Testimonials from Happy Clients

I bought cody from you in 2001 Hi Rich!  Big Mac passed the vet check and he is settling in even more and is being well loved and taken care of! My Ava is a happy girl and so is Mac……thank you!!  
Happy Trails to you.

Erin

I bought cody from you in 2001 Thank you for the Certificate of Registration for Buckeye. Buckeye is fantastic and "all that". I know you knew that, but being new to the horse world, I still need to develop that discernment and keen eye you have. Fortunately between you and Grace, you both guided me well. After every ride or quality time with Buckeye I am smiling ear to ear and full of joy. He's got great work ethic and seems always happy when I come to get him from the paddock to work with him, whether ground work or in the saddle. He takes good care of me on the trails - we whoop it up, he gives me his ear and a nice bend. I can't say enough about him.
Happy Memorial Day. Enjoy your work with your other horses - you do great work.

Thank you again.
Silke

I bought cody from you in 2001 Happy New year 2016 to Hollis Ranch. Just a note to let you know Diablo has adjusted well and we are very pleased with him. Our trainer is amazed at how much he knows! He loves the trail and our daughter waits for his nicker every morning when he sees her. Thank you again for Diablo!

The Lustig's

I bought cody from you in 2001

Hi Rich,

I just wanted to check in and let you know that we are absolutely thrilled with Chester! He is the perfect horse for our program and is doing very well. He is already best buddies with our welsh pony, Justin, and is a huge favorite among the kids for his sweet demeanor on the ground as well as under saddle. He is also a great trail horse, and is schooling nicely at the canter now. :) Thank you for selling us such a quality animal; you will be the first person I contact when I am in the market to add to our herd again! Attached you will find a photo of him teaching a lesson to one of the girls. :)

Best,
Crystal

Cinder is getting along just fine. I’m thrilled to find he is safe in traffic. Thank you for working with me in purchasing this fine horse. I’m sure we will have lots of miles of fun ahead of us.

Joan Alger

I bought cody from you in 2001

13 years later:

I bought cody from you in 2001 - he’s moved from Maine to California, first to the city (Huntington Beach) and then to Carmel Valley, which is close to heaven for human and beast. He’s been a wonderful, trouble-free boy all these years - go anywhere, do anything sort of guy, whether ponying a rehabbing horse or crossing the river on cobbly rocks or you name it. Thank you.

Virginia Thorndike

Little Joe purchased from Hollis Ranch

Hi Hollis Ranch!

I just realized, it has been a year and a half since I purchased my wonderful boy from you. His name was "Little Joe" when I purchased him, I have changed it to "Apache".

He is a wonderful horse with TONS of personality and the ultimate in-your-pocket puppy dog horse. Where I board him, he is a barn favorite. That's saying something considering there are about 60 other horses there. Haha!

Thank-you for everything!

Sincerely,
Zuzana

Hi Lynn and Rich,
I'd been intending to send you a note for a while. To sum things up: we absolutely love our new horse!

I expected that it would take time for a bond to grow with a new horse, but right away after he arrived here both Steve and I had a connection with him, and he seemed to bond to us very quickly. I must say though, that right away we felt a new name for him was necessary -- somehow GPS did not seem appropriate for such an elegant and intelligent horse! We settled on Agazander (Zander or Z for short), after an ancient Greek sculptor who created magnificent horses.

We have a great time together on the trails; he loves to explore new trails, is great alone or with a group, and will go first, last or in the middle. Since he moves out so strongly, we usually take the lead. He gets lots of comments from passers-by on how handsome he is! He's absolutely great with the other horses too. Once we turned him out with the others, he immediately became the boss, but without so much as a dirty look at the other horses, let alone a kick. Even though they were more senior, they immediately fell in line behind him. When a new pony moved in, that pony was of course lowest on the totem pole. However, if the other horse started making any sign of aggression toward the pony, Zander would immediately step in between them to protect the pony and prevent any aggressive behavior from others. He is an unusually kind boss.

He really enjoys people too. When he sees me coming, he'll cross the pasture to greet me. If I take time to sit out there with the horses, he'll come over and graze right next to me. One time, when I was leaning against the fence talking with someone, Zander came up behind me and rested his head on my shoulder for quite a while, just being part of the conversational group! He just likes being together. He is very, very fond of Steve too.

As you can tell, we are happy to have him. And I know he is very happy here.

All the best,
Mary McNerney
Thor and his owner

Hi Rich!
Thor just completed his first Hunter Pace in tremendous time (12 seconds from optimal time!) and barely broke a sweat. He could have just kept going. He is in awesome shape and loves to work! I just want to tell you what a GREAT horse he is and how much fun we are having - both on the trails and in the ring with his dressage training! Getting Thor - and coming to Hollis Ranch - was the best decision I ever made!!
Mary & Mr. T.

horse jumpingWoman on horse closing gate

Hi Rich:
Dorothy & Will are adjusting well. We've ridden almost everyday-with pleasure! Best to Lynn.
Thanks,
Bayne & Jeanie

Western horse sold by Hollis RanchHi There!
Just wanted to share some pictures with you. Kristen took Ginger out on the beach last Saturday with some friends. Had a great time! Ginger did very good-enjoyed the ride herself. Kristin is very happy with Ginger. Thanks again.
Patty & Kristin

Rock Star purchased from Hollis Ranch

Dear Rich,
So sorry it took us so long to give you an update on Rock Star. We've been very busy with his training. He is exactly what we were looking for. We wanted a horse that was sound and sane and that's hard to find. We also wanted a green horse that my daughter could gain experience training and create a true bond with. 

Rock Star is amazingly loving and tends to like his human better than the herd. He is bombproof and I mean that literally. Every summer the town shoots fireworks right over our property and Rock Star doesn't blink an eye. For a 5 year old that's exceptional. 

We had some starts and stops with trainers in the beginning, but figured out in short order that it was the trainers, not the horse. He has taken to jumping like a pro. He is honest, loves the pace and took first place his first time out. He is learning dressage this winter and does fairly well even though he prefers fast and flying! 

I have attached some pictures so you can see how great he looks. He filled out beautifully after a few months of regular work and with another year's growth his height increased.  His coloring will always be unique and striking in the ring! Just hope that you don't see him at a show...cause my horse will beat your horse any day!

Hope all is well at the barn. Best Regards,
Syler and Sutton Murray

We are so thrilled with Cruiser! He is a true love and we've been having fun riding him. He and Pepper get along great and are true buddies. Thanks for finding us our perfect horse!
Love from the Shepherds.

A great big thank you for introducing me to my best friend (besides my hubby, of course!). Bob just lights up my life. We ride everywhere and come spring I want to get a little pony for both Bob and the Grand kids, so we will be seeing you then! 
Carole & Sonny and of course "Bob"

Hi Rich!
I just wanted to give you an update on "Whiz" to let you know how we're all doing.  He has the best personality and absolutely loves to be around people just as much as his barn mates. We took him to two shows, over this summer, and have placed in all of our classes riding both english and western. He even got his first blue ribbon in Command class. He's such a good listener and does anything you ask of him.  Your flexibility and dedication in finding us the right horse, that suited both our riding abilities, is much appreciated. We couldn't be happier!  Good luck in your future endeavors.
Karen Hunter

I just received Spur's (now re-named Raven) registration certificate  in the mail and it reminded me that I needed to contact you and tell you how much we love him!! He is a sweet, wonderful horse. I cannot believe how calm he is for such a young horse. The vet described him as "forgiving", and he certainly is that. He patiently takes on whatever this mother/daughter beginner duo can dish out. He works well in the ring and has proved himself to be nearly unflappable on the trail. Everyone at the barn loves him! Thank you again for your patience while we were making our  selection. Raven was absolutely the best pick for us, and I thank  you for showing us such a wonderful horse.
Cindy

Hi Rich,
I came across your card and realized that I had never given you an update on my buddy Ghost (Moon Ghost Spirit). He is such a great horse. He and I are getting along great. I am amazed at how smart he is, I am still taking lessons just to catch up to Him. And what a character too!  Thanks again,
Ed

Hi Rich
I was taking a peek at your website today and was tickled to see a photo of our horse on your main page. We bought Spot (Mr Executive Prince) from you about four years ago, and have loved every minute with him. He's got a great personality, so curious and playful. We've been teaching him tricks like fetch and lie down, maybe someday we'll take him to the circus (NOT!!). He's an awesome trail horse, you never have to worry when you go out on him. And a bit of a celebrity here at home, the tourists are always stopping us to take pictures of the polka-dot horse! He's the best!
Omar and Sheila

Hi Rich
I bought Double in June 2007 and want to let you know that he is doing great! He has a wonderful personality and everyone at the barn loves him. We are now riding dressage and progressing well with only a french link bit. On weekends we trail ride with friends and he loves being a part of a group. He is a willing partner and just what I needed. Thank you for making it possible.
Janice Berman

Hi Rich,
Remember “MEXICO”, the chestnut gelding you sold me in February 2005? He is “Ponderaia’s Rio Grande” now – better known as “RIO HOSS”. Although I still own 4 other horses, he is my exclusive mount. He’s a good boy and I’m very glad I found him through you – thanx much! Here’s what he was doing on Memorial Day. He’s also been to Crane Beach (a lot) and loves the water (too much!). I’ve written a story about one of our days on Crane which will be published this Fall .  I’ll send you a copy. Happy trails. Laine Raia

Perfect is fine, we went to the park over the weekend and he was "Perfect". He really is a nice boy we do enjoy him. He really loves his food that is for sure. Got the Tom Thumb Bit and I thank you for sending it. Please keep in contact with us and keep your eye out for a small horse or large pony for the kids. You have done a great job with Perfect so we have faith in your judgment. Thank you for everything and we will write you in a month or so about Perfect and his new home with us.
Thanks again and Happy Trails,
Donna Pap