We are pleased to highlight one of our star wranglers who has for the last six years, called The Alisal home. Jen Sorenson grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley and has been around horses, much of her life. Prior to becoming part of The Alisal family, she assisted a well-known equine veterinarian in the area. Jen loves being in nature and helping guests discover the beauty of the many Ranch trails. And when she is not out on a ride with special guests, you can find her on the tennis courts giving a few lessons here and there. Her favorite rides are out by Alisal Lake, where wildlife and adventure seem to be around every corner. She loves bonding with the guests on her rides and recalls one special outing with a mother and her two elementary school-aged children. “We were in the middle of the ride and the young boy got a bloody nose. He didn’t want to make a fuss about it, but I handed him a handkerchief and it soon stopped. From that time on, we were buddies and he stopped by the barn to ‘say hi’ a few times before he and his family left.” Creating lasting Alisal memories is what Jen looks forward to providing all her riders. You will find Jen on one of her two horses, either Guinness or Chance. She will be mighty happy to make your ride, Alisal special. Thanks Jen!
This Month’s Featured Horse
Breed: Belgian draft cross
Color: Liver chesnut with flaxen mane & tail
Age: 13 years old
His Horse Tale: Our featured horse is the one and only, Marmaduke, who arrived at the Alisal when he was just 2-1/2 years old. He was purchased from Gary and Lisa Novatt, a local family that resides on a neighboring ranch, and now at 16, has proven to be one of our most trusted and versatile horses.
This big, lovable boy is a Belgian draft cross and is the second biggest horse in our herd, weighing approximately 1800 lbs! But don’t let his size fool you, he is a teddy bear and a jack-of-all-trades here at the ranch. He does it all, from taking our guests on our beautiful guided trail rides, to running barrels and sorting cattle in our Wednesday night Summer Rodeos. You will also find him wrangling in the herd, or just getting pampered in our new Manes and Tails program (his favorite!).
Some of his other favorite pastimes include: splashing in the water trough, being washed and brushed, and causing mischief in the barn with his many hidden talents!
One of his “talents” includes untying himself and then all of his fellow horses in the corrals! If you ever want to find him, he’ll likely be in the front of our corral, attached to his “special collar” that we had made just for him to try and prevent the mayhem caused by our favorite boy.
Be it on the trail, in the corral, or back at the arena, “Marmy” is sure to give you a great ride and show you that big guys know how to have fun! Thanks Marmaduke, for being you!!