Monday, May 5, 2014

A visit to City Limits Ranch

Saturday we visited City Limits Ranch, a Watsonville non-profit, for the first time. Located on an impressive piece of property that seems to extend from one edge of the valley to another with ridges on either side, it has the feel of being back in time. But, alas, that’s beautiful Santa Cruz County for you – just one more view of it.

City Limits, operated by Kerrin Hoban, Dink Evans and a host of volunteer ranch hands, was having their annual BBQ. We arrived in the evening, in time for the horse’s supper feeding, dessert and some good conversation.

Let’s start with the horses…wow. There were a lot of them. We met Avatar, a gorgeous white horse, Smoky, Mo and Chief the spotted POA pony. There was Charly, a stunning grey Arabian rescued from a Nevada feedlot, Woodrow, Lester, Gherkin and Foxy. Then there were the horses that start with T: Tinker, Tonks, Triscuit, Towanda and Tony Pony. Oh, and of course we saw Lucy the mini donkey and her friend Rocket the black-and-white mini horse. Most of the horses at City Limits Ranch are either rescues or were donated. 

The horses make the ranch’s mission possible: to provide and maintain a communal space for learned horsemanship and compassion, benefitting both people and horses now and in the future, and ultimately reducing the number of unwanted horses. The ranch routinely hosts groups of young people, teaching them life skills they can utilize long after their visit.

We watched as a group of young girls learned to feed the horses - how much hay and how many oats, and where in the stalls to lay the flakes of hay so the horses didn’t have to share if they didn’t want to. The girls were having a blast and anxiously listening to Kerrin dole out instructions.

The sun was beyond the first ridge but there was plenty of evening light. You could see deer in the distance while chickens scratched and clucked on the ranch behind us.

Later we ate cookies and cake, and chatted about life at the ranch, tractor seats and old injuries. Dogs chased balls and laughter could be heard in the hills. It was a perfect way to spend a spring evening if you ask me.

City Limits Ranch recently hosted the Santa Cruz PRIDE program and will host the Girl Scout “Brownies” on May 24. It’s truly a lovely setting and a visit well worth taking - appointments are required so plan ahead.

City Limits Ranch
102 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 239-4057

Monetary donations to City Limits Ranch can be mailed to the above address. To view their wish list and see other ways you can help, click here.






City Limits Ranch is one of three nonprofit organizations The Honorable Dalmatian donates to quarterly during 2014.