I had a nostalgic moment earlier today--actually, a sad moment if you want the truth.
My golf (yes, I did say golf) instructor--after finding out I really am that crazy horse person in the group--wanted to know good places to take her nephew and daughter to ride and/or learn to ride.
Well. My favorite place is Slide Mountain, of course, and (as I've often said) we wouldn't be where we are today without our early adventures at the best horse ranch in Gold Country.
Unfortunately, they don't offer lessons or trail rides on their horses anymore, so I have to come up with some local ideas for Helena (the aforementioned golf instructor). Stop laughing! Golf is good for me! It teaches me focus and control--both of which Bar agrees I need. It all eventually comes back to horses, after all.
At any rate.
I am looking for a riding instructor in Sonoma County, reasonable rates, well rounded, no specific discipline. I'll give her Peter's name, of course, as well as Annika at Wine Country Sporthorse for Dressage.
For trail riding, I'll recommend the Point Reyes outfit, as well as Jonathan Ayers in Armstrong Woods.
Any other Sonoma County recommendations are welcome, folks! Thanks!