By Sandy Zimmerman
(Action photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
Although \the Temecula Ranch House B&B is not a dude ranch, they arrange for guests to experience the life of a cowboy/cowgirl for the day. This unique experience offers up-close interaction with cattle and ranch routines.
Leslie Meyers, of the Temecula Valley Penning and Sorting Arena, boasts of 16 years as a bull rider. Of course, the Temecula Ranch House guests will not be learning to be bull riders.
Leslie explained, “We want you to be safe out on the trails to protect riders and make sure your experiences are great. You also learn about the wineries and the history of Temecula.
You don’t just start riding the horse, you learn about the horses on rides through the wineries’ vineyards to see how the grapes grow and in the wineries learning how wine begins.
After riding, we set up a BBQ campfire dinner in our outdoor setting. Guests are encouraged to be hands-on to cook their own dinners just like the real cowboys.
They serve a salad, main course and dessert.
Sometimes we ride at night to join one of the wineries’ jazz concerts.
One of the exciting experiences, Cow Penning involves having the guests control the cows and lead them into the pens. Once the cows are out in the open, they take off running. The two-person sorting team must work against the clock with only 60 seconds to pen the cow.
Trail rides range from 4 miles and if you are really gung-ho to 22 miles.
The figure eight arena is composed of 50’ round pens which hold 10 cows inside.
Here you play with the cattle and learn how to work your horse.
Leslie ranks 23rd in the world as a bull rider. Leslie feels, “Riding a bull is the biggest adrenalin rush he has ever had.”
There are polo matches, thoroughbred racing and different equestrian events every month. A full-size rodeo arena should open soon.
The Temecula Ranch House B&B have horses on their property but it is not a dude ranch, this cowboy experience is arranged.
For information about the Cowboy Experience, call the Temecula Ranch House B&B at 714-913-3383. www.temecularanchhouse.com
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