San Vicente Saddle Club Poker Ride A worthy cause — and lots of fun


San Vicente Saddle Club’s annual poker ride will be held on May 4.

Now, don’t let the name fool you. This saddle club is composed of many types of people, not just horse people.  Oh, it may have started out that way some 20 years ago, but this group has grown into a philanthropic nonprofit organization that makes amazing contributions to our community.

They have bestowed beauty on Ramona through supporting such additions as the entrance monument at Highway 67 and Dye Road and the amazing arch created and installed at the Casey Tibbs Western Center, as well as the beauty of giving to community members in need. This organization is a pleasure to be involved with.

The members are equestrians and hikers and also community members who want to be involved in a goodhearted organization working for our community. Their giving has supported youngsters who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to go to horse shows and by making donations to our friends and neighbors in need due to illness, injury and many other worthy causes.

The Annual Poker Ride is the club’s primary fundraising event that makes their humanitarian efforts possible and allows their generosity throughout the year.

You do not need to have or ride a horse to have a blast at their event. The trails are wonderful to hike, and photo opportunities are incredible, too.  Lunch, opportunity drawings, and auction items are going to fill your afternoon with delight. Of course the welcoming company of club members and community attendees makes it a very worthwhile afternoon.

Public Relations Director Kat McClanahan said, “This time of year is one of my favorites with the San Vicente Saddle Club. The poker ride is always such a fun day with all the people who come out to ride the trails out of the International Equestrian Center, indulge in a fabulous catered lunch, get some tickets for some pretty awesome prizes, bid on some even more amazing silent auction packages, and hope the luck of the draw is on their side with a winning poker hand for some cold, hard cash.”

If you find yourself unable to attend, you don’t have to miss out. You can purchase opportunity drawing tickets and don’t need to be present to win. Simply write your name and phone number on the back of each ticket.

If you would like to make a simple donation, which may be tax deductible (contact your income tax professional), you can contact the Saddle Club Treasurer “Extraordinaire” Lily Vogeli at

Donations are welcomed and accepted any time throughout the year. Membership is only $20 annually, and dues are put toward charitable causes as well.

Each year this event has grown, and donations are more remarkable. Please come help support the San Vicente Saddle Club and make a difference in our community.

More information is at

Karen Carlson is a Ramona resident, past president of Ramona Trails Association, and an avid trails advocate active with many agencies, organizations, and committees. With questions or comments, contact Karen and Cricket at

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