Situated in the heart of San Diego County, surrounded by rolling fields and towering foothills,
Ramona offers the ideal location for outdoor activities. As part of an active horse community, people in the equine world will find many aspects to their liking. With two equestrian centers located in San Diego Country Estates and miles of trails, it is a horse-lover’s paradise.
One particular trail stands out for Southern California resident Carol Kennedy, who brings her seven-year-old dressage horse, Rio, from San Marcos to ride the trails of Ramona Grasslands County Preserve, off Highland Valley Road.
“I’ve been taking Rio there since he was three years old,” says Kennedy. “It’s a really good place to start a young horse, or an inexperienced horse, on the trail because it’s not overrun with a lot of activity.”
She adds that she enjoys the trail because it is very serene, and the people who frequent it are very respectful of the park.
The preserve is also popular with families and dog-walkers.
“It’s a wonderful resource for the community, and I love it,” says Kennedy.
By Angela McLaughlin
Photo by Carol Kinney