Meet your ranch hosts

tim, michelle, kailey, colton, and maddie

Tim and Michelle and their three kids are dedicated to the success of the Bar SZ Ranch.  They live on this working ranch and maintain operation while maximizing the comfort and satisfaction of their guests.  They love the idea of sharing such a fun way of life with people who ordinarily don't get to experience country living.

The business idea started after inviting hundreds of friends and family to come stay.  Everyone raved about the adventure and would invite themselves back.  There aren't many opportunities like it which makes them a unique gem in the country.

Come and meet Tim and Michelle and their children and experience life on a ranch for yourself.  As they like to say to their guests, you can do as much as you want, or if preferred, do nothing at all.

Bar SZ Ranch
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SZ Team of 2018

We appreciate our support crew

We want to send out a HUGE thank you to Ashley E, Grace, Kailey, Colton, Maddie, and Maleah for supporting us through another successful (and somewhat crazy) year. We couldn’t do this without so much support from our human family and of course without our furry family.

Summer Camp

SZ Team of 2017

Grace, Ashely, and Ashley

These three wranglers were the heartbeat of the ranch during summer of 2017, we are so thankful to have them as a part of our team. The ranch lifestyle is not for everyone and these ladies definitely passed the test of time. Thank you for making our business stronger, we appreciate you!


SZ Team of 2016

Jessica, Calin, Erika, Ashley, Pollyann, Maddie, Nathan, Colton, Tim, Michelle, James

We are very grateful for our summer interns and all the volunteers who help build the Bar SZ, without them this adventure wouldn't be possible.  We look forward to many more crazy-busy summers and continuing to build our team.  Missing from this photo but equally awesome is Carina and Kailey.



Local Feature

San Benito County is beautiful countryside that often goes unnoticed.  Susan Montgomery from Life Uncorked wrote up a great piece on both the ranch and the local attractions in the area.

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National Feature

Modern Farmer Magazine originally posted this article regarding the growing popularity of farm vacations around the country.  Smithsonian quickly picked it up boosting the publication.

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Ranch History

Ω- Windemere Ranch

The ranch was a vacation getaway for world famous painter Thomas Kinkade.  It still holds his art studio which was built upon a beautiful and quiet hill that overlooks the valleys and mountains of the ranch.

Ω- Double J Ranch

The property is known around the world as the legendary Doc Bar Ranch as it was home to the famous American Quarter horse Doc Bar.

Doc Bar 1956 ~ 1992
Date of Birth: January 1st,56
Birthplace: Finley Ranches, Gilbert, Arizona
Date of Death: June 20th, 1992

Doc Bar sired 485 foals from 19 crops with an impressive 275 performers. Among his get are National Cutting Horse Association Futurity winners, world champions, and top-10 horses. Doc Bar progeny include Doc O’Lena, Dry Doc, Fizzabar and Doc’s Kitty. He was the grandsire of Smart Little Lena, Tenino San, Docs Sangria, Lynx Melody, and Don N Willy. In AQHA competitions, Doc Bar ’s get amassed nearly 9,000 points; 31 have become AQHA Champions; 132 have earned Registers of Merit. (Source:

Doc Bar ’s influence on the Quarter Horse registry is well documented. Doc Bar ’s ability to pass on wonderful conformation, good sense, and an instinct for cutting made him one of the most sought after sires of his time. Those accomplishments have continued to be carried to his grand-get and great grand-get. The horses Doc Bar sired have made
a tremendous impact in the performance horse arena.

At age of 36 Doc Bar died and is buried on what is now the Bar SZ Ranch in Paicines, California.

Poco Lena 1949 ~ 1968
Date of Birth: April 29th, 1949
Birthplace: Arlington, TX
Date of Death: December 16th, 1968

Poco Lena earned AQHA Hall of Fame status in 1991. She was the very first horse inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame . Poco Lena foaled AQHA Hall of Fame Stallion Doc O’Lena and NCHA Hall of Fame Stallion, Dry Doc.

The fight and determination in this mare must have been truly remarkable. On the eve of winning the national cutting title in 1955, she was diagnosed with colic. Rushed to surgery, the veterinarians were not sure she would survive. She managed to pull through and went on to continue her remarkable career. But, this would not be the last time Poco Lena would fight for her life.

The story of her journey to the Double J/Doc Bar Ranch is legendary. After being trailered home from a show, she was left, abandoned in a horse trailer without food or water for four days. Severely foundered and malnourished, once again her survival instincts kicked in and she fought for her life. Once at the safety and security of the Double J Ranch Poco Lena was nursed back to health and produced Doc O’Lena and Dry Doc, back-to-back NCHA Futurity Champions. Her body is buried on the Double J Ranch although the exact location is not known.

Dr. Stephen and Jasmine Jensen

Doc Bar was the most influential AQHA sires of his time, but the people and singular place surrounding and nurturing him had as much of an effect on the Quarter Horse industry as Doc Bar ’s get.  Stephen and Jasmine Jensen, Charlie and Stephanie Ward, and veterinarians Dr. Gary Deter and Dr. Frank Wayland managed their charge with integrity and care placing the welfare of the horses first. Although Doc Bar ’s service ended in 1978, the Wards, Jensens, and Dr. Deter cared for him until his death in 1992.

When NCHA Champion Poco Lena was severely foundered and without a home after the B.A. Skipper estate was settled, Dr. and Mrs. Jensen acquired the mare and nursed her back to health at the Double J/Bar SZ ranch. Without the efforts of the Jensens the horse world would never have witnessed the magic of Doc O’Lena, Dry Doc and their progeny.