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Welcome to Marin's most relaxing horse ranch.  Whether you ride competitively or for your own pleasure, Dougherty Ranch offers a full range of horse boarding services, riding lessons, and amenities for the horse enthusiast. We are a family-friendly stable, with riding instructors/trainers that cater to every age group. Originally established in 1860 by William Miller, the Dougherty's have owned this ranch since 1980.  Diana Dougherty has over 30 years of professional equestrian experience, and Diana and her workers, Sergio and Rogelio, provide exceptional, personalized care.   Every horse is treated as if it was their own.  If you are interested in learning more about our services, please feel free to contact us.  

Ranch Hand
Diana Dougherty 
Ranch Hand

700 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio, CA 94946 |415-662-2031
Mailing Address: PO Box 835, Nicasio, CA 94946



  • Direct trail access to Marin Open Space, Samuel P. Taylor and beyond

  • Large, lighted indoor arena

  • Exceptional trainers on site

  • Huge outdoor all weather jumping arena with excellent footing

  • Stalls, paddocks and pastures

  • Round pen

  • Wash racks with hot and cold water

  • Three types of hay available (grass, alfalfa, oat) and you get to decide which of those your horse gets fed

  • Highly experienced ranch foreman and staff

  • Located only 15-30 minutes from most North Bay cities including Novato, Petaluma, Mill Valley, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Point Reyes; under an hour from San Francisco

  • Extensive fire protection safety measures

  • Large, fenced dog runs available to use while at the ranch

  • 24 x 7 surveillance: owners and staff all live on site


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