Calendar

2021 Calendar of Events

The BVDRC’s events are highlighted in Bold Black.

We have experienced some nice Fall weather recently and looking forward to more of the same; some rain to settle the dust would be nice too!  Hope you find plenty of activities to do with your equine buddy in the Calendar and are able to enjoy getting out and doing those activities!!  Have a Spooktacualr Halloween!🎃👻

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.

October, 2021

Sept. 23 -Oct. 3 – ***CANCELLED DUE TO COVID.  WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN 2022*** 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 will be held at C & J’s BBQ, 1010 Texas Ave., Bryan, TX in the small party room on the left side of the restaurant.  We will gather around 6:00 pm to eat and the meeting will start at 6:30 pm.  The Club will NOT be paying for any meals at this meeting.  Contact Lee Fuermann (979) 777-9239 or email:  farriershop@icloud.com.

Oct. 16th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show series 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.  Contact Cindy Allen (979) 828-4123(H) or email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com.

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 to be held at Millican Reserve, Millican, TX.  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  More details will be coming.  Contact Cindy Allen (979) 828-4123(H) or email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com.

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.   This will be a double judged show.  Contact Lynda Cornell, Show Chairman (817) 781-2390.  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 – BVDRC members’ informal ride to be held at Richard/Raven Equestrian Trail located in the Sam Houston National Forest.  More details will be sent out via email by members going on ride.

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.  Contact Cindy Allen (979) 828-4123 (landline) or email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com.

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. 18-19th – TTCC’s Christmas Party/Fund Raiser to be held at Parrie Haynes Ranch, East Side, Killeen, TX.  Will be a ride/scavenger hunt, meal, gift exchange.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

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

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

January, 2022

Jan. 1st – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!🎉 

Jan. 13th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location and details TBD.  Watch for emails with information.

Jan. 22-23rd – FWSSR’s Donkey and Mule Show to be held in the Justin Arena of the Ft. Worth Stock Show complex.  This show is sanctioned and overseen by the Southwestern Donkey and Mule Society.  Contact Shirley Knott (903) 821-1440 or email:  sgknott@reagan.com or FWSSR.com.

Jan. 26th – CAA’s International Carriage symposium, “Roads, Rivers, and Romanies”,  to be held at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, Herndon, VA.  Check website:  carriageassociationofamerica.com.  

Jan. 29th – TTCC’s Year End Celebration and Awards Ceremony to be held at the Farris Wheel Ranch and Parrie Haynes Ranch.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

February, 2022

Feb. 10th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location and details TBD.  Watch for emails with information.

Feb. 12-13th – TTCC’s Rocky Road Ice Cream Trail Challenge to be held at Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center, Killeen, TX.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Feb. 14th – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!   Tell your sweetie you love ‘em!❤️

Feb. 26-27th – TTCC’s East Texas Equifest Trail Challenge to be held at the Tarrant Ranch, Bullard, TX.  Check website:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

 

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 Cemetary.  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.