This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | August 6, 2021

Nellie Gail Ranch Olympian: Anicka Delgado

Nellie Gail Ranch resident, Anicka Delgado, just returned from the Tokyo Olympics where she swam for Ecuador. Coached by her two-time Olympian father and owner of Evolution Racing Club, Felipe Delgado, Anicka swam in the Women’s 50m and 100m Freestyle. We are so proud of Anicka’s determination, dedication, and success!

More to come about Anicka’s Olympic journey next month in the September Issue of the Pony Express.

Special Board Meeting August 12, 2021 at 6 PM (Via Zoom)

A special budget workshop has been scheduled to review and adopt the 2021-22 budget and 2021-22 reserve study. The meeting will be held Thursday, August 12th at 6:00 PM via ZOOM (no in person meeting due to CDC guidance). An executive session meeting will also be held to review the staff budget and consider approval of a contractor for the restroom reserve project and bar/kitchen capital project.


Zoom Meeting Link:

Dial in# 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 882 1045 6762

Passcode: 742634

Graffiti Vandalism

We had extensive vandalism this past weekend at the Gallup Park gazebo, the trail behind Gallup Park, a homeowner wall on Flintlock, and the city La Paz tunnel. It appears the tagging was done by the same individual(s). We have reported the vandalism to the sheriff and the city.

Our mobile patrol security vehicle is keeping a watch but we need the watchful attention of our homeowners too.

  • If you see anything currently in progress please call 9-1-1.
  • If you see anything suspicious, please report to sheriff dispatch at 949-770-6011.
  • The City of Laguna Hills has a Graffiti Hotline you can call at 949-707-2656.
  • You may also call the the Owner’s Association Office directly at 949-425-1477. Please call the sheriff first, then the Association Office in order that the sheriff can respond to direct homeowner calls.

Be sure to note the exact location of the graffiti.

Cleanup is the responsibility of the owner of whatever was tagged. The city takes care of the streets, curbs, and sidewalks, Nellie Gail Ranch takes care of trail fencing and signs and each homeowner is responsible for their own walls or other improvements. Again, please be watchful and report anything suspicious.

Summer Concert Series: Jumping Jack Flash

Next Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM @ Gallup Park

Jumping Jack Flash is a live retrospective presentation of 50 years of the Rolling Stones’ famous (and infamous!) career. Didn’t see The Stones in the 60’s from the front row? Here’s your second chance!

Grab your chairs or blankets and ice chest and come sing and dance with us while watching JUMPING JACK FLASH perform LIVE at Gallup Park NEXT FRIDAY, August 13 at 7:00 PM!

COME HUNGRY! We’ve got some yummy food trucks waiting for you.

Special thanks to contributing sponsor:Tate|LaMott|Group

Learn More

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | 6/25/21

Beers, Burgers & Bingo

Join your Nellie Gail Ranch neighbors and friends for a fun evening of Beers, Burgers & Bingo! The adult (21 and over) event will take place Friday, July 9, 2021, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Association Clubhouse.

Limited tickets now available online at

$20 – Nellie Gail Ranch residents | $25 – Non-resident guest

Buy Tickets

Special Thanks to our contributing sponsor

New Tennis Benches

A total of 8 player seating area benches are currently being replaced near the entrances of tennis courts 3 through 12. The new benches are part of the on-going reserve projects being completed at the Tennis & Swim Center.

Landscape Committee Volunteer Opportunity

We are seeking volunteers to serve on the Landscape Committee. The Committee works to improve Nellie Gail Ranch for each of its residents through beautification of the community and preservation of its open space.

Goals of the Landscape Committee:

  • Develop recommendations to the HOA Board for projects/programs
  • Identify tree replacement and also new areas for planting
  • Inform the Community on project undertakings
  • Create long-term solutions for landscape development (i.e. drought resistant foliage)
  • Elevate the community aesthetics for the benefit of Nellie Gail Ranch residents

If you have an interest in serving on the Committee please complete the attached application and return to

Landscape Committee Application

Hidden Trail Park: Playground Sub-Committee Volunteers Wanted!

We are considering replacement of the playground equipment at Hidden Trail Park and are seeking Mom’s or Dad’s who have an interest in helping select new equipment. Please e-mail if you have an interest in participating.

Nellie Gail Ranch “New” Operations Vehicle

Our Facilities Manager Jeff Hinkle is a car guy. And like many car guys, he grows an attachment to the vehicles he puts a lot of miles on. As they say, all good things must come to an end at some point, even beloved vehicles. Our Nellie Gail Ranch 2003 Nissan Frontier, with mostly hard off pavement trail miles, should be a familiar site to you. And so too would be Jeff who has been the primary driver of the 18 year old truck for all of his 12 years with Nellie Gail Ranch.

Like most of us, when a vehicle starts to require costly repairs we replace rather than continue to repair the vehicle. So this month we shopped around and found an excellent pre-owned low mileage 2019 Nissan Frontier. So while you may see a “new” truck on your trails, you will still have the same careful trail driver. And we wish them many productive miles together!

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | 6/18/21

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on June 18, 2021

Board of Directors Organizational Meeting

The Board of Directors held their organizational meeting Tuesday evening to select officer positions as follows:

Mark Fisk | President

Joyce Taylor | Vice President

Alex Presley | Secretary

John Park | Co-Treasurer

Loree Blough | Co-Treasurer

Click the following link to review the June 9, 2021 Annual Meeting Inspector of Elections Report of balloting results including write-in candidates.

Inspector of Elections Report

License Plate Recognition Cameras and Camera Data Management Policy

The special ballot measure for license plate recognition cameras passed with 415 votes in favor of contracting for the service. At the Board Meeting of June 15, 2021, the Board approved moving forward with the Flock Safety contract for installation of cameras. The approximate time to go live with the system is August 15th. The $34.08 per homeowner annual expense will be incorporated into the 2021-22 budget commencing October 1, 2021. We will provide more updates as we get an installation schedule lined up.

The following Camera Data Management Policy provided to the homeowners with the Special Ballot Measure was also approved at the June 15, 2021 meeting. The policy explains how and to whom data collected will be disseminated.

License Plate Recognition Policy


Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association’s proposed Easement Planting Guidelines have been drafted to facilitate Architectural Review Committee review and approval of homeowner planting in equestrian easements. Current guidelines restrict homeowners from implementing landscape improvements within the easements on their property. These guidelines would allow for planting that would further enhance trail aesthetics and the hiking and riding experience.

The purpose of this notice is to offer Nellie Gail Ranch Members an opportunity to provide comments on the new guidelines and to propose changes as may be desired. In accordance with California Civil Code section 4360, which requires the Association to provide the Members with a minimum of twenty eight (28) days general notice of proposed rule changes.

The Board invites your comments on these proposed guidelines. Member input will be considered by the Board at its open session meeting set for Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Association Clubhouse.

Comments may be submitted via email to, may be delivered to the meeting, or may be mailed to 25211 Empty Saddle Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

Easement Planting Guidelines

Trails & Safety Committee Volunteer Opportunity

We are actively seeking volunteers to serve on the Trails & Safety Committee. With 25 miles of amazing trails we benefit from a volunteer network of active trail users. Volunteers meet as needed to recommend trail improvements and discuss ongoing maintenance. The committee is currently working to collaborate with the city to improve equestrian crossing safety. We would love to have someone who has a strong interest in this important issue. If you have an interest in serving on the Committee please complete the attached application and return to

Trails Committee Application

Dapple Grey Arena and Round Pen Closure

The Dapple Grey Arena and Round Pen will be closed for repairs starting Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 am until 4:00 pm on Friday, May 28, 2021.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  For any questions, please contact the Nellie Gail Ranch HOA office at 949-425-1477.

Equestrian Center Clubhouse Refresh Completed

The Equestrian Center Clubhouse interior work has been completed with all new tile floor, fresh paint, a remodeled kitchen and all new restroom fixtures and partitions.  These reserve projects were funded by boarding and trainer fees to the benefit of the Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center and all Nellie Gail Ranch homeowners.

Speed Enforcement on Nellie Gail Road

Speed enforcement has been active this week on Nellie Gail Road in proximity to the Equestrian Center as patrol officers have been writing tickets for vehicles speeding up and down the hill.  We notify you of this not to suggest you look out for the patrol officers to avoid tickets, but to encourage you and all family members, to always drive safely at the posted speed limits on Nellie Gail Road and all streets within Nellie Gail.

Wine Tasting & Horse Show

Attendees of the Wine Tasting & Horse Show last Saturday were treated to more than just great wine!  They also enjoyed the ambiance of the Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center and an exhibition by some of our world class riders, trainers and horses.  Bree Kenney started things off with a James Bond themed musical freestyle on Dash. Grand Prix Dressage rider and USDF Gold Medalist Cassie Cherry Nolte followed with a patriotic themed freestyle performance on Whizzkid.  To close out the horse show, Grand Prix Jumper Lane Clarke put on a high jumping show on Queen who was flawless over impressive jump heights.  For many attending the wine tasting it was their first visit to the Equestrian Center and an opportunity to see just how special our Equestrian Community is.

Thank you to our contributing sponsor Brad Feldman Group.  Thank you also to Events Committee members Loree Blough, Alex Presley, Susan Phillips and Holly Permeh for planning this unique and fun event!!

Tonight’s Board Meeting

Due to the ongoing mask policy, we invite your participation at Open Homeowner Forum via teleconference using Below is a link to the agenda for Tonight’s Open Session Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Link:

Dial in #: 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 844 3411 2833
Passcode: 896176


Open Session Agenda 05-18-21

Dapple Grey Arena Maintenance

The Dapple Grey Arena footing was supplemented and leveled today.  It should be another great weekend of riding!!  Staff will go back out Monday to tune it up after the first weekends use.