A 50-acre, state-of-the-art equestrian facility owned by nationally acclaimed horse trainer Jordan Larson near Sacramento has hit the market for $5.7 million — a unique property that is set apart by its enormous covered arena, peaceful wine-country setting, views of the Sierra Nevada and an irrigation system that keeps the fields tall and green at minimal cost.
Home to Larson Performance Horses, the stunning property is built for business and pleasure.
In addition to the equestrian facilities, the compound, located at 6363 Martin Lane in Ione, California, has a 2,706-square-foot home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. A two-bedroom, one-bathroom caretaker’s facility is also part of the property.
Ione is 46 miles southeast of Sacramento.
“It’s in the Shenandoah Valley wine country area, so there are vineyards all around us,” Larson said. “We’ve got a great view of the Sierra from the arena. When the sun comes up over the rolling hills with the oak trees in the morning ... it’s pretty breathtaking. Behind us is all cattle property, so it’s all undeveloped land. It won’t be developed for a long time, so it’s just super peaceful — beautiful, like a green oasis.”
Called Larson Ranch, the property is also close to the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and nearby wine-tasting spots, he added. The Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center is only 30 minutes away.
As for the business side of things, the ranch utilizes a gravity-feed irrigation system for 40 of its acres and two year-round ponds, giving both cattle and horses ample room to roam and graze. Jackson Valley Irrigation District, which was started in 1956 as an independent special district, provides the deeded water.
Larson said the irrigation system is simple to operate, provides abundant water pressure and is so inexpensive that costs run $200-$300 per month in the prime seasons compared to thousands of dollars for some typical California ranch properties.
“It’s easy to keep the grass super green, and we do grass-fed beef on our place, which is kind of a big thing, and there’s not enough animals to eat all the grass,” he added.
The ranch has 51 horse stalls, 15 of them super-sized, providing sufficient space for boarding horses or running training programs.
And then there’s the massive 360-by-200-yard covered arena. That’s large enough for two to three average sized arenas to fit inside.
“The guy (who built the arena) wanted to pride himself on the fact that he had the biggest one west of Mississippi,” Larson said. “I don’t know if that’s the case, but it’s big.
“It’s so expensive to build any kind of steel building right now of that size,” he added. “The width and length of it is big enough to have a horse show.”
‘Pretty rare’ property
In the Sacramento region, there are 47 properties listed or pending for sale with at least 25 acres. Properties with larger sites and horse amenities are sprinkled throughout various counties and areas, according to data provided by Ryan Lundquist, a Sacramento appraiser and housing market analyst..
Lundquist said prices for such properties vary substantially depending on amenities, but the range of what sellers are asking runs from $535,000 to $9.4 million.
In terms of acreage, the Larson property is unique for the area, according to Ryan Lundquist, a Sacramento appraiser and housing market analyst. There have been roughly 12,000 residential sales in the Sacramento region this year on MLS, and only 0.15% of all sales had more than 25 acres.
“So it’s safe to say this much land tends to be pretty rare,” Lundquist said.
The Larson Ranch property comes with an office, RV carport with hookups, arena viewing stand, automatic security gate, equipment sheds and a water truck with specialized system, according to the listing.
According to the Larson Performance website, Larson had his heart set on training horses since he was a kid — something different from a typical children’s dream of becoming an astronaut, firefighter, or sports star.
“I’ve known since I could talk that I wanted to train horses,” according to his bio.
Larson grew up in Cottonwood, California, where his father was a horseshoer and his mother showed halter horses, according to Quarter Horse News.
By age 30, Larson became the youngest rider to earn $1 million in NRHA competition, according to the Larson Performance Horses site. His earnings have now surpassed $3 million. His wife Taylor has competed in reining at top levels, too.
Jordan Larson is selling the equestrian property after five years because he has been hired as head breeding horse trainer at a Texas ranch.
Kristina Agustin and Tiffany Kraft of Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents.