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Take a trail ride through acres of Monterey pine forest, through pastures of grazing cattle, and along a spectacular ocean view. Covell Clydesdale Ranch in Cambria offers guided trail rides atop their 2000-pound gentle giants. Tara Covell says, “These are gentle calm horses and easy to ride.” Imagining sitting atop their broad backs can be daunting, but many say it’s the experience of a lifetime.”
“The rides are mostly walking,” said Tara, “with some trotting and cantering depending on ability.” Children must be at least seven years old. Helmets are not required but are pro-
vided if wanted.
Bring your
camera!
Other fun
includes
UTV tours
for groups
of 5 or less
or wagon
tours for
larger groups.
The tours in-
clude the history of
the ranch and up-close encounters with the pastured Clydesdales.
Rancher Ralph Covell has raised
Clydesdale
horses for over 40
years, 23 of those in Cam-
bria. Originally based in Azusa, California, he bred
and showed his huge horses throughout the country. His search for more rural space brought his
horses and family to a 2000-acre parcel amongst the Monterey pine forest in Cambria. The Inspiration to open the ranch to the public came about in 2015 when daughter, Tara, came up with the idea to offer the rides and tours for the public.
Covell currently has between 50 and 60 Clydesdales, a breed of draft horse well-known in the United States for representing Budweiser.
The large, gentle Clydesdale is named for its origin in the valley of the River Clyde in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The breed originated in the 18th century when imported Flemish stallions were bred to local mares. In the 19th century the Shire, another draft breed,
was introduced to the bloodlines. Clydesdales were exported to other countries to help with farming.
Cambria, San Simeon, North Coast
Ride a gentle giant at Covell Clydesdale Ranch
Trails rides and tours travel past spectacular views
      WE OFFER CLYDESDALE TRAILRIDES AND RANCH TOURS! &
  Call or text to book: (805) 975-7332 @covells_clydesdales We are open Mon-Sat 9am & 3pm www.covellsclydesdaleranch.com
 784 Main Street in the West Village of Cambria
800.545.5079 • 805-927-8200 www.cambriavacationrentals.com
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