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Battlefield Equestrian Society
Clifton Horse Society
Equestrian Trail Alliance
Frida Icelandic Riding Club

Great Falls Equestrian Society
(George Mason Univ.)
Equestrian Team

Horse Works
Mason Neck Horse Coalition
Nokesville Horse Society
Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding
Old Dominion Endurance Rides
Therapeutic Riding

Simple Changes

Therapeutic Riding


Turner Farm Park
Equestrian Committee

United States Trail Ride


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Cedar Creek Mounted Guard
No Man's Land
Back Country Horsemen


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Emergency, Disaster & Evacuation Preparedness

(Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina)

Special "Summer Networking Event & Ride"
Sunday, August 27!
Please RSVP email today!

     One of the goals of the Coalition is to provide opportunities for the horse community to gather, share ideas, share success stories and fellowship.  We also strive to provide first class educational programs of immediate interest to the region's horse community.  Our first annual "Summer Networking Event" will do exactly that and is open to all horse people and non-horse people.  

     Living in the greater Washington metropolitan region, our community has been aware of possibility of evacuations and the need for emergency preparedness.  Although the possibility of man-made or terrorist emergencies are present since 9/11, natural disasters such as severe storms, tornadoes and hurricanes are more apt to occur.  The National Weather Service has suggested that the mid-Atlantic area will have an increased chance of severe storm and hurricane activity during this current hurricane season.

     The NVCEO Summer “Networking Event” and Trail Ride will feature Ms. Bonnie Clark, President of the Louisiana Equine Council. Ms. Clark will provide a seminar on the "Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina”.   Her first hand experience with the horse evacuations of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, and Rita, will provide tremendous insight on how to prepare for and react to natural or man-made emergencies.
In addition to being President of the Louisiana Equine Council, Bonnie’s credentials include:
~ Committee Member, Louisiana Equine Disaster Response Team
~ Equine Shelter, Rescue and Evacuation Coordinator, State Animal Response Team
~ Publisher, Horseman's Guide of the South Central Region

     Over the last several years Bonnie has been very instrumental in developing emergency, disaster and evacuation planning for the Gulf coast region. The successes of the equine evacuations during Hurricane Katrina and Rita were largely due to the efforts and planning by the groups that Bonnie has been involved in.  It was reported that of the hundreds of equines evacuated to the Louisiana Vet School during Hurricane Katrina, all but 3 had been returned to their original owners. This is truly amazing considering the scale of the disaster. The years of planning developed by Bonnie and her groups paid enormous dividends to the horse owners in the region. The seminar/presentation will also include handouts and materials to help the horse owners of our region to prepare for emergencies, disasters and evacuations. She will also touch on the subject of how organizations like the NVCEO can foster emergency and evacuation preparedness.

     The NVCEO would like to encourage horse owners, and others interested in emergency preparedness, to come join us for this very special networking event. Since the event is being held at Bull Run Regional Park, in Centreville, anyone interested in a trail ride before or after the seminar is encouraged to bring their horse for a trail ride on the beautiful trails of Bull Run Park before or after the seminar. The NVCEO will also be providing a catered lunch.  The event will be held at the “Special Events” area at the park. This is the same location typically used for the Crystal Crown JPR’s.

     Also traveling with Ms. Clark to our NVCEO Summer Networking Event will be a clinician that is gaining some fame in the “South Central Region” of the country.  The Horseman's Guide of the South Central Region is sponsoring clinician Todd Meche and would like to take this opportunity to promote Todd Meche to our region of the country.  Todd will be providing us with a horsemanship clinic/demonstration at our Networking Event.

"Todd Meche has an uncanny ability to read a horse and instinctively knows how to blend the perfect concoction of training methods to bring the best out in each individual animal. His approach is calm, humane, and on the money. Todd’s easy going disposition has the same effect on people too making it easy to learn from him! I highly recommend Todd and his natural “horse sense” approach." - Ginger A. Schouest, CAMELOT WILDERNESS RANCH

You can find out more about Todd Meche at his website:

Event Schedule:

8:30am - 11:30:
     Todd Meche Horsemanship Clinic

12:00 - 1:00pm
     Catered Lunch

1:00 - 2:00pm
     Bonnie Clark Seminar

2:00 - 3:00
    Open Q&A sessions with Presenters

Trail Riding at your pleasure before or after the event.

Networking Event

Sunday, August 27
Bull Run Regional Park
Centreville, VA
All participants must RSVP
Please email Jimmie Jones at


Admission at the Gate:
$35 per person
$25 for any member of any NVCEO organization
          (see the list to the left)

Children (17 and under) $15
     Children under 6 are free.

From the East:
Take I-66 to Exit 52 (Route 29) at Centreville, drive 2 miles south, turn left onto Bull Run Post Office Road and follow the NVCEO signs to the park entrance.
From the West:
Take I-66 to Exit 47 (Route 234 North) at Manassas. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 234 North. Enter the Manassas Battlefield and turn right onto Lee Hwy, Route 29 at the "Stone House".  Drive 2.2 miles  and turn left onto Bull Run Post Office Road and follow the NVCEO signs to the park entrance.
 Click Here for a Northern Virginia Parks Locator Map.

To mapquest the park, the address is:
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr,
Centreville, VA 20121

This event is a few days away.  Please RSVP email today
We need our headcounts for the catered lunch ASAP.
Day of event phone number is: 703-402-3726


Northern Virginia Coalition of Equestrian Organizations, Inc.

P.O. Box 1971

Centreville, VA  20122-1971

Jeff Shoup, President, 703-754-4981

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