While Robert Redford was filming The Horse Whisperer, he would regularly make his way down the winding mountain paths to the valley floor near Calistoga, nestled neatly amidst the two mountain ranges in the northern part of the Napa Valley, in order to visit his friend Carol Green. Carol had built her horse ranch in wine country with little regard for the economic promises of the booming viticultural industry that was rapidly evolving all around her, preferring instead to design and construct a horse ranch in the style of those she’d seen in Kentucky to pursue her own equestrian interests. It was a peaceful place, more or less removed from the heavily trafficked highways of the valley, where the nickering of a horse could still be heard without being drowned out by the constant noises brought on by traffic, construction, and humanity at large. Carol named her 22 acres and the stables and outbuildings upon them “Sundance Ranch” after her most famous friend’s most famous role, and spent much of her time there with her horses until her death in 2010… [read more]*
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