Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Legacy of Rusty, our Great Mare

Topper's Smiling, Over the Top and RustRidge Sippling:"Rusty" in August 2014
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 as 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 pulled out his saddle, to the surprise of everyone. "Show me your horses" he said, so Stan walked Jim up to the paddocks and Jim prepared to take the young fillies for a ride.

After riding a few of the horses, Jim came back and told Lucille that RustRidge Sippling and Kool and Lovly 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 with her colt RustRidge Bo
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 raced and had foals together,  retired and lived to their late twenties and are buried beside each other on the ranch.
Devine Thief is Kool's grandson, Devine Thief and Genuwine are Rusty's grandsons. Genuwine is the only one in the family that has Rusty'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

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014

sorry...I have been on vacation... since harvest

After harvest it is time to take a long nap.

Then go on vacation

Do some sightseeing

Come back to the ranch

Entertain guests

Then take a nap.