Pat Ommert Trail Dedication

The newly named Pat Ommert Trail, a 2.3 mile fenced trail segment running along De Portola Road from Anza Rd to the horse crossing at Shiraz Way, opened Feb. 22, 2024.

Pat first rode down to the ceremony site alongside Mark Matson, VP of Temecula Valley Rural Lifestyles, Inc. (TVRL) for photos and time with the press.  Then she dismounted and was brought back to the site in a beautiful white carriage pulled by two gorgeous horses:  Chewie, a black Clydesdale and Jaymes, a Sorrel Belgian draft horse.  Marika Matson (co- with Mark Matson of Temecula Carriage Company  drove the carriage.)

Trail was dedicated by Temecula Valley Rural Lifestyles, Inc., the 501c3 non-profit established in 2014 by Rancho California Horsemen’s Association (RCHA) to fund the preservation and maintenance of trails in Wine Country.  Major donors for this particular trail segment included Riverside County District 3, Bob and Erin Brown of California Ranch Company, Ken and Tina Smith of Galway Downs, both major local riding clubs (RCHA and Temecula Eq-Wine Riders) and donations from the broader Wine Country Community of riders, bicyclists and hikers/walkers.

This is a multi-use segment (cyclists and hikers allowed but NO motorized vehicles).

TVRL’s goal is to open and connect more of the trails on the County- approved Wine Country Trails Network map (see attached) and to make them SAFER.  The fencing for this Pat Ommert segment greatly enhances the safety for riders along busy De Portola.

This Pat Ommert Trail segment represents a major Win-Win for the Community and the County, as it is at the entry to the Equestrian District of Wine Country, so will be one of the first things visitors see when they come to our beautiful area.  TVRL hopes to continue partnering with the County to open or improve many more segments.

Rancho California Horsemen’s Association in the 55 year old riding club that Pat Ommert helped found in 1969.  She has been riding these trails for all those years – and she’s still riding them at age 94.

Participants in ceremony:  Mark Matson, Vice President of TVRL (MC and assisted with ribbon cutting); Riverside County COO Juan Perez (spoke and assisted with ribbon cutting), Supervisor Chuck Washington (spoke and assisted with ribbon cutting), former Riverside County Sr. Planner Phayvanh Nanthavongdouangsey (assisted with ribbon cutting).

Attendees also included: The Temecula Mounted Posse (who helped direct traffic at the event);  Representatives of Temecula City government; Temecula Valley Historical Society; many members of the Board of Directors/Executive Teams of RCHA and Temecula Eq-Wine Riders; representatives of Bike Temecula Valley and Sierra Club; neighboring property owners; local equine business owners and many, many riders.

After the speeches and the ribbon was cut, a select group of trail riders representing the two major riding clubs — Rancho California Horsemen’s Association and Temecula Eq-Wine riders (who have represented Temecula Wine Country in the Rose Parade among many other equestrian events) rode along the trail.

Organizers of the event were TVRL Board members: Lorraine Harrington, Mark Matson and Margaret Rich (of Green Acres Ranch).