Calendar

2020 Calendar of Events

The BVDRC’s events are highlighted in Bold Black.

Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and got to spend as best you could with all of the COVID mess going on!  I am also sure most, if not all, of us are very much looking forward to “kissing” 2020 goodbye and welcoming 2021 with much hope!!  We are not out of woods yet with the Pandemic, so be sure to actually contact the organizer of any event that you are interested in, to be sure it is still “happening”!  A lot of events get cancelled at the last minute right now, so just be aware!  At least most of us can still get out and enjoy our equine buddies at our own places or stables, but it is fun to go and do!!

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.

I have heard that Indian Spirit Springs has reopened this month (they have been closed due to the pandemic), and that Birch Creek Park at Lake Somerville is now open to equestrians (they have been closed due to much flood damage from 2017).  We have several different riding/driving places to enjoy.  They are:  5D Ranch Riding Trails in Navasota, TX.  Their phone is (979) 204-2559; website:  5dranchnavasotatx.com;  Indian Spirit Springs in Bryan, TX.   Phone is (979) 318-2411 or email:  info@IndianSpiritSprings.com.  Parrie Haynes Ranch in Killeen, TX.  Phone (254) 394-0330,  email:  parriehaynesranch@gmail.com, website:  parriehaynesequestriancenter.com; Equirena Fields in Burnett, TX has excellent driving trails.  Website:  equirenafields.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.  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.  Lazy F Guest Ranch; 15547 FM 1116, Smiley TX 78159; (210) 391-6378, website:  lazyfguestranch.com.  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.

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.   Brazos Valley Equestrian Trail Riders is a local trail riding group, BVETR.org.

January, 2021

Jan. 1st – HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉🥳

Jan. 1st – BVDRC’s annual New Year’s Day Drive/ride to be held at Millican Reserve, 19851 FM 2154, College Station, TX 77845.  We will be allowed access to Prescott Trail for this event and will have use of the pavilion.  Ride fee is $10 and you will need your Coggins and to sign a Millican Reserve release.  We will gather around 11:30 for sign-in and BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch).  This will allow us to social distance and windy/cool weather won’t be an issue in trying to do a pot luck.  We are not allowed onto trails UNTIL 1:00 due to a human marathon being run in the morning.  This is always a great way to start a new year, and by golly, we are ALL wishing for a better year in 2021 than what 2020 has been!!!  Contact Lee Fuermann (979) 777-9239 (cell/text) or email:  farriershop@icloud.com.

Jan. 14th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting to be held at C & J’s On the Bend, Texas Ave., Bryan, TX.  This will be an evening meeting so we will gather around 6:00 to eat and watch a video that Tess put together, and then the meeting will start at 6:30.  At that time, Careen Rogers will give a talk on her experiences about the 2 Mustang Makeovers that she participated in and won!!  This meeting will also be our election of officers and setting up our committees for the upcoming year.  Contact Lee Fuermann (979) 777-9239 (cell/text) or email:  farriershop@icloud.com.

Jan. 16th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Annual membership meeting to be held at the Ledbetter Volunteer Fire Department, 301 W. Labadie, Ledbetter, TX.  Contact William, email:  bill@watershipfarm.com or check FB page for more information.

Jan. 16th – BVETR’s Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers.  Meeting will be held at C & J BBQ, 1010 Texas Ave. (On the Bend), Bryan, TX; from 11:00 – 1:00.  Check website:  BVETR.org.

Jan. 17th – NTW General Meeting to be held at Willow Draw, 401 North Bend Rd., Weatherford, TX  76084.  Will be a membership meeting and election of club officers.  Will be held in a covered arena so that current COVID guidelines can be followed.  Check NTW website:  ntw.clubexpress.com.

Jan. 29-31st – ***CANCELLED DUE TO COVID***.  CAA’s annual meeting and Learning weekend to be held in Ft. Worth/Dallas area.  More details to follow.

Jan. 30th – TTCC’s Year End Celebration and Awards Ceremony, Parrie Haynes Ranch, West Side, Killeen, TX.  There will be a BYOB cocktail party, a dinner, and Year End awards.  You can come for the party, the weekend, bring a horse or not, camp.  Check website for more details:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

February, 2021

Feb. 10th –  BVDRC’s monthly meeting.  This will be an evening meeting. Location TBD at a later date.  Stay tuned for emails about details.

Feb. 13th – SDMS’s club meeting to be held at Uncle Dan’s BBQ, 1001 Lake Air Drive, Waco, TX.  Everyone is invited.  Meeting starts at 11:00.  Check website”. swdonkeyandmulesociety.com.

Feb. 13-14th TTCC’s Rocky Road Challenge to be held at Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center, 13816 Maxdale Rd., Killeen, TX.  Check website for more information:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

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

Feb. 27-28th – TTCC Wyatt Ranch on the Paluxy Trail Challenge, 1738 CR 312, Glen Rose, TX 76042.  Check website for more information:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

March, 2021

Mar. 11th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting.  This will be an evening meeting.   Location TBD at a later date.  Watch for emails with information.

Mar. 12th – TTCC Spring Rider Clinic to be held at Lazy Hills Ranch, Ingram, TX.  Check website for more information:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Mar. 13-14th – TTCC’s Hollywood In The Hills Trail Challenge to be held at the lazy Hills Retreat, 375 Henderson Branch Rd, Ingram, TX.  Check website for more information:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

Mar. 13-14th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Special Program – “The Beasts of Burden”- to be held at the Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, Washington on the Brazos Park, 23100 Barrington Ln, Washington, TX.  Will be demos of spring field work using horsepower, and discussions related to.  Contact Ben Baumgartner (936) 878-2214, ext. 248.

Mar. 14th – Set your clock AHEAD 1 HOUR – daylight savings time begins!!

Mar. 16-17th – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Donkey and Mule Show (NOTE:  this is a Tuesday/Wednesday show).  The actual Rodeo and Carnival will be in May.  Check their website for more information:  rodeohouston.com.

Mar. 17th – HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!!  Hope you have the “Luck of the Irish” with you!!🍀

Mar. 18-21st – Aggie Super Circuit Horse Show sponsored by the Brazos Extension Horse Committee and to be held at the Brazos Co. Expo, 5827 Leonard Rd, Bryan, TX 77807.  5 Complete shows in one weekend!  AQHA, TQHA, NSBA approved.  Contact Kathryn Kelly (706) 331-9609; email:  mirrored.k.ranch@gmail.com.

Mar. 19-21st – BVETR’s monthly ride/camping trip to Train Robber’s Ranch in Palestine, TX.  Contact Cindy Allen (979) 828-4123, email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com.  

April, 2021

April 4th – HAPPY EASTER – JESUS HAS RISEN!!  Hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of goodies!🙏✝️🐇

April 8th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location TBD at a later date.  Watch for emails with information.

April 10th – TTCC’s Smiley Ride to be held at the Lazy F Ranch in Smiley, TX.  Check website for more information:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

April 16-18th – North Texas Whip Club’s Sunrise Ridge Driving Trial and Combined test.  More information will be forthcoming.  Contact Kate Morgan, email:  katermorgan@gmail.com or the American Driving Society’s Omnibus:  americandrivingsociety.com.

April 16-18th – ASPC/AMHR Daffodil Dandy Show to be held in Glen Rose, TX.  Check website:  aspcamhrmtexas.com/Show-information.php.

April 16-25th – 1836 Chuckwagon Races to be held at the Diamond B Ranch in Neches, TX.  Actual races are April 23-25th, but gates open and activities begin on April 16th.

April 29-May 2nd – National Drive Spring Drive to be held at Hoosier Horse Park in Indiana.  Check website for more information:  nationaldrive.net.

May, 2021

April 29-May 2nd – National Drive Spring Drive to be held at Hoosier Horse Park in Indiana.  Check website for more information:  nationaldrive.net.

May 1-2nd – TTCC’s Spring in the Canyon Ride to be held at the C-Bar Ranch in Valley Mills, TX.  Check website for more information:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

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

May 11-17th – Carriage Association of America’s annual trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show to be held at Windsor Castle in England.  Contact CAA at their website for more information:  Carriageassociationofamerica.com.

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

May 15-16th – TTCC’s Wild West Wrangle Trail Challenge to be held at the Texana Ranch, 2191 Ross Road, Blackwell, TX.  Check website for more information:  texastrailchallengeclub.com.

May 31st – HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!  For those that gave the ultimate sacrifice!!

June, 2021

June 4-6th – Heart of Oklahoma Miniature Donkey and Mule Show to be held at the Expo Center in Shawnee, OK (about 25 miles east of OK City).  Contact Kim Winton (405) 249-4689 (text first or leave message), email:  Contact@AssN9Ranch.com or check website:  www.assn9ranch.com.

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

June 11-13th – ASPC/AMHR Area V Nationals to be held at Glen Rose, TX.  Check website:  aspcamhrmtexas.com/Show-Information.php.

June 12th – HACA and Tejas Driving Clubs will be co-hosting a DRIVING DERBY at the Leon Co. Expo in Buffalo, TX.  It will be similar to the one that was held this year.  Look for more information/details as the date gets closer.  Check websites of each club:  hacaclub.com or tejascarriageassociation.org.

June 20th – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  Tell your dad you love him!❤️🥰

July, 2021

July 4th – HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!  Happy birthday to the USA!!🎉🇺🇸

July 8th – BVDRC’s monthly evening meeting.  Location and details TBD.  Watch for emails with information.

July 16-18th – SDMS ClASSic, Bell Co. Expo Center, Belton, TX.  Check website:  swdonkeyandmulesociety.com.