What is your role at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort?
I am one of the wranglers in the barn. As such, I lead guided trail rides for Alisal guests, as well as take care of our herd of 100 horses.
How long have you been at Alisal Guest Ranch?
I have been working here for about a year, but was fortunate enough to visit the ranch annually with my parents for thirteen years before I became a wrangler.
Where were you born and raised?
I grew up in a small town called Prunedale in the Salinas Valley.
How old were you when you knew you had to be around horses all the time?
About five years old – my parents tried numerous other activities but none of them stuck quite like horses.
What is your favorite part about what you do at Alisal?
I very much enjoy getting to meet all the wonderful families that visit the ranch. We have visitors from all over the country, and the world, and they all have fantastic stories!
Do you have a favorite horse and if so, who and why?
My favorite ranch horse would have to be Bear. He’s a 14 (going on four!) year old Quarter Horse that I have been riding for the last year. He has such a great and goofy personality, both when we are out on the trail and in the corral, and I have grown quite fond of him. He certainly keeps me on my toes!
What is your recommendation for guests trying horseback riding for the first time?
Make sure to get yourselves signed up for rides as soon as you check in, particularly during our busier seasons. Our group rides are the best way to see a bit more of the ranch, but they can occasionally fill up! If you are interested in learning more, we offer daily lessons as well! The lessons are probably the best way to challenge yourself and improve as a rider.
What should guests not miss when they come to Alisal?
The best pancakes in the world, served at the Old Adobe during our Breakfast Rides!
What is your favorite food on earth?
Bacon. Hands down.