Archives: Jul '15

Happy Birthday Bart!

In Memoriam – Bart Godfrey

Bart 1985 to 2015   Brenda Godfrey’s beloved Bart was born and raised at Arriba Vista Ranch, one of the many great colts out of Millie’s stallion Cunningham. Brenda owned Bart for 26 years of his 30 years of life and was Brenda’s first love. Bart and Brenda shared many adventures together including wine rides,…

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July 26, 2015
photo of 2 red tailed hawks

The Drought and Red Tailed Hawks

I know that we all have been affected by the drought and that we will continue to be impacted well into the future. But, here is one thing that bothers me about the drought that you may not be aware of or perhaps even knew. Central California is the wintering grounds for many Red-Tailed hawks…

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June 11, 2015
The first cut ...... Sword made by Godric

Photo Gallery from March SCA Practice

The March 9 SCA Mounted Skills Workshop at Arriba Vista was a lot of fun for both horses and riders! Photos and captions courtesy of Greg Lutz. Tweet

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April 7, 2015

Mustangs, the Choctaw Ponies revisited – by Charlie Hernandez

I first saw these Mustangs last June when I visited Oklahoma looking to take photos of wildlife. I wrote about the Mustangs for this blog in July. Last December I revisited Oklahoma specifically to see the Mustangs again. The folks that are active in protecting these Mustangs have become fiends and take us out in…

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March 19, 2015
Akhal-Teke horse

Rare and Unusual Horse Breeds Series – Part One

Rare and Unusual Horse Breeds Series – Part One From the time man first began taming and domesticating wild animals, we have sought to bring out certain characteristics and push back others in our attempts to develop the perfect specimen to meet our own needs. While dogs are largely accepted as the first domesticated animals…

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March 9, 2015


Bobcats Corey writes to Millie, “This is the Bobcat that Angela and I saw behind your property a couple months ago.  We were taking our pony for a walk and this bobcat crossed on the hill in front of us.” Wow, what fun it is to see a Bobcat, they are so elusive and sometimes…

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January 2, 2015

Arriba Vista Ranch Annual Holiday Party!

Please join us once again for the holidays!! Just like last year we will meet in the Community Room from Noon to 2pm on Saturday, Dec. 13!! We are excited to spend a bit of time with you and hope you will be able to make it to Arriba Vista Ranch for a bit of…

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December 2, 2014
Turkey at Arriba Vista Ranch

Gobble, Gobble!

Wild Turkeys abound in southern Alameda County. It’s hard to believe that in the early 20th century the entire population of turkeys in the United States was estimated at around 30,000 and restricted to a few pockets in the east. Efforts to protect this native bird were put into effect by trapping and moving turkeys…

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November 26, 2014
Lunar Eclipse

Moon Over Arriba Vista

Photos and Story by Charles Hernandez At 12:30am on October 8, 2014, while you slept snug in your beds, I was at Arriba Vista. Up at the cell site it was cold with a 20-25 mile an hour wind blowing through the light jacket I took to do this photo shoot. I hope you enjoy…

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November 5, 2014

And the Festivities Begin!!

The leaves are turning and the mornings are decidedly crisp. Autumn has officially fallen upon the land and Halloween is setting the little ones into a buzz of sugar induced glee!! If you are like us at Arriba Vista Ranch, each season brings its own charm and joy. Fall brings us the fun of Halloween…

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October 17, 2014