Being 75 years old is NOT a death sentence. For me it was a dream come true and "White Stallion Ranch" helped to make that happen. I live in San Diego...Santee, CA which is in the eastern portion of San Diego County. It took me 6 hours to drive there from home through some beautiful desert terrain...hot but beautiful. I arrived at the ranch on July,14th and left on the 23rd. Upon arriving I checked in at the office and was greeted very warmly and was given my room number and key and directions to get there. The room was beautiful and was done in a western style with rough hewn walls and western pictures and rugs on the walls. There was a bureau and a closet to hang clothes along with bathrobes for your use while staying there. After I was settled I was given a tour of the facilities and given a key to the areas for adults which included the computer room, the fitness room and the pool area. Following this I was given a schedule of the riding times and was shown a bulletin board of meals and what was being served. Now at this point I have to tell you readers that you can go to the website and read all about he rest, including the rules of dress and what to bring and what not to bring. All I will say is that every meal and horseback riding was five star and then some. Now for the best part:
Riding the trails at the ranch consisted of slow rides; fast rides...you have to take a test for that one, mountain rides...rocky terrain but fun, flat rides, sunset rides...boy was that a gorgeous one and hayrides. Every one of the rides was led by a very competent wrangler...Oh I forgot the rodeo on Saturday afternoon; don't you dare miss it. I digressed. The wranglers are very professional and courteous to all levels of riding ability and ages. They are from various parts of the world. The UK, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and of course, the good old U.S.A. NOW I have to name names! to thank them properly:
James, the trainer and what I call the "Horse Whisperer". Thank you for the friendship. and the conversations. To Jonathan; Laura, Stacey, Amy, Annika, Alex, Miriam, and so many of the volunteers...pardon me if I forgot some of your names, but you know who you are and the help and encouragement you gave me.
To the office staff beginning with my mixed blood "Cherokee brother" Gabriel (Gabe), what a joy to meet you and have many talks and share our lives together. I will never forget you. To Nicole, Vicki, Carol, and all of the others, thank you for your caring and support. Finally there is Russell the co-owner with his brother Michael and the rest of the "True" family, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Russell what a memory for names, You remembered mine every time. I will miss you ALL very much.
Finally the entertainment has to be mentioned, from Loop Rawlins...my favorite, who I had several conversations with, and Bill Ganz. He was my second favorite, and to all of the others. What a great lineup provided for us by the ranch hosts. and staff.
As I come to the end of my book...I warned you Russell, I also want to thank the restaurant staff for their wonderful meals and service. Five stars all the way.
Well readers, by now you have guessed that his is a ranch for all the family, from the very young to the older generation like me. One more thing. when you leave the ranch prior to going for your rides, you will see a sign attached to an arch that reads "VAYA CON DIOS", so to all of you I say, "GO WITH GOD" till we meet again.