Active Adventurehorse back riding
along romantic California beaches and in magnificent Redwood forests, through vast cattle and horse ranches, under Virgin Redwoods. Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers adventure vacations and daily trail rides
. Horseback holidays touring the Mendocino coast in N. California are complete with lodging at unique Bed & Breakfast Inns, elegant dining with select wines, hot tubs and internationally acclaimed musicians entertaining you at night. Lari Shea, successful horse trainer and competitor (winner of the 1989 Tevis Cup 100 Mile Endurance race, and many others), offers exceptional Arabian, Quarter Horses, Russian Orlov, Akhal-Teke, Tennessee Walkers and Appaloosa horses, many of whom have won in dressage and endurance, English or Western styles, suitable for novice through expert riders. Treks last 1-6 days year round, and range from $295-$2295 in cost. Custom and shorter rides, including $45 group trail ride
s on the beach, scheduled daily by appointment. You won't believe the quality of the horses!
We offer 1 1/2 hour, 3 hour, 4 hour, and all day rides, in addition to spectacular riding vacations in Mendocino, California, Australia, Africa, and India. A typical day is spent riding on the Ten Mile Beach, through vast cattle ranches overlooking the Pacific ocean, and in the magnificent redwood forests, with opportunities for experienced riders to trot and canter for miles. Novice riders are welcome, and will receive plenty of instruction. Pack lunches available for All Day trailrides.
Age range, type of group
We accept riders age six and up. In fact, 98 year old Connie Reeves joined one of our riding vacations and had a fabulous time! Horses are available to suit all riding styles and abilities.
Sleeping and meals
Packages vary, from a 1 1/2 hour group trail ride on the beach, to an all inclusive week long riding vacation. Horseback holidays touring the Mendocino coast in N. California are complete with lodging at unique Bed & Breakfast Inns, elegant dining with select wines, hot tubs and internationally acclaimed musicians entertaining you at night. Multi-activity vacations are available, including our exclusive Equine, Wine & Song Redwood Coast Riding Vacation, which includes the world famous Mendocino Music Festival, and our Surf and Turf Packages. Special events, proposals and weddings on horseback, corporate outings, girl/boy scout troops, all welcome!
Please, bring children after they have reached the age of six. Liability release must be signed by parents/legal guardians (the form is available to print from our website if parents won't be present).
Rates vary, starting at $45 per person for a 1 1/2 hour ride on the beach, to $2245 for an all-inclusive week-long riding vacation package, including lodging at unique B&B's and boutique hotels, fine dining, California wines, entertainment two nights, a party another night, with massages and hot tubs available locally [private treaty].
Read about us in articles published in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, New York Times Travel Section, Cowboys and Indians, Practical Horseman, Horse and Rider, TrailBlazer, Trail Rider and other magazines. Links and articles on our website.
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Sep 11, 2013 11:22 pm
Ricochet Ridge was a great experience! Riding along the Pacific waves made an unforgettable day. Meghan was a gfeat guide! ... more
Mendocino Getaway Ride
Aug 13, 2012 10:33 am
MENDOCINO GETAWAY RIDE
I’ve ridden in several countries and the 4-day Mendocino Getaway Ride (June, 2012) was this year’s choice. My decision to ride in the States rather than booking a riding trip abroad was without regret. Look out Ireland, Portugal, Spain. It just doesn’t get any better than Redwood Forest, vast ranches and Pacific Ocean vistas, presented to you by Ricochet Ridge Ranch.
Vida, my personal guide, is the consummate horsewoman, knowledgeable and safety-conscious, ... more
WOW! Is all I can say about Ricochet Ridge Ranch
Jun 27, 2012 10:46 pm
This ranch is so awesome. The people are so sweet and kind they make you want to go again. I took my grand daughter and she rode Hobo a very kid friendly horse and I rode Cowboy, both horses were awesome. Our Guide was the sweetest and very informative of our surroundings. Tracy was our guide and she ROCKS. Thanks Tracy for an eye opening experience that I will cherish forever. Thanks to William who helped my grand daughter accross the main Highway, he is a great kid and very pleasant and polite ... more
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