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Ribbon-cutting to be held for new horse trail in Temecula wine country

Temecula rider Ken Leach enjoys the new trail at the Valle de Los Caballos with horse Sayo. Photo provided by Rancho California Water District.

The Rancho California Water District, Temecula Valley Rural Lifestyles, Inc., and Rancho California Horsemen’s Association invite the community to a ribbon-cutting on Saturday, February 26, at 10 a.m. for a new portion of an equestrian trail in Valle de Los Caballos.

 The ceremony and ribbon-cutting will take place at the trail head just south of the horse crossing at De Portola and Shiraz Way.

This horse trail links between the Valle de Los Caballos and Oak Mountain Road to provide a safer alternative to riding along busy De Portola Road. Equestrians will use this trail as a path between the Valle de Los Caballos and De Portola winery trails to Oak Mountain Road, Leoness Cellars, and the GlenOak Hills area.

Rancho Water has been working with members of Rancho California Horsemen’s Association and Temecula Valley Rural Lifestyles to allow riders access to trail easements along Rancho Water properties in the Valle de Los Caballos.

With licensing, fencing, and signage now in place, the trail is ready to be opened for horse traffic. Signage at the trailhead serves as a reminder that the public trail is exclusively for equestrians. Bikes, motorized vehicles, and hikers are not permitted.

“Rancho Water is pleased to partner with our equestrian neighbors in the GlenOak Hills and Valle de Los Caballos communities,” Rancho Water General Manager Robert Grantham said. “We are fortunate to offer amenities like this one to the community.”

“TVRL is grateful to Rancho Water for recognizing our historical equestrian easements and opening this trail segment, and to Dan Stephenson for his generous donation for the fencing,” Temecula Valley Rural Lifestyles President Gil Pankonin said. “It truly helps us fulfill two of our goals with the trails network: Safety and Connectivity.”

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