Welcome to the Nevada County Horsemen
The Nevada County Horsemen features Gymkhanas, Horse Shows and Play Days, as well as other horse events from time to time. Beside events and activities, NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You’re welcome to stop in at one of our monthly meetings or events and say HOWDY!
A Brief History of the Nevada County Horsemen
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Posse served as the foundation for the Nevada County Horsemen. The Sheriff’s Posse was comprised of about 30 men. This group was considered the elite horse organization of western Nevada County. In 1950, urged by their spouses, they started to include family members in their activities. Sheriff Carl Tobiassen and his wife, Mildred, held the first meetings in their home resulting in the formation of Nevada County Horsemen, Inc. With invitations to other local horse groups, including four equestrian clubs that disbanded and reunited as the Nevada County Horsemen Inc., the new club grew in leaps and bounds. The Sheriff’s Posse remained its own organization, but some members also joined the new club.
Thus began nearly seven decades of horse shows, play days, team pennings, drill teams, trick roping, parade entries, rodeos, and fast-paced gymkhana competitions such as barrel racing. The club gradually developed into an organizational host for horse shows, producing the first sanctioned horse shows at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. In 1959, through the efforts of Elton “Bub” Tobiassen, Malcom Hammil and others, a portion of the Idaho-Maryland Mine was obtained and the current facilities developed. The clubhouse, arena, and bleachers were erected by members and dedicated in 1965.
Through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s the big annual events were the 3-Day Labor Day Trail Ride and the 4th of July BBQ and Rodeo. Many of our life-long residents grew up with NCHI as a center for rodeo, cowboys, dancing and social activities – all family oriented.
Nevada County Horsemen Today
NCHI has supported five generations of horse enthusiasts. NCHI owns 13 acres on Bubbling Wells Road in the Glenbrook Basin. There is an impressive 280x135’ arena, a 200x90’ practice arena, snack shack, and Trail’s End clubhouse with a commercial kitchen, large meeting room, and rustic, cowboy-themed bar.
Currently, NCHI is presenting horse shows, play days, and gymkhanas monthly. Another new program offered is composed of miniature horse clinics and shows.
The members have been making major improvements to their facilities, including the clubhouse, arena, and bleachers. The arena was upgraded recently and is regularly maintained. The clubhouse was renovated and updated last year as well.
Club members are also proud of their efforts in giving back to the community and regularly award to a deserving high school graduate, who plans to pursue an agricultural-related field of study, the “Mildred Tobiassen” scholarship of $500-$1000. The club also donates to the 4-H and FFA via the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair each year.
Miniature Horse Group
Folks are encouraged to join our Miniature Horse group, a division of the Nevada County Horsemen Inc. There are guest speakers and we participate and sponsor clinics, schooling shows, and activities involving the mini. Our goal is to spread the news on how wonderful the Miniature Horse is.
We meet the 1st Thursday of every month in the clubhouse at 7:00PM. You do not have to own a mini to join.