What Inspired Us

The desire to create a "better horse experience" came to proprietors, Leonard and Alyce Peterson back in 2001.  Fulfilling a "bucket list" wish, the Petersons went to Wyoming to see how wild horses live and act in a natural environment.  Seeing horses running free across the Red Desert had a profound effect on the Petersons.  "Let horses be horses," lingered in their minds.  Two years later, they bought their first horse ranch in Cherry Valley, CA 92223 and called it, "Red Barn Ranch".  The very first horses were a mustang mare, Berdie and her filly, Mimi.  Leonard grew up riding and working with horses.  But, Alyce started in her 40's.  Berdie and Mimi were Alyce's first horses.  So, the learning curve was steep or as she puts it "Lucy learns about horses from two mustangs". 


Fast forward to 2016, the Petersons bought the former Box Dot Ranch in Lockeford and started renovations and renamed it "Lockewood Stables".  Lockewood Stables offers horse boarding and training facilities.  Learn more at


20745 N. Elliott Road, Lockeford CA 95237 209-727-2071