General Announcements, Notices & Public Safety

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | January 14, 2022


This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on January 14, 2022

Nellie Gail Ranch Board Meeting

Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 7:30PM. View the Open Session Agenda below.

View Open Session Agenda

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 897 5955 6217

Dial in #: 669 900 6833

Passcode: 741209

Event Notices

Due to rising COVID cases, the Bee Keeping Seminar scheduled on January 19th is postponed. Additionally, the EPC Water Preservation Training session scheduled for January 20th has also been postponed. We will reschedule both at a more convenient time.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | January 7, 2022


This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on January 7, 2022

January Pony Express

The January Pony Express is here. No need to wait for the newsletter to reach your mailbox, read the January Issue online today!

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Association Clubhouse Restroom Renovation

The following is an update on our construction schedule for the restrooms and bar. Work on the Swim Center restrooms is substantively complete and nearly ready to open. Unfortunately the restroom partitions remain on backorder until February. In order to commence work on the Tennis Center restrooms we have installed temporary partitions in the Swim Center restrooms. Demo on the Tennis Center restrooms will commence Monday.

Meanwhile, we are making progress working on the bar and kitchen buildout. All below ground interior plumbing is complete and the foundation trenches re-poured. Electrical and drywall will soon follow. Appliances are on their way and we have a tentative completion date of the first week of February.

Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these Clubhouse projects that we are confident will enhance the value of your ownership!!

EPC Training and Bee Keeping Seminar Postponed

Due to rising COVID cases, the Bee Keeping Seminar scheduled on January 19th is postponed. Additionally, the EPC Water Preservation Training session scheduled for January 20th has also been postponed. We will reschedule both at a more convenient time.

Speed Table Installation Survey

Survey Regarding Possible Speed Table Installation on Nellie Gail Road Between Empty Saddle Drive and Oso Parkway

Throughout 2021 the Trails & Safety Committee has been working with the City of Laguna Hills Traffic Commission to improve safety of crossings on Nellie Gail Road in proximity to the Equestrian Center. To date, crossing markings have been painted on the street by the city at the Nellie Gail Road @ Rocking Horse crossing and the Association aligned fence openings with the painted crossing. The city also installed an additional Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) on the median in front of the Equestrian Center to supplement the existing beacons on both sides of the crossing.

We have requested the City to consider installing speed tables which differ from speed bumps and speed humps by having a lower profile and a longer travel width (see above graphic). The purpose would be to serve as a traffic calming device to reduce speed in proximity to the equestrian crossing adjacent to the Equestrian Center. We have previously solicited input from the community and received reports of ongoing concern related to speed of vehicles at this location and driver inattention to the crossing beacons. Increased enforcement has resulted in a number of speed citations but overall speed compliance does not seem to have increased. The city does not currently have a budget in place to fund the installation but the Traffic Commission is evaluating our request and considering feasibility. One of the criteria that Nellie Gail Ranch would need to meet is approval of 67% of the affected residents of the street and adjacent streets to support implementation. The attached map reflects the proposed area of homes the city would require to vote.

We are currently seeking input from all of our homeowners via this survey to determine support for, or identify concerns associated with, the proposed installation of “speed tables”, also referenced by the city as a “raised intersection”. We have not finalized a location for the speed tables. It could be a raised intersection at the Equestrian Center crossing or it could be located some amount of distance prior to arriving at the crossing. The purpose of the survey is NOT to finalize a vote on this matter. That would come at a later date when the details are ready to be submitted to the affected residents. The purpose of this survey is to determine support and/or concerns so we can better know how to pursue safer crossings with the city.

Please click here to complete the survey by Thursday, January 13th via the following link to provide your input.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | December 31, 2021


This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on December 31, 2021

Holiday Hours of Operation

The Recreation Center Tennis & Swim Club will close at noon Friday, December 31st and will be closed all-day New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1st. The Club will be open on Sunday, January 2, 2022. The Association Business Office will be closed Friday, December 31st.

Mountain Lion Sighting

We received a credible report of a mountain lion spotted in the backyard of a property on the west side of Lost Colt Drive approximately 1 a.m. the morning of December 29, 2021. According to the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife (CADFW), mountain lions may be attracted to the community by the horse and farm animal population. In light of this reported encounter, please keep a close eye on your horses, alpacas, goats, dogs and chickens.

Please report any mountain lion or bobcat sightings to the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife at (858) 467-4201 or file a Wildlife Incident Report (WIR) at If your encounter with any wildlife is an emergency, call 911.

Filing a Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR): The WIR System assigns a designated “Investigator” based on the geographic location of the wildlife incident reported. The Investigator may be a Department Biologist or Wildlife Officer (warden) who will receive general notification by email of an assigned WIR incident. Department staff strive to respond to all WIRs in a timely manner.

The below link provides some additional information regarding Mountain Lions:

Trails Closed Due to Rain

Trails are currently closed through the weekend due to rain. Please do not schedule feed or hay deliveries while the trails are wet. Every year we get one or two drivers who think they can beat the odds and it turns into an ordeal to offload and wait for the trails to be dry enough to send out a rescue. We do not send a general re-opening notice because our 25 miles of trails dry at different rates.

If you are not sure about your specific trail condition, please contact Jeff Hinkle at 949-425-1477 and he will inspect and evaluate.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | December 24, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on December 24, 2021

Hop in your car and view the winners of this year’s Holiday Decorating Contest! There were so many beautifully decorated homes this year it was hard to choose!

Each winner will receive a yard sign and a gift package provided by Anvil Real Estate / Melody Smith & Associates. Photos of the winning homes will also be featured in the January issue of the Pony Express.

Thank you to our Contributing Sponsor,
Thank you to all participants who decked their stalls. We have some winners for the Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center Annual Stall Decoration Contest: LYRICAL (1st place – decorated by Amber Clark), WHINNIE (2nd place – decorated by Nicole Bhathal), and MARKO POLO (3rd place – decorated by Jennifer Portnoff).
The Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association office will be closed Friday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, and Monday, December 27th, in observance of Christmas Day.

The Tennis & Swim Club will close at 12 noon Friday, December 24th, and all-day Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th. The Club will be open on Sunday, December 26, 2021, normal hours, from 6:00 am to dusk.

Holiday Home Decorating Touring Guide


Holiday Home Decorating Touring Guide

Our annual Holiday Decorating Contest participants went all out again this year! Below is a touring guide to help you enjoy all the colorful lights and sounds with family and friends as you tour the homes. Winners will be announced next week. A big thank you to all those who participated whether registered for the contest or not! You have all contributed to a very festive 2021 Holiday Season. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season during this wondrous time of year!

Nellie Gail Ranch North

The starting point is Oso Parkway at Nellie Gail Road

Go North on Nellie Gail Road and turn left on Buckboard Lane

Proceed past Stetson Place to 24802 Buckboard (on your left)

Continue and as Buckboard becomes Buckskin look for 24891 Buckskin Dr. (on your left)

Continue to 25071 Buckskin Dr. (on your right)

Proceed to Broken Bit Ln. Turn Right.

Continue to 26542 Broken Bit Ln. on cul-de-sac

Return to Buckskin Dr. Turn Right

Continue to Nellie Gail Road. Turf Left.

Continue to Mustang. Turn Left.

Proceed to Farrier Circle. Turn Right.

Proceed to Anvil Circle. Turn Right.

Continue to 25111 Anvil Circle on cul-de sac.

Return to Mustang Drive. Turn Right.

Proceed to Red Corral. Turn right.

Proceed to 26141 Red Corral and 26131 Red Corral (on your left)

Proceed to Nellie Gail Road. Turn Left.

Continue to 25522 Nellie Gail Road (on your right)

Make an immediate left on Gallup Circle.

Proceed to 25326 Gallup Circle (on your left)

Turn and return to Nellie Gail Road. Turn left.

Continue to 25731 Nellie Gail Road (on your left)

Proceed to Sherriff Road drive to the cul-de-sac and return to Nellie Gail Road. Turn Right.

Proceed to Glen Canyon Drive. Turn left.

25955 Glen Canyon Drive is 1st house on the right.

25972 Glen Canyon Drive is 2nd house on the left.

Continue to High Plains Terrace. Turn left.

Proceed to 25762 High Plains Terrace (on your right)

Return to Glen Canyon Drive. Turn left.

Make immediate left on Mt. Diablo Rd.

Proceed to 26172 Mount Diablo Rd. (on your left)

Proceed to cul-de-sac and return to Glen Canyon Drive. Turn left.

Continue to Bridlewood Drive. Turn right.

Proceed to 26192 Bridlewood Drive (on your right)

Continue to 26162 Bridlewood Drive (on your right)

Continue up Bridlewood Drive which turns into Nellie Gail Road

Continue down Nellie Gail Road to Oso Parkway

Cross Oso Parkway to the south side of Nellie Gail Ranch where many more decorated homes await viewing!

Nellie Gail Ranch South

Continue to your first left at Empty Saddle Dr. Turn left.

Proceed to 25422 Empty Saddle Dr. (on your left)

Take either cul-de-sac to the left or right and return to Nellie Gail Road. Turn left.

Proceed to 25041 Nellie Gail Road (on your right)

Continue to Lost Colt Dr. Turn left.

Proceed to 27212 Lost Colt Dr. (on your left)

Continue to 27322 Lost Colt Dr. (on your left)

Continue around Lost Colt Dr. which loops and turns into Westridge Ln.

Continue to Lost Colt. Turn left.

Take the 1st right back onto Nellie Gail Road.

Proceed to Hidden Trail Road. Turn right.

Continue to Wagon Wheel Circle. Turn left.

Proceed to 25401 Wagon Wheel Circle (on your left)

Proceed around the cul-de-sac and return to Hidden Trail Rd. Turn left.

At the stop sign turn left which is still Hidden Trail Rd.

Take your 1st left onto Lone Pine Circle.

Proceed to 25481 and 25511 Lone Pine Circle (on your left)

Return to Hidden Trail Rd. Turn left.

Follow Hidden Trail Rd past Pinestrap Circle as it loops to the left.

Proceed to 27796 Hidden Trail Rd. (on your left)

Exit through Greenfield and enjoy dinner or treats at The Center in Rancho Niguel

We hope you enjoy your tour!!

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | December 17, 2021


This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on December 17, 2021

Rain and Wind Event Caution

With the first rains and 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 on windy days.

Regarding clean-up after rain and wind like we had this week, the clean-up can take two weeks. The following is our clean-up priority:

Downed trees blocking streets

Downed trees blocking trails

Fallen branches removed from parks, arenas, streetscapes and trails

Equestrian Center, Tennis and Swim Center debris removal

Debris removal from streetscapes and planters

When walking beneath trees, keep your eyes up to see if there are broken hanging branches. Please notify us at or by text to 949-933-8546 if you see downed trees or large branches. Send a photo and description of the location.

Lap Pool Closure

The Lap Pool will be CLOSED for major repairs to the filtration system on Wednesday and Thursday, December 22nd & 23rd.

The closure will start on Wednesday, December 22nd at 9:00am.

The pool is scheduled to reopen on Friday, December 24th at 6:00am.

Santa and Mrs. Claus Came to Visit Nellie Gail Ranch!

Saturday, December 11 was a wonderful and sunny morning filled with Christmas cheer at the Clubhouse. Many families arrived in holiday attire and excited to take photos and share their wish lists with our beautiful Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the fireplace. There were a lot of creative kids making crafts, and everyone enjoyed the train rides. The children received bells to wear upon entry, and there was plenty of hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies for all to enjoy. Many thanks to our Contributing Sponsor, Anvil Real Estate/Melody Smith & Associates and to everyone who donated a gift for Toys for Tots. Happy Holidays to you and your family, and may the New Year be filled with happiness and good health.

Pony Express Advertising Opportunities

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | December 10, 2021


Architectural Guidelines & Forms (Exhibit Forms, Site Plan, etc.)

Architectural Guidelines & Forms:

Typically, submittals must be received 10 business days prior to the review meeting.  Architectural review meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month via Zoom.  Call the Association office at 949-425-1477 for confirmation of meeting date, deadlines, and submittal requirements – currently only digital plans are required.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | December 3, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on December 3, 2021

Pet Safety

One of our owners pets was injured this week in the park by an off leash pet. Please be a good and responsible neighbor by maintaining control of your pet while in parks and on trails. Additionally, people with and without pets are sometimes unsure of a dogs intention and can become fearful when approached on a trail or in a community park by an off leash dog. The below flyer from Mission Viejo Animal Services has information regarding the leash law and pet safety.

Toys for Tots

Visit with Santa

Holiday Home Decorating

Advertising Opportunity