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Ride Nipomo
Equestrian TRAIL Alliance

Working together with hikers, bikers, and equestrians to save our trails for future generations

Check out the latest news from Ride Nipomo!


A Major Win for Equestrians at Live Oak Trail!!!

Such great news...just have to share!!!! Last week Judge Anderle by far the most experienced Santa Barbara judge when it comes to environmental law, shredded the county’s argument that opening the north shore of Cachuma, and specifically, Live Oak Trail, was exempt from environmental analysis  and issued judgement in favor of a small, yet brave group of equestrians who filed suit and ultimately won to protect equestrian, and wildlife at the Live Oak Trail.  You can see the details in the Santa Barbara Independent article here


An important win in itself, but sets legal precedent for any other such projects.  This is huge!


We couldn't have done this if we hadn't all pulled together.  Your letters and by attending meetings, WE ALL have kept equestrian safety at the forefront of the arguments.


However, the unfortunate news is that the fight for Live Oak Trail is not over yet. Through the Santa Barbara Recreation Master Plan that is still being developed, we still must continually speak up,fight for and develop policies that protect equestrian safety on County trails. There are proposals that would threaten equestrian safety that are still in the works and are associated with this document.


In the next few weeks, we will be discussing such policies and prepare an "official" policy document that we will submit to the County. Please email Kathy Rosenthal if you want to help out with this effort. You can also let us know of your special concern when riding on our trails and how we should expand trail use and horse camping in the future.


Thank you all, hugs to everyone...what a Christmas present!  Good job everyone!!!! - Kathy Rosenthal

Cayuse Endurance Ride is re-scheduled to April 21 to 23, 2023. 

Due to the recent rains and the resulting wet grounds, we are rescheduling the December ride. A ride in April means spring wildflowers and warmer weather. Saturday April 22 also happens to be Earth Day! 


If you've already registered, please email Dana, the ride manager, and let her know if you would like to hold your entry for the rescheduled April ride date or request a refund. They are also looking for volunteers which is a great way to learn more about endurance riding.  It is a fundraiser for SLOPOST in San Luis Obispo county. You can download the flyer here. Contact Dana Tryde with any questions at 805 540 0883.



Please track your monthly hours on the trails.
We report the time to the County and it helps us keep them preserved.

Here are a few tips:

  • We only need to provide monthly hours (not weekly) of time ridden or time worked on the below trails.

  • This doesn't have to be accurate to the minute - just provide an email monthly of your estimated time spent in both categories on the trails

  • Send your time to

  • Here are the trails we track and report on:

Camino Caballo
Nipomo Park

Knollwood One

Knollwood Two (Callendar Grove)

Woodlands Staging

Native Gardens

Black Lake

Bluff Trail

Widmark Trail

Trilogy Trail

Questions? Email Thank you!

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