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Upcoming Events in 2016!

Please join us for these amazing events, coming up in 2016:

June 11- Farm to Table Dinner
Held at the stunning Beaumont Farms property, we're showcasing all the fabulous local bounty Marin and Sonoma counties have to offer in our inaugural Farm to Table dinner. Join us for cocktails, dinner, a silent and live auction, and more, and celebrate fresh, local, delicious offerings!
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August 3-7- Giant Steps at Sonoma Horse Park's Charity Classic
THROUGHOUT THE SHOW: 
• SPONSORSHIPS: Likely you have seen us listing the many wonderful companies and individuals who have already joined as sponsors on our Charity Classic Facebook page.100% of their sponsorship dollars go directly to Giant Steps. We are honored that they have chosen to spend their philanthropic dollars with us. If you have a chance to thank them, please do.
• SILENT AUCTION: We will be holding an auction over the course of the show. (It will also be available on-line for those of you who do not live in the vicinity.) It will include wine and dining opportunities, extraordinary sport experiences, beyond-cool horse-related lots, and much more. We will send out emails in advance so that people can preview the offerings and we will feature items on our social media as well. And for those of you with businesses, it’s not too late to donate to the auction….
• HORSE SHOW: Each day watch competitors try their hardest to win among the top caliber talent present on the show grounds.There are many exciting classes to choose from and many beautiful horses to behold.
• FABULOUS SHOPPING: Hermès and Tesla will have displays at the VIP Pavilion entry. Top vendors who supply many different types of items are also present on the show grounds for your perusal. Come visit and support them as they support Giant Steps.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING, AUGUST 5:
• JUNIOR RELAY: We will once again be holding the fabulous Junior Relay in which pony and junior riders raise money for Giant Steps, and compete in a fun obstacle course. Prizes will be awarded for teams who raise $500, $1,000, and $2,500. Prizes will also be awarded for the team with the best time on the obstacle course, the team that raises the most money, and the team with the most winning attitude. Wells Fargo has generously offered a $15,000 challenge grant to match funds raised in July. Details will follow soon, but be prepared to see pony and junior riders approach you in the coming weeks, and watch your email for our Giant Steps riders’ request for support.
• CALCUTTA AUCTION: On Friday evening, after the Junior Relay, we will be holding a Calcutta auction, which is a fun and engaging event where attendees bid, auction style, on the team (riders are paired up to form teams solely for bidding purposes) they think will win Saturday night’s Grand Prix. If either member of the team wins the Grand Prix, the bidder who won that team’s auction lot wins a portion of the pot. The monies raised are divided among the winners and Giant Steps. If for no other reason, you should come to see Ned Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables serve as the Calcutta auctioneer (thanks Ned!).
• JUNIOR/AMATEUR VERSUS PROFESSIONALS BATTLE CLASS: After imploring men to participate in the Battle of the Sexes class for years on end, we redesigned this year’s battle class to be between Junior/Amateur riders and Professionals. Imagine the bragging rights if you were to beat your trainer…This will be one fiercely fun class to watch!
The VIP Pavilion will be open to all on Friday afternoon and evening and we will serve complimentary Brazilian food and drink in honor of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. No ticket price, but be prepared to raise your paddle at the Calcutta auction!

SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST 6:
• GRAND PRIX: Sit in the bleachers or along the Petaluma River to watch some of the best horse and rider combinations around compete for a $40,000 purse over large fences at high speed. Cheer on the riders on your Calcutta team and cross your fingers one of them wins so you can win too!
• LIP SYNC BATTLE OF THE BARNS: Following the Grand Prix, spectators, riders, trainers, grooms, and friends should be prepared to entertain and be entertained at the Battle of the Barns Lip Sync Contest. Entry is free and besides a great time will include light snacks, beer and wine. For a modest fee you can self-nominate, OR, for a higher fee, you can nominate others. (We have not yet determined the fee to cancel a nomination. It’s not too late to join the event committee to have influence over that.) So pull out your records and CD’s (adults), or play lists (juniors), and start practicing. All funds raised go to support Giant Steps.

For questions in the short-term, email Beth. For questions during the show, visit us under the lattice by the food. We will be the ones with the cool new logo.

August 18-21- PATH On Site Workshop & Certification
See this flier for details and registration information.

October 10- 4th Annual Golf Tournament
Participants will enjoy fun competitions, a reception and auction, and prizes for best score, closest to the pin and longest drive. Stay in touch via our newsletter for announcements!
 


Harvest Barn Dance was a stomping success!

Our inaugural Harvest Barn Dance not only was a great time for all with whiskey tasting, beer sampling and a sumptuous dinner, but also raised more than $30,000 for Giant Steps!

Read about the fun and success!

 


 

Giant Steps Golf Tournament a Success!

On June 8, 2015, we had our 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Sonoma Golf Club. Although it was the hottest day of the year, it didn't stop anyone from having a good time and helping us to raise over $54,000. With greetings from Sunny, one of our 1,000 pound therapists, horse shoe tee markers and generous sponsors, we managed to raise enough to build a new caregiver gathering place and have some left over for operations. Thank you to all the golfers who participated, and special thanks to the committee chairs - Ronn & Kristin Loewenthal and Alex Witherill.

 

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