TRAILS CLOSED

Due to the rain, the trails will be closed through the weekend.

Winter Horse Camp

Session 1: December 21-23
Session 2: December 27-30
Session 3: January 2-4
Hours: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Our Winter Horse Camps will again be offered by Hayden Riding School. This is a great opportunity for children to grow during winter break and for parents to have a little extra time during the busy holiday season. The camp is geared toward ages five through twelve. There is space for up to 16 campers per session with campers divided into smaller riding groups. Each day, campers will groom, tack, and ride horses. Participating is a great way to learn skills, safety, and responsibility while fostering a lifelong love of horses. You may read more about our camps at mickeyhayden.com. Please call (949) 448-0823 to register.

Horse-O-Ween

Our Horse-O-Ween event was held last Saturday at the Equestrian Center.  We enjoyed our riders in costumes, rode through a fun obstacle course and played some fun games. Thank you to Lion’s Heart who provided us with some youth volunteers to set up and take down the decorations.  Thank you also to all who attended.  Lastly, we hope all of our Nellie Gail Ranch families enjoyed a safe and fun Halloween evening last night!

Horse-O-Ween – Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 a.m.

This is a reminder to join us at the Equestrian Center this Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 a.m. for our annual Horse-O-Ween event. The festivities will begin with a costume contest followed by fun Halloween activities. Please contact Charee Jones, Equestrian Center Manager, with any questions at 949-371-1595.

Equestrian Easement Trail Maintenance

Trail maintenance can take many forms. This week we found an active beehive along Saddleback View Trail. Despite the cooling weather, these bees were very active. To maintain a safe trail and to show respect for our natural Nellie Gail Ranch environment, we brought in Alberta the Beekeeper who provides honeybee rescue and relocation. Here is Alberta (949-646-2606) rescuing the queen and relocating the hive.

Annual Horse-O-Ween Event

An annual favorite for equestrians and equine enthusiasts of all ages, Horse-O-Ween is here! It will take place on Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 am. Start preparing your costumes and come join the fun!

The costume contest will kick off the festivities, followed by fun Halloween themed activities. We encourage riders and spectators of all ages to attend our most fun and festive equestrian event of the year!

For more information, please contact Equestrian Center Manager, Charee Jones at 949-371-1595 or chareej@nelliegailranch.org

Equestrian Center Maintenance

Competitive dressage involves progressively difficult movements that must be performed by the horse and rider. Each movement is scored by a judge. Dressage competitors use mirrors to evaluate how they and their horse are doing. The Equestrian Center Dressage Arena has nine 8′ x 7′ mirrors along the West end of the arena. Unique amenities require unique repair solutions. This week we replaced wood on the dressage frame to properly support the mirrors.

Cabot Arena Footing

The Cabot Arena footing was replaced last week. This arena off Cabot Road is accessible via trail heads on Hitching Rail & Cabot, Nellie Gail Road & Cabot or Hitching Rail & Prairiestone. Cabot Arena is watered daily and groomed three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.