Our amazing team is committed to providing for the well-being of all animals at the Ranch. Whether it's a boarded horse or one of our many equines rescued from the brink of slaughter, we are passionate about quality care. From facility management and strict bio-security, to husbandry and proper veterinarian care, we strive to do our best with limited resources. Follow our good work on Facebook at Castlewood Ranch, Aptos Hills.
Kelly Marie has been an avid animal and horse lover her entire life. She has over 40 years of equestrian experience and is also a skilled dog trainer. She rides English and used to be an ardent Hunt Field rider. She has been trained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and started the Mounted Ranger unit for a local County Parks Department. Despite Kelly's riding style, she respects all approaches to riding and training horses -as long as it is kind to the horse and safe for both horse and rider.
Castlewood started out as a horse boarding operation. But, Kelly saw the need for another energetic rescue to help stop the never ending stream of at risk equines and ranch animals being slated for slaughter or euthanasia. In order to make a difference, she restructured her horse boarding operation into an organization promoting education, rescue, rehabilitation, re-homing and permanent sanctuary for selected at risk ranch animals. When you secure paid services from Castlewood Ranch you are actively supporting equine and ranch animal rescue.
While we occasionally rescue a variety of ranch animals, our primary mission is is to rescue equines from the brink of slaughter.
Our goals include the following:
This ongoing weekend 4 hour program is designed for kids with no horse experience. Participants will learn about horse behavior, animal ...
This ongoing weekend 4 hour program focuses on kids 6-12 that have demonstrated mastery of basic ground skills and responsibility with ranch...
This year-round Kids Club will focus on refining riding skills learned after participating in our Advanced Beginner program. We will accep...
This hands on learning program will give you an opportunity to continue to refinine husbandry and riding skills learned in private lessons ...
Kelly invites you to call the Ranch and see what volunteer, sponsorship, horse leasing or boarding opportunities are available. Don't have time? You can always give a non-deductible gift to save an animal.
Donna has been an ardent animal lover and dog trainer her entire life. She cares deeply for the environment and animal welfare. She supports Defenders of Wildlife, and asks that you do as well.
Kim advocates for the concept #AdoptDontShop. She has volunteered at her local shelter in the rabbit room, and has adopted several rabbits. Kim also loves cats. Please help feral cats get altered. Consider supporting Project Purr.
Sandi is our longest serving volunteer and deserves a "shout out" THANK YOU! She has seen our rescues come in, and go out to new loving homes. And, she is a BIG part of why we can d o what we do. Do you want to volunteer? Call us!
We are lucky to have Amaryliss on Team Castlewood. She has 20 years of horse / rider training experience under her boots and helps to manage all aspects or our programming. She is a skilled ranch
fixer-upper as well She offers onsite private riding lessons by appointment and manages our CowPoke Kids Summer Camps.
We are proud to have Chris on our team. She has a special talent with the kids, and supports our efforts to teach responsible animal stewardship.