REC RIDE 2017
Nov13

REC RIDE 2017

Photos courtesy of Julian Watkins Located at the Calabasas and Malibu Border, the Rec Ride, co-founded by horsewoman Ruth Gerson some years ago, is an annual event hosted by Malibu Valley Farms Equestrian Center. The ride is almost always held in October and attracts different riders through out Southern California. The beauty of this ride is you don’t have to be a horse owner although there are plenty of those that attend (including yours truly.)  You DO need to be a horse enthusiast though and have a profound love of nature as there are three different rides in this event: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. All three rides feature beautiful,  scenic views and at least a couple of hours of great horsing! Rental Horses are provided for non-horse owners by Rocking K Ranch every year to encourage the public to get out and horseback ride. Every year Ruth Gerson honors someone who has a served in the effort to preserve the environment we all hold so dear and our horsey life style here in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. This year’s honorees were Mr. Richard Bruckner, Former Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, and Ms. Nicole Englund, Chief of Staff for 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The day may start with the ride but ends with a Barbecue/picnic  provided by Calamigos and a very generous raffle with plenty of good loot! For next year’s ride, contact Ruth Gerson ruthgerson@aol.com  to find out in advance how you can sign up, but be aware that the beginner ride which takes place at King Gillette Ranch is the easiest and most well-rounded. The intermediate and advanced rides head into Malibu Creek State Park and on to the Reagan Ranch; both are fast paced and more for advanced riders and the gaited horse community. See you next year!...

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Our Favorite Month- October
Sep30

Our Favorite Month- October

Thanks once again to Country Living Magazine for inspiring us! Love “paint by numbers” Art and we had to use horses of course!...

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Laramie Ride – By Linda Ballou
Jul29

Laramie Ride – By Linda Ballou

Every summer author Linda Ballou goes on an adventure that almost always involves horses.  “Lose your Heart at the Laramie River Ranch” is Linda’s latest exploit as she traveled by horse through parts of scenic Colorado and Wyoming. You don’t have to be a horse person to enjoy the Laramie River Ranch, but if you are, you will fall in love with the miles of trails in the vast expanses of Colorado and Wyoming. The ride to Crazy Mountain is a steady climb to a knoll with a head-spinning view of the snow-streaked Rewah Range. Long’s Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park is seen poking into blue skies in the distance, and to the north, the frosty white Snowy Range of Wyoming rests on the horizon. In between there is nothing but you and the Wild West of America. The Laramie River Ranch is a breath-taking stop in time that reminds us how the world was before our ancestors came to tame this land. Krista Burleigh, leading my ride, dreamed of owning a ranch and spending her life sharing her love of the outdoors and horses with her guests. She and husband Bill, roamed the West to find the perfect spot. They picked the Laramie River Ranch for its isolation and endless miles of trails that fan from the ranch and offer a variety of terrain and great footing for the horses. I have sampled many dude ranches and the LLR offers an unrivaled, rustic, authentic western experience on the back of well-trained, fit horses. From a distance the sage-covered hills look barren, but on closer inspection you find they are peppered with a profusion of wildflowers; giant white angelica, lavender lupine, pink vetch, yellow cinquefoil, and orange Indian paintbrush brighten the scene. This is a land of extreme beauty and extreme moods to match. Our ride started out with a blustery wind that kept the bugs at bay. Then an intense sun shone through a mountain of mushrooming clouds forcing us to shed layers of clothing. When we returned to the barn, a cloudburst sent us running to the shelter of the lodge. All of the guests congregate for happy hour at the end of a riding day. Jalapeno poppers and Buffalo wings were my favorite appetizers. Dinner begins with fresh greens, followed by a healthy entre choice, and ending with divine desserts. The day’s activities are shared in the dining hall. Non-riders may hike with a naturalist, do a little fly fishing in the Laramie River, go birding, or just read a good book. A spate in the hot tub under velvet heavens scattered with stars...

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How about a little horse on your table…
Apr12

How about a little horse on your table…

Perfect for the equestrian who has everything and likes to set a nice table – English Saddle Pewter Napkin Rings Item #: V4005M – In Stock Collection of napkin rings designed exclusively for the equestrian. Detailed hunt saddle hand-cast in quality pewter from the Vagabond House designs. Mix with the helmet and bit napkin rings for an extraordinary table setting. Gift boxed. • 2″ x 2.75″ x 2.5″ tall. • Purchase in Set of 2 or Set of 4 Our Price: $45.00 – $84.00 http://horseandhound.com...

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How about a little horse…in your dishware?
Mar14

How about a little horse…in your dishware?

How about a little horse in your dishware? Like surrounding yourself with horsey things? We found what we deem as Best in Show  made by Devon and distributed by The Mane Lion. Contact information: Visit their website www.manelion.com. or email...

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Products We Love – Indian Hackamores by “Happy Reins”
Feb01

Products We Love – Indian Hackamores by “Happy Reins”

By Subscriber/Contributor Heather Faucher For ordering info contact Heather directly:  hfaucher@verizon.net “Happy Reins” by Heather are made from braided parachord material.  They are extremely strong, yet soft and comfortable in the hands. They are water resistant and for those of us that hate to clean leather tack, these hackamores are easily washed in a bucket or washing machine. They can be custom made with many color combinations and any desired length. The Indian hackamore is made of a soft flexible yachting rope and is equally easy to clean. The hackamore is basically a halter with the fiodore knot under the chin replaced with rings to attach reins. If you want the lightest and most gentle approach to bridling, this is it! The reins start at $20 and $30 for the bridles; colors available in tan or black with color trim on the nose band. Custom orders can be created for more personalized color combos       Happy Trails!...

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