The Paradise Horsemen's Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Paradise Horse Arena located on Moore Road. Paradise Horsemen’s Association, or PHA, was started in 1989 when a local lady by the name of Patti Dorsey heard that there was a plan to demolish the arena and use the area for other recreational purposes. Patti then dedicated her time and energy to rally the horse owners in Paradise, Magalia, and surrounding areas to show the Park District what a valuable asset Paradise Horse Arena is to the community.
As a nonprofit organization, we offer many different types of horse activities for both the membership and the community as well. Paradise Horsemen's Association continues to grow by offering many different types of shows, training clinics, as well as holding community events. In fact, every year the Paradise Horsemen's Association puts on our annual Horse Festival at the Paradise Horse Arena. This event is a popular, well-attended event with horsemen from our association showcasing their different riding styles and various breeds of horses here in our community. Outside of the arena is our awesome snack bar and a petting zoo for everyone to enjoy.
Paradise Horsemen's Association conducts fund raisers throughout the year. These may be raffles or sponsored trail rides. Proceeds from these are used to either support our local community, as in providing assistance for those fire victims in 2008 or helping out less fortunate families during the holiday season, to helping nationally recognized charities, such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital by sponsoring a Saddle Up ride or the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The Paradise Horsemen's Association has also offered a $500.00 scholarship to the youth of the local community.