Sept. 27, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - The newly renovated Red Barn Equestrian Center will host a daylong celebration of Stanford's equestrian heritage on Saturday, October 8. The theme for this year's Stanford Farm Day is "The Legacy Continues" in recognition of university and donor-led efforts to refurbish and update the facility.
The day program runs from 11-4 pm and visitors are invited to enjoy riding demonstrations, children's activities, equine-related vendors, a silent auction and tours of the facility. The equestrian demonstrations highlight local amateurs and professionals, including the Los Altos Hunt and the Woodside Vaulters, as well as members of the Stanford Equestrian Team. The family-friendly event will have pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting for children.
The evening program, commencing at 5:00 pm with cocktails, features the 2005 Stanford Farm Day Invitational--a team show-jumping competition sponsored by Ariat International, and will include some of the Peninsula's top junior, amateur, and professional riders. The competition will be followed by a gourmet dinner and live auction. The live auction will include trips to Europe, exclusive sports packages, and once-in-a-lifetime equestrian experiences.
All proceeds from Stanford Farm Day will benefit the Student Equestrian Center and the programs offered for equestrian student-athletes, including the 50 member Stanford Equestrian Facility. Stanford's world-class athletic facilities have been the site of numerous elite sporting events, and will include equestrian competitions in the near future.
The multi-million dollar renovation of the Stanford Red Barn Equestrian Center features the renovation of the 36 stall student barn with all new custom hardwood stalls, yoked windows, therapeutic stall mats and rubber floors. The historic Red Barn also received a face lift with identical mats and floors, as well as new ventilation. In addition, a new 135'x260' Show Arena was built facing the Red Barn and features a grassy lawn for spectators and 12 palm trees. The existing covered arena, schooling arena and dressage arena all benefited from new drainage and fencing, as well as shatter-proof fencing. In addition, a nine-horse covered horse walker was installed, as well a new covered and uncovered 52' round lunging pens and 20 new 40'x60' turn-out paddocks.
Tickets for the day session can be purchased at the gate and are $10 for general admission, $5 for Stanford students with SUID and free for children under five. Evening program tickets can be purchased in advance for $75 per person or $750 per table (ten seats) and seating is limited. To order tickets, visit the Stanford Equestrian Team & Stanford Red Barn site: www.stanford.edu/group/set
For more information, please call the Stanford Red Barn office at (650) 327-2990.