Cattle Sorting at Mara Brandman Arena

Last Saturday, June 3rd marked the kickoff to Hitch’n Post Cattle Club’s Summer Sorting Series at the Mara Brandman Arena in Orange Park Acres.  Opening night featured a taco truck, a live country cover band, Sterling Sylver, and of course sorting!  Those who signed up to compete even received a wristband for all you can…

Irvine Regional Park Spring to Summer

Last week I was able to catch a nice late afternoon ride through Santiago Oaks into Irvine Regional and was surprised at how quickly the parks are changing.  As summer begins to creep closer, Irvine Regional is starting to lose its lovely spring greenery.  There is still quite a lot of mustard seed (some taller…

Chestnut Mare, Beware

“She’s cute, but she’s kind of a b****.” That was the first description of the fiery, flaxen-maned, beautiful beast I would soon call my own; my sweet Bee. You may or may not have heard of the myth that chestnut horses, mares in particular, are hot blooded, hard headed, and an all around challenge.  Some swear…

Springtime in Irvine Regional Updates

As I mentioned in my previous post on Springtime in Irvine Regional, the park has seen some substantial flooding thanks to the wonderful amounts of rain we got this winter.  It’s been about a month since I last ventured into the park, and there have been some big changes since I last visited. The flooding…

Santiago Creek Trail

  This probably should have been my first trail specific post seeing as it spans two majors parks and is an easy trail for riders of any skill level (as a former trail guide, I used to take people who had never ridden a horse before on this trail), and is a good trail to…

Horseshoe Loop, Irvine Regional Park

Located in Irvine Regional Park, Horseshoe Loop Trail doesn’t actually look like a horseshoe (unless you’re very abstract) I believe it is more in reference to its location and some of its more common trail goers (horses!). Horseshoe Loop has several branches at the beginning but all stay within a similar area.  Santiago Creek Trail…

Springtime in Irvine Regional

I went to Irvine Regional Park a few weeks ago since the rain has subsided long enough for the trails to open back up.  While I was disappointed that there was still no river I was incredibly surprised to discover a new “lake” had formed at the end of the park coming over from Santiago…

Rattlesnake Trail, Orange Park Acres

Getting to Rattlesnake Trail I usually take Meads Ave. (East) from Orange Park Blvd. to Randall St. (East) which ends at the North entrance to the trail.  You can also get there from Amapola Ave. which will bring you in at the South entrance to the trail.  If you want to cut through Rattlesnake from…

Irvine Regional Park

Irvine Park was part of Don Teodosio Yorba’s original Mexican grant of Rancho Lomas de Santiago. In 1860 it was sold for $7,000 for use as a cattle range, but was unsustainable for the large herds. It was sold 6 years later for the same price, this time for sheep farming.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Santiago Creek encompasses the main tributary of the Santa Ana River in OC, and is named for San Iago (St. James Iago) by the expedition of Gaspar de Portola in 1769.

In 1866 Llewellyn Bixby, Benjamin and Thomas Flint, and James Irvine, purchased portions of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. In 1892 a dam made of river rock and cement was constructed on the property, which still stands within the present park.