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The Ranch


Reinstein Ranch is one of the oldest continuously
operated horse and cattle ranches in Contra Costa
County. In this historic setting, you'll enjoy hundreds
of acres to explore.

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The Ranch


Reinstein Ranch is one of the oldest continuously
operated horse and cattle ranches in Contra Costa
County. In this historic setting, you'll enjoy hundreds
of acres to explore.

Boarding

Our facility includes multiple barns, a covered arena, large outdoor arena, round pens, tack storage, enclosed and cross tie wash racks, large pastures, trailer parking, trail courses, lessons, training, and staff. 

EVENTS

Situated in the rolling hills north of Livermore, our working horse ranch offers a unique blend of hospitality. Whether you are hosting a wedding, event, or yoga retreat, Reinstein Ranch has the rustic charm for your event. 

HISTORY

Operating since 1884, Reinstein Ranch has a rich heritage as hub for agricultural,black-smith operations, cattle grazing, horse boarding/training and more. In 1900 the ranch won Grand Prix at the Paris World's Fair for the worlds finest wheat.

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History


Since 1884

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History


Since 1884

Frederick Reinstein circa 1805 with his draft stallion "Black Dick"

Frederick Reinstein circa 1805 with his draft stallion "Black Dick"

First generation Reinstein family at home on Finley Road.

First generation Reinstein family at home on Finley Road.

Henry Reinstein, circa 1905 with a working draft horse.

Henry Reinstein, circa 1905 with a working draft horse.

Ranch circa 1920s.

Ranch circa 1920s.

Ranch circa 1920s.

Ranch circa 1920s.

Henry Reinstein standing at 5’11” among their award winning wheat.

Henry Reinstein standing at 5’11” among their award winning wheat.

 

The ranch was purchased by J. West Martin, one of the original UC Regents and a two-term mayor of the City of Oakland, during the 1850s. It was originally named “Rancho Santa Rita.” Martin built numerous outbuildings and a huge draft horse barn around 1860, which is still in use on the property today. His stepson Thomas Carneal eventually took over the ranch, building 20 new barns and expanding the operation including building Highland school on the corner of Highland and Carneal Roads which still stands and is a beautiful private residence today.

In the late 1800s, Frederick Reinstein came from Denmark and purchased a large portion of the property on Finley Road, which is now divided into small ranchettes. He started the ranch in 1884. His son Henry Reinstein, bought Thomas Carneal's ranch and home, where his son Arthur was born, expanding the ranch to include its current location.  The ranch, known as “home place,” has always been a beehive of activity. Today we board over 80 horses.

Reinstein Ranch has been in continuous operation under the same family name, expanding from several thousand acres to the 600 acres on Highland Road.  The ranch is currently managed by Thom Reinstein, his son Zach, and daughter Christianna.