Novato Horsemen has been a part of the Marin County community since 1942 and was incorporated in 1945. It co-sponsored Novato's original "Western Weekend Parade & Rodeo" until 1978, which was the largest attended affair in Novato. The club is currently one of the largest horsemen associations in California but unfortunately, it is also one of the last remaining active horse clubs in a county which once hosted many barns and stables. As land values skyrocket, Novato Horsemen members strive to withstand "progress" to keep Novato and Marin County's horse heritage alive for future generations of children and adults.

The club, which consists of over 300 senior and junior members from the five surrounding Northern Bay Area counties, currently participates in a variety of cattle events, trail rides, and social affairs, as well as horsemanship education at the Horsemen's own facility. Horse owner or not, most activities are open to all within the community. Membership dues are kept low so anyone can participate. Members also donate their time to all activities, as well as maintaining the clubhouse facilities, arenas and grounds. 


Novato Horsemen History

Novato Historian 2019 article about our club!  << click here to read a great article on the history of Novato Horsemen

Click here for information on how to join Novato Horsemen!
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And check out our new Instagram account:  Novato Horsemen Inc. 

                          Current Main Arena status: Open

If your horse creates ruts or divots in the arena when turned out or while riding,

 please rake and smooth out the footing before leaving.  

Also, don’t forget to pick up any manure to keep our arena clean!

Reminder, you must carry your membership card when on the NHI grounds.

For everyone's safety All Dogs must be kept on a leash with the exception of the caretaker's dogs. 

The round pen and small arena are always open.
But check the club calendar for arena rentals before hauling in to ride!
Always be careful and check footing first before working your horse.

Tuesday July 2nd is our next 
General Meeting and Parade Preparations 
4 pm decorate flatbed for July 4th parade
6:30 pm Barbecue dinner / potluck
Hamburgers and hotdogs provided 
Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert!
Jim Williams and Greg Millhorn are the volunteer chefs. 

General meeting at 7:30 (new member introductions go first!)


 Novato Stars Horse Show April  14th
was lots of fun! Check the activities page for photos!!

Driving Clinic part II on October 21st 
We had perfect weather and learned so much!
Ground driving, proper fit of harness, how to prepare for your horse 
(or pony, or donkey or  mini) to pull a cart. 


Click the link below to see some great pictures from the 
Novato 4th of July Parade 2018!! Please join us in 2019.

Scenes from the Ranch Cow Work session on Thursday nights:

Our next Novato Stars Horse Show will be June 30th! 

Here are scenes from previous years!  
Mari Turvey on My Little Deuce Coupe 
Flying over the fence!
Photo by Earl McCowen