Many locals visited Sunday to honor the , an annual celebration sponsored by the . The 8th annual event kicked off with a bang as shots were fired in an old western shootout reenactment.
While many were taking advantage of the free food and refreshments, youngsters galloped over to the stick horse's booth for arts and crafts.
"I've never been here before, my aunt told me about it and we're having a great time petting the horses and seeing the shows," said Los Angeles resident Lisa Shapiro. "It's really nice."
Posters created by local students for the art competition associated with Horse Day added a hint of color to the ranch. The competition is aimed at educating youth and the public about horse safety.
"A lot of people, a lot of kids don't have any personal exposure to horses and there's no better animal," said Mary Kaufman, chair of the equestrian committee of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. "They're like large puppy dogs, so it gets the community involved."
Others missed some festivites since they were jailed by friends or loved ones who donated $1 to have a warrant issued for their arrest. Two-dollar donations were required to make bail. More than $700 from Stoney Point Jail went to the and was later presented to society co-president, André van der Valk.
"It's a really warm, spirited place; lots of nice animals and beautiful horses, and a good event for family and people to come and enjoy themselves," said Chatsworth resident Dane Norman.