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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 rustic charm for your event. 

HISTORY

Operating since 1884, Reinstein Ranch has a rich heritage as a hub for agricultural and 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, expanded the operation and built Highland school at the end of the driveway, which still stands today.

In 1884, Great-Great Grandfather Frederick Reinstein, came from Denmark and purchased a large portion of the property on Finley Road, adjacent to the legendary "Jackass Canyon", where during prohibition, local ranchers made bootleg whiskey in Northern California using the clear natural spring and the world's finest wheat. His son Henry Reinstein, bought Thomas Carneal's ranch and home, expanding the ranch to include its current location.  The ranch, known as “home place,” has always been a beehive of activity. The ranch is now home to over 80 horses.

TODAY:

There are three generations of Reinsteins living on the property. The ranch continues to be family owned and operated by Thom Reinstein and his children, Zack and Christianna. All of whom left the ranch at 18 to pursue individual goals and travel, but eventually returned back to the home place.  Like they say "The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree". As the ranch is passed on to its 5th generation, a new vision comes to life while preserving its deep roots. Zack runs the horse boarding operations and Christianna manages events and retreats in order to share the history and magic of the ranch. The three generations enjoy working together to offer a balanced approach.