A WIDE ARRAY OF UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendar:

Thursday, May 4 – Sunday, May 7

Fiesta of the Spanish Horse Los Angeles Equestrian Center Burbank

Annual multi-breed horse show that raises funds for cancer research. This year’s beneficiary is American Cancer Society and programs it supports at USC, UCLA and Cedars-Sinai. Highlight is Saturday night “Fiesta Extravaganza,” which last year played to sold out crowd of more than 4,000 spectators. Performance is family-oriented, professional “Broadway-style” production that celebrates legacy of the Spanish horse. For more information call event coordinator Joanne Asman at 818-842-8444, or visit www.fiestaspanishhorse.com.

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Backcountry Horsemen of California Trail Ride Weekend Live Oak Camp

Open to public. Bring your horse for weekend of self-guided trail rides. Maps are provided of various routes available. Coffee and sweet rolls provided at breakfast; otherwise bring your own grub. Saturday night bonfire features cowboy singer Dave Stamey, as well as raffle for various items. Fee is $25 per person; non-riders welcome for Saturday night entertainment. For more information call Jennifer at 661-270-9109.

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Twenty-First Annual California Trails & Greenways Conference Renaissance Agoura Hills Hotel

Friday features choice of three pre-conference workshops, including trail planning and grant writing, trail user conflict resolution and tour of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. All three workshops meet for BBQ lunch at Malibu Creek State Park. Saturday and Sunday feature variety of sessions on various trail issues. Saturday evening is Awards Dinner and Ceremony featuring “Stories and Poems of the Trail,” by Bill Roberts and Friends. For detailed information and to download registration form, visit www.parks.ca.gov.

Saturday, May 6

Los Padres Trail Riders Parade Preparation Day Hearts Adaptive Riding Center 10 am

This is warm-up session to encourage riders to join Los Padres Trail Riders parade activities. Parading is great way to expose public to horses, as some parade fans have never seen a horse in real life! Learn about parade basics, as well as more advanced “wear” that really makes the grade. Even if you are not parade candidate, you are welcome to attend and enjoy day of food and friends. For more information call Lorraine Argo at 686-8781.

Sunday, May 7

Sierra Club Hike Montecito – Summerland Ortega Hill Trail Loop Easy – Moderate, 4.5 miles

Start loop hike at 9:15 am from Greenwell Preserve behind Summerland. Hike up Greenwell Avenue to Ortega Ridge Road, then take back door into Summerland via Ortega Ridge Ranch connector trail. Passing through Summerland, lunch stop will be near QAD plant. After lunch, continue on Ortega Hill Trail, then return via Coffin Family and Summerland trails. Bring light lunch and water. For more information call Gerry at 964-5411.

Friday, May 12 – Monday, May 15

Buck Brannaman Horsemanship Clinic 8 am – 7 pm Ventura County Fairgrounds

Trainer Buck Brannaman conducts horsemanship clinic that is open to public. Fee for riders is $500 for all four days. Spectator fee is $25 per day. For more information call Frankie at 643-2555.

Saturday, May 13

Sierra Club Hike Moderate level, 6 miles

Romero Canyon loop hike features trees and stream up to lunch spot, then returns down abandoned road with beautiful view. Bring water and lunch. Wear hiking boots, hat and sunscreen. For more information and meeting location call Ben at 479-4846. Rain cancels.

Saturday, May 13

Montecito Trails Foundation Hike Intermediate level, 3.5 miles 1,173-foot elevation gain

Meet at Cold Springs Trailhead on East Mountain Drive. Hike up West Fork of Cold Springs to Gibraltar Road, exploring along the way. Departs at 8:30 am, but arrive 10 minutes early to check in and sign release forms. Bring plenty of water. For more information call Dick Drosendahl at 963-8858.

Saturday, May 13

Sierra Club Hike Moderate with one steep section 9:15 am, 4.5 miles

This loop hike departs from San Ysidro Trailhead, goes up San Ysidro Canyon to Edison catwalk, connects to Buena Vista Trail and returns via Old Pueblo Trail. Enjoy super views of Montecito. For more information call Paul at 964-9002.