Welcome to Cooley Ranch Endurance Rides
It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the Cooley Ranch Endurance Rides. We hope that you and your horses have a wonderful weekend.
Most of you know Ron and Ruth Waltenspiel, who did such a fantastic job of putting on the ride for years. In 2009, we took over the ride from Ron and Ruthie, not really knowing the challenges. We made the Cooley Ranch Ride into the Cooley Ranch Rides, two days of amazing riding on this incredible private ranch. We feel privileged to by your hosts again this year, and hope to see new faces as well as familiar ones at the ride.
To say that riding at the Cooley Ranch is a unique experience is an understatement. For those of you that are new to the ride, you will be challenged by the hills, amazed by the abundant water, and thrilled with the scenery. Those of you who are returning will recognize some of the trails used in past years on Ruthie's rides, as well as new trails forged in recent years. This year, we promise to mix it up, keeping it fun and interesting, challenging you and your horses, but most of all giving you the thrill of riding beneath upland redwood groves, past old barns and homesteads, and through the many springs and rivers that bless this land. Most of all, we promise to keep it as fun as it has been in the past, with a wine tasting to welcome you, fabulous awards, tasty meals and the camaraderie of fellow horse lovers.
We hope you enjoy your weekend at Cooley Ranch.
Forrest Tancer and Cynthia Ariosta
|Becky Spencer and Alchemy, the 2010 Cooley Ranch Rides Two Day First Place and Overall Two Day Best Conditioned Horse."|
|Read "The Waltenspiels' Gift", as appeared in Endurance News, August 2009|