California Riding Magazine • May, 2011

Cañada Larga Ranch
New management and an individualized approach to boarders reflect Ventura facility's bright future.

Cañada Larga Ranch's new managers are happy to announce the immediate availability of equine boarding opportunities. 
Horse lovers at heart, new managers Kristin Burke and Cesar Perea brought their three decades of combined equine experience to Cañada Larga Ranch on January 1 of this year. They spent the first two months of the new year renovating and upgrading the property and amenities. "With great enthusiasm and after plenty of elbow grease we are now ready to accept boarding clients," said Burke on the March 1 reopening date.

Cañada Larga Ranch is nestled in a Cañada Larga (Spanish for long gorge) and surrounded by the spectacular and beautiful rolling hills of Ventura, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean and downtown Ventura, with easy access to both State Route 33 (the "Ojai Freeway") and the historic U.S. Route 101. The 3,500-acre ranch is a true equestrian paradise, with approximately 50 miles of private riding trails, two covered arenas, gigantic polo arena, beautiful barns, equine boarding services, pastures and much more.

Exceptional service and affordability will prove to be Cañada Larga Ranch's hallmark. "Our goal is to provide horses and their owners with the finest care, service, amenities and riding options available anywhere in the county, at a competitive price," says Perea. "Cañada Larga already enjoys a stellar reputation among professional trainers; we aim to make the same quality of service available to first-time horse owners and the weekend riders who enjoy an occasional trail ride."

Manager Cesar Perea is a career law enforcement professional formerly with the San Diego Sheriff's Department and the San Diego Police Department. Perea previously owned and operated a large-scale equine boarding facility in the San Diego area's Lakeside. He was most recently the Lieutenant in charge of Investigations at the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA, where he provided justice to the neglected and abused animals within San Diego County. Perea has earned top accolades in both public government work as well as in the private sector as an entrepreneur. His extensive administration and equine management background enabled him to launch Cañada Larga Ranch.

Manager Kristin Burke comes from several generations of trainers and successful equine entrepreneurs. She began riding as a young child and has developed her equestrian career over the years, mainly in the show ring of the Arabian horse circuit, training in a variety of disciplines including English and Country English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, Western and Driving. She previously worked for a large animal veterinarian in San Diego, where she gained knowledge and experience relating to all aspects of equine medicine. She has also successfully managed equine businesses relating to boarding and training. As an Adoption Counselor at the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA, Burke placed several animals into new homes and was also a part of the Behavior Assessment team and a Certified Euthanasia Technician. Her detailed equestrian background and passion for animals provides Cañada Larga Ranch with exceptional care and service for all horses and their owners.
Upgrades & Expansions

In the coming months, Burke and Perea intend to expand upon Cañada Larga Ranch's wide variety of boarding options, amenities and custom services. Construction is already in progress to build hundreds of acres of open pasture areas, with sturdy and safe fencing that will ensure the well-being of the horses. "The pasture program will provide personalized and custom boarding packages in the best interest of each individual horse," says Burke. "We hope to have a boarding program that is second to none."

The new managers are also restructuring the entire layout of the ranch's equestrian center. New amenities will include:

  • Designated riding arenas for various disciplines
  • Covered arenas equipped with quality lighting for riding at night or in inclement weather
  • Approximately 50 miles of private riding trails with panoramic and breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean
  • A horse riding lesson program for riders of all ages

"We hope to have it all in place within the year," Perea says. 

For additional information or to schedule a tour of the facility, visit Cañada Larga Ranch at