Fun events we've attended recently 
HALTER Celebrates National Ag Day
Each year, we join the SONOMA COUNTY FARM BUREAU (and 6,000 students aged 6-12) for fun and learning about our county's Ag heritage. We hope to inspire them to think about where their food comes from, the importance of treating all animals in a caring way, and possibly perk their interest in a career involving animals. Loads of fun for everyone!
PG&E "Helmet Guy, with Petaluma FFA member, Grady
"Sonoma Smarty" watches girls coloring safety posters
Captain Suzie Blakenship with CAL FIRE Lake County Fires map
Puppy Love & Kittens, too!

A fun, cuddly, convivial and delicious evening was had by all at the  Marin Humane Gala.  

Captain Cindy Machado and her rock-star officers, along with a bevy of beautiful dogs and volunteers, were the most wonderful hosts.

Funds generated by the enthusiastic and generous crowd will repair the roof, which was showing its age during the rainy winter!  Thank you, Marin Humane for many decades of dedication to animals!
The Boys Are Here!! 
The first herd of RESQUIP Equine Training Mannequins (we like to call them "Horse-a-Kins") has arrived! Thank you to LARRCo of Winston-Salem, NC, and Resquip, of the U.K., for expediting production and delivery.

The "boys" have been deployed to Graton Volunteer Fire Department, Marin County Search &  Rescue /Marin Humane, and Glen Ellen/Valley of the Moon Fire & Rescue. They are vital to the training and skills development needed to make our growing Animal Technical Rescue groups the Best in the West!

They'll be joined soon by the mares, completing a herd of 5 Horse-a-Kins enabling teams to train around Northern California. Additionally, the UCD Student VERT is growing and thriving, with a robust crop of students prepping to become the first generation of US vets educated and ready to safely integrate with first responders to help in all incidents involving animals.

Horse-a-kin arrives ready for assembly

Bringing horse-a-kins to life: Barbara Walker, Russian River Rodeo; Everett Kemp, CAL FIRE & Glen Ellen Fire; Lee Walker, Graton Volunteer Fire; Robert Eichstaedt, Marin SAR
Marin County SAR loads their new friend 

Marin County SAR Horse-a-kin heads home!

Ranch Readiness Day 2017 is April 30!!!
­ The only Bay Area preparedness event benefiting all animals  
and connecting the  
We've gathered together an outstanding group of expert speakers in the fields of animal emergency response, disaster recovery, search & rescue, and veterinary innovation.

You'll have opportunities to see search dogs in action, animal rescue equipment, local fire-rescue teams demonstrating skills.  Brush up, or learn, CPR. Find out what it's like to deploy on a volunteer animal evacuation-shelter team. 
Featuring a roster of international and regional speakers, including:
  • Author and Crisis Consultant, Suzanne Bernier, sharing inspiring stories from her book "Disaster Heroes"
  • An inside look with Jim Green, recipient of the prestigious Sir Colin Spedding Award for Equine Welfare, at the development of the international movement bringing integrated animal incident response to the U.S.
  • A "Day in the Life" on an Animal Evacuation & Shelter Team
  • Animal rescue equipment from leading manufacturers 
  • ...and lots more!
Visit Ready-Kit Alley
Get ideas and Go-Kit checklists for every member of the family.
No time to shop?  Attendees who donate to the Sonoma County Animal Services Large Animal Rescue Fund, or,  the Emergency & Disaster Fund will be eligible for a drawing for terrific kits for all species -- including humans.

Take a break and relax in the RIDE TV Lounge,  and meet the creative team behind their original productions.
Meet RIDE TV personality Meg Drake, host of "Ride On The Road"Meg and her crew will be interviewing speakers and visitors. Watch for Ranch Readiness Day in a "Ride On The Road" feature!
Tips TriTip Trolley will have a full breakfast and lunch menu, and you can pick up coffee & pastries at Julianne's Coffee Cart in Saralee's Barn.  Attendees are encouraged to enjoy their snacks while listening to the speakers, in a comfortable cafe setting.

A fun added feature this year is our partnership with the event app Whova! When you register with Whova, you join the Ranch Readiness Day community and can network with other guests, speakers, educators, and resources. Meet up!  Stay connected! 
Other events coming up!
Wonderful events in Wine Country for people who love horses 
... and dogs, cows, cats, goats, sheep, llamas, or, just country life!  Join us in enjoying activities celebrating the beauty and joy of new life on our farms and ranches, the 
beauty and grace of horses, and the inspirational bonds of humans and animals. 
HALTER at the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)
SIFF is a local cultural treasure. We are sponsoring a very cool short documentary by a filmmaker we've been following for several years.

Meet filmmaker John MacDonald at a reception Thursday, March 30, 3:30 at Westwood Estate Wines on The Plaza at 11 West Napa Street, #3Please RSVP to, if you'd like to attend the reception.

John is hoping that inclusion in the SIFF will jumpstart a feature-length doc about the astounding story and travels of MULE.  It's a look at California unlike anything you'll ever see.

Buy tickets to the entire festival, or, the Short Documentary Programs. See schedule and ticket info HERE 
Graton Area Disaster Preparedness Fair
HALTER will be here!

Come out and support the Graton Volunteer Fire Department and West County Medical Center. 

Gather information -- Learn new skills -- Make a plan!
Sonoma County Horse Council Trailer Safety Training
This class is required for anyone with an interest in becoming a certified animal evacuation volunteer in Sonoma-Napa Counties.

It's also open to anyone wanting to be better prepared, and safer, when hauling horses and livestock. Register by Thursday, March 30 by emailing
Horse Keeper's Workshop
The MARIN HORSE COUNCIL and the TOMALES BAY WATERSHED COUNCIL present a 1-day workshop convening  a panel of experts who will help guide horse facility owners to a better understanding of the new regulations requiring commercial horse facilities located in a watershed that flows to a designated "impaired water body" to obtain coverage under a confined animal facility permit program.

The full day workshop will include panel presentations addressing what's required, tools to help you comply, and methods to protect the health of your horses and the environment. Also included: a box lunch, a tour of a local equestrian facility to see best management practices in action, and a demonstration of field water quality monitoring.

Online registration will open by April 1 at
For more information, contact 
Hoofbeats in the Vineyard
SRJC Shone Farm presents the 3rd annual Hoofbeats in the Vineyard, an afternoon all about Horses, Wine, and Shopping!

This event is a benefit to support the horses, students and programs of Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian in Santa Rosa, and Shone Farm Equestrian, the equine program of Santa Rosa Junior College. 

Click HERE for details
APRIL 29-30 
Sonoma County Farm Trails
Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies
-- Explore Sonoma County's vibrant agricultural community
-- Experience life on the farm, behind the barnyard gates
-- Meet your farmers, vintners & artisan producers

RSVP at VisitFarmTrails
MAY 4-7
Wild Horse Photo Safari in Northern California
Join our dear friend, Tara Arrowood, for a magical experience.  Photgraphy under the tutelage of one of the West's finest equine photographers, with the herd of American Mustangs at Montgomery Ranch, a 2,000 acre wild horse sanctuary and wildlife preserve.

You can also meet Tara at Ranch Readiness Day,
where her beautiful and often mystical portraits will be displayed in the RIDE TV lounge.

For detailed information, email

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