Nellie Gail Ranch Operations In Response to State Executive Order

Consistent with the stay at home Executive Order we are prioritizing essential services.  The Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis and Swim Center and Association office have been closed and will re-open upon approval of the state.

The Executive Order may be viewed on the following link:

We request you defer submittal of architectural improvement applications and Notices of Completion until we resume full operations.

Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center staff are providing essential services in the care of our boarder’s horses and will continue to work. We will work with our Association vendors to provide service for urgent needs.  Anything that is not deadline sensitive, health and safety or property damage related will be deferred until normal operations resume.  The Executive Order did not provide an end date so we will be monitoring.

Many of our staff are performing critical time-sensitive functions from home and we are monitoring vendors to be sure that critical maintenance continues to be performed as needed. If you have any questions or concerns during our office closure you may reach me at If you have an urgent or emergency need you may reach General Manager Brian Mitchell by cell phone at 949-395-0742.

Equestrian Center Clubhouse

This week we completed the Equestrian Center Clubhouse reserve projects that replaced the patio cover and sliding glass door and expanded the deck to include a handicapped ramp for improved accessibility. The new three-panel pocket door provides 10 feet of access to the deck that has a solid alumawood cover.

The reserve funds used for these projects were funded by boarding fees with no assessment contribution.

We look forward to providing our Equestrian clients with a nice area to gather and socialize.

Cabot Arena

After some feedback regarding the Cabot Arena footing depth we have reduced it a bit and re-groomed.  Come on out and enjoy our freshly dragged Cabot Arena.

Memorial Tree

Hayden / Clarke and equestrian friends of Rose Schwary donated this Orchid tree to commemorate the recent passing of Lady, Rose’s horse who has boarded at our Equestrian Center for almost 20 years. This tree overlooks Lady’s home stall and the arena she enjoyed training in.


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 Please call (949) 448-0823 to register.


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.