Equine Evacuation: Have A Plan

We live in a modern world full of paradox. On the one hand, public health officials have issued warnings in recent years about the importance of being ready to stay put. Whether due to earthquake, bird flu quarantine or terrorist attack, the authorities have told us we’d better have two weeks of food, water, medication, cash, and basic living necessities on hand, because no one may be available to help.

On the other hand, we’ve recently been told of the importance of being ready to flee on short notice. The Zaca Fire brought to the forefront the need for advance planning on how to evacuate an entire household with as little as 15 minutes warning. A lifetime of photos and memorabilia, legal documents, passports, insurance policies, deeds, not to mention medications, cash, pets, art, antiques, and anything else you can cram into your car, must all be ready to go with military precision.

What’s a horse owner to do?

Live by the old Girl Scout motto: “Be prepared.” Even though the Zaca Fire is no longer a threat, we are still in the midst of fire season. It’s not unreasonable to think that before the winter rains, we may still face fire threats that require evacuation.

Horse owners need to be aware of an organization called Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, better known locally as Equine Evac.

“We have a number of people who have facilities ranging from Buellton to Carpinteria,” says Don Hathaway, who has been president of the group for the last two years.

Earl Warren Showground is one of the largest facilities where evacuated horses can be boarded on an emergency basis. But you can’t just drive up to the gate and expect to be let in.

“People need to call us first, so that we can coordinate where they should go with their animals,” says Hathaway.

You can contact Equine Evac for helpful information on preparing yourself and your horse for emergencies, including a “Disaster Preparedness Tip Sheet” and a certified trailer equipment list. Equine Evac is also in need of volunteers, and donations of horse trailers.

Equine Evac

Post Office Box 60535

Santa Barbara, CA 93160

Telephone: (805) 892-4484 Fax: (805) 965-9716

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, September 1

Last day of exhibition “Photography From Horseback” by artist Lynn Butler Patty Look Lewis Gallery

25 East De la Guerra Street

Noon to 5:00 pm

Tuesday through Saturday

Lynn Butler is an artist based in Tarrytown, New York, but her artistic photographs are made in exotic places, such as Spain and the Camargue region of France. Anyone who has tried to take photographs while riding horseback will recognize the blurry technique, but somehow Butler’s efforts transcend failure and become dreamy art. For more information call the gallery at 965-2525, or visit www.pattylooklewis.com.

Sunday, September 2

Sierra Club Hike

“Double Park Hike”

Moderately strenuous

First hike a 2-mile stretch along San Ysidro Creek in Montecito, then after lunch take another 3-mile stroll along San Antonio Creek Trail that starts out of Tucker’s Grove. Easy pace, children welcome if supervised. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind Bank of America at upper State Street and Hope Avenue at 9 am, or at San Ysidro trailhead at 9:15 am. For more information contact Vicki at 563-4850.

Friday, September 7

Free Friday Flick

“The Planet Earth: Caves” Wildling Art Museum

7:00 pm in Administrative Offices

2948 Nojoqui Street, Suite 4

Los Olivos

Free Admission

Part of BBC’s award-winning series narrated by David Attenborough, this 56-minute segment explores the unique ecology of large caves around the world, complete with their mysterious denizens including bats and cockroaches. Free popcorn, cookies, wine, water, and soft drinks. Reservations are not required, but space is limited and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or directions, call the Wildling Art Museum at (805) 688-1082, or visit www.wildlingmuseum.org.

Sunday, September 9

Sierra Club Hike

El Capitan Canyon

Strenuous, 8 miles round-trip

Approximately 600-foot elevation gain

Starting at El Capitan Canyon Camp, hike into the canyon, cross the creek and climb up to various ridges for great views of the coastline; you’ll be on ranch roads and some trails. Finish with an optional swim in the ocean at El Capitan beach, which is just minutes away. Meet at 9 am behind Bank of America on upper State Street at Hope Avenue. For more information contact Christine at 963-2347.

Saturday, September 15

Montecito Trails Foundation

Annual Fall Barbecue

Bella Vista Ranch

2800 Via Real, Carpinteria

Patrick Nesbitt and Ursula Beaton are hosting this year’s fundraising event. Assemble at 9 am for rides and hikes, followed by lunch at noon. For those who still have the energy, dance music will be provided from 1-4 pm by Steve Woods. Foundation members whose payments are received by Wednesday, September 5 can attend for the discounted price of $35 for adults, $12 for children (age 12 and under). Members who pay at the event must ante up $40, and the children’s rate goes up to $15. The non-member price is $55 for adults (but includes a one-year membership in addition to the meal), and the cost for non-member children is $15. Equestrians should pre-register with Bobbi King at (805) 804-5241, and hikers should register with Foundation president John Venable at (805) 568-0833.

Saturday, September 15

“The Poetry of Nature”

Wildling Art Museum

Gala Dinner and Benefit Auction

5:00 – 9:30 pm

The evening begins with an opening reception for the fall exhibition “The Poetry of Nature: Paintings and Lithographs by Russell Chatham.” Guests may view the exhibition while sipping wine and enjoying passed appetizers, in addition to watching local artists create 45-minute quick draws, which will be auctioned off later in the evening. At 6:30 pm, guests will move next door to the patio of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and have the opportunity to bid on live auction items while enjoying a 3-course meal. Russell Chatham will be present at the event. Tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information call the Wildling Art Museum at (805) 688-1082, or visit www.wildlingartmuseum.org.