The largest, best known, and premier Horse Boarding and Training Facility in the San Francisco East Bay Area. We offer Boarding, Training, Lessons, Camps, Leases, and Sales in a safe, fun, friendly, professional environment. Family owned and operated by horse riders and competitors on the "A" Hunter/Jumper circuit.
In the 1880s, historian and publisher Hubert Howe Bancroft started a 400-acre fruit farm in the Ygnacio Valley that produced walnuts and award-winning Bartlett pears. After being passed down through his family, the farm was rezoned for residential use and sold to developers. The final owner, Philip Bancroft, Jr. Cut down the last walnut orchard in 1971 and gave the remaining three acres of land to his wife Ruth to plant a new garden. Motivated by her lifelong passion for plants, Ruth filled the garden with her large collection of potted succulents and water conserving plants. Through the garden, she discovered how to protect tender plants from winter rains and hard freezes. Her efforts created a dynamic environment with contrasting textures and colors, and Ruth's original succulent, the aeonium 'Glenn Davidson' still grows in the garden, demonstrating the lasting benefits of water conserving plants Today, with the help of a dedicated conservancy, The Ruth Bancroft Garden serves as an example of water conversation with it's range of succulents and 92 varieties of trees including eucalyptus, yucca, aloes, and palm. Visitors can explore the garden's diverse flora through self- and docent-guided tours or attend regular plant sales to take home their own salesman-eating plant. The garden also organizes special events including a fruit-tasting tour and a holiday centerpiece-making workshop.
The faculty at Technical Institute for Indoor Gardening share knowledge of sustainable soil and hydroponic gardening practices through instruction and commissioned projects. Two gardeners with more than 50 years of combined experience teamed with 3rd Street Hydroponics to create classes and workshops ranging from pest control and composting to greenhouse construction. Teachers aim to reduce carbon footprints through their curriculum, and share their knowledge with the public via an ever-changing program of events, such as free hydroponic gardening fairs. The Institute also heads construction and development of the Oakland Organic Gardens, which aims to enable urban gardening while employing only renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, water, and a golden retriever's love.
The clacking of hooves echoes throughout the rolling hills of Alhambra Valley, sounding out the steady rhythm of another day in the quiet country atmosphere at Rancho Saguaro. The full-service boarding and training facility boasts a 38-stall stable, an indoor riding area, scenic trails, and open pastures where steeds can graze. The staff helps both beginning riders and more skilled riders find comfort in the saddle with lessons, whether they're looking to take up a new hobby, learn a new skill, or go on an adventure through the countryside. The staff teaches both Western and English riding disciplines, as well as balance, control, hunt seat equation, jumping, and basic horsemanship. Riders who train at Rancho Saguaro also have the option of competing in shows, where they can test new skills and sportsmanship while flaunting the flame decal they stitched on their saddle.
Legacy Custom Framing is a full-service custom framing shop that specializes in beautifying the boundaries of artwork, photos, maps, dried banana peels, and more. More than 2,000 frame samples (starting at $6 a foot) in a wide variety of colors and styles satisfy the decorative demands of any project. Custom frames offer numerous options for defining future masterpieces and are handcrafted by professional framesmiths living inside a large maple tree adjacent to the Keebler Komplex. Moldings ($10–100+ per foot) both modern and classical are available in various types of woods and metals, as is a large selection of artisan frames from Italy and eco-frames.
With indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as easy access to hundreds of miles in the scenic Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, Las Trampas Stables provides an opportune setting for learning the basics of horseback riding. This deal gets you three 90-minute classes with Las Trampas Stables's experienced instructors, where you'll learn the basics of English-style riding, the type of riding typically used for show jumping, polo, and sipping on a cup of Earl Grey tea while galloping down Highway 80. Aspiring horse-riders will learn about equestrian psychology, how to care for each horse, and fundamental riding techniques, with the staff ensuring that each rider has a firm foundation laid for a robust riding career.