This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending June 17, 2022

Fun & Music at our First Summer Concert

Nellie Gail Ranch was ready to rock at our first concert of the season at Gallup Park on Friday, June 10, and SAM MORRISON BAND did not disappoint! They entertained us with hits from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Molly Hatchet, Charlie Daniels, Bob Seger, and more. Thank you to our contributing sponsor, the BRAD FELDMAN GROUP who were generous with the FREE beer, wine, and Old Fashioned cocktails, as well as the free inflatable guitars for the kiddos. It was a fun-filled, family night!

Summer Concert Series Schedule

Collecting Baby Items – Team Darkhorse

Welcoming Babies to our Darkhorse Family

Team Darkhorse Baby Brigade is composed of a handful of dedicated volunteers whose mission it is to provide a loving welcome to new young mothers.

Marine’s wives are often far from their own homes and support systems. We aim to soften that loneliness with welcome home “baskets” filled with almost everything a newborn will need. Help us show these young mothers some love! Every little bit helps! If you would rather us do the shopping, gift cards to Target help or use the button below access our BABY REGISTRY!

Rock Painting Event

Join us for our Rock Painting event on Wednesday, July 20th from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Scan the QR code below or visit to register for the event!

Next Board Meeting

Below is a link to the agenda for the Tuesday, June 21st meeting at 7:30pm located at the Association Clubhouse. Click the button to view the agenda.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending May 27, 2022

June Pony Express Magazine

The June Pony Express Magazine is out now!

Click the button or Image below to view all of the great articles, important information and happenings around the community.

Summer Concert Series Details

Annual NGR Community Garage Sale

The Annual NGR Community Garage Sale took place last Saturday, sponsored by The Brad Feldman Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The event included a textile drive of which two large trucks were filled with donations and a total of $486.94 was collected in support of Team Darkhorse.

Memorial Day Holiday Hours

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday the Tennis & Swim Center will close at 4:00pm Monday, May 30th, 2022.

Scheduled hours will be as follows.

Tennis and Swim Center
6:00am – 4:00pm

Pickleball Courts
9:00am – 4:00pm

The Association Office will be closed all day.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | April 22, 2022

From the Week ending April, 22, 2022

Summer Concert Series

Summer Swim Camp

28th Annual Summer Tennis & Swim Camp

Equestrian Novice Camp

This camp is geared towards ages five to twelve with campers divided into age groups. Each day, campers will groom horses, have one-on-one riding time, and participate in many fun learning activities.

Novice Camp Schedule

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | April 15, 2022

From the week ending April 15, 2022

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Tennis and Swim Center Notification

EHV-1 Update

Effective April 14, 2022, the state has released all quarantine sites in Orange County, San Diego County and Los Angeles. Our Equestrian Center has returned to normal unrestricted operations. However, we recommend everyone remain cautious and keep a “heads up” when traveling to horseshows or other facilities to ensure the Nellie Gail Ranch community can remain safe for the months to come.

Recommendations per CDFA remain as follows:

  • Limit horse-to-horse contact
  • Avoid use of communal water sources
  • Avoid sharing of equipment unless thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses
  • Monitor your horse for clinical signs of disease and report any temperature over 102°F to a veterinarian

We thank you again for all your efforts in successfully keeping our community safe from the EHV-1 outbreak.

Next Board Meeting

Below is a link to the agendas for the Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Open Session Meeting, the April 19th Executive Session Meeting and a Special April 20th Executive Session Meeting. The Open Session Meeting will be held at the Association Clubhouse at 7:30 p.m.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | April 1, 2022

April Pony Express Magazine

The April Pony Express Magazine is out now. The issue includes our Easter Egg hunt, Director’s Message, New Election Rules, a Spring Time Smoothie and much more! Click here to view

EHV-1 Update

Rio Vista and Sierra Vista Stables have been released from quarantine in San Juan Capistrano. Unfortunately Sycamore Stables in San Juan Capistrano has a new case as of Wednesday as follows:

March 30, 2022: One (1) additional horse on the premises displaying neurological clinical signs was confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 30th. The horse is alive and under veterinary care. To date, there have been three (3) confirmed EHM cases (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and twenty-four (24) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases on this premises with two (2) asymptomatic positives off premises but associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

Additionally, due to a new case in San Diego County, Blenheim EquiSports has cancelled their equestrian competition scheduled for next week. Our Equestrian Center continues to implement safety protocols to limit interaction with horses outside of the Equestrian Center.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

A Lost Ring was Found

Have you lost a ring or know anyone that has lost a ring? A ring was found on the trail behind the Equestrian Center. Please contact the Nellie Gail Owner’s Association Office at 949.425.1477 for more information.

28th Annual Summer Tennis & Swim Camp

Equestrian Novice Camp

This camp is geared towards ages five to twelve with campers divided into age groups. Each day, campers will groom horses, have one-on-one riding time, and participate in many fun learning activities.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | March 25, 2022

From the week ending March 25, 2022

We have been monitoring the EHV-1 outbreak in San Juan Capistrano very closely as we keep in contact with the CDFA state veterinarians and local equestrian stables. In the past two weeks we have seen some positive signs regarding the containment of the EHV-1/ EHM virus in Orange County and the surrounding areas.

The following link has the current alert status for the outbreak. Of the three equestrian centers in San Juan Capistrano with reported cases CDFA reports one with no new cases since March 10th, another with no new cases since March 13th and a third with two asymptomatic horses confirmed positive March 22nd but permitted to be relocated to Tehama County in Northern California. For the states purpose they consider the last case at that stable to be March 17th.

Until the state release the three stables from quarantine status we continue to ask homeowners to avoid using the common watering areas as recommended by the state veterinarians due to the risk of cross contamination.

Please continue to require your boarders and personal trainers to continue with the following protocols:

1. Trainers, Instructors and Caregivers currently caring for any horses at Rio Vista, Rancho Sierra Vista or Sycamore Trails should be requested to suspend all work within Nellie Gail Ranch until the State lifts the quarantines.

2. Boarders, Trainers, Instructors and Caregivers who may be working with any horses away from Nellie Gail Ranch should be required to have a complete change of clothes, and hats, prior to coming to Nellie Gail Ranch.

3. Please do not visit the Equestrian Center. We want to minimize the number of people who may be in contact with horses.

Thank you for your supporting efforts to keep our equestrian community safe!

Association Clubhouse Parking

Association Clubhouse Parking Lot Re-Opens Saturday Afternoon

The Association Clubhouse parking lot has been closed for extensive maintenance Thursday and Friday this week. Re-striping will be completed Saturday morning and the parking lot will re-open for guests Saturday afternoon. After this weekend the asphalt will set over the next 40 days and we will close again on May 4th to apply a final sealcoat over the entire lot.

The new top coat further extends the lifespan of the parking lot and we revert back to seal coats every four years. You may also appreciate knowing the top layer of asphalt that was removed is returned to asphalt plants to be re-processed. Asphalt is 95% rock and sand and 5% bitumen (low grade crude oil) and is recyclable. We also decided to take advantage by having several truckloads taken to our Equestrian Center dumpster staging area that has never been paved. By using the asphalt spoils we are able to further stabilize the dirt path the trash hauling trucks use to service our dumpsters.

EPC Training and Beekeeping Clinic

The Association Clubhouse was host to two events this week benefiting attending homeowners .The Emergency Preparedness Committee presented a Water Preservation training session on March 22nd. Presenter Dr. Kenneth Cheng shared the importance of having water on hand for water service interruptions. It is important for homeowners to have emergency water on hand for their families as well as pets, horses and other animals that are cared for. Water storage barrels are available in 15-55 gallon sizes and they can be stored in garages or barns or other out of the way locations. If you are interested in purchasing any 55-gallon barrels please e-mail us at with the possible number of barrels you may want. We may be able to purchase in bulk and receive a break in the barrel or delivery cost. We will send a separate e-mail to anyone interested with a price once we have an idea as to how many storage barrels may be needed.Also presented this week was a clinic on beekeeping. Nellie Gail Ranch homeowner Pamela Fraser is a Master Beekeeper and she hosted an introduction to the Basics of Beekeeping. With our natural resources dwindling it is more important than ever to help bees thrive and continue to pollinate the flowers we love to look at and the foods we love to eat. The next time you find an unwanted hive in your irrigation box or under a house eve, please consider removal using a Honeybee Rescue & Relocation Beekeeper. One we are familiar with is Alberta The Beekeeper with HEY HONEY (949-646-2606). You can find additional rescue beekeepers via a Google search as well as beekeeping resources and information at the following websites:
The Orange County Beekeepers Association
Beekeepers Association of Southern California
California State Beekeeping Association

Tree Mapping Software

The Board of Directors has approved purchasing a software license for mapping of trees in Nellie Gail Ranch common area and easements. Starting Monday representatives of Arbor Pro will be working throughout the community. Over the next four to six weeks they will be identifying and measuring trees at our parks, entries, streetscapes and trails. The software will track the type of tree, location, health and size. We will now be able to better manage maintenance of this very important community asset. We will use the software to track tree trimming frequencies, tree removals and tree planting.

Easter Egg Hunt

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | March 11th

Nellie Gail Ranch Homeowners

The health and safety of horses throughout the Nellie Gail Ranch community and Equestrian Center is a top priority. The Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Committee has reviewed the increase of EHV-1 outbreaks in Orange County and adopted a number of safety protocols at our Equestrian Center to reduce risk of exposure. There have been three outbreaks in San Juan Capistrano resulting in four horses being euthanized and the state has placed Rio Vista Stables, Sycamore Trails Stables and Rancho Sierra Vista Equestrian Center under quarantine. We wanted to share with you links to information regarding the extent of this outbreak, recommendations you may want to implement to protect your horses and steps we have taken at our Equestrian Center. If you have private boarders on your property, please pass this information on to them.

Normally we enjoy and welcome occasional visits to our beautiful equestrian center, however, we are not currently allowing any visitor or guest access to the Equestrian Center outside of our current boarders and authorized personnel. Please wait until after the quarantines at Orange County stables have been lifted before resuming visits.

Safety Precautions Nellie Gail Ranch Horse Owners / Private Boarders May Take:

  1. Monitor your horse for fever, nasal discharge or labored breathing. Contact a veterinarian to report any of these symptoms.
  2. For the duration of this outbreak do not let your horse use a shared water source. Shared water sources are a source of exposure.
  3. Do not allow your horse to nuzzle other horses along trails or in Association arenas.
  4. Avoid to the extent possible shared use of the Association arenas and round pens with other horses.
  5. Require any stable hand, instructor or caregiver who works at your stables or with your horse to have a complete change of clothes, and hats, prior to coming to your stables if they have interacted with any other horses anywhere else. Riding boots or footwear must also be sanitized.

Please review the attachments on the following links for more detailed information. Address any questions you may have to

EHV-1 Info to HomeownersDiseaseFactsheet-EHM

Crime Prevention Worshop

Please Join us Wednesday, March 16th at 6pm for our Crime Prevention Workshop being held at the Nellie Gail Ranch Association Clubhouse.

Nellie Gail Ranch Board Meeting

Join us at the Nellie Gail Ranch Association Club House on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7:30PM. View the Open Session Agenda below.

Open Session Agenda

Solicitation for Board Candidates

The Association is soliciting candidates for the upcoming 2022 Board of Directors election to be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Candidate applications must be received by the Association by March 24, 2022 to be nominated and listed on the pre-ballot notice that will be posted prior to April 1, 2022. The pre-ballot notice will include all names that will be included on the ballot to be mailed by April 30, 2022. Candidates whose nominations are received after March 24, 2022 may still run for election but will not be included on the ballot.

1. Subject to Civil Code §5105, all Candidates for the Board must meet the following qualifications:

a. The Candidate must be an Owner. If title to a separate interest is held by a legal entity, such entity may appoint a natural person to serve or vote on such entity’s behalf by delivering evidence of an appropriate written appointment to the Association;

b. The Candidate must be current in the payment of all regular and special assessments. For the purposes of these election rules, “current” means no regular or special assessment is past due by more than thirty (30) days, or such period of time as is specifically defined in the Association’s collection policy;

c. The Candidate may not hold a joint ownership interest in the same separate interest as any other candidate or incumbent director; and

d. The Candidate is not eligible to run if the Association is aware or becomes aware of a past criminal conviction that would, if the Candidate were elected, either prevent the Association from purchasing the fidelity bond coverage required by Civil Code §5806 or terminate the Association’s existing fidelity bond coverage.

Additional information regarding the Associations Election Rules and Procedures is provided in the Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association Election Rules adopted November 19, 2019 and are available on-line at or by request to

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | March 4th

Stinging and Burning Nettle Weed Control

Ongoing control of weeds will be occurring through Spring on the trails. Consistent with our practice since June 2018 we use organic products to treat weeds such as Avenger Weed Killer, a natural citrus oil-based organic herbicide.

Stinging and Burning Nettle is one of the prevalent weeds being battled at this time by our trail crews. 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 weed whip the taller nettles to reduce the height of the plant and spot spray the base of the weeds and adjacent remaining weeds to limit regrowth.

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 trail and the beautiful weather.


Help The Cause by Donating


The 5th Annual Blood drive is here and being held at Nellie Gail Ranch Clubhouse Parking lot on March 8th. Schedule your appointment today by visiting, sponsor code NellieGail


March Pony Express Magazine


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