We offer kids and adults the opportunity to experience horses in a relaxed and safe environment.  Our goals are to teach quality horsemanship and solid riding skills.  We have the experienced lesson ponies and horses to do that and the instructors to make it a reality.    

Here are Sophie on Evie and Sarah on Dougal enjoying the sunshine after a lesson and a walk on the polo field located at South Bay Horse Ranch.

Tuesday
Nov012016

Horses and Ponies available for Partial Lease

We have horses and ponies available for partial lease.  Clients that have partial leases have rights to the horse during lessons, shows and Pony Club activities.  Leases cover partial board costs, horse care, use of tack and equipment, routine vet care, dentistry, shoeing, SmartPak supplements and grain.  

Delta would be a terrific horse to lease for the kid or adult that wanted to show, jump, trail ride, anything - he can do it all.

Woody is quieter and would be a safe choice for a kid that wanted to learn how to jump cross rails.

Pumpkin would be awesome if you wanted to learn dressage.  She is a fabulous mover and well educated.

Please check out our staff pages for their photos and bios.

Friday
Oct212016

Pumpkin returns

Pumpkin was on sabbatical for a little while, keeping an old friend company.  That old friend has passed on to greener pastures and Pumpkin has come back to Sugarloaf Farm. She is sound, looks great and will have a bath tomorrow. 

 

Monday
Oct172016

Birthday Party!

We had a great birthday party for Taylor.  Duchy and Woody were on their best behavior and the kids loved the games we played.  Meanwhile the craft was the firm favorite, the duct tape bag.  

Sunday
Oct162016

Randy Bentson's Sensory Clinic

We were lucky enough to have Randy give a clinic at South Bay shortly after we moved in.  Several of our ponies and riders took advantage of this opportunity.  Here Katherine and Evie are calmly walking over the tarp.  In the foreground is the monkey in the barrel, the riders pulled on a rope and as the lid of the barrel was raised the monkey was exposed.  Loved it!

Sunday
Oct162016

The Cross Ties are installed

A Huge thank you to AnneMarie and Perry for getting the cross ties installed like I wanted them.

Sunday
Oct162016

Today, October 16, 2016

Our Ponies using the shelter.

Sunday
Oct162016

Three Hours Later

Yes - its a carport.

Sunday
Oct162016

The Shelter Arrives

When we arrived at South Bay, our ponies had very nice paddocks but no shelter.  We ordered our very own shelter, it arrived very, very early in the morning.

Wednesday
Aug312016

Charity Polo Tournament

Our first weekend at South Bay Horse Ranch and we jumped into the action.  It was the Charity Polo tournament and one of the polo teams played for Golden Hills Pony Club.  We ran the tack sale and sold raffle tickets like crazy.  Our team was brilliant, the match was played indoors and Naima commentated so at least those of us new to polo had sort of a clue as to what was going on. The other charity represented was Square Peg.  Tennasen Davern took this super photo of Golden Hills Pony Club and our three intrepid polo players.  It was a fun way to immerse ourselves at the new facility.

 


Friday
Aug192016

West Coast Connemara Show

Our July trip to the Connemara and Irish Draft show in Santa Rosa was fun and successful.  Alicia and Delta were the champions in the Prospect Division.  This was a lovely send off for her as she has now disappeared to university. Anja was Junior Champion.  Our two Connemaras did us proud, again, so well behaved and versatile and nice to be around.

Friday
Aug192016

Lessons during the school year

If you are interested in riding lessons during the school year please let us know.  The covered arena will ensure that we can teach even during the rainy season.  We teach seven days a week, happy to start early and provided we have a lunch break, happy to teach after school or work!

Friday
Jul152016

Sugarloaf Farm has moved

The new facility is called South Bay Horse Ranch and the address is 1290 Masten Avenue.  It's just off 101, east on Masten and you are there.  It's going to be an adventure.  It's a large facility, it has a polo field, an enormous covered arena plus a lovely track and trails.  There is a club house with a large screen tv so perfect for presentations, lectures, camp and birthday parties!   The newly matted barn aisle

 


The sign is up on the office.

Friday
Jul152016

Final week of camp

We had an incredibly busy last week of camp.  I dont know what I was thinking.  This week was for the intermediate campers.  They did the badges from Skilled Beginner week and the trail and combined test from advanced week.  They pulled shoes with Nick on Monday and helped Tracy with her chiropractic work on Wednesday.  There were not enough hours in the week.  They had a blast.  I want to give a shout out to Rachel, the most wonderful craft person a camp director could ask for.  These horse heads are made from glass that the kids cut themselves.  They picked the colors and the size of the glass and did it themselves.  Brilliant

Thursday
Jul072016

Beginner Camp

We had such a fun third week of camp.  It started hot but the weather at the end could not have been better. We had a nice mix of ages with the oldest kids being so sweet and considerate to the younger ones.  Also the kids that had attended camp before and knew the drill were happy to explain to the newbies.  Parents really appreciated that the kids were asleep early!

Sunday
Jun262016

Advanced Camp

Our Advanced Camp kids on their final day.  We hosted a Combined Test.  It was so fun, lots of nervous kids batheing and braiding their horses before their dressage tests.  Then the stadium course had to be walked and studied.  A busy fun day with new skills conquered.

Thursday
Jun162016

Our first week of summer camp

The first week of summer camp is well underway.  We have been so lucky with the weather, it has been perfect!  We are calling this week Skilled Beginner week, the kids are comfortable around the horses and have all ridden before.   Two kids jumped for the first time today, super exciting for them.  We of course played pony club games.  As everyone knows its one of my favorite activities to teach kids how to use their legs and eyes as their hands are busy holding sacks, batons, cups or tennis balls.  Here are the three teams with their trusty steeds.

Monday
Jun062016

Our first show of 2016

We had a fun weekend at the JK show in Woodside.  Friday it was hot but the weekend got better from there.  Heather did very well in her large flat classes with Delta, Julia took Splash to her first show as a Sugarloaf Farm horse and did so well.  They placed in both their enormous jumping classes.  Anja rode Delta on the first day and was successful with clear rounds in the 2' and 2'3" classes.  We are looking forward to the next show.

Monday
May092016

Splash

Please welcome Splash to Sugarloaf Farm's lesson program.  She is wonderful addition and is already a kid favorite.  

Monday
May092016

Camp HQ

The tent is up!  Thank you to Perry, Ian, Lynn, Beth and Bekka for spending Mother's day with me to do this.  Camp will be centered here!  its 20 x 20 so nice and roomy, we can open or close the front and the back depending on weather conditions.  

Wednesday
Feb102016

Bombproofing Clinic

We had a great Sunday clinic.  The goal was to make taking our horses out on trail less of an adventure and more fun.  The horses met kids on bikes, strollers, balloons, bags of trash and no bombproofing clinic would be complete without walking over the mattress!  All 15 horses made it safely over the mattress.  The valentine heart balloons were probably the scariest of all the obstacles.  Horses and riders came away more confident that they could manage scary things met on the trail.