2019 Spring Ride & Lunch
at Rush Creek Marin County Open Space Preserve
Sunday, May 5th
Spring Ride & BBQ
Sunday May 5th 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us at Rush Creek Marin Country Open Space Preserve.
Perhaps the most popular asset of this 522 acre preserve is the adjacent wetlands, where thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl congregate each fall and winter. Outside of the Point Reyes Peninsula, this is one of the best birding locations in the North Bay; our conservative list here shows 196 regularly occurring species. The broad, level Pinheiro Fire Road follows the south edge of the preserve and offers unimpeded views of a huge expanse of tidal wetland (managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife) to the north.
The preserve is composed of a relatively low ridge that runs from Highway 101 to the northeast, where it drops off to a small wetland known as Cemetery Marsh. This ridge is not traversed by any maintained trails; so many species of wildlife flourish here in quiet solitude. Further to the west is another low ridge covered with mixed broadleaf forests, including the largest stand of blue oaks in the county. This 200 acre parcel was acquired by the District in 2003 after a major fundraising effort spearheaded by the Marin Audubon Society. From the eastern end of this preserve, riders can look out across the Petaluma River delta to Sonoma County and beyond.
Questions? Contact Joe at: [email protected]
SPACE IS LIMITED so register today to reserve your spot for the 2019 Spring Ride.
Registration, Coffee and Danish: 8:00 AM
Ride Begins: 9:00 AM
BBQ Lunch Served: 12:30 to 1:30 PM
$40 for riding members (includes lunch)
$45 for riding non-members* (includes lunch)
$20 for lunch only
Juniors: $30 for riding members (includes lunch)
$35 for riding non-members* (includes Lunch)
$20 Lunch only Juniors
*To become a MHC Member, you can join now at www.marinhorsecouncil.org/join
Food options at lunch will be:
BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
The fine print:
ALL RIDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A RELEASE BEFORE MOUNTING. JUNIORS MUST HAVE A RELEASE SIGNED BY A PARENT & RIDE WITH AN ADULT SPONSOR. Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders and required for minors. No stallions, ponied horses or riding double. Saddles and bridles/hackamores are required. Bring a halter and tie rope to carry on your horse. No smoking, no dogs, please respect private property rights, park regulations and serenity of other trail users.
Staging area is Novato Horsemen's Inc. Address: 600 Bugeia Ln, Novato, CA 94945
We will be having our BBQ lunch there too.
Click here to see the trail map:
Bring water buckets and hay nets for your horses. Please leave no trace and clean up after your horse