Gold Coast Arabian Horse Association of California was formed in 1969 by Arabian horse breeders in Santa Cruz and Monterey. They started with several clinics, lectures, trail rides, a tack auction and a potluck dinner; added an all Arabian horse show, as well as a contest for the Club logo. The winning design is still the Gold Coast Trademark and a source of pride for its members.
The Gold Coast Arabian Horse Association’s newsletter, Paisa Ahkbar (“Penny News”) was started in 1970. In 1985 Gold Coast Arabians acquired its own charter.
Over the years the GCAHA Class A show which has focused on the amateur exhibitors, became a favorite show for many, providing a fun weekend of classes and events. The show grounds are a short drive to the beach and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and wharf. The show date moved from August to June providing exhibitors another venue in time to qualify for the Region 3 Championship show in July. The class schedule was also opened up to all three days of open and amateur classes, including trail and reining classes.
Current activities for the Club include group participation in local parades, club promotion at area equine fairs, hosted trail rides, clinics, and special club outings. GCAHA also has an Achievement Program wherein members can earn points towards rewards while enjoying and having fun with their lovely Arabians. Monthly board meetings and committee meetings are open to members and their guests.
Gold Coast Arabian Horse Association’s goal is to promote and enjoy the beauty and versatility of the Arabian Horse. We encourage our members to invite other Arabian horse lovers to join GCAHA.