Fresno County Horse Park (FCHP) was founded as Ram Tap in 1957 and is the second oldest continuously operating 3 Day Eventing facility in the United States. FCHP was started as Ram Tap by Pat and Marian Humphrey, trainers in the Fresno area who had been looking for a property where they could host Combined Training events (as Eventing was formerly known). The story goes that Pat was playing golf with some of his buddies, one of whom worked for PG&E, who said to Pat, “Hey! I’ve got an idea. PG&E owns property outside of Fresno that could be perfect for this!” And so Ram Tap was born. The name “Ram Tap” comes from Pat and Marian, as it is the first three letters of each of their names spelled backwards.
Ram Tap flourished for about 25 years under Pat and Marian, who then passed the property on to Bill Burton, who had grown up riding and working at Ram Tam. Bill and his wife Margaret ran it for another 30 years until health problems necessitated its sale in 2012. When the sale fell through, Bill announced that he was going to shut Ram Tap down. There was a loud outcry in the Eventing community and ultimately John Marshall purchased Bill’s barns and equipment and with a great group of volunteers, continued the riding facility under the new name of Fresno County Horse Park.
John and his volunteers have worked hard to make improvements to the facility and to expand events taking place at FCHP. Now, FCHP hosts four USEA recognized horse trials and one USEA combined test each year, driving shows, and hosts clinicians like Sir Mark Todd, Lucinda Green, Mary King, and Phillip Dutton. FCHP currently offers 2 dressage shows per year, one in March and one in October. Each show consists of a schooling show on Saturday and a triple rated show on Sunday.