Poker Ride benefits equestrian groups, local projects

A group of riders return from one of last year’s Poker Ride trails. Courtesy photo
A group of riders return from one of last year’s Poker Ride trails. Courtesy photo

Saddle Club stages event on May 14

San Vicente Saddle Club will host its annual Poker Ride Fundraiser Event at the International Equestrian Center at 16911 Gunn Stage Road on Saturday, May 14.

Advance registration is $30 for adults and $25 for kids under 12. Lunch only tickets are also available.

The event boasts a catered barbecue lunch, silent auction, drawings and the opportunity to win cash with a winning poker hand. The morning will start with registration at 8 and the first group of riders going out at 9. There are several levels of rides available from the beginner to the advanced.

The event promises to host about 100 equestrians with their families and friends who enjoy a relaxing ride, a meal and then bid on products donated by generous donors. Among silent auction donors are All About Fun RV, Leslie Souza (the “Welcome to Ramona” sculptor), Southwest Trailer and Jewelry World. Many more are being collected and will include tickets to theme parks, dinner cruises, horse supplies, auto care and more.

Opportunity drawing prizes range from jewelry to animal feed. Last year’s winning poker hand won $125 cash.

The San Vicente Saddle Club is a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to promoting interest in the equestrian community and lifestyle in the Ramona Valley region for over 20 years. The club strives to meet members’ individual equestrian goals through education, training and sharing knowledge, as well as giving back to the community through donations to charitable organizations and volunteerism.

The club, headquartered in the San Diego Country Estates area of Ramona, is open to everyone interested in equestrian sports and lifestyle, and its members are not limited by geography.

Those who participate in the annual Poker Ride help raise funds that will be used to create and maintain the extensive trail network throughout the Estates, help maintain related facilities, and contribute to a number of charitable organizations.

Among organizations and projects the San Vicente Saddle Club has assisted in the past are the Casey Tibbs Western Center Memorial Entrance, Guy B. Woodward Museum (roof replacement), Horsepower for Life/American Cancer Society, Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center, San Diego Hippotherapy, Rancho Cuyamaca State Park, Wild Mustang Rescue organizations, Humane Society, Sponsorship of Shelby Tomes—Senior Rodeo Queen Contestant 2011, and various community service trail improvements.

The Poker Ride is more than a fundraiser. It is an event attended by all ages, all types of people, families, new and experienced equestrians alike.

Turkeys roast for the San Vicente Saddle Club’s 2010 Poker Rider lunch.

Club members invite the community to “join us as we hit the trail again and try to make it the best year yet.”

The registration form, event rules and the required waiver are available on the clb’s website:

For more information, call or email Kat McClanahan at 619-249-2741 or



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