Holiday Hours

The Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association office will be closed Monday, February 18, 2019, in observance of President’s Day.

The Tennis & Swim Club will have normal hours, from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.

February 19th Board Meeting – Association Clubhouse

The regularly scheduled February 19th Board Meeting was previously noticed for the Equestrian Center Clubhouse.  However, we still have access to most of the Association Clubhouse space so we will instead meet at our regular location.  The meeting and Homeowner Forum will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Electric Meter Pedestals

This week the first three of ten electric meter pedestals have been replaced with stainless steel enclosures. One exciting component of this project is the opportunity to consolidate six electric meters with six irrigation controllers in dual enclosures thus reducing cabinet blight by eliminating six enclosures from the street. Look for the March 2019 issue of The Pony Express which will have before and after pictures after we complete the work.

Trail Grading / Rain Maintenance

It’s a very busy time for our trail maintenance vendor Boulder Earthwork. Following each rain, they clear mud and debris from the street that has washed off the trails. Then they evaluate the sandbags and replace or adjust as necessary. After that the v-ditches and catch basins are cleared to be ready for the next rain. Then after the sun returns and the trails dry, the weeds begin to grow and Boulder grades the ruts and weeds out of the trails. This cycle repeats throughout our 25 miles of trails each rain event throughout winter and spring.

Thank you for your patience, it does take time to get to all the trails, especially when it rains weekly as it has so far this year. Boulder has a route of priority areas that we know to look for right after heavy rains but if you are out and about on the trails and see anything that needs to be addressed, please text a photo and location to us at 949-933-8546 and we will be sure to inspect and address as needed.

Vacation Home Safety and Security Tip

Laguna Hills Police Services reports that a recent break-in appears to have been targeted as a result of trash containers being left on the street in front of the home several days after trash pick-up. This tip-off that someone may not be home resulted in a break-in and theft. Police Services requests we remind Nellie Gail Ranch homeowners to bring in their trash cans promptly and have someone pick up newspapers or flyers daily if you are going to be out of town.

This link has other tips to prevent crime:
http://www.ocsd.org/documents/sheriff/staysafe/StaySafeOCBrochureOutreach_PR.pdf

And remember, if you see anything suspicious please call 911 if an emergency or Sheriff Dispatch at 949-770-6011.

Sand Footing Available

In order to continue to provide the best footing possible in our Equestrian Center arenas, we are happy to announce that we have removed and replaced the sand footing in the Lower Arena Dressage Court!

Please contact us if you would like to have some or all of the footing we removed for your home arena. We are giving the sand away and only ask that you arrange transport. We have approximately 80 yards available on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in taking some, please contact Equestrian Center Manager Charee Jones at 949-371-1595 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 7 am-12 pm.

Pony Club Horsemasters

The South OC Pony Club is open to Nellie Gail Ranch homeowners and Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center Boarders. The South OC Pony Club is excited to announce adult horse lovers can become a Horsemaster member in Pony Club here at the Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center!

If you are over the age of 18, come out and enjoy the fun and excitement of learning new horse sports such as Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Hunter Seat Equitation, and Western. While some Horsemasters choose to work towards and gain certification, others simply enjoy the opportunity to learn while they enjoy riding with fellow equestrians. No prior horse experience is necessary! If you don’t currently own a horse, you may still participate in non-mounted meetings to learn about how to properly care for a horse.

Please HERE for more information on youth and adult programming.

Stinging Nettle & Weed Control on Trails

Stinging Nettle is one of the prevalent weeds being battled at this time by our trail crews. Weed control on the trails is occurring now through summer on the trails throughout Nellie Gail Ranch. Horses and dogs don’t usually eat stinging nettle, however, if they brush up against it while walking or lie down or roll on the plant, glassy hairs from the plant’s leaves and stems cause a skin reaction and an intensely painful stinging sensation that may last 24 hours or more. The standard practice for our trail crews is to grade the trails and spray herbicide on the nettle and other weeds along the two sides of the trail to limit regrowth.

This year we have stopped using Roundup and are using a non-toxic herbicide so we will be evaluating effectiveness this year. If you see specific areas of concern you may text a photo and location to 949-933-8546.

Equines and pets using trails should not be permitted to eat the stinging nettle or grasses or weeds in close proximity to them. Enjoy your time on the trails.

Electronic Consent Form

Please complete the attached Electronic Transmission Member Consent Form to save mailing expenses and to be Nellie Gail SMART, Saving MoneyAnd Resources Today. You will benefit by receiving documents in a format you can easily save for future reference, and electronic delivery will further reduce the mass mailing costs for budgets, the annual audit and other applicable documents. Last August the budget was mailed to the membership on a CD-ROM saving over 45,000 pages of printed paper resulting in a 27% reduction of mailing costs. Electronic transmission results in a savings of 100% of the mailing costs! Please help us to efficiently use your financial resources by clicking the link and filling out the form.

The Electronic Consent Form can be found by clicking here.

Sheriff’s Patrol Update

The Orange County Sheriffs have ongoing mounted patrols on trails scheduled this month to maintain a presence in the community as a deterrent. Over the holidays they successfully detained an individual on a City trail with outstanding warrants so the patrols are effective and the additional effort being made on the communities behalf is appreciated.