Overview

Located an hour north of Santa Barbara on Hwy 101, Cottonwood Ranch provides sport horse boarding and training facilities 5 minutes from the wine-country town of Los Alamos.

Facilities and services include:

  • Round barn boarding with turnout
  • Green pasture and dry-paddock boarding
  • Training and Rehabilitation
  • Jumping arena and dedicated dressage arena
  • Lunge ring and enclosed round pen
  • Cross country obstacles
  • Sand training track (1/3 mile)
  • Miles of trails on-property
  • Experienced staff

Facilities

Rates

Current rates as of March 1, 2020

Basic boarding in our round barns: $660 per month
Includes hay1 & pasture turn-out 3 times each week. We are happy to feed grain or supplements provided by you. Feed store pick ups & deliveries can also be arranged.

Basic grass pasture boarding: $550 per month
Includes hay1. If supplements or special care is required, we are happy to discuss available options and an extra fee may be required.

At the recommendation of several area veterinarians, we require all “new to Cottonwood Ranch” pasture boarders to spend 2 weeks in a specific location (usually one of our round barns) as a biosecurity measure before being turned out in pasture. The rate for the 2 weeks in a round barn is $308.

Large dry paddock boarding: $500 per month
Includes hay1. We are happy to feed grain or supplements provided by you.

Training and Rehabilitation:
We are happy to accept horses in training or rehab. As each horse is an individual with varying requirements, we would be happy to discuss available options and costs.

1Alfalfa, oat/forage and grass hays are usually available. A surcharge for grass hay might be required depending on availability and pricing.

Clients are required to sign the Release, Waiver and Indemnification prior to riding or boarding a horse.

People

Wendy Wergeles

Wendy Wergeles

Wendy Wergeles has been a trainer-in-residence at Cottonwood Ranch for over 20 years and supervises horse care and client relations. Wendy has competed successfully through the Advanced/4* level receiving the then AHSA (now USEF) Zone 10 Advanced Level Reserve Championship.   She holds a USEF “R” Eventing Judges license and a USEF “S” Technical Delegate’s license, is certified to judge the USEA YEH & FEH competitions as well as having her USEA-ICP Level III certification. She is also an ASEA Lifetime Certified Equine Appraiser. When time allows, she enjoys hunting with the Santa Ynez Valley Hounds.

In 1988, she coached the USEA Area X North American Continental Young Riders Team and currently instructs and coaches students from the subterranean through the Advanced levels at the Ranch and in clinics throughout North America. In 2013, she was honored with the USEA Cornerstone Instructor’s Trophy. Since 1999, she has focused on the starting &/or re-training of mostly young Thoroughbreds but started and sold the noteworthy ranch-bred warmbloods, “R-Star” and “Fleeceworks Royal”.

Wendy created, trademarked and organizes The Event Derby® series of competitions and produced the Elite Event Horse Auction (EEHA!) held in conjunction with the spring Galway Downs International Horse Trials. She initiated the Cottonwood Classic Three-Day which is now known as the USEA Classic Three-Day Event competitions held throughout the U.S. Additionally, she was the Organizer or a Co-Organizer of the Flintridge Horse Trials, the Event at the Downs, the Las Vegas Horse Trials, the Silk Purse Ranch Horse Trials & 3-Day Event, the Diamond L Horse Trials, the Brusally Ranch Horse Trials, the Flying Fox Farm Horse Trials, the Coconino County Horse Trials,  the Eastern Townships Horse Trials, the Eastern Townships Children’s Horse Events, and the Quebec Championships. Additionally…….she was a Co-Creator and Organizer of the Los Alamos Dog Races, Bark for Books! Benefiting our local library. She has been a member of the USEA Board of Governors, the USEA Strategic Planning Committee and ad hoc DX Eventing Committee, a founding member and past President of Las Vegas Equestrian Events, Inc. and a founding member and past Vice President of the Equestrian Medical Safety Association.

Wendy can be reached at wergeles@earthlink.net and (805) 714-7181.

Ranch Staff