Did you know that author Jack London was fond of horses; particularly Draft horses? Jack London loved horses and included them often in his later writings. During the early 1900’s, when horses were being displaced on farms by tractors and trucks, Jack preferred to rely on horses. At times, he had as many as 50 horses on the Beauty Ranch to do farm work and provide horseback riding vacations for his guests visiting Glen Ellen, California.
His favorite horse was a Shire named “Neuadd Hillside”, shown in the above picture with his ranch foreman.
Draft Horse Plowing Play Day at Jack London State Park
The North Coast Draft Horse and Mule Association presents the 30th annual draft horse Plowing Play Day at Jack London State Historic Park.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, California.
This family-friendly event features plowing and harnessing demonstrations, complimentary horse-drawn wagon rides, and medieval horseback Skill at Arms.
Visit with mules, Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire and Belgian draft horses and watch blacksmith work their craft.
Food will be available for picnics in the Park’s “Beauty Ranch,” home of the famous author Jack London, who also raised Shire draft horses.
The North Coast Draft Horse and Mule Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the gentle giants and preserving the art of driving a team.
Horseback Riding in Jack London Park
While I haven’t had the chance to go to Sonoma for a horseback riding vacation, equestrians and those looking to ride horseback in Glen Ellen, California may do so with Triple Creek Horse Outfit. Have you gone on a horseback riding vacation in Sonoma County, California?
If You Go:
Jack London State Historic Park (707) 938-5216
2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442