Jeanette Bowling Joins To Lead Western Horse Training Program
August 15, 2003, St. Helena, CA
Professional rodeo rider and Napa Valley horsewoman, Jeanette Bowling, has joined the Long Meadow Ranch team as Trainer and Stable Manager. Bowling will take responsibility for an expanded horse training and riding program at the diversified organic ranch located high in the Mayacamas Mountains above Rutherford.
An accomplished barrel racer still active on the professional rodeo circuit, Bowling is well known in local circles having grown up and competed in the Napa Valley. "We are very pleased to have someone of Jeanette's talent and experience join us to assist with our horse operations," said owner Ted Hall.
Over the past few years, the approximately 600-acre Long Meadow Ranch - in addition to making wine and olive oil, growing vegetables, and raising Highland beef - has concentrated on breeding and training Pony of America (POA) ponies, which are similar to the larger Appaloosa horse. The ranch plans to eventually phase out of POA breeding to concentrate on the training of larger working horses, primarily Appaloosas and Quarter Horses.
Under Bowling's direction, Long Meadow Ranch plans to fully utilize its horse facilities, which include three stables, a training corral, and a full-size arena, and its extensive network of trails and farm roads. Bowling will use her background and experience to train the ranch's horses for the full range of Western uses and, in addition, she will accept clients' horses for training stints at the ranch. The goal is to develop versatile horses that can both be used working a ranch (or competing in Western horse shows) and enjoyed by visitors.
Owner Hall, who regularly rides to inspect the vineyards, olive orchards, and Highland cattle pastures, wants to make that experience available to visitors, too. "We hope to augment our own cattle handling capabilities while at the same time providing more opportunity for adult riders to have the full 'LMR experience.' We have many special guests who come to see the wide array of activities at Long Meadow Ranch. From the back of a horse one can not only take in the spectacular views from our perch high in the Mayacamas Mountains, but can also see the full range of organic farming activities from a unique - and appropriate - perspective," said Hall.
The ranch plans to offer to small groups - just one or two couples at a time - a very special "honeymoon" horseback experience. While primarily oriented to the ranch's own trade visitors and media guests, discussions are underway to offer special visits to the guests of soon-to-be-completed Calistoga Ranch and Auberge du Soleil beginning in the spring of 2004.
While active in 4-H, Bowling attended Justin-Sienna High School in Napa where she competed in the California High School Rodeo Association, excelling in four events: Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Goat Tying. She went to the California State Finals twice and also qualified and competed at the Junior Grand National Livestock Show and Rodeo twice.
Bowling's first job was at Rapp's Quarter Horse Ranch in Napa - a full cutting horse facility and home to famous stud, Doc's Gunsmoke - where she was responsible for all of the two- and three-year-old cutting horses, breaking them to saddle and eventually training them to work cattle. Over the next nine years, Bowling traveled throughout the Western United States riding, training and showing cutting horses.
Bowling is a certified riding instructor and a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association. She has attained her full certification in Western riding and an assistant instructor certification in English riding and she is working to obtain her certification as a clinician in both Western and English riding.
"I have been looking for years for a special place to focus my horse activities. At Long Meadow Ranch I can do a wonderful job of training and caring for horses using first-class facilities in a very private setting," said Bowling.
"We look forward to our partnership extending over many years," concluded Hall.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship.
Long Meadow Ranch is an integrated farming system that relies on each part of the Ranch contributing to the health of the whole. The Halls continue to restore and preserve the historic olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyard. They produce premium wine and olive oil, organic vegetables and eggs, plus free-range, grass-fed Highland beef. Appaloosa horse breeding and training, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through responsible farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using simple sustainable farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and produced in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.
Contact: Monty J. Sander