Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek

Providing recreation, education, and wellness through
Equestrian Center activities in Heather Farm Park

Welcome to the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek in beautiful Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, CA. See Calendar tab for our 2023 events. 
The Public is welcome and admission is free! Parking in our lot is reserved for horse trailers during events, you can be dropped off but please park car by sports fields or playground and walk around ponds to our arenas.
See map below, thank you!

Donate to ECWC or 

Pay for ECWC Items & 

Snack Shack Food Tickets

ECWC English Western Horse Show & 50th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, May 28th - See Tab Above
Show starts at 8am, Anniversary Festivities at Lunch break, ~12noon
Download premium here or sign up online at Horseshowtime.com


We want to encourage you to join our club!

Social memberships to show support and be added to our event & news mailing list are $10 for <18 and $20 for 18 & Over.

If you want to bring your horse to ride when arenas are open you can add an arena membership for $50.

There is also a special arena membership for Youth <18 -- 3 months for ONLY $18!!! 

Please see the membership tab above.

We hope to keep these historic riding arenas open for you, your family, your friends, and your horses...forever!


We want to encourage you to join our club! 

We truly hope to keep these riding arenas in Heather Farm Park open for you, your family, your friends and your horses... forever ! NEW: You can now pay for your membership online, go to our membership tab above!

Please download forms from the Membership tab above or contact our Membership Chair Sue Howell at Membership@ECWC.org or call 925-939-2929. 


BEFORE DRIVING TO ARENA, OUR MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO ALWAYS Check our  calendar to see if there is a special event,OR arenas are closed for some other reason: bad weather/footing CV19 restrictions, repairs, etc.

You must be a 2023 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 Membership@ecwc.org Questions about riding in the arenas? Comments? Please email our Vice-President Therese Caples at 

VP@ecwc.org or call 925-939-2929

We want to thank everyone who came out for the 2022 Walnut Creek Community Service Day on Saturday, Oct.8th! Thanks to everyone who volunteers at these and other events to help 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! 

* Special Thanks to our Vice-President ,Therese Caples, and her husband, Mike Caples, who organized this event!

2023 ECWC Officers             

President: Gayle Jackson


Vice-President: Therese Caples

Secretary: Nina Dickerson
Recording Secretary: Melanie Williams

Please go to the Contact Us tab under MORE(drop down tab) to see the names of all 2023 Board Members & Committee Chairs!

Would you like to see the Equestrian Center stay in Heather Farm Park? We are not currently in the Master Plan for the park and we would like to show the city that there is plenty of interest from Walnut Creek Residents and others to keep us there. Please provide your contact info below to add your name to our petition. We will let you know when we need to take action-- write letters, emails, or attend meetings - to protect the future of the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek.
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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, https://www.youtube.com/smallbullproductions

Alan Myers http://www.amfoto1.exposuremanager.com

Andreas Koch http://www.akdesigninc.com/ 

Michele Nelson http://www.nelsonpics.com/

EHV-1 -  Equine Health Alert 

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion in mares, neonatal foal death and neurological disease. The neurological form of the disease is known as Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) and may be caused by damage to blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord associated with EHV-1 infection. EHM is most often due to the neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1, but may occasionally be caused by the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus.

EHV-1 is easily spread and typically has an incubation period between 2-10 days. Respiratory shedding of the virus generally occurs for 7-10 days, but may persist longer in infected horses. For this reason, a twenty-one day isolation period of confirmed positive EHM cases is recommended along with stringent biosecurity protocols. Similar to herpes viruses in other species, the latent form of EHV-1 can reactivate at a later date, but generally with a low viral load posing a low risk of infecting other horses. Humans are not at risk of contracting the virus, however humans can act as an indirect mode of transmission.

The CDFA, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture, provides reporting on the latest information for location of cases across the state of California. Click below for the website:

CDFA - EHV-1 Info

Thanks to all who attended our blessing of the Animals held on Sat.day, Oct. 2nd!

We had all kinds of animals attend, and we hope to post pictures soon!

Churches around the world celebrate this tradition of blessing animals started by St. Francis of Assisi some 800 years ago. Francis believed that human beings are only one of the countless creations of God and all are blessed in God's "eyes."

Our blessing was officiated by Pastor Mantu Joshi of the San Ramon Valley United Methodist in Alamo, Website: srvumc.org. Thank you SO much Pastor Mantu! Everyone loved you and your special blessings! 

For more info on our Co-Host, Mary Stewart and her amazing team from Angels for Minis... Visit their Facebook page Angels for Minis or their Website: AngelsforMinis.com

Above is a video of Goldie Schnitzer and her gorgeous horse, Rory, who came to the ECWC arenas to demonstrate Dressage movements to a Patriotic program of music. Goldie also demonstrated Natural Horsemanship techniques that she uses to connect with Rory through love, language and leadership. 

The Olympic sport Dressage began in 1912. It comes from the word "training" in French. Its purpose is to strengthen and supple the horse while maintaining a calm and attentive demeanor. Each test and the progressively difficult levels makes the horse and rider achieve the goal of musical ballet.

Dressage is based around principles of the Imperial Spanish Riding School of Vienna est. in 1572.


Wear a Mask and Social Distance, 

thank you!

Our events are generally available via facebook. Click here to go to our 

facebook page 

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 webmaster@ecwc.org 
Thanks for your support!

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