Horse training and horse racing revolved around Juan Heredia for his entire life. Juan grew up on a cattle ranch. As a boy he challenged his friends to match races. He tried his luck as a jockey but was over the weight limit in no time, so he spend most of his adult life as an exercise rider on Bay Area tracks. In 2002 he started on the Daehling Ranch breaking horses and correcting other trainers problem horses. He seems to know a trick for every vice and individual need of a horse. Juan never gives up on a problem horse.
The Daehling Ranch has a 3/8th mile sand covered, all weather track with an inside and outside rail and a 4 horse starting gate. In addition the ranch has a large covered round pen, a hot walker, wash rack and a special carpet covered hitching post. We also have large thoroughbred sized stalls and individual turnout paddocks with good footing. We have recently added a 70 foot in diameter eurosizer with sand footing.
Luis Pena is Juan’s assistant trainer, who enjoys learning Juan’s tricks of the trade. It usually takes Juan and Luis 45 to 60 days from ground breaking till the horse will gallop around the track, walk through the starting gate and is ready to go to the big world.
Daehling Ranch owner Joe Daehling with trainer Juan Herredia