This web site is the brain child of Patty and Heidi who met through their love of horses 23 years ago and have logged many miles on the trails together. Patty and Heidi have ridden so many beautiful trails over the years that this web site was designed to share what they know with others. It is our hope that by using this website you too can also enjoy the many different trails and have some knowledge of the staging areas and trails before you head off to your new adventures.
Starting in 2013 the web site will be run exclusively by Heidi as Patty is currently very busy with her teenage daughter.
Heidi on her Tennessee Walking Horse - Bandit, at Silver Lake July 2008
Heidi has lived in Cool since 1993. She started riding in 1969 doing a combination of arena riding and some light trail riding. She went on to show Hunters for several years, worked on a guest ranch and eventually settled in Cool with her husband and three children where she met Patty. The arena riding has continued to some extent - currently riding western dressage , but living in trail country trail riding has definitely pulled way ahead and with it were lots of new things to learn. Heidi has participated in several NATRC rides over the years - a great introduction to trail riding and horse camping. Today Heidi spends many hours riding and camping with her gaited buddies. She is currently down to 2 horses after loosing 2 in 2015 and rehoming Chester to a wonderful new home ( and he remains close by). Currently in residence are - Cabi, a 23 yr old Rocky Mountain and Sonny, a 15 yr old TWH
RIP Bandit and Niner
2015 - Horse Expo once again with Larry Whitesell, this time on Cabi my Rocky Mountain as a demo horse.
2012 Bandit was once again chosen to be a demo horse at Horse Expo in Sacramento Ca - this time he was in the gaited demo with Larry Whitesell. Bandit and Heidi also participated in their 8th year in the Auburn Festival of Lights Christmas parade plus were reserved champion for the 2012 trail challenge put on by Northern California Walking Horse Association.
Bandit and Heidi at Horse Expo 2012 with Larry Whitesell.
Auburn Christmas Light parade 2012 - Bandit and I are in the middle
2011 In June Bandit was chosen to be a demo horse at the Horse Expo in Sacramento Ca. He was in the Extreme Trail demo with Mark Bolendar.
Heidi and Bandit won the 2009 trail challenge put on by Northern California Walking Horse Association. Also in 2009 Heidi and Bandit participated in a one day civilian law enforcement clinic (Bandit was unfazed by it all) and they also participated for the 5th straight year in the Auburn Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.
Heidi and Bandit at Running I Ranch in Dunnigan - Trail Trial clinic - 2009
Heidi and Bandit (2nd from right) at the Auburn Christmas Light Parade Dec 2009 with friends.
Heidi and Judge (2005) at Olmstead. Judge was 33 yrs old in this picture and had just completed the Auburn Endurance Challenge - 100 miles within a year, which he completed in 6 1/2 months - yes all bareback as he was too sway backed in his older years for a saddle to fit correctly.
Judge passed away in Oct of 2005 - guessing from a heart attack.
Patty started riding in 1985, taking lessons as an adult and then within 6 months owned two horses and has been involved with horses ever since. She competed in lower level dressage, combined training, hunter jumpers, endurance riding, ride and tie and continues to trail ride when she has a spare minute. She moved to Cool in 1994 where she met Heidi at the barn where they both boarded their horses. A lasting friendship developed and they continue to ride together and camp with their horses whenever possible. Currently Patty and her daughter Whitney own seven horses - Rafael a 30 year old Lusitano /thoroughbred cross who is retired, Hana an 8yr old Selle Francois who has been started, Ben an 20 yr old Morgan who currently retired as a 3 day eventing horse , Remi, Whitney's off the Track Thoroughbred who she is starting, a quarter horse gelding that Whitney is working with and Whitney's pony Indian Summer and a mini to round things out.
Patty and Whitney on Indian Summer at Silver Lake at The Meadow Campground - 2007 (picture taken in the meadow)