Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Making of a Racehorse

Taking Genuwine out of his stall in the morning

heading to the hot walker

warming up on the hot walker with another frisky colt
warming up on the track before his work

backtracking before his work


Genuwine working in company
Returning to the barn after the work
Getting a bath
Cooling down his legs as he munches on grass hay



Drying in the sun
Let's hope that the sun god shines on our Genuwine

Mudding the hooves and legs

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Legacy of Rusty, our Great Mare

Topper's Smiling, Over the Top and RustRidge Sippling: "Rusty" in August 2014
Over the Top is Rusty's granddaughter by Stacy's Ridge.
Rusty was born at RustRidge in the spring of 1986. The daughter of Maybelle's Hope and Pencil Point, she injured herself as a filly and developed a knot in her neck which caused her to hold her head at a tilt. So they thought she could not be a runner. In 1989 Jim Fresquez came to RustRidge Ranch by the invitation of Lucille Meyer, Susan's mother. He was asked to evaluate her three year old prospects so after he lunched by the pool with Lucille, her brother Stan and his wife Tomi,  Jim went over to his sporty Camero,  reached into his back seat and grabbed his saddle, to their surprise. "Show me your horses" he said, so Stan walked Jim up to the paddocks and Jim prepared to evaluate Lucille's fillies by test riding each of them.

After giving each filly a spin, Jim came back and informed Lucille that RustRidge Sippling and Kool and Lovly "Kool" were her best prospects. A few weeks went by, then Jim was asked to train those two and a few others. Who knew it would be the  beginning of long line of RustRidge racehorses and an amazing journey for Jim and Susan.

Rusty and Kool proved to be Lucille's best racehorses. Both were difficult to handle and required special treatment. Rusty won her practice race, and had a unique style of running with her head facing sideways due to her neck injury. Unfortunately, in her very first official race,  as she was heading to the lead, another horse clipped her, knocking her against the rail and she injured her front leg. The jockey on that horse was disqualified from the race but unfortunately the injury she sustained ended her racing career. Kool went on to win her first race that summer.


Rusty with her colt RustRidge Bo
Rusty was retired to RustRidge Ranch and began her breeding career. Over the course of twelve years she had eight live births:
RustRidge Range, RustRidge Flavor, Rustridge Brix, RustRidge Zin, RustRidge Bo, Stacy's Ridge and RustRidge Reserve. She also had a foal that lived several days and a foal that was stillborn. Each of her six colts were winners on the track and her filly became a broodmare (mother to Devine Thief).


Long after her racing and breeding career was over, she enjoyed her retirement at the ranch
Kool and Lovly and Rusty were like sisters: they were born at the ranch the same spring, raced and had foals together,  retired and lived to their late twenties and are buried beside each other on the ranch. They share Genuwine as a grandson.
Devine Thief (born to RustRidge Reserve) and Genuwine (born to Kool Valley, Kool and Lovly's daughter) are Rusty's grandsons. Genuwine is the only offspring in the family that has Rusty's and Kool's  markings.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another harvest has come and gone

It's been a busy year and now the harvest is over

The last of the cabernet crushing

It is so great to be done!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The girls of RustRidge

Catherine likes trucks almost as much as horses

Catherine riding Rosie

Charlotte on Soda Pop
Sophie W at the pool

Sophie D with Holly and Lucy

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lucy is the newest addition to our family


Lucy is from a litter of seven born in Red Bluff, CA.
Here she is with her mom, who took her swimming every day!

This is her dad, looks kind of like.....me.

Swimming in the ranch pond is a daily activity with Lucy's family. Yes, Lucy is from a horse ranch, so she fit in immediately at RustRidge. She is a terrific swimmer.

Lucy already knows that this is where we like to sit outside the B&B.  All the guests are amused that we sit on the chairs. I don't know why.

This was Lucy's first walk in the vineyard. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Its hard to believe my babies are 5 years old today. Where did the time go?

Come visit your Mama and your brother. Bella came to visit yesterday, where are the rest of you:  Ridge, Bishop, Annie, Ambur, Scout, Gracie and Cali.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Who says we don't have working winery cats?

Pinot is answering the phone


Zin is supervising operations
And yawning orders