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Celebrating Day of the Horse

Original post made on Dec 16, 2008

Heidi Koch with Miniature horse Mini celebrates the annual National Day of the Horse with his little friends Baley, Isabella, TerraGabriella, Skylar and Kate on the Iron Horse Trail on Saturday with the San Ramon Valley Horsemen Association. Photo by Chris Scott/

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Posted by Frank Thornburgh
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 16, 2008 at 9:07 am

Thanks Dolores for the little note about our trail ride Saturday promoting the National Day Of The Horse. Some ten or so riders plus about fifteen walking members and supporters of the San Ramon Valley Horsemen started out from the Sycamore Valley Road Park-N-Ride trail access. We rode and walked the trail to Alamo while telling folks that we passed it was the National Day Of The Horse. The following two days proved how fortunate we were to enjoy one of the last beautiful days of fall weather before the much needed rain arrived. Everyone with an interest in horses, riding, western culture, or socializing in those wild western outfits should do a web search for San Ramon Valley Horsemen then follow where the trail leads.
Regards, R. Dusty Rhodes (more photos are available)

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Posted by Jennifer Crest
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

Dear neighbors (taken from Iron Horse corridor e-exchanges)

The EPA has established horse manure as a hazardous material (hazmat) based on the pathogen and various pharmaceuticals that migrate in runoff from trails and saddling areas to our creeks and streams or through absorption to our water tables.

Beverly Lane is our East Bay Regional Parks District representative and should be asked to provide District measures in this FORUM that deal with horse manure's hazmat risks.

Jennifer Crest
North Iron Horse neighbors
Iron Horse corridor neighborhoods

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Posted by heidi Koch
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Please note that the riders on the Iron Horse Trail on the Day of the Horse took great care to clean up after the horses with a bucket on wheels and shovel.......
Other users of the Iron Horse Trail seem to enjoy the sight of the horses!

This is in response to Jennifer Crest's worry about horse manure being hasmat risks.

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Posted by Jane VanderWerf
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm

In regards to Jennifer Crest's comments and to her North Iron Horse Neighbors:

As a San Ramon Valley Horsemen board member and the organizer for the Day of the Horse festivities this year, I would like to respond to your concern about horse manure. First of all, we equestrians share your concern about our environment and take this issue very seriously. We want our actions to demonstrate our interest in being good citizens and we take great care and pride in our community. I want to point out that we did in fact have several members of the San Ran Ramon Valley Horsemen(including our current President for 2008 and our future President for 2009) following our group and cleaning up the manure behind our horses. I hope that our community can join us in celebrating horses and overcome the minor inconvenience - sharing the Iron Horse Trail- with a small, well-mannered group of equestrians, adults and kids, and our horses. In 2004, the US Congress unanimously voted that Dec 13th be the Day of the Horse, the day we celebrate the contribution the horse has made to our nation. We had a beautiful day for this event and received many kind words of encouragement as we passed along the trail.

Thank you Danville and Alamo, we will see you next year!

Jane VanderWerf

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Dear Jane,

Due to the new, selective and discriminating rules created by Embarcadero Publishing it is not possible for Jennifer to respond directly to your kind presentation and concern.

On Jennifer's behalf, thank you.


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Posted by GJ
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 19, 2008 at 11:20 pm

I would rather have the manure, (which makes great fertilizer and quickly dries up and blows away!) instead of dog poop that people don't clean up which lasts forever and REALLY stinks. And then there are the people that put dog poop in baggies and then LEAVE the bag on the ground of all things! I guess they assume the gardner will be by to clean up after them.... Let's enjoy the horses and thank you to the people that cleaned up after the horses. :-)

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Posted by Tina Molinaro
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 20, 2008 at 2:17 am

Impressive the group cleaned up in that way - manure is merely a new form of hay - for which I would trade any old day, to see a horse parade my way.
A big thank you to the SRVHA for your effort in keeping the spirit of the horse alive in our community.
Looking forward to next year~!
Tina Molinaro

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Posted by Dorothy Coleman
a resident of Danville
on Dec 20, 2008 at 10:30 am

I was so delighted to see the Horse Group on the trail Saturday. I have lived in Danville for many many years and it reminded me of how Danville as a community, would get together for so many events that supported community and family. Danville used to have many events that involved children and their animals. It was such a delight to see that someone has organized an event that brings back Danville's values and our heritage. I was so taken by the site, maybe obviously so, that the group generously invited me to join along! What a kind group with a wonderful display of community spirit. Hope to see everyone again next year. The smiles and the joy is really what we should all hold dear.

Dorothy Coleman (resident since 1952)

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