California Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Schedule

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THANK YOU for checking out California's wild horse & burro adoption schedule.  The schedule will change as event dates are added, please check back frequently or call the contact numbers listed with the events for more information. We hope to see you at an adoption!

If you cannot make it to one of the adoptions listed below, you can visit our Litchfield or Ridgecrest Corrals Monday through Friday during business hours.  If you wish to adopt during your visit, please schedule an appointment so we may provide you better service.  If you would like, you can fill out your adoption application prior to arrival.  You can also fill out the adoption form at the adoption event.

IMPORTANT NOTES:   Adoptions are open from 8 am to 5 pm on the day of the adoption. The bidding begins at 9 am, except as noted.  Previews are listed below.  For all adoptions, after the silent bidding has concluded, any remaining animals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Redlands satellite adoption facility is now open by appointment only .  
Please call 760-384-5765 to schedule a convenient appointment to adopt your next horse or burro at the Redlands facility.


The Ridgecrest Corrals can make appointments for weekend adoptions.  Please call 760-384-5765 to set up a weekend appointment to adopt a horse or burro! If you would like to view the animals, the perimeter road around the corrals is always open for viewing.  Bring your binoculars and a notepad to write down your favorite animals' numbers.




Event Information

Number of 

Contact Phone

March 12Apple Valley

Extreme Cowboy Race
Double 6 Ranch
23722 Yucca Loma Road
9 am -5 pm
First come, first served

Up to 8 horses
Up to 16 burros
some gentled
March 19-20Angels Camp

Backcountry Horsemen's Rendezvous
Calaveras County Fairgrounds
2465 Gun Club Road

Up to 40 animals800-545-4256
 May 13-15 San DimasSan Dimas Rodeo
Tex Shoemaker Arena
301 Horsethief Canyon Road
Up to 40 animals800-951-8720
May 21Temecula

34215 DePortola Road
Horses may be previewed at the adoption location
starting May 12, by appointment only.  Please 
949-337-5685 or email
 to schedule a preview appointment

Up to 10 two-year-old horses, 
2 of which are gentled
June 12SacramentoWestern States Horse Expo
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd
12 pm at the Strong Arena (next to Bldg C)
Applications at the booth (Bldg B)
Up to 7 saddle trained 
horses by RCCC inmates
June 11-12Santa RosaSonoma County Fairgrounds
Chris Beck Arena
1350 Bennett Road
Up to 40 animals800-545-4256
June 11-12Valley CenterIndian Hill Ranch
16120 Woods Valley Road
Up to 40 animals800-951-8720
Aug 20-21Grass ValleyNevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Up to 40 animals800-545-4256

 Sept 10

Elk GroveRio Cosumnes Correctional Center
12500 Bruceville Road
Up to 10 saddle trained animals800-545-4256