetrailsports.com.

Dec. 9th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location and details TBD.  Watch for emails with information.

Dec. 12th – BVDRC’s Christmas Party.  More details at a later date.

Dec. 24th – SANTA IS COMING!!!  Better watch out!!🎅🏻

Dec. 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  Happy Birthday, Jesus!!🎄🙏

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 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 from 2017).  

Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville, TX 77461.  They have 13 miles of multiuse 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 6536 Joee Lane, Navasota, TX 77868.  Their phone is (979) 204-2559; website:  5dranchnavasotatx.com.

7D Ranch 2729 CR 305, Navasota, TX 77868.  They do 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.

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.   Phone is (979) 318-2411 or email:  info@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 Corp of Engineer facility on the shores of Lake Waco.  Some of their trails are driving friendly; there is about 19 miles of trails.  Their address is 2885 N. Speegleville RD, Waco, TX 76712; phone:  (254) 756-5359; Goggle “Reynold’s Creek Park, Waco, TX” to get information and/or make reservations. 

Richards/Raven Equestrian Trail 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 Cementary.  Check 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:  rustyswalnutcreekranch.net.  

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, large house that sleeps a lot of people, stalls, pens, and access to Fairchild State Forest.