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Tahoe Donner trots out equestrian bonanza

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Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center is changing the face of area riding lessons and events.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Donner will offer Weekend Equestrian Camps in September. For ages 8 to 14, these weekend equestrian camps are open level for English or western, beginner through intermediate riders. Each two-day camp will offer a mix of arena work and trail riding. Students will learn the fundamentals of horsemanship, safety and riding skills. The September camps are slated for Sept. 4-15, Sept. 21-22 and Sept. 28-29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. There are four students per camp with a two student minimum. The cost is $200 per person ($190 for Tahoe Donner Association members). Reservations are required.

After School Group Lessons

New this fall, After School Group Lessons offered Aug. 26 through Sept. 30 for beginner through intermediate riders riding western or English (non-jumping), ages 8 and up. Adults are welcome but classes will be mostly children. Students will groom, saddle, ride and unsaddle in each session. Lessons will be Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Excludes Friday, Sept. 6 due to a special event. The cost is $75 per session for members ($70 for Tahoe Donner Association members).


Barbecues are a family favorite and sure to delight the young and young-at-heart. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with games, mini wagon rides, crafts, contests, dress-up and delicious food. Hot dogs, veggie burgers and hamburgers will be served with a gourmet topping bar. Ranch beans, salads, desserts and campfire s'mores round out the menu. Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks are also served. Participants may play a game of horseshoes or try throwing a rope. Bring the camera for pictures at the dress-up and photo station with old West and Renaissance costumes and backdrops. A treasure hunt and family water balloon toss finishes off the evening. Reservations are required with a 72-hour cancellation policy. The cost is $45 per adult ($34 for Tahoe Donner Association members). Inquire about children's rates. The final 2013 Saturday Night Barbecue will take place Aug. 31.

Cowgirls and Cocktails Ride

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Cowgirls are invited to gather for an early evening trail ride followed by beer, wine and appetizers on the deck at the Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center for a special Cowgirls and Cocktails Ride. Enjoy a meandering trail ride through highland meadows and forests and then relax on our deck overlooking another beautiful meadow, nibble on appetizers and sip a frosty beer or glass of wine. Trail ride 5-6 p.m. followed by drinks and appetizers, 6-7 p.m. This event is for adults ages 21 and up. The cost is $65 per person ($55 for Tahoe Donner Association members). The final 2013 Cowgirls and Cocktails Ride is Aug. 23.


For kids ages 8-14, the Pony Pajama Party will be held Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m. This event includes an afternoon of horsey activities including riding, horse decorating, games and crafts with a kid's barbecue in the evening, followed by movies and a cozy indoor camp-out. Breakfast will be served the next morning before the 9 a.m. pick-up. The cost is $110 ($90 for Tahoe Donner Association members). Reservations are required.

The equestrian center offers other lessons, trail rides and events. For more information visit tahoedonner.com or call 530-587-9400. 'Like' Tahoe Donner on Facebook at facebook.com/tahoedonner and follow Tahoe Donner on Twitter @tahoedonner.