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2022 BVDRC Calendar of Events

The BVDRC’s events are highlighted in Bold Black.

2022 Calendar of Events

At last – the rains have come!  Granted, we still need a lot more, but happy and thankful for what we have received so far!!  Hope you have had at least some measurable rain and your pastures are at looking green if not growing! 

The 4 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, equinetrailsports.com.  Due to the high volume of dates for these events, I will no longer list them; just too many.

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.

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.  

September, 2022

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

Sept. 2-3rd – Working Horsemanship Clinic with Tarrin Warren hosted by Beau Soleil Farm, Comfort, TX.  Limited rider spots available, auditors welcome’s with an auditor fee.  Check websites:  tntfarmsqtrhorses.com or workinghorsecentral.com.  

Sept. 3rd TX Dept. of Criminal Justice Horse Sale to be held at the Brazos Co. Expo, 5827 Leonard Rd, Bryan, TX 77807.  Sale is being put on by Superior Livestock.  Horses can be previewed on Friday, the 2nd.  Ad is on FB.

Sept. 3-4th – Lets Have Fun In Texas Driving Event to be held at Equirena Fields, 9871 N. Hwy. 281, Burnett, TX  78611.  This will be a DT/CT show.  Contact Eileen Leek (972) 345-8409; email:  eleek5@verizon.net.

Sept. 5th – HAPPY Labor Day!!

Sept. 8th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting to be held at our regular meeting place; Reliance Baptist Church Community Center, 6925 Reliance Church Rd., Bryan, TX   This will be a Subway Sandhwich tray so you can create your own sandwich.  Cost is $5/person, and you will need to RSVP to Tess Villarreal (979) 204-0426 (cell/text).  We will gather at 6:00 and the meeting will start at 6:30.

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. 9-11th – Villa Louis Carriage Classic to be held in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  It will be held at the historic Villa Louis mansion and is one of the largest pleasure driving competitions in the US. Check the website for more information:  CarriageClassic.com.

Sept. 10-11th – BVDRC’s monthly ride will be an overnight beach ride at Bryan Beach near Freeport, TX.  There will be primitive/remote camping on the beach s you will need to bring everything you need for camping and taking care of your equines.  Contact Lisa Robertson (979) 229-3622/cell/text or Jim Wood (979) 422-0189 cell/text for more information, details, and/or to let them know you are coming.

Sept. 16-18th – BVETR’s monthly ride will be at Nails Creek Park at Lake Somerville; 6280 FM 180, Ledbetter, TX 78946 (979) 289-2392.  Some folks will be going up for the weekend and some will just be coming for the day (17th).  Contact Cindy Allen, email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com, (979) 828-4123.  Watch for emails with more info.

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

Sept. 18th – HACA membership meeting to be held at Tome and Michelle Smith’s place in the Chappel Hill/Brenham area.  For more information, contact Chyrl Goetzman with HACA or check website:  HACAclub.com.

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 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 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 website:  carriageassociationofamerica.com. 

October, 2022

Sept. 29-Oct. 8th – CAA’s trip to Germany and the Netherlands.  Check 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.  Check-in is 9:00 am and ride out is 10:00 am.  More details to follow.  Contact Jim Wood (979) 422-0189 cell/text 

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

Oct. 8th – Blue Bonnet Horse Expo to be held at the Williamson Co. Expo Center, in Taylor, TX.  Horse are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  There will be clinics, demos, a vendor area, a used tack sale, horses for adoption, etc.  Tickets are $10/person and available at the door.  This is a fund raiser for Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society.  For more information, call (888) 542-5163 or go to website:  bluebonnethorseexpo.com.

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

Oct. 15th – Lost Horizon Ranch Playday, Lost Horizon’s Arena in Kurten, TX.  Check 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 website:  navarioranch.com.

Oct. 15th – BVETR’s fall meeting to be held at the Reliance Baptist Church Community Center on FM 1179 at 6:00 pm.  We will have potluck supper at 6:00 with e meeting to follow at 6:30 pm.  Watch for emails with more details.  Check website:  BVETR.org.

Oct. 15-23rd – Brazos Valley Fair and Rodeo to be held at the Brazos County Expo, 5827 Leonard Rd., Bryan, TX, 77807.  There will be numerous exhibits, animals, concerts, etc.  Check website for more information:  Brazosvalleyfair.com.

Oct. 22nd – BVETR’s Founder’s Day Ride to be held at the Diamond A Rnach in Wheelock, TX.  The ride will start at 10:00 am with a hamburger lunch to follow at 12:00 pm.  Potluck desserts are encouraged.  Cost is $10/person and you can also ride after lunch.  Contact Cindy Allen, email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com, (979) 828-4123. 

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 website:  BVHorseshows.org.

Oct. 29th – BVETR’s annual Halloween Ride/Fund raiser to be held at Millican Reserve.  There will be a scavenger hunt, a costume contest, and a hamburger lunch with all the fixings included in $30/person ride fee.  Watch for fliers with more details.  Josy Bray (979) 820-6344 cell/text;  jmbray@cvm.tamu.edu or check website:  BVETR.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.org or FB.

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

Oct. 31 – HAPPY 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.  Contact (214) 578-8663, Steve Leek, eleek5@verizon.net; website:  tejascarriageassociation.org or their FB page.

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

Nov. 10th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting  and election of officers/BOD.  We will also be having our silent auction instead of at the Christmas party.  Location TBD.  Watch for email with information.

Nov. 12th – Nava Rio Ranch Horse Show Fall Series show to be held at the Snook rodeo, Arena.  Check 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 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 website:  ntw.clubexpress.com or their FB page.

Nov. 19th – BVETR’s monthly ride will be at 7D Ranch in Navasota, 2729 CR 305, Navasota, TX 77868.  Watch for emails with more details.   Contact Cindy Allen, email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com, (979) 828-4123. 

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

Nov. 19th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Field Day to be held in Smithville, TX.  Check website:  TDHMA.org or their FB page.  

Nov. 24th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 🦃 🍽 

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 website:  BVHorseshows.org.

December, 2022

Dec. 3rd – BVETR”S Christmas party to be held at the Reliance Baptist Church Community Center on FM 1179 at 11:00 am.  More details as it gets closer to the date.   Contact Cindy Allen, email:  cindystewartallen@gmail.com, (979) 828-4123. 

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

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

Dec. 11th – BVDRC Christmas party will be at Casa do Brasil, 1665 Greens Prairie Rd., College station , TX 77845.  It was decided that we will NOT have the gift exchange this year, the silent auction will be held during the November meeting/elections, but we will be having a $1 raffle.  More details to follow.

Dec. 24th – SANTA is checking his list!🎅🏻🎄 

Dec. 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!!  🤱🏻🌟

January, 2023

Jan. 1st – HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 🎇🎉 

Jan. 12th – BVDRC’s monthly meeting Location TBD.  Watch for email with information.

Jan. 14th – Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s annual meeting and party to be held at the Ledbetter Volunteer Fire Department; 301 W. Labadie, Ledbetter, TX.  This will be an annual business meeting, followed by a membership lunch and party.  heck website:  TDHMA.org or their FB page.  

Jan. 21-22nd – Fort Worth Stock Show – Mule and Donkey Show.  Entry information can be found at www.fwssr.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 Driving and Riding Club that welcomes drivers and riders, 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 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 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.   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.  

Nails Creek Park at Lake Somerville; 6280 FM 180, Ledbetter, TX 78946 (979) 289-2392.  This park is now open for camping and equestrian use.  It is $5/person and $2/equine.  They have quite a few nice trails and pens/primitive/RV camping sites available.

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.  

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