Ed Castro, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/05/2012 04:23:06 PM PDT
REDLANDS – Vandi Reeves hopes the El Camino Ranch is introduced to a new set of fans at next week’s Fall Festival.It’s the first time the Fall Festival has been open to the public since 2007. ”We would really like to make a connection to the community,” said Reeves, one of the owners of El Camino Ranch. “We have always had strong roots in the community. But it’s been a long time since we have tried to reach out and connect with them like this.” The Fall Festival, scheduled for Oct. 13, will feature riding demonstrations, pony rides, stallion, mare and foal presentations and a horse auction. And there will be plenty of activities for kids, such as pony rides, Indian Pony Horse Painting, face painting, coloring contests, and a scavenger hunt. ”It will be more of a teaching experience,” Reeves said. “There will be riding demonstrations and we will show off some of the different disciplines of the horses.” Reeves added, “We would like people to come here and then come back for lessons, to buy a horse or board their horses here.” The El Camino Ranch, a horse ranch, was started in 1983. ”I would want them to really have a bigger appreciation for agriculture in Redlands,” Reeves said. “We have a dog kennel and other animals. We have orange groves.” The festival will offer tours through the stables and barns on the ranch, which houses 60 horses. There will be an awards ceremony for El Camino Ranch students who have participated in its riding academy.”The award is about all the hard work they put in for the year,” Reeves said. “There is a certificate of achievement for them. This shows what they learned during the year.”Reeves said El Camino Ranch is trying to develop a Redlands 4H Chapter and is also interested in offering a class in equine education.”There is so much going on here,” Reeves said.
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