Pumpkin Decorating and Carving Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest! The submissions were so creative and fun. Look for your prizes at your front door this weekend. Thank you to Melody and Associates for sponsoring this spooky event. Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Equestrian Center Host to Evacuated Horses

Our Equestrian Center was privileged to host four horses evacuated from the Silverado Fire this week. Oakie and Booger returned home today after a three-day stay. Gracie and Crusader (Pictured) remain in our Sun Pens safe and cared for.

The evacuations were coordinated by San Juan Capistrano Large Animal Response Team (LART), an organization that provides training and resources to safely evacuate large animals during emergency situations. In addition, Doris Bryant one of our Equestrian Center boarders and a Hayden / Clarke Sporthorses trainer, volunteered with her daughter to transport other horses away from the fires during the first and most critical night of the fires. Volunteers with horse trailers made the difficult journey past checkpoints to enter the evacuation zone. They were then directed to homes that required assistance loading frightened animals in trailers and evacuating them to safety. Through the combined efforts of organizations like LART, transport volunteers, and private and commercial boarding facilities, many horses were safely evacuated from the fires and sheltered and cared for until ready to return home.

Emergency Preparedness Awareness Training November 10, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

The Nellie Gail Ranch Emergency Preparedness Committee is hosting a meeting via ZOOM to share how to prepare your emergency kit, shut off gas and water, and what to do during an emergency. The training session will be hosted on November 10th at 7:30 p.m. by Dr. Kenneth S. Cheng, author of The Pony Express Emergency Preparedness articles. All homeowners and residents are welcome to attend.

Topic: Emergency Preparedness Training
Time: Nov 10, 2020 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85787471014?pwd=Vk50U3Z2OG9ZS3Jac3N0T1NIWGhrUT09

Dial in #: 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 857 8747 1014
Passcode: 689324

Wind Event Caution

With the first high winds of the season upon us please be sure to secure pool toys, lawn furniture pads, umbrellas, and anything else that may blow away.  We urge timely action on behalf of equestrians who may be startled by blowing debris.  We recommend staying off the trails today until the wind dies down.

Please notify us at admin@nelliegailranch.org or by text to 949-933-8546 if you see downed trees or large branches.  Send a photo and a description of the location.

Regarding clean-up, after a wind like we have today, the clean-up can take two weeks.  The following is our clean-up priority:

  1. Downed trees blocking streets
  2. Downed trees blocking trails
  3. Fallen branches removed from parks, arenas, streetscapes, and trails
  4. Equestrian Center, Tennis and Swim Center debris removal
  5. Debris removal from streetscapes and planters
Be careful if outside today!


Nellie Gail Road Equestrian Crossings

Continue reading below to see how you can be of help.
Input Requested

The Nellie Gail Ranch Trails & Safety Committee, with the support of the Equestrian Committee and certain concerned Nellie Gail Ranch Residents, have initiated discussions with the City of Laguna Hills regarding safety concerns with pedestrian and equestrian crossings on Nellie Gail Road (connecting Moulton to Oso), with a particular focus on the pedestrian/equestrian crossing at the entrance to the Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center and Nellie Gail Road at Empty Saddle. The goal is to determine what further safety mechanisms, if any, can be implemented to slow the flow of traffic on this particular stretch of Nellie Gail Road and prevent “near misses” or accidents that could be hazardous to pedestrians, riders, and/or horses.

The City of Laguna Hills will be reviewing this matter over the next several months and has requested our help to collect certain data. To that end, if anyone encounters, or has encountered, a safety concern when crossing Nellie Gail Road by the Equestrian Center or when crossing Nellie Gail Road by Empty Saddle, or in any other locations in Nellie Gail Ranch, please report such incidents via the below link or by emailing admin@nelliegailranch.org. To submit a report please click on the following link and identify your name, the date of the incident, a brief description of the incident, and your relationship to Nellie Gail Ranch (resident, guest, equestrian instructor, equestrian boarder, etc.). Thank you in advance for your “near miss” reports as we collaborate with the City to make our streets safer for everyone!

Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Crossings Form

Swim Center Lost and Found

Swim Center lost and found items will be on display until Monday, October 26, 2020.

Lost and found items include the following:

Beach Towels
Water bottles
Swim caps

All unclaimed items will be discarded on Tuesday morning, October 27, 2020

Next Board Meeting

Below is a link to the agenda for the Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Open Session Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Due to the ongoing restriction against public gatherings, we will be unable to conduct our Open Session Board Meeting at the Clubhouse. However, we are implementing technology to invite your participation at Open Homeowner Forum via teleconference using zoom.us.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81834303322?pwd=azJOQ2plbk50eWdheHlPYThyZ3NQQT09

Dial-in #:  669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 818 3430 3322
Passcode: 492321

Open Session Agenda 10-20-2020

Solar Panel Cleaning at the Clubhouse

We took the opportunity this week to clean our solar panels of the recent fire ash and accumulated construction dust.  The days may be getting shorter but with our freshly cleaned panels, we are looking forward to improved efficiency for the rest of the year.  Our solar panels installed in 2012 continue to offset energy costs.  The initial investment has been offset by approximately 67% with savings to date and we find our annual savings totals have also increased over the years due to the yearly escalation of energy costs.

Come Flow with Us

Introducing DP Yoga at Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club! DP Tennis Academy is excited to now be offering yoga classes to yogis of all ages and abilities, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with our newly appointed instructor Debbie Watkins.

Debbie will be running two daily classes at 6:45 AM and 8 AM starting October 19th, so come and join us on the pickleball courts for a 60-minute outdoor yoga flow and start your day right.

Book Now

To reserve your spot in class, please follow the booking link above or contact us at emily@danapointtennis.com (949) 302-8281.

Drop-in rates for class are $18/hr with discounts available for package bookings. 

Little Free Library

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

We are so excited to announce that Nellie Gail Ranch has signed up with the nonprofit organization Little Free Library. If you walk or ride bikes in neighboring communities, I’m sure you’ve seen a Little Free Library house.

Little Free Library was started in 2009 with the goal of promoting literacy and the joy of reading. Since then, 100,000 Little Free Libraries can be found all around the world. The idea is to share books and the joy of reading with your neighbors by Giving a Book, Taking a Book.

Our Nellie Gail Ranch Little Free Library is installed close to the entrance of our clubhouse. Next time you are looking for a new book to read, come on down to the clubhouse and see what new books are of interest in our Little Free Library. Bring a book that you have enjoyed and would love to share and, in turn, exchange it with a new book.

If you’re interested to learn more about Little Free Library and how this nonprofit got started, please visit www.littlefreelibrary.org