The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek

"Keeping Horses in the Heart of our Community"
Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, CA

We decided to postpone this event planned for Oct 12th as so many of us are out of town for Year End finals, camping and other events! HOWEVER
We can use your help at the WC Community Clean up at our arenas this Sat, 9-12pm. Please email if you can help Heather Kozy & our maintenance crew!

We will let you know when we reschedule our membership event!

Mini Horse 

Thanks to all who came to this wonderful event held on Sunday, Sept. 15th

Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek

Annual English Western Horse Show

Sunday, Sept. 1st, 2019

Thanks to all of the riders, their family and friends and all of the public who attended our show!

This was one of our biggest shows EVER!

Special thanks to all of our volunteers, and members who made this event possible! 

Show Manager: Therese Caples and Asst. Jane VanderWerf

Heather Kozy, George Yamamoto, Melissa Patterson, Kylee Johnson, Gayle Jackson, Danielle Coburn, Drew Roth, Jan and Mike Milos, Sue Hohman, Christina Madlener, Rae Miller, Robbee Royce, Dana Sherer, Hayden Sherer, Johanna Constance, Leesha Davis, Jessi Nagelman, Dev'Vanay Benjamin, Mike Caples, John VanderWerf, Nina Dickerson, Cathy Camarda, Catherine Corey, Amy Bleichner, Laura Bleichner. 

We have great appreciation for the support our Class Sponsors and Donors: 

Paulette Webb, Gayle Jones, Melissa Patterson, Mary Del Monte, Western Saddlery

For those of you who left before or waited for the High Point Prize Announcements 

*thanks for your patience in the time it took for us to confirm results* 

If you would like to check on High Point results, have any questions or comments about our show; please call us at 925-939-2929 or send an email to We really want to hear from you about what you liked or would like to see improved about our show. 


 California State Horsemen's Assc. Region 5 Horsemastership 

Championship Competition

Was held Sunday, Aug 11th

Congratulations to ALL 

Region 5 Winners!

Go to the CA State Horsemen Website for info on this program! 

Wonderful World of Horses 

Education Series 2019

Saturdays, June 22 - July 29th, 10am 

ECWC hosted a demonstration of a breed or style of riding.

6/22 Intro to CA State Horsemen

6/29  Winning with a Blind Horse: Astro and Rene' Sporer

7/6  Meet Buddy the Buckskin!

7/13 It's All about the Relationship with Sunny and Andrew Turnbull

7/20 Horsemastership Grooming

7/27 Connecting with Horses featuring Zenerosity Equine Therapy 

ECWC wants to give a special thank you to all the wonderful Equestrians and Horses for their demonstrations this summer! 

You can contact the Zenerosity team via their facebook page: Zenerosity Facebook Page or via email at

Come meet the wonderful Horses and Equestrians of Walnut Creek and our surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you there!

to help us keep The Equestrian Center in Heather Farm Park. Thank you!!!

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The Contra Costa County Fair  2019 Horse Show will be held on May 4th at the 
in Brentwood, CA .  CCC Independent Youth,  4-H and FFA Youth who show in it in may qualify to compete at the California State Fair!
 How do you get involved? Read on...!
Youth can participate in the  County Fair show as independent exhibitors, or by joining a local CA 4H Club (there are 9 clubs in Contra Costa County!), or the Future Farmers of America.
Registration for 4-H and FFA are held in September at the beginning of the school year. 

You can contact Jane VanderWerf by email at 
OR call 925-939-2929 for more info!
ECWC in the NEWS!!!
Click here to read an article covering the July 5th, 2017 visit by members and friends of the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek to the Walnut Creek City Council meeting. The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek will turn 60 years old next year, has a rich history, and is actively enjoyed by horse enthusiasts throughout the East San Francisco Bay Area.  Written by ECWC Member and CSHA Region 5 Trail Trial Chair, Andrew Turnbull  

Let 's help Walnut Creek Keep Its Historic Riding Arenas in Heather Farm Park!  Join us in the effort to update master plans for Heather Farm park to include ECWC for the enjoyment of many generations to come! If you have questions please email 
Thanks for your support!
2019 ECWC Officers
             President: Heather Kozy     

Vice-President: Laurie Bellet

Secretary: Marilynn Terstegge 
Treasurer: Nina Dickerson
Please go to the Contact Us tab under MORE(drop down tab) to see the names of all 2018 Board Members & Committee Chairs!

Welcome to the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek!

Thank you for visiting our website. The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek is located in the back of Heather Farm Park. If you take a left at the dog park, you will find us. We are small but mighty and we hope you will help us to keep the Equestrian Center open for many years to come. 

Many are not aware that Heather Farm was actually a thoroughbred racehorse training facility, back in the 1920's. But, as they say, times changed and sadly the facility was closed. The good news is Heather Farm Park was opened to the public in 1970 by the city of Walnut Creek and the Equestrian Center was built by the efforts of local equestrians and volunteers. 

One can only imagine what it was like in the 1920's with horses all over Heather Farm. Now, the only part left in Heather Farm related to horses are the 2 arenas. By the support of donations, members and volunteers, it has been kept open. 

Heather Farm is a wonderful open space, with so many things to enjoy. There is a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, community center, Skate Park, volleyball court, fishing pond, nature pond, six athletic fields, a dog park, The Gardens and the Equestrian Center. There are restrooms and a connection to the Iron Horse Hiking Trail.

The Equestrian Center, which we consider the best part of Heather Farm, is run by a non-profit organization with the main purpose of keeping the 2 riding arenas maintained and open. We welcome any support, donations and would especially love you to join us by becoming a member. The more members we have, the bigger effect we have in the community to keep the Equestrian Center open. You do not need to have a horse to join the Equestrian Center; you only need to have the love of horses in your blood.

We have many events throughout the year and all are welcome. Admission is always free for spectators. If you check our calendar page, you can make plans to come and watch the next event, there are bleachers to sit on and a restroom, so all in the family will be comfortable. We have a great Snack Shack, full of tasty treats. So you not only get to enjoy watching the horses, you also get great food to go with it.

We love to educate our members and the public about horses. Horses can do so many wonderful things, and for some reason, they are kind and willing enough to let us do it with them. They are not only magnificent to look at but they are also kind and gentle if treated correctly. You do not need to ride them to enjoy them. Just the sight, smell or touch of these creatures can bring a smile to the old and young.

What can you do to help us keep the arenas open and to keep horses in Heather Farm? You can become a member, come to our events, volunteer with us for the events or help us maintain the arenas, buildings and immediate surrounding areas. Please go to our membership page to find out how to join. Of course we love donations as well. If you have money to spare, we have things to fix or replace!

We do not stable horses onsite and we do not give trail rides. If you go to local barns and trainers on our site you will find places that do. We do rent out our arenas for showing and events. Please go to arena rentals on our site for more information.

If you join you will make new friends, you will become more social, and best of all you will be helping us keep the Equestrian Center open for the future. Thank you for visiting, and please spread the word, there are horses in Heather Farm.

Written By Gaye DeRusso, Past President ECWC

 Professional Photos and Videos on our Website are courtesy of 

Bill Grant,

Alan Myers

Andreas Koch 

Michele Nelson

We had another fantastic work day for the 2017 Walnut Creek Community Service Day. Thanks to everyone who helps us keep the ECWC  riding arenas in great shape! Click here to see Walnut Creek TV's video footage shot at a past service day event at ECWC! 

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Fall is one of the best seasons of the year to ride-- enjoy!

C.S.H.A. Public Year End Horse Show

Sat. Oct 26th, 2019

Registration and Warm-up Arena opens at 7AM

Show starts at 8AM


Christy Wood, (CSHA) Three Rivers, CA

Lauren Murrell, (CSHA) Elk Grove, CA

Heather Corfee, (CSHA) Sacramento, CA


Brookside Equestrian Park, 11120 Bradley Ranch Rd, Elk Grove, CA

Approved by: CSHA, PAC

Classes being offered in:

Halter, Showmanship, Leadline, English, Western, Ranch & Reining

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Thanks to the wonderful organizations who brought their horses and volunteers out for this special day to honor our Veterans: Zenorisity, Sonrise Equestrian Foundation, Rusty Halo and the Horse & Rider Connection.
Questions? Please call 925-939-2929

Mini Horse Round-UP held on Sun. Sept.16 2018 
Thanks to all who attended and the wonderful Angels for Minis group for sponsoring this event-- what an amazing turnout!
Go to for more info about this mini-horse rescue group located in Walnut Creek!


MEMBERS: ALWAYS check our calendar to see if there is a special event or if weather requires closure before driving to the arenas!

Questions? email  You must be a 2019 arena member to ride your horse at will in our beautiful arenas. Go to the membership tab above for more info about joining the ECWC or email our membership Chairperson Sue Howell at Questions about riding in the arenas? Comments? Please email our Vice-President Laurie Bellet at or call 925-939-2929