Horseback Riding: Ricochet Ranch
Horseback riding enthusiasts take note. Ricochet Ranch, just north of Fort Bragg, has a variety of riding options, day trips and packages to help you create a memorable vacation that includes riding! From their most popular one-hour beach ride, to a 3-hour private beach or forest ride, they encourage riders of all skill levels to experience horseback riding in the forest and along the beautiful northern California coast.
If you’d like horseback riding to be a primary focus of your coastal experience, Ricochet Ranch has two vacation packages perfect for any skill level. FirstTrek 3-4 day vacations packages are designed for riders of varied levels of experience. Design your vacation with the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Your guide will accompany your group as you ride at your own pace on an itinerary of your choosing—from long rides to shorter jaunts with varied destinations! If it’s been awhile since your last ride, you’ll be happy to know that your first day will include hours of expert tips—how to ride safely, how to bond with your horse, groom your horse, and get comfortable with your equine companion before you hit the trail. Enjoy lunch at a beautiful picnic spot each day. FastTrek vacations are designed for confident riders who want to understand and master classical riding principals and cross-country riding skills. You’ll be matched with fit, responsive horses and access to trails that aren’t accessible to the public. Riders interested in dressage or show jumping can spend some of their vacation in the arena, working with Ricochet Ranch head instructor on those disciplines. Picnic lunches, spectacular scenery, and adventure await! For information on all of the possibilities for great horseback riding adventures, visit their website or call 707-964-7669
Horseback Riding: Shoreline Riders Rodeo
The exciting 53rd Annual Shoreline Riders Rodeo will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 11th and 12th at Shoreline Riders Arena in Fort Bragg. Rodeo events include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, cowgirl’s barrel racing, cowgirl’s breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and team roping. Kids under six are free, and $10 tickets are sold at the gate. Start time is 1:00 p.m. each day, and there’s a cowboy breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m both days. Win raffle prizes, have fun and see horseback riding, bucking broncos and other rodeo attractions in a small and intimate arena. There are other related rodeo events, so check all the details at the Shoreline Riders website or call 707-965-7362 for more information.
Fort Bragg Coastal Trail Celebration on August 5
Mark your calendars and come celebrate the newly completed coastal trail! The City of Fort Bragg is collaborating with the Noyo Center for Marine Science, and the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District to commemorate the completion of the beautiful new trails along Noyo Headlands Park. For the first time in over 100 years, all of the coastal lands along the western border of Fort Bragg are open to the public. Trails feature remarkable ocean views, benches designed and built by local artists, and a new visitor hall for the Noyo Center. Festivities launch with the 2nd Annual Noyo Headlands Race – a half marathon, 10K, 5K and kiddie race that starts at noon (registration at 7:30 a.m.). Activities including live music from Steven Bates and other local bands, a display of the largest Blue Whale Skeleton in North America, a petting zoo, a Coast Guard demonstration, logging demonstration, Mendocino Coast Humane Society pet adoption, North Coast Brewing Company beer garden, local food vendors, circus acts, kids activities (including a bounce house) and much more. The Noyo Center for Marine Science will have events near the Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center that will focus awareness on their Help the Kelp initiative, a collaborative effort to restore our kelp which has been decimated in recent years.
Come to Fort Bragg in August and kick up your heels with horseback riding, rodeo, and a coastal celebration!