Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sketch pad: Nat'l Horse Show w/ PICTURES

Looking for a beautiful setting to sketch horses?

The first weekend in September is the date for the Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show. This is a charity horse show, with three days of English riding events. The show takes place in 2 arenas, with an adjacent warm-up ring. Every dollar you spend at this horse show benefits Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

You can get close to all three rings and sketch horses.

The location is Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates, CA (on Hawthorne Blvd, about 5 miles from our showroom). There is natural shade at the park, a playground for the pre-school set and real restrooms (not porta-potties) at 2 locations. For this event, food booths are set up under a large tent. There's even a bar area for adults with flat screen TVs. This park is near the ocean and the Palos Verdes cliffs.... so it's not hot and dusty like most horse venues (you should still bring your hat and sunscreen! I also recommend close-toed shoes).

Since this horse show benefits the children's hospital, there is "country fair" atmosphere, with lots of games and craft booths for kids (even pony rides and a petting zoo). Bring the family for the fun.... and when you're done sketching you can join in too!

There is a public parking lot at Ernie Howlett Park, but it is closed off for this event to make room for rows and rows of horse stalls! Free parking is available across the street on a large, grassy open field. The terrain is pretty bumpy! Shuttle bus service (via large, yellow school buses) will take you to the show grounds. Even though many attractions don't open until 10AM... plan to arrive before 9AM for the closest parking (and shortest shuttle bus ride). You will not be able to walk to your car from the show grounds... you will need to take everything you need with you. You will only be able to return to you car via the shuttle buses. People take all sorts of horse equipment, strollers and even dogs (on leashes) on the buses.

Here's a link with the event schedule, hours, etc. There is a nominal admission charge for this event.
Hope to see you there!

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