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The Paso Robles Optimist Club is an active service organization dedicated to helping North County youth. We are preparing for our 1st Annual Optimist Derby, Stick Horse Race which will be held Sunday, October 3, 2021, at the Rio Seco Winery. Doors open at 11:45 am. The first race is scheduled for 12:45 pm sharp. This event is our primary fundraiser for the year and the monies raised will go to support and fund youth activities, scholarships, and other youth needs in the Paso Robles and North County area.

The Optimist Derby will consist of up to 6 races, with six horses per race. Two different colored dice will be rolled, the first indicating the number of the individual horse to be moved, and the second indicating the number of spaces that horse will move on the track. You will be able to place $2.00 raffle bets on the horse you think will WIN, PLACE or SHOW in hopes of winning one of the many donated gift items for each race. A final race of the 6 individual race winners will occur at the end of the meet and a winner’s trophy will be given to the overall winner, recognizing you as the Optimist Derby Champion. There will also be a Grand Prize drawing for the winning bettors after the final race.

There are 3 options available for attending/contributing to this event:

 1) We invite you to purchase/sponsor a racehorse which you will decorate, name, and turn in prior to the event. (Horse cutout and paint will be provided with your purchase).

2) Purchase a ticket for the event and come and enjoy the day with friends, good food, raffle betting, and entertainment.


3) Donate an item, gift certificate, or basket for our raffle.


Beer and soda will be sold separately. Wine sales are provided by Rio Seco Winery.


There will also be prizes for the Best Decorated Horse, Best Derby Hat, and Best Dressed Derby Day Attendee.

We invite you to please consider attending this exciting and entertaining “Day at the Races.“Corporate tables are available upon request. This event is a great way to have a lot of fun with friends and neighbors, while benefiting North County Youth! Derby Day attire is welcomed and encouraged! Thank you in advance for your support of the Paso Robles Optimist Club and North County youth.