The Bar SZ Ranch
The Bar SZ Ranch was once the home of legendary American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion, Doc Bar. As part of an event of a No Worries Club West Coast Group, the Nor Cal Downunder Brumbies, we participated in a weekend long stay at this famous ranch. While Doc Bar died in 1992 he is still buried on the Bar SZ Ranch under a walnut tree just outside the mare barn.
The Bar SZ Ranch was sold to the artist Thomas Kinkade in 2001. The Bar SZ Ranch has a main house, a guest house, and an art studio apartment. Located in San Benito, California, once a stagecoach rest stop between Fresno and Monterey, the property is under the guidance of the Kinkade Foundation. The Bar SZ Ranch managers are Tim and Michelle Borland who also happen to be part of the group.
Nearly thirty people participated in the group activities. Meals and cleanup were shared between the attendees. The only thing we had to worry about was taking care of and having fun with our horses. There were a ton of things to do around the ranch. We had a large open arena, a covered arena, a couple of round pens, several different trail courses to ride on, and cows. One session was on ranch sorting, where participants got to try their had at moving cows. Another was roping and we had some mechanical devices to rope. For each event, the Bar SZ Ranch brought in a knowledgeable neighbor to help instruct.
When we were not with the horses we spent an ample time hiking or just lounging around enjoying the company of our new friends in a gorgeous setting.
If you would like to read more about our trip, check out this blog page.
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