Proceeds for event at Knudson Training Stables to be used to pay for 4-H shows, clinics, and awards

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County 4-H youth development program’s countywide 4-H Horse Project is organizing the annual Back in the Saddle Open Horse Show as a fundraiser for the program. All breeds of horses and all riders are welcome to enter. Proceeds will directly pay for 4-H shows, clinics, and awards, with a goal of reducing or eliminating clinic and show fees for the members of 4-H horse projects in SLO County. 

There will be western, ranch, and leadline classes offered, with a Champion buckle and Reserve ribbon awarded for each division, and fun prizes for leadline riders. The event will take place at Knudson Training Stables, at 3880 Union Road in Paso Robles. Community members are invited to enter the show, to come and watch, and to sponsor awards and prizes for the show to support the 4-H Horse Project in the county. Last year over 45 riders competed at Back in the Saddle and a larger turnout is expected this year.

The San Luis Obispo County 4-H program is fundraising to cover some of the show costs and to keep more resources for the Horse Project. Opportunities include sponsoring the championship buckle and ribbons for a Division, providing items to be given away as prizes in the Champagne Pleasure classes, or by making a donation. A big thanks to Ridgeway Riding Center for sponsoring the riding arena. Find the Back in the Saddle Sponsorship form here


For more information, call or text (805) 674-5831, join their Facebook page Back in the Saddle Open Horse Show, send an email to, or check out the Back in the Saddle Information & Registration form here

The San Luis Obispo 4-H County Horse Project holds horse shows and riding clinics each year that are open to all the 4-H horse project members in SLO County. Each clinic and horse show focuses on a different riding discipline: Western, English, and Gymkhana. The 4-H members have lots of opportunities to improve their horsemanship skills and decide which type of riding they enjoy most. Riders go on to compete in the local fair 4-H horse shows during the Santa Barbara County Fair and the California Mid-State Fair. The culmination of each 4-H year is the California State Classic 4-H Horse Show. 

Feature Image: Local SLO County 4-H Horse Project members show their awards after a competition. Photo provided by SLO County 4-H Horse Project