Welcome

We offer kids and adults the opportunity to experience horses in a relaxed and safe environment. Our goals are to teach quality horsemanship and solid riding skills. We have the experienced lesson ponies and horses to do that and the instructors to make it a reality.

Here are Sophie on Evie and Sarah on Dougal enjoying the sunshine after a lesson and a walk on the polo field located at South Bay Horse Ranch.

SUGARLOAF FARM HAS ARRIVED IN THE 21ST CENTURY!

We now have the technology to accept credit cards! I’m a bit surprised myself that I can get the Square app to work on my phone but I can.

EXCITING NEWS FOR THE ADVANCED WEEK OF CAMP

Polo lessons have been booked for the advanced week of camp. That’s the July 24th week. Francesca at South Bay Polo has been signed up to teach polo on Thursday morning. There are still spaces available in this awesome week of camp. We call it advanced week or experienced week because the kids need to get their own horses ready. They need to be able to groom and tack up by themselves. We have a series of interesting personalities coming to talk and do their thing during the week. Use one of our lesson horses or bring your own. This camp is similar to the camps I did in Ireland as a teenager without the manure collection!

FINALLY….

This is super exciting. There are huge vehicles in the covered arena making alot of noise as they scrape and remove the old footing. New fresh sand will be delivered tomorrow and the arena will be rideable by Wednesday afternoon. It is all good to go for Daniel Stewart’s clinic on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to audit. Daniel will help you with your mental training, how to cope when things maybe dont go to plan.

SUMMER CAMPS ARE FILLING UP

We are offering 6 camps this year. The June camps are nearly full. Do please email the farm if you would like some more information or call me: Juliet :- 408 857 6240. You are welcome to use our ponies and horses or if you have your own and would like to bring them to camp, we have stalls available for them.

BEKKA AND GATOR

Bekka and Gator are ready for their D3 certification. The tack has been cleaned, the pony has been bathed and Bekka is ready to test. She passed with flying colors!

MID-CAL REGIONAL QUIZ

Saturday was quiz day for 86 kids, two ponies and numerous volunteers. Thank you all for participating and helping.

Perry and Ian at the scoring tables

Duchy being loved by the kids from Silver State Pony Club, Nevada

Bekka and Splash on lunch break.

PONIES THANKFUL FOR DRY GROUND!

Early March and finally the ponies have somewhere warm and dry to all lie down. The shelter and their blankets did a good job of keeping them dry but there is nothing like snoozing in the sun.

HORSES CAUGHT UP IN THE FLOOD WATERS

The floods in Northern California have surprised people. A horse facility in South San Jose found out the hard way that water is relentless. Twenty horses were stuck in paddocks up to the bellies in water. It was impossible to move the horses, the water was flowing too fast and there was an immense amount of debris in the water. The horses were stuck for 3 days, fresh water and hay were brought in on flat bottomed boats and attached to the fences. Finally the horses could be moved and South Bay Horse Ranch took in six of them. The horses were dirty and smelly, they had been standing in some very unpleasant water for too long. Sugarloaf Farm clients helped out by batheing the horses and holding them for the vet.

FUN BIRTHDAY PARTY

We had a great birthday party on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Happy Birthday Georgia!

SUMMER CAMPS 2017

We are pleased to offer 6 camps in 2017. There will be beginner camps (3); skilled beginner camps (2) and an experienced rider camp. The details are on the camp page. The good news is that the price has not increased since 2014. This is an excellent week of horse related activities provided by experienced camp counsellors.