A Note from the Director

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Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center is more than a home for horses. It is more than a place for people to learn how to care for and ride horses. It is a place away.

For everyone that visits, BMREC offers a quiet place to reconnect to the best in yourself. For some, that means a personal relationship with your horse or your trainer. For others, it is a venue to connect with other members of the Castle Rock, Colorado community.

I have spent my life around horses. Riding, training, competing, and showing are only part of why I have a passion for these beautiful animals. I obsess over helping other people catch the fire of horse riding. I have dedicated my life to horse education and training, and I'd love to share that connection with you.

If you come for one of our free tours, I would love to meet you and talk horses with you. See you soon!



Megan Downey

Equestrian Operations Director,
Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center

Our Ranch

 Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center, in 1995, when it was known as Bell Mountain Stables.

Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center, in 1995, when it was known as Bell Mountain Stables.

Located in prestigious Douglas County, just south of the Denver, Colorado metro area, Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center builds on a long, rich history of caring for horses and training their riding partners

Since 1870, Bell Mountain ranch has been a home for people and horses alike. Once a stopping point for travelers headed to the frontier from Denver, people from all over the world have visited the beloved Bell Mountain Ranch.

Though its foundation was in dairy farming, Bell Mountain Ranch became known over time for breeding, raising, and training Morgan horses.

Thousands of riders, both young and old, both experienced and novice, have enjoyed the trails and beautiful vistas of the Bell Mountain area. We are excited to share unforgettable experiences with you and your family as you join a piece of history, enjoy a peace that renews, experience a piece of our hearts, and discover a piece of you.

Our Horses


Meet Our Ranch Horses

Our Team


Trainers / Instructors

Megan Downey

Shannon Maloney

Michelle Wolf

Leslie Wenstrom

Equestrian Center Management team


Kathy Penrod

Managing Owner

Megan Downey

Equine Care Manager

Randy Steenblik

Project  & Maintenance Manager



Behind-the-scenes team

Tim Penrod

Business Operations

Kathy Steenblik

Content Development

Gus Hansen

Business Development & Technology Director

Stef Penrod

Customer Experience

What Our Customers Are Saying