Veteran eventing rider and trainer Robyn Fisher moved to Tugger X Ranch in Moorpark in April of this year. When the 88-acre ranch's owners mentioned they were interested in developing the "back 40" acres, Robyn was quick to suggest a cross-country course. Given the demands on land in Southern California, these valuable schooling and training venues are hard to find. For riders in the Los Angeles area, the course at Copper Meadows is a long haul to San Diego County's Ramona, and Twin Rivers in Paso Robles is about the same distance going north.
Fortunately for the eventing community, Tugger X's owners Dawn and Troy Brown were up for the challenge. Robyn's connections brought Olympic rider and renowned course designer John Williams on board and the trainer was confident that much of the course would be done soon.
"Right now it's a schooling track," Robyn explains. "But we eventually want to make it competition ready." Built on a perfect piece of rolling hills terrain, the course has obstacles suitable for beginners up through those competing at Preliminary level. There's a sunken road with a variety of banks that are perfect for introducing young horses to the ups and downs of the eventing world. A set of ditches includes some on flat ground, again perfect for young horses and beginning riders, and another set placed on slopes for the added challenge of tackling the ditch while galloping up or down. The water complex will
have three or four different-height banks.
By using portable jumps, these elements can be made tougher for those preparing to compete at higher levels.
Robyn expects that haul-in schooling opportunities will cost $50 and she's working on annual membership for those who can take advantage of the facility frequently.
The trainer is thrilled to base her business at Tugger X Ranch. The stable was originally built by Robyn's husband Shawn Nash, who knew owner Troy Brown through his work as a Hollywood stuntman. Troy is a well-known movie stunt man and also breeds rodeo bulls. The barn was built 12 years ago and features spacious 12' by 24' stalls, ample pasture space and a Eurocisor. The previous resident trainer was a working cow horse professional, who moved on when one of his owners brought their own property and asked him to come along. A short dressage court and a 270' by 150' arena are great for schooling and the 3,000 acre Happy Camp Conservatory that abuts the property offers endless trail riding and conditioning opportunities.
The stable is pretty close to full, but Robyn welcomes inquiries regarding boarding, training and/or pasture lay-up. In her short time at Tugger X, she's already seen the restorative powers of space. "We had one horse here that was going to be retired, but after being able to live outside for a while, he was able to get back to competing
and winning." - by Kim F. Miller
For more information, contact Robyn at
www.robynfisherllc.com or call her at