Rawhide Ranch celebrates 50th anniversary


Rawhide Ranch is celebrating the commencement of its 50th anniversary. To kick off the big celebration, a charity event was held at the 40-acre dude ranch on June 2. The Gene Autry Arena was dedicated. Jeffrey Richardson, the curator for the “Gene Autry Museum,” came to speak as a spokesperson on the values and legacy of Gene Autry, just after he cut the red ribbon for the dedication.

Kristi Krause, an American Idol contestant, sang the National Anthem. The “Roy Roger Rangers” performed a mounted shooting expedition on horseback. Gold Medal Vaulters demonstrated acrobatic and graceful positions on a powerful vaulting horse as they represented “The Poway Valley Vaulter’s” efforts to support the cause and celebration. The event raised funds to assist military kids to attend summer camp at Rawhide Ranch’s horse camp.

This little slice of heaven called Rawhide Ranch Summer Camp is tucked away in the sleepy ranch town of Bonsall, Calif., just 30 miles north from San Diego. It is home to about 100 animals and many horses.

Rawhide Ranch allows kids from all over the world to work the ranch, ride horses and choose from a variety of clinics the ranch offers. Some of the clinics include riding horses, archery, vaulting, riflrey, roping, animal science classes, water slide/pool, sports/games, creative writing, drama, country line dancing, arts and crafts, to name a few.

Volunteers also created a group called “Friends of Rawhide Ranch” to help raise funds for kids to go to camp. With Rancho Santa Fe’s Melisse Mossy as president and Camber Hardy as director, they “are excited to help any military child who has a parent deployed attend camp.” There are still scholarships available. Please contact Russ Hill at to learn more about qualifying for the program.

Rawhide Ranch has been in operation since 1963. Knott’s Berry Farm donated its entire Old West Village to the 40 acres.

— Camber Hardy, director, Friends of Rawhide Ranch

Rawhide Ranch is located at 6987 West Lilac Road, Bonsall, Calif., 92003. For more information: 760-758-0083;