Trail Mix for 2/13: Fresno County Horse Park hosts 3-day contest

The Fresno BeeFebruary 12, 2014 

This weekends' International Horse Trials at the Fresno County Horse Park (7430 N. Weber Ave.) is expected to draw almost 300 riders and will feature riders from Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States, spokesman John Marshall said. Riders will compete in three competitions -- dressage, show jumping and cross-country riding -- taking on one event each day.

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The Fresno County Horse Park (7430 N. Weber Ave.) will host its first internationally-sanctioned competition this weekend, starting Friday and ending Sunday.

The International Horse Trials is expected to draw almost 300 riders and will feature riders from Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States, spokesman John Marshall said.

Riders will compete in three competitions -- dressage, show jumping and cross-country riding -- taking on one event each day.

Gina Miles, a silver medalist in individual eventing at the 2008 Summer Olympics, will be competing at the trials, Marshall said.

The competition starts at 8 a.m. every day and is free and open to the public.

More snow opens Badger Pass

Enough snow has fallen at Yosemite National Park that park officials have opened much of the Badger Pass Ski Area.

All resort operations are open with the exception of tubing. Three chair lifts and seven of nine runs are open.

Details: www.yosemitepark.com.

** China Peak also increased operations, with six of 11 lifts open and up to two feet of groomed snow for riders.

Details: www.skichinapeak.com.

Run or Dye paints Woodward Park

This Saturda the Run or Dye 5K hits Fresno. The color-blasted 5k starts at 9 a.m.and benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County. Cost is $57 per person or $52 with a group.

Details: www.runordye.com/locations/Fresno.

Audubon Raptor Run

While there's actually no running, the Fresno Audubon Society will lead a field trip to the Madera foothills to catch glimpses of bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons and other birds.

The group will meet at 7:45 a.m. Saturday at the park-and-ride lot at Highway 41 and Road 200 (North Fork turnoff) and will leave at 8 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Details: Nina Jones at (559) 760-1624 or mtnlynx@sti.net.

Volunteers sought for Bighorn Sheep Survey

The DFW, U.S. Forest Service and Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep are looking for volunteers to help biologists the weekend of March 1-2 (Saturday evening and all day Sunday).

No survey experience is necessary to participate, but volunteers must attend an orientation at 6 p.m. March 1 at the Angeles National Forest Supervisor's Office in Arcadia.

Volunteers must be at least 16 and will hike to designated observation sites in the San Gabriel Mountains early Sunday morning to count and record bighorn sheep.

Details: www.sangabrielbighorn.org, (909) 627-1613 or (909) 584-9012.

Camp Pashayan hike

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: 7695 N. Weber Ave., Fresno (meet at gate)

The San Joaquin River Parkway is hosting a free 3-mile walk at Camp Pashayan. The trail runs along the river bluff and into groves of cottonwood trees and willows. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Details: www.riverparkway.org.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6401, amoreno@fresnobee.com or @anhelllll on Twitter.

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