Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 7, 2011

'Horse, of Course' exhibit at Alviso Adobe

Shows importance of horse as Pleasanton, Tri-Valley developed

by Jeb Bing

"The Horse, of Course!" an exhibit now open in the dairy barn at the Alviso Adobe Community Park on Foothill Road, offers the public a view of the role horses played in the development of the Tri-Valley.

The exhibit, which will last through Jan. 31, was curated by the Museum On Main and includes photographs, objects and documents to demonstrate the importance of the horse in the Valley's history. Children may also enjoy horse books, cowboy and cowgirl dress up, and the opportunity to try out tack box tools.

Horses have played an important role in the history of the Amador-Livermore Valley since their arrival with the Spaniards in the late 18th century. This unique exhibit examines the impact of horses through their work in farming, ranching, transport, athletics, and recreation.

The track at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton is home to the oldest one-mile horse racing track in the U.S. Built in the mid-1800s by Don Agustin Bernal and his sons, the racetrack became a renowned training ground over the decades and even hosted the legendary Seabiscuit for a brief period.

Alviso Adobe Community Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. "The Horse of Course!" exhibit is located in the Dairy Barn on the property, where visitors are welcome to take park self-guided tours Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park buildings (including restrooms) are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and city of Pleasanton holidays.

There is no admission fee to visit the Alviso Adobe Community Park, however, there may be fees associated with programs or workshops provided either on or off site. For more information, call 931-3483 or email


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