Welcome

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.

This is lesson horse Nike looking forward to a trot on the polo field located at South Bay Horse Ranch.

THE GREY GAMES TEAM

We had two teams of ponies playing games, a grey team and a bay team. Here are the greys with their riders: Evie on the right and Woody on the left. Please note the crazy cute tie-dyed saddle pads which were Thursday’s craft.

CAMPS ARE FILLING UP

Our first week of camp is June 12, after that we have 5 more weeks of horse-filled fun and learning. July 17 is full but there are spaces in the other weeks. After one kids first year, she must have been 9 at the time, she said it was the best week of her life. She is now driving herself and still coming to camp. This is a week that kids will remember, so many memories. The petting zoo has been booked for the beginner and skilled beginner weeks, polo for the advanced camp. Our ponies and counsellors are ready to keep the kids safe, happy and active.

2016 Advanced week of camp plus counsellors.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2016 - AREA VI

I was honored to receive the 2016 Area VI Volunteer of the Year award (Area VI is California and Hawaii.). The jacket was presented by Don Trotter, himself an awesome volunteer, Chris Scarlett is the Chair of Area VI, again a volunteer and the master of ceremonies is Robert Kellerhouse. Robert runs a terrific series of events both at Woodside and at Galway Downs in Temecula.

As the dressage coordinator for volunteers I call on a a large number of people to give of their time and energy and enthusiasm to ensure that competitors get into their dressage arenas on time and they receive their dressage tests back at the end of day with legible handwriting and more importantly its their dressage test they are receiving back! Now that we use email such a lot it’s easier to reach people, a decade ago I used to make phone calls and that was way more of a challenge. It would be impossible for me to do my job without the great people that answer my emails. Thank you to volunteers everywhere for the time you spend giving to your community.

Woodside, May 27, 2017

SUGARLOAF FARM HAS ARRIVED IN THE 21ST CENTURY!

We now have the technology to accept credit cards! I’m a bit surprised myself that I can get the Square app to work on my phone but I can.

EXCITING NEWS FOR THE ADVANCED WEEK OF CAMP

Polo lessons have been booked for the advanced week of camp. That’s the July 24th week. Francesca at South Bay Polo has been signed up to teach polo on Thursday morning. There are still spaces available in this awesome week of camp. We call it advanced week or experienced week because the kids need to get their own horses ready. They need to be able to groom and tack up by themselves. We have a series of interesting personalities coming to talk and do their thing during the week. Use one of our lesson horses or bring your own. This camp is similar to the camps I did in Ireland as a teenager without the manure collection!

FINALLY….

This is super exciting. There are huge vehicles in the covered arena making alot of noise as they scrape and remove the old footing. New fresh sand will be delivered tomorrow and the arena will be rideable by Wednesday afternoon. It is all good to go for Daniel Stewart’s clinic on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to audit. Daniel will help you with your mental training, how to cope when things maybe dont go to plan.

SUMMER CAMPS ARE FILLING UP

We are offering 6 camps this year. The June camps are nearly full. Do please email the farm if you would like some more information or call me: Juliet :- 408 857 6240. You are welcome to use our ponies and horses or if you have your own and would like to bring them to camp, we have stalls available for them.

BEKKA AND GATOR

Bekka and Gator are ready for their D3 certification. The tack has been cleaned, the pony has been bathed and Bekka is ready to test. She passed with flying colors!

MID-CAL REGIONAL QUIZ

Saturday was quiz day for 86 kids, two ponies and numerous volunteers. Thank you all for participating and helping.

Perry and Ian at the scoring tables

Duchy being loved by the kids from Silver State Pony Club, Nevada

Bekka and Splash on lunch break.

PONIES THANKFUL FOR DRY GROUND!

Early March and finally the ponies have somewhere warm and dry to all lie down. The shelter and their blankets did a good job of keeping them dry but there is nothing like snoozing in the sun.