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Shoreline Riders gets season underway
Fort Bragg Advocate News, April 20, 2006

by Shoreline Riders Inc.

Many equestrian sports enthusiasts are getting ready for a new year of activities. There is a unique non-profit organization in Fort Bragg which is solely dedicated to the purpose of promoting interest in horses and horsemanship. The Shoreline Riders Inc. "organization is formed for the purpose of organizing and promoting an interest in horses and horsemanship; the raising of the standards of the breeding of horses; the facilitation and encouragement of a closer personal relationship among horseman and horse lovers, to give aid and support to every type of activity concerning horses; to assist and encourage the sponsorship of rodeos, horse shows, hunter trails, race meetings, parades and any other activities which will further the general purpose hereof, to assist and encourage acquisition, buildings maintenance and supervision of bridle paths, horseback trails and rights of way thereof; to sponsor legislation; and to do any and all things in the furtherance of the interest of horses and horsemen."

These activities and more are part of those which are promoted by Shoreline Riders Inc. It is a non-profit organization, founded in 1962. Members are a community of horse lovers. There are membership dues, membership meetings' a yearly rodeo, numerous horse shows for both Western and English riders, an annual trail ride with participants from all over the country, regularly scheduled "poker rides," a scholarship fund for young members, barbecues, Christmas gatherings, horsemanship clinics, educational activities, and all things horse related. Members are encouraged to bring new creative ideas to work within the structure of the club.

The club interfaces with many organizations in our community whether horse related or not. Shoreline is a member of the Fort Bragg/Mendocino Chamber of Commerce. Many Shoreline members are also members of other equine related groups, including trail organizations, legislative organizations, miniature horse, donkey and mule associations, search and rescue teams, California Dressage Society, cattlemen's organizations, farm bureaus and more. Shoreline families are often involved in 4- H and other youth groups educating children on animal care and agriculture.

These many aspects of Shoreline Riders and its members are a great asset to our community in helping to promote education and understanding of horses.

Shoreline welcomes new members, community involvement and the public is invited to watch horse shows, playdays, cattle playdays and the rodeo. There is no admission to schooling horse shows or playdays. The first horseshow of the year is May 21. There is a fun play- day on April 23 and a cattle playday on April 30. Shoreline Arena is located on Turner Road. Take Simpson Lane east and turn right onto Mitchell Creek. Turn right again on Turner Road and follow it around the first curve then turn into the gated parking lot. More information on events and sponsorship opportunities is available online at www.shorelineriders.com.


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