What's new at the Park?
The field is "officially" closed to horses for the wet season! (dogs and people may walk on the field)
The arena and trails remain open. The trails are VERY muddy in spots, so please use caution if you do choose to use them. To access the trails, go down the gravel lane alongside the round corrall, turn right along the backside of the paddocks and head west until you come to the trail entrance (behind the ditch jumps).
Field Closure Coming Up:
The cross country jumps will be moved off the field this Sunday afternoon, November 15th (work will happen between 2pm and 4pm). Please watch out for volunteers and a tractor! The footing will be evaluated at that time and the field itself may be closed as well. Please watch this space Sunday evening for an announcement regarding this.
Mowing!: Nearly all the field was mowed on Sunday October 25th by new member Bob Hayden and member Robbie Harris. The remainder of the field will be mowed by next weekend. Amazingly enough, the footing is in FABULOUS condition and the cross country field remains open. This is very unusual as normally we would have closed the field by now due to the footing becoming soggy.
Safety Reminder: The field condition is fairly good, as we were able to get the entire field mowed on the weekend of August 15/16... BUT... with the grass as dry as it is and ground being somewhat on the hard side, PLEASE take extra care while riding and galloping on the field. High speed and/or sharp turns can be slippery on the dry grass, and just the concussion on the hard ground can be hard on your horse's legs if overdone. So use common sense and caution and we'll all have a great summer at the Park!
Round Pen: The round pen is gate-less at the moment, due to some damage to the gate by a park user's horse. We should be able to have the gate replaced by next weekend (August 29/30). The park user graciously notified us that very day about the damage to the gate, and is contributing to the cost of the replacement.
WORK PARTY!!! Would you like to participate in keeping YOUR horse park the stellar place that it is??? Sign up for a couple of hours to mow, weedwhack or help fix a couple of paddock posts on Sunday, August 16th... Click HERE to sign up.
Have you renewed your membership for 2015? The membership list (see the Membership tab above) has been updated to reflect ONLY those who have renewed for 2015. If you don't see your name on the list, please send your renewal in!
About the Friends of Sunset Farm:
The Friends of Sunset Farm, a non-profit organization, was formed for the purpose of providing assistance to the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department in order to support, maintain and fundraise for the Whatcom County public equestrian park known as “Sunset Farm Park."
The Parks Department has had a very limited budget for Sunset Farm for a number of years, and is only able to provide a minimum of mowing around the parking area and the porta-potty. All other maintenance and improvements are provided for through the Friends of Sunset Farm.
You can view more information about the park at the Whatcom County Parks website.
Location: 7981 Blaine Rd., Blaine, WA 98230 (map below)
NOTE: Please follow the rules posted at the park (see copy at the bottom of this page) - especially regarding the jumps, so it will remain a fun and safe place to ride.
Below are the posted rules at the park. Please note that dogs are allowed on-leash only.