Our Story

Established in 1988 and nestled among the majestic Diablo Mountain range of California's North Central Coast, lies the 2600 acre site of JL ranch. 

Named after its owners, John and Linda Andreini, the ranch started out 27 years ago as a dream with a few rundown outbuildings and a barn.

Today this peaceful country paradise is surrounded by native grass covered mountains dappled with sprawling oaks, fields of wild oats, and the familiar scent of hay and horses. The dilapidated original outbuildings are long gone and the grounds have been transformed to include, multiple barns, rolling horse pastures, a race track, training pen , hot walkers, lodging for ranch hands ,Ranch Managers log cabin, Andreini Main House with swimming pool and guest quarters, vet facility and of course, no ranch would be complete without a roping arena.

Over the years, JL ranch has evolved into a well-known and respected working Quarter Horse Market Breeding facility and Cattle Ranch turning out best in breed yearlings. The ranch has been managed for the past 11 years by retired American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame jockey, Danny Cardoza who lives on the property with his wife Debbie.

The ranches broodmare band consists of approximately 26-stakes winning and stakes producing mares.

JL Ranch has bred winners of over $3.5 million, including Volcom, earner of over $435,000 and sire of the 2014 all-American Futurity winner JM Miracle; Lindas Dasher ($331,703); Imjumpin PCQHRA Broodmare of the year in 2009; Head

Turner ($294,032); Jumpin Beduino ($267,825); Militante ($218,790); Sugar Mama ($205,086); Fetching Beauty ($135,000); Dashing Vike ($142,432 and dam of Runaway Wagon with earnings of $146,125); Corona For The Lady ($124,191), and the list goes on.

Renowned Stallions raised and/or raced by JL Ranch include, Check Him Out, Dashin Bye, Dashing Vike, Fantastic Corona Jr, First Down Vike, Frankie Shoots, First Dinastia, Jumpn, Jumpn Chic and Volcom.

JL Ranch also owns shares in the following Stallions, Mr. Jess Perry, Walk Thru Fire, First Down Dash, Valiant Hero, Corona Cartel, One Famous Eagle and Stel Corona.

John Andreini has been in the horse racing business since 1968. In 2006 he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Horse Racing Board for which he served a 3 year term. He is also a Director of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), member of the AQHA Racing Committee and Racing Council. He is also a former Board of Director Emeritus member of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association (PCQHRA).