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Equestrians lose horse pasture at Stanford

University is requiring Page Mill Pastures to drastically cut operations

Leland Stanford loved horses. They have been a part of the Stanford landscape dating from 1876, when he purchased his first 650 out of 8,000 acres. For decades Stanford University has continued that tradition. It has leased some of its valuable acreage for grazing and equestrian uses, offering the local horse-loving community opportunities to traverse trails, board their horses and use its land for pasturage.

But as open land becomes scarcer, Stanford's marriage to its horse-accommodating past has begun to falter. Faced with pressures for potential future development space and federal requirements to protect threatened and endangered species that inhabit its open spaces, the university is reducing the lease of at least one longtime equestrian facility. The leaseholder, Page Mill Pastures, must reduce by at least 75 percent the number of horses it runs on the land by the end of the year.

Page Mill Pastures has been a fixture on Stanford land for 30 years, offering boarding in paddocks and three pastures for mares, geldings and retired and injured horses. Before that, for many years it was Ramos Ranch. At one point there were as many as 150 horses. But under a revised lease, the business must reduce its herd from about 100 horses to 25. Page Mill's acreage is also being reduced from 800 acres to 118, Giselle Turchet, Page Mill's manager, confirmed on Wednesday.

Page Mill's drastic reduction is taking place for a couple of reasons. For one, it shares its home with federally endangered species. The facility sits on land near creeks that support the California red-legged frog and Western pond turtles. Stanford is required to protect those species under the Endangered Species Act.

Horse trails cross Matadero and Deer creeks, bringing erosion and excrement that may harm the small animals. The large animals could also trample the species, according to the university.

To address protection under federal law, Stanford developed a voluminous document, the Habitat Conservation Plan. The plan was approved in 2013 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, giving Stanford an "incidental take permit" for 50 years to develop some of the protected species' environmentally sensitive lands by setting some aside and enhancing others.

Jean McCown, university spokeswoman, said in an email that Stanford has been working with an agricultural consultant to assess horse and cattle pasture-management practices on its lands.

"One reason to do this evaluation is to avoid over-grazing that can result in detriment to grass lands. Stanford will be working with all of its agricultural tenants to implement recommendations for best pasture management and to make appropriate changes to ensure responsible environmental stewardship of these lands," she wrote.

Stanford has been working with Page Mill for more than three years to reach an agreement on a reduction in acreage and horses, and it is allowing the facility to continue keeping some horses and its classes on the property. The university will bring in seasonal grazing animals to reduce fire risk on the pastures that will no longer be grazed by the horses, McCown said.

Turchet said it's Stanford's land to do with what they want. She declined to comment further on the cutbacks, deferring to university officials.

But the move isn't sitting well with the equestrian community.

"Shame On You Stanford!" read the headline of the local publication "That Barn Life," which wrote about "The Great Migration" from Page Mill in its July 1 issue.

Many local equestrians have stabled and pastured their horses at Page Mill for years, including the publication's editor, Kwase Hjulstrom, who said she is one of the lucky few whose horse can remain at Page Mill.

Leaving the horse-boarding facility at 3450 Deer Creek Road means they are not only losing a close-by place to board their animals, but they are also losing a close-knit community, she and others said.

"I am extremely upset," said Sue Winslow, who recently moved her horses to Milpitas. "My horses lived at Page Mill for almost 20 years. There are so few places where you can have a horse on pasture land. ... It's kind of the end of an era."

Winslow said losing the pastures is a loss for the entire community. Families bring their children to see the horses and vans of seniors from retirement communities often stop to watch the animals placidly graze against the backdrop of hills.

She noted that many horse owners work in Palo Alto. They won't be able to drive an hour to see and care for their horses every day. There may be a few other local places to board animals, but most don't offer the accommodations of Page Mill and many are far more expensive than the $330 a month for pasture use and $695 for a paddock, she said.

For Marcy Rosenberg, the loss is "huge."

"The people were like family -- that was the hardest thing," she said of leaving.

Page Mill Pastures was also "paradise" for her two horses, and she and her husband, Bob, loved the trail connections that took them into Los Altos and to Westwind Barn, she said. After 13 years at Page Mill, she now travels to Milpitas to visit her horse.

Rosenberg recalled that before she and her husband moved their horses more than a month ago, they could feel a distinctive change in the air at Page Mill.

"These last months before we left, it's like somebody died," she said.

Some equestrians voiced concern that the university would develop the pastures, a claim that McCown said is false. The university "has no development plans for that property or outside its academic-growth boundary in Santa Clara County," she wrote.

Some in the equestrian community pointed out that the Habitat Conservation Plan does allow Stanford future development rights in some of the sensitive habitat areas outside of buffer zones and set-asides. If not building today, the university could still develop the pastures in the future, they said.

By Aug. 31, Page Mill must remove the geldings from the upper part of their pasture; all of the lower stalls and structures, tack, storage and sheds along the creeks; and all structures in the pastures at Coyote Hill, also called "Flat Pasture," according to a letter Page Mill sent to clients regarding the changes, Hjulstrom said.

By Dec. 31, all horses on the gelding pastures must be removed, and all horses and structures on Old Page Mill Road must be taken out.

The Pastures will be allowed to keep its main parking lot, mares' catch pen, riding-and-lesson program and upper stalls and arenas and the mares' pasture.

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90 people like this
Posted by Nickers
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Nickers is a registered user.

When John Arrillaga took over the lease on the Stanford Equestrian Center in 2004, the first thing he did was kick out 25% of the boarders there. Then he privatized it and made it accessible only to students, professors, doctors, and other Stanford employees. He also increased the board by 200%!

He got rid of the pasture, the hunt field, and the dressage ring, as well as removing about a third of the outdoor paddocks. He instructed a surfeit of new rules, in addition to the other extant ones.

Now, all these years later, he has had to lower the board rate. Hoping for a total of 75 horses in residence, where before there had been over 100, Arrillaga has not been able to maintain a horse population of more than 45-50!

It's a beautiful place, but the people who board there no are unhappy, and the turnover rate is high. Despite an injection of Arrillaga's own money, Stanford Equestrian Center no longer makes any appreciable profit.

Worse, Arrillaga's lease was up in 2014, but he is so rich he outbids anyone else for the ten-year lease.

He isn't making any money for Stanford, so why do they let him do this?


66 people like this
Posted by Horse Owner
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

It's a great shame that the Palo Alto area will be losing this equestrian facility. There is great pressure in the Bay Area on land for horse use of all kinds. The facilities that exist are so expensive that horse riding becomes unaffordable for regular folk. The Horse Park at Woodside - itself a nonprofit on Stanford land - charges $1,000 a month per stall in the boarding barn, plus an annual membership fee. How long before Stanford comes after that equestrian park, which is not just a local treasure, but highly valued by riders across the state?


33 people like this
Posted by Chris Romano
a resident of Woodside
on Aug 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Thank you for this well written, though sad article.


63 people like this
Posted by Horse Owner
a resident of Portola Valley
on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

Sadly, this is the way of things. Over the last 20 years, we have seen a huge reduction in the number of available---much less affordable---boarding barns in this area. Pasture is at a premium, which is why both Webb Ranch and Portola Pastures can charge huge board rates for falling down barns and unsafe facilities. I'm sure those that board in the pastures are very appreciative, and their horses very happy, but I have not forgotten that a local vet called Portola Pastures a "cash cow" due to the number of injuries sustained by the barbed wire fencing.

Friends who grew up here have wonderful memories of how rural it was; the ability to ride for miles on what is now fully developed land. Due to the incredible growth of the tech industry here, housing is at a premium. When people from outside the area come in and buy homes that have barns on the property, more often than not they tear them down. The only significant properties I know of that have barns and paddocks or arenas are owned by elderly people who, thanks to horse ownership, remain very healthy and active. Others are owned by people who became fed up with having boarders and simply are letting their barns stand empty. So very sad on all accounts. Where will people go??


70 people like this
Posted by Horse Owner 001
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Shame on this..........One the most wealthiest areas of the country.

This is just a ploy to get rid of the horses.


59 people like this
Posted by not a horse owner
a resident of Mayfield
on Aug 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm

I second the call out for shame! Also this better not be a ploy for future development. I'll camp out on the pasture if that is attempted.


72 people like this
Posted by Former Satnford resident
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Greed by Stanford. They will let the bad feelings die down, and then put up ever more buildings to run their billion dollar enterprise.


67 people like this
Posted by Peter Hirst
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm

This is a sad, unnecessary and very likely counter-productive decision. It seems that it was made not on the basis of actual evidence but on fear and speculation about endangered species takings, manure pollution and "overgrazing". There are an awful lot of "possible"s, "potential"s, "might"s and "may"s in this article, and not a single mention of any actual evidence. How many turtles and frogs have actually been trampled? What do the water quality tests actually show? What do the plant transects and annual forage estimates for the last five or ten years show? This deal has all the earmarks of a solution in search of a problem, and not an evidence based solution. It was certainly implemented without regard to modern managed and planned grazing practices. Palo Alto grasslands, being a brittle community in a Mediterranean climate, need year-round grazing -especially over the drying months - in order to maintain the nutrient and water cycles vital to its soil health and therefore the entire community. Seasonal grazing (which usually means spring, during the height of seed production) is exactly what this pasture does NOT need: it needs animals year round, and probably in greater numbers, not fewer, and certainly with greater regard to evidence-based planning. These concerns are not expressed for the benefit of any horse owners: it is for the benefit of the pasture.


60 people like this
Posted by Outlaw911
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:49 am

So sad on so many levels. Someday no one but the rich will own a horse.... what a poor outcome for the equine.


63 people like this
Posted by M.Bieder
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:52 am

I for one will be extremely saddened when I am unable to see these beautiful horses grazing on the fields next to Page Mill road. Having grown up in a very densely populated city, this bucolic scene was what I loved when I moved here. It lifts my spirits every time I drive by and catch a glimpse. I feared the day when the horses would be removed and the eventual destruction of all that is beautiful in the city that became my home.


58 people like this
Posted by Sarah
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:15 am

Can a petition be done to save this valuable facility?
Leland Stanfordis turning in is grave over this misplaced decision.


43 people like this
Posted by john francisco
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

just weight tell it gets all over grone an dry . a fire hits it an it turns in to an other clear lake an burns down half the country side. then cry in your beer omg why did this have to happen.


57 people like this
Posted by From Mtn View
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

From Mtn View is a registered user.

Developers are the bane of Silicon Valley, thoughtful development does not exist. Every square inch of space is turning into concrete.


53 people like this
Posted by Yeah, right
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

Yeah, ahah. That is done for the frogs and turtles, after all these years all of a sudden. Why does not the article talk about the huge about 4 ft in diameter pipes that have been put in the ground a few months back? I drive there every morning and as other bypassers could see how thise were first stored and then quickly and quietly put in the ground. All you see now is a nice flat dirt.

What is it if not the infrastructure getting prepared for the future development? Could somebody answer the question?


10 people like this
Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:43 am

It's hard to imagine Leland Stanford turning in his grave over a land deal. He wasn't one of the Robber Barons b/c of his sentimentality.


57 people like this
Posted by Carol Gilbert
a resident of University South
on Aug 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

How sad this is. I was never a rider nor owner, but when I worked on the hill, I loved being able to walk where the horses were to visit with them. I hope somehow this can be saved especially for the people who work in PA and board up there.


53 people like this
Posted by Wondering
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

"Seasonal grazing" means leasing the land out to cattle for a nice write off doesn't it? And how does this protect the stream beds from further erosion or protect the endangered species?


7 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

If the headline read "Palo Alto reduces invasive species population" there would likely be less grousing.


53 people like this
Posted by Doni Hubbard
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm

This is such a poor decision. What a loss for the community! It makes me sad and embarassed to be a Stanford grad. I have no doubt Leland Stanford is turning over in his grave. Surely the preservation of Stanford's ranch history requires that this horse propertty be maintained.

Thank you though for such a thoughtful, detailed article, as difficult as it is to read such bad news.


56 people like this
Posted by Caitlin
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Doesn't this decision from the patriarchal boys' club that runs Stanford just reek of arrogance and greed?

For them to forego this long tradition is sickening.

I'm totally on the sidelines vav the horse pasture ie not a horse owner BUT it seems to me that Stanford can afford to say no to the developers who no doubt are courting them vav this decision.

The modicum of respect I was clinging to for this university just evaporated as I read this article. What a bunch of clowns they are showing themselves to be.


66 people like this
Posted by Sandra
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Stanford is so messed up in the way they do things.

They think nothing of building a huge power plant next to the equestrian facility, which in turn caused them do do away with the extra boarding area for horses as well as the nice big field next to it. And they claim to be environmentally conscious?

Additiinally, they poison the squirrels, destroy the nests of barn swallows and destroy killdeer habitat.

I call BS on everything they do.


58 people like this
Posted by Former PMP boarder
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:46 pm

My mind and heart are torn by this decision. After 6 years at PMP, I was one of the fortunate ones who found affordable boarding- tho' not pasture - in Portola Valley/Woodside . But, as an earlier writer noted, it's a 2 horse barn owned by a couple in their 80s. When they go, I don't live close enough to do my own horse care. My husband and I together spent 70 years in blue-collar jobs at Stanford but my grandchild will not have the experience of growing up learning from horses.
Without horses on the Gelding and Flat pastures, the ground squirrels will so erode the ground that cattle will be in danger of breaking legs.
It's all very sad knowing the 'little people' who contributed to the wonderful 'style' of this small Penensula have no say against the Bigwigs


40 people like this
Posted by Liz
a resident of Woodside
on Aug 29, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Very sad. Something that has made this area special. I can't begin to count the number of times over the past 20 some years of living in this area that I drove on Pagemill and Sandhill toward 280 and thanked Leland Stanford for his acquisition of the vast acreage that so much of which today remains open space grazing land. Sorry to see this could end up in developers greedy hands building suburban office parks and McMansions for the SV elite. As a horse lover and former horse owner I feel the pain and anguish that the displaced tenants of pagemill pastures are experiencing. A loss to the horse community as a whole.


57 people like this
Posted by Sad for PMP
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Aug 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm

The thing that gets me is the creek is only a creek when it rains. Has anyone even ever seen one of those meaningless (to me) frogs? Or one of those turtles? I doubt it. Now they'll have to bring in goats to graze the land. So I'm confused - us horse lovers who are enjoying our hobby while at the same time trying to do what is best for these beautiful animals (allowing them to live as nature intended, in a herd, with constant movement, being able to graze 24/7, something you don't get when you cage horses like zoo animals in stalls to their extreme detriment), we have to leave for a stupid frog and they still need grazers for the land? Yeah, I call BS too. And let me add that awhile back I spoke to some official who pointed to the construction yard area that was at the corner of Deer Creek and Page Mill and said to me, "I'm going to build a barn for you up there". Oh really? The manager of Page Mill Pastures (PMP) certainly had no plans to build a barn, so did he think I was with Stanford when he saw me? So maybe Stanford is taking the pasture land for itself? Maybe to build a cross country course? There's already a new gate near the crosswalk into that leveled area. Who knows. All I know is my horses love living in this way and I'll never put them in stalls. Never. So where do we go?


45 people like this
Posted by EndangeredSpeciesMyAss
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

I don't believe that excuse for a minute. Just wait a few years and we'll have another industrial "park" on that land.


53 people like this
Posted by Meera
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

I grew up riding at Ramos Ranch, the best and most valuable part of my childhood and teen years, and made me what and who I am today. John Ramos was an amazing man and I will always be grateful for every moment I got to spend with him and learn from him.
Stanford continues to strangle out all its open spaces that make it so special. This is badly done, this school does not need the money, and they cant say that after having horses on this land for over 50 years that they are doing this in the name of pasture management. Nor can they claim they are doing it in the name of conservation when they allow tech companies to sprout like weeds on the banks of these same creeks.
Badly done Stanford, you just lost one of your biggest fans. You can expect nothing from this alum in the future.


2 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Aug 29, 2016 at 7:53 pm

How many misinformed people are there in this area? Even after reading this article, they make comments that completely contradict it. Why don't you see if you can get the Weekly to write an editorial disavowing this article? Good luck.


35 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:57 pm

This is very concerning. I will be extremely angry if Stanford tries to develop this land.


50 people like this
Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:56 am

Thank you for this excellent article. There has been a sort of "omerta" (code of silence) regarding Stanford's recent actions to eliminate the horse communities on their land, much in contradiction to their original vision and charter. Ranch managers are scared and cannot speak up because their leases can be revoked by Stanford in one month, regardless of the investments and decades of services they have provided.
Our family fell in love with this ranch because of our disabled son, to whom it provided a place to interact with horses, and a caring and supportive community. This is all getting destroyed now.
The environmental argument is very suspect, the creek in question represents a very small part of the land, and is already bordered by industrial structures. The complete elimination of horses on some of the land and the extreme restrictions imposed otherwise appear designed to drive the ranch managers out of business and discourage the few remaining horse owners. Since this land is clearly marked for future development in the Stanford official plan, one can clearly see what the long term plan is.
The communication from Stanford had been appalling, typical corporate PR stonewalling. They come across as a giant, uncaring, greedy and faceless bureaucracy where no one is really taking accountabilty, and one that bullies the little guy out of the way. Certainly a long way from their founding vision and ideals.


43 people like this
Posted by Liz T.
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2016 at 10:18 am

Very sad this is happening. I agree with many of the comments that Stanford will just wait until the comments die down and then they will build. It may take them years, but they WILL build there. "Seasonal grazing" would mean cattle, goats, or sheep would be brought in. These animals are much more destructive to the land than horses (which are being fed hay daily and therefore are not foraging as much for food). It is so sad that horses are being pushed out of the Bay Area. They provide so many positive aspects to our lives!


32 people like this
Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:58 am

Do the commenters here understand that Stanford is not allowed to build on that land?

Stanford is going for a new land use permit that is much more restrictive than you claim.

[Portion removed.]


31 people like this
Posted by Misunderstood?
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Misunderstood? is a registered user.

It has been my understanding that Leland Stanford put most of Stanford's lands in a " perpetuity". Therefore they can never be developed.

However, that perpetuity has been disregarded in the past, so what is to stop them now??

Just as Stanford was supposed to be tuition-free for all time.


31 people like this
Posted by Sandra Winkler
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm

This is so upsetting. I grew up in Palo Alto, which was surrounded by a large horse community at the time, and boarded horses in these facilities for many years. Horse facilities have been disappearing since the 1970's, so this is just the latest sting. Shoreline Park in Mountain View used to be low income housing and boarding facilities for a very large number of horses across several horse stables, plus many home owners had ponies and/or horses in their backyards along with chickens and such. Los Altos Hills used to be home to a large number of horse stables, including Cooks Quarter Horse Ranch and Berryhill Farms on Page Mill just off 280, where large expensive homes now sit and a park and ride now cuts through what was once a horse trail. I remember when Deer Creek Road went in, cutting through Rancho Ramos' horse facilities at the time. Most of the streets, homes, and all of the businesses now located in those foothills were not there when I was a teenager. All the human development of more and more larger homes and businesses into the open space areas should be stopped, rather than displacing the horses, which are going to go where? I have witnessed the transformation of the Bay Area during my years on this planet, and the loss of the horse properties is the saddest thing to see, especially when one considers the impact that horses have had in human history in pulling chariots, plows, wagon trains, and carrying men into battle. One does not have to own a horse to admire their beauty and find peace in our own sole in the process.


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Posted by Dayle Schweninger
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm

I rode there for years, this is a shame and a sham. [Portion removed.] What about the golf course up the hill with it's fertilizers and pesticides getting into the creek?! IF you ask me , this is just a way, to do away with the land. [Portion removed.]


22 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2016 at 10:26 am

I have a strong inclination that Stanford wants to build on this land very soon, and they are using the endangered species (RLF and turtles) for their advantage. As someone else pointed out, the 'creek' is only seasonal, there is no ponds to support turtles, and the meadows do not stay wet enough to support RLF.

Part of this pasture is contaminated with lead from the old WWI Camp Fremont. I believe there was a rifle range in the pasture on one side or the other of Coyote Hill Rd, between Page Mill and Hillview. Maybe someone should push for historical status...


14 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm

pearl is a registered user.

What about Spring Down Farm in Portola Valley...is it still there?


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Posted by @pearl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Spring down is still there, but it is overcrowded with refugees from prior barn closings. It has become very pricey. So has the only stable left in Los Altos Hills.

There are three on Calaveras Blvd, in the Calaveras Hills above Milpitas, and about three in Fremont. Otherwise, you have to go either to the coast, or way over to Castro Valley. Except for Castro Valley ($$$$), the others are horse ghettos.


18 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm

pearl is a registered user.

I just did a"search" for "Spring Down Farm", and came up with "Spring Down Equestrian Center", owned and operated by "Carol", who does not appear to have a last name.

I'm not a horse owner, nor a horse rider. The only reason this news article came to my attention is because I was office secretary to the original owner of "Spring Down Farm" when it first began operation years ago.

My only experience with horses is as a child in the 1940s, when my friends and I used to ride our bikes over to the "Stanford Horse Barn" where we rented horses for fifty cents and went horseback riding through the hills. I actually can't believe my mother allowed me to do that without an adult being along. How times have changed!!!


5 people like this
Posted by @pearl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Stanford Equestrian Center is now closed to the public, no children allowed. There is Portola Valley Training Center, which also houses a horse hospital. It is extremely expensive and they are for show horse only, requiring that each boarder sign up with a trainer and compete in at least 10 shows/year. I believe Stanford is exclusively a show barn as well.

When I was a kid in the 70s, there wer barns all over Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Saratoga (Garrod's is still there), south San Jose, Amaden Valley, Los Altos, north San Jose, Alviso, Milpitas, even east San Jose. There were some that were actually on flat land, not in the mountains.

I have been riding since I was eight years old. Now, board is so expensive I can no longer afford it. When my last horse passed away in 2011, I could not afford to replace him.


18 people like this
Posted by Calling BS
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2016 at 5:02 pm

When I was a child in the late 60s and 70s, there were boarding stables all over Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga ( Garrod's remains), San Jose, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Alviso, and all through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Fremont had almost as many stables as housing tracts. Now you have to drive to Gilroy or Vastro Valley or the Coast.

Just heartbreaking!


18 people like this
Posted by MelissaB
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 31, 2016 at 5:25 pm

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So sad...I boarded my horse there when I was a kid when it was Ramos Ranch (early '70's). So many great memories - riding all day with friends, swimming with the horses in Lake Lagunita, sleepovers at the stables, riding to Rosati's for burgers. Rent was $25 a month! What a shame. :(


14 people like this
Posted by Wondering
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 31, 2016 at 7:02 pm

[Portion removed.] We can lament among ourselves the loss of open space and our ability to have an impact on the decision making, but only because it helps to share the pain. Alums take note: this isn't the good-neighbor, benevolent educational institution you once (we all once) loved and respected. It's a bottom-line driven juggernaut.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

Stanford continues to build boxing up oak trees and letting them die. Building "temporary buildings" ti get around Stanfords land trust. Rhis is not the Stanford I once enjoyed and loved. The greed and gluttony has gotton to epic porptions around here.


7 people like this
Posted by Donna Sullivan
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 10, 2016 at 5:17 pm

We need to help protect the legacy of Leland Stanford and keep Page Mill Pastures what it has been. A beautiful jewel of place for horses and their people in the midst of an over-developed area.

Please watch our video, read our petition, and sign it to let Standford know that this legacy should not be forgotten.

Web Link

Thank you.


12 people like this
Posted by Former PMP boarder
a resident of another community
on Sep 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

What really makes me suspicious about Stanford's 'reasons' , is that the creek is already protected . A year ago they put up fences 100ft on either side of the creek to keep the horses from crossing the creek. I'd love to hear what the new fences 100ft inside the old fences along PageMill and Coyote Hill Rds are protecting- ground squirrel burrows?


7 people like this
Posted by Grrrrr
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 12, 2016 at 12:57 pm

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Over the ten years I worked there, I have seen Stanford cut down the protected California Live Oak Trees, build on " protected" land, per Leland Stanford's will and perpetuity, fail to water or care for Leland Stanford's favorite oak tree--near his mausoleum, and allow big donors to have carte blanche with development and building on campus ( including the removal of healthy Live Oaks).

Stanford doesn't care; they don't have to. They are I governed and ungovernable.


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