SHA Diamond Jubilee
October 1, 2017 - 75 Years
2017 was the Diamond Jubilee Year for SHA !
We celebrated with a full day's festivities on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Sgt. Mark Saylor USMC raised the flag on our SHA flagpole and the Sacramento Sheriffs' Posse then presented their Color Guard for the playing of our National Anthem to open our festivities. A California State Assemblyman presented our SHA 2017 President, Missy Worthley, with a beautifully framed Certificate of Merit recognizing SHA for our contributions to our local community over these last 75 years.
The Sacramento Sheriff's Posse performed three distinct precision mounted drills by their three teams : The Elite Posse, The 911, and The Alarm, led by their Captain, Core Benvensite. The Equine Breed Parade was informative and fun, with everything from spritely miniature horses owned by Kathy Wolf of Kathy's Kritterz to a Gorgeous Gypsy Vanner owned by Maria Liverett of Ria's Ranch.
Jean Davis and Stephanie Davis of the Green Acres 4-H Club opened a wonderful petting zoo for the children - including giant and very gentle bunnies, which were the hit of the party ! The Green Acres 4-H Horse Project provided a Gymkhana demonstration and also put on a wonderful miniature horse jumping performance !
Deven and Michele Childers of Reinmaker Ranch delighted us with a lively and skillful Californio-style reining demonstration.
The Western Dressage Association Northern California Vice President Vivian Mevorah entranced us with a Western Dressage Pas-des-Deux.
Sherrill Shotigan-Ross of Summerwind Ranch led a very informative and entertaining demonstration of traditional and cowboy dressage principals.
Our dear friends from Tiffany Oreglia's team at Horses, Hope and Healing provided a lovely jumping and equitation demonstration.
The parking area between the Forbes Memorial Hall and the SHA Barn was filled with vendors selling all kinds of wonderful horse-related goods and services. Our Kozy Kitchen kept everyone fed with breakfasts and lunches, hot coffee, cold drinks and cool treats.
Kids had it best of all - free face painting, free mini horse buggy rides, free petting zoo, free crafts to create and take home, and Moonshine the living Unicorn.
The LaVanche Forbes Memorial Meeting Hall was transformed into our little SHA Museum for the months of October and November, 2017. 75 years of history is on display, including hundreds of photos, momentos, trophies and heirlooms of the Pony Express, Sacramento County 4-H Club, The Sacramento Sheriff's Posse, Sacramento Horsemen's Association, Betty Green's SHA Greenies, Sondra Betancourt's SHA Gold Trail Mounties, and much more (video below).
We wrapped up our day at our Historic Saddle Oaks Clubhouse with a beer garden, Santa Maria style Bar-B-Que catered by O'Connor's Woodfire Grill of Orangevale and live music on the lawn provided by our dear friends The Ariel Jean Band. All in all, our SHA Diamond Jubilee was a great success, a good time had by all and many memories made.