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    Looking for a home for your horse? Here are some of California's best

    Horsetrader Sales Staff - May 7th, 2015 - Feature Article

    Blackjack Farm

    Blackjack Farm

    Blackjack Farm
    Vista
    760-310-5717 * BlackjackFarm.net

    “The Compound,” as they like to call it, is the ongoing dream of Robin and Dionicio Martinez.  Their desire was to create and maintain a place that would suit two of their passions: horses and fitness.  After starting from scratch three years ago, they’ve been able to build a place that is perfect for people to reach both their riding goals and their fitness goals.  There has been a cross-over, as horse people work out, and fitness people have started to take riding lessons.  It’s a great combination,and the vide is grounded, serene, supportive, friendly and fun! Whether you are a horse person looking for that hard-to-find facility that provides high-end care for your horse and access to professional trainers without requiring that you be in full-training, or are a person looking for a fitness facility that’s as far from the typical gym setting that you can get, this is the place.

    Blackiston Ranch

    Blackiston Ranch

    Blakiston Ranch
    Hidden Valley / Thousand Oaks
    805-495-1240 * BlakistonRanch.com

    Blakiston Ranch is a rustic, 40-acre ranch nestled in beautiful Hidden Valley, located just 40 minutes outside of Los Angeles and conveniently located from the 101, 118, and 23 freeways. Designed by a legendary horseman with the horse in mind, Blakiston Ranch offers accommodations for equines of every age, from box stalls, to pipe corrals, paddocks, and spacious pastures. Featured are three arenas — an oversized jumping ring with a water jump, a full-sized dressage court, and a 30m x 50m lighted schooling ring. Large turnouts provide a shady respite for your hardworking equine friend, and the onsite staff with over 40 years of experience can assist you with any needs you or your horse may have. Individual boarders are welcome, and Blakiston’s versatile facilities offer a unique opportunity for a trainer of any discipline to expand their business into the Thousand Oaks area.

    Cañada Larga Ranch

    Cañada Larga Ranch

    Cañada Larga Ranch
    Ventura
    805-643-6095 * CanadaLargaRanch.com

    Cañada Larga Ranch is a 3,500-acre equestrian wonderland, featuring two lighted covered arenas, a gigantic outdoor arena, dressage arena, round pen, beautiful barns, 50 miles of private riding trails with astonishing panoramic views, and a spectacular pasture program. THe facility provides exceptional, full-service equine boarding with custom programs to suit your horse’s individual needs. Cañada Larga Ranch is home to the Cañada Larga Riders Pony Club Riding Center led by Kristi Troyna. Kristi and the riding center focus on safety and training the next generation of horse-lovers to be not just riders, but horsemen and women. Students learn care and management of the horses as well as correct equitation. The students in the program spend time working in all disciplines of riding and groundwork. They work as a team to support each other in local events and shows.

    Courtship Ranch

    Courtship Ranch

    Courtship Ranch
    Lake View Terrace
    (267) 252-7621 * CourtshipRanch.com

    If you are serious about your horse — or better yet, serious about getting the most enjoyment you can with your horse — than Courtship Ranch in Lake View Terrace is for you. With over 80 stalls, three lighted arenas and half-dozen turnouts, Courtship Ranch offers a variety of stabling options. Your horse can stay either in an enclosed barn, a partially sheltered pipe stall, or enjoy pasture board. The ranch backs up to the Angeles National Forest, with direct access to over 800 miles of protected riding trails. There is a wide range of riding disciplines taught by the trainers who work at Courtship Ranch. Pplus, there are complimentary community activities for boarders to enjoy, including potluck dinners, afternoon cook outs, play days, and movie nights. The year-round picnic area sports a fire pit for social gatherings in the evenings.

    Creek Hollow Ranch

    Creek Hollow Ranch

    Creek Hollow Ranch
    Ramona
    (760) 789 -4875 * CreekHollowRanch.com

    Creek Hollow Ranch is 350 acres of pristine valley and rolling hills that provide a tranquil backdrop for spending time with your horse. Your playground includes a state of the art, full- service, multi-discipline equestrian training and boarding center surrounded by San Diego backcountry beauty abundant with native wildlife. In addition to Creek Hollow’s miles of trails that meander through oak- and sycamore-studded stream beds and sage covered hillsides, this is the home to all levels and disciplines of horse and rider. The facility’s professional, independent trainers offer beginner through advanced instruction for both horse and rider in dressage, reining and reined cow horse, as well as trail and trail-trial obstacles, hunter/jumper, pleasure and general horsemanship. At Creek Hollow, you can start your young horse, train and show your horse, receive lessons on their lesson horses, or work with trainers on your horse. You can either board your horse here or trailer-in for lessons, and horses do not have to be in training to board at Creek Hollow.

    Deer Springs Equestrian Center

    Deer Springs Equestrian Center

    Deer Springs Equestrian Center
    San Marcos
    760-744-9600 * DeerSpringsEquestrian.com

    Deer Springs Equestrian Center is a spacious facility that offers all its pipe corals at 24’x24’ with a space between each stall so the horses cannot have direct contact, ensuring a calmer environment for your horse. The barn stalls have in-and-outs, and all have rubber mats for horse comfort. For riding, Deer Springs Equestrian offers seven different arenas including one of the nicest covered, lighted arenas in Southern California. In addition, there is a small track, round pen and two large turnout arenas. Deer Springs can accommodate the needs of trainers and recreational riders, and there is a nice network of trails nearby. For your convenience, Deer Springs Feed & Supply is on the premises for all your horse and animal feeds and supplies. What sets this facility apart is its caring staff, managed by experienced professionals with a commitment to the best care of your horse. 

    Goldspirit Farm

    Goldspirit Farm

    Goldspirit Farm
    Lakeview Terrace
    818-834-1272 * GoldspiritFarm.com

    Goldspirit Farm is a unique boarding and training facility in Los Angeles County that offers 11 acres nestled in the mountains, yet still conveniently located close to Pasadena, Santa Clarita, downtown L.A., and the San Fernando Valley. Located in Kagel Canyon, Goldspirit Farm offers year-round riding with excellent footing in their full-size dressage court, jumping arena, gallop track and a cross country course.  Also featured are large, clean stalls and big turnouts for your horse to run in, lights for evening riding, and a gated facility to provide 24-hour security for you and your horse. Owned and operated by ICP certified trainer Susan Friend Letourneur, the facility provides excellent care for you and your horse with exceptional training and boarding for eventing, jumping and dressage enthusiasts.  All levels of riders are welcome, and lesson horses are available. With reasonable rates, full service, and a safe, organized facility, Goldspirit Farm shoul dbe on your shortlist.place to ride.

    Los Angeles Equestrian Center
    Burbank
    818-840-9063 * LA-EquestrianCenter.com

    The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is a world-class horse boarding, training and show facility with over 400 horses and 20 professional horse trainers coaching in nearly all disciplines. The LAEC’s comparably priced, centrally located premier boarding operation offers three types of stalls to choose from, including pipe corrals, half wooden box stalls and fully enclosed box stalls. There are plenty of sun pens, turn-out corrals, hot walkers, wash racks and lighted arenas. The facility’s superior maintenance team and top-notch equipment maintains the footing in great condition, and the access to Griffith Park’s 50 miles of trails is unparalleled.

    Mountain Meadows Stables

    Mountain Meadows Stables

    Mountain Meadows Stables
    Chatsworth
    (818) 371-9812 * MountainMeadowsStables.com

    Mountain Meadows Stables is a full-service boarding facility located in the West San Fernando Valley, offering three arenas (two lighted), sprinkler systems and several turnouts. Barn, pasture, pipe, box and in-out stalls are cleaned twice daily, seven days a week. There are miles and miles of gorgeous trails directly accessible from the property, and all boarders are welcome to cool off in the Mountain Meadows Stables swimming pool. There are two restrooms, a park /picnic and BBQ area, and for relaxing, a sitting area in the main barn with koi pond and waterfall. This is a family-oriented facility with a goal of providing a comfortable, fun and secure environment for its boarders, their guests and, most of all, their horses.

    Native Wind Ranch

    Native Wind Ranch

    Native Wind Ranch
    Fallbrook
    760-407-9411 * janztaz@hotmail.com

    This privately owned, 5.25-acre ranch is dedicated to the care and contentment of your horse. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy the pleasures of spending quality time with your best friend, and there are two riding arenas (one lighted) that are maintained daily, as well as a round pen and upper arena for turnouts and ground work. There are barn stalls to in-and-outs, 12’ x 24’ and 24’ x 24’ paddocks, and three separate grooming areas with cross ties. Retired horses and rehabilitating track, show, performance and stressed horses are welcome here. Onsite trainer Deborah O. Schaer trains hunters and jumpers with dressage as a foundation.

    Peck Farm

    Peck Farm

    Peck Farm
    Moorpark
    (805) 529-1939 * PeckFarm.com

    Peck Farm is a full-service horse boarding, riding, and training facility located within walking distance of beautiful Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park. Riders of all ages and levels who are passionate about horses and riding are welcome. The goal at Peck Farm is to do everything for you, so the only thing you have to do is enjoy your precious time with your horse. Offering box stalls, pipe corrals, a Grand Prix jumping arena, Olympic Dressage court, Nike footing arena, a quarter-mile track and much more, Peck Farm offers you breathtaking grounds, beautiful sunsets and ocean breezes. Owner Nance Tapley-Peck is a carded judge, USEF Certified Hunter/Jumper Trainer, USHJA Certified Trainer, and Licensed Racehorse Trainer, Owner, Exercise Rider, Groom, Consultant, and Certified Appraiser.

    PrePferd Equestrian

    PrePferd Equestrian

    PrePferd Equestrian
    Murrieta / La Cresta
    310-678-9440 * dressagepreferred@gmail.com

    This private, premier facility is peaceful yet active, offering dressage training through FEI as well as cross training in jumping and trail riding. The dressage arena has full mirrors, excellent footing and Sirius radio. Choose from 12′ x 16′ stalls or 12′ x 12′ stalls with in-outs. Other great features include the Fly Guard Fly System, 24′ x 48′ paddocks, several pastures, and direct access to miles of trails located at a 2,200 ft. elevation for cooler riding. The facility’s sales horse program is accepting consignment horses. PrePferd Equestrian is accepting a limited number of retirement horses that require special care and TLC. Experience the difference at PrePferd Equestrian!

    Rancho de Felicidad

    Rancho de Felicidad

    Rancho de Felicidad
    Chino Hills
    951-316-0063 * RanchoDeFelicidad.com

    Located in scenic Chino Hills, Rancho de Felicidad is a boarding and training stable designed with the comfort and safety of both horse and rider in mind. Offering the services of three professional trainers, the ranch also welcomes independent boarders who enjoy both competitive and recreational riding on adjacent trails. Box stalls and in-and-out pens, along with three arenas, a large round pen, tie and wash racks, and a comfortable lounge are all beautifully maintained and landscaped to provide a comfortable and attractive stable. Adjoining Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, Rancho de Felicidad’s freeway-easy location make it a popular boarding choice for busy equestrians. 

    San Pasqual Valley Ranch

    San Pasqual Valley Ranch

    San Pasqual Valley Ranch
    Escondido
    (760) 743-2377 * CallSPVR.com

    Located on 28 acres in northern San Diego County, SPVR offers boarding and training facilities for both western and English riders. The ranch’s western facilities include a rodeo arena, an arena with cattle access, sand and sorting arenas (all lighted) and many other amenities. The ranch’s English facilities include two lighted arenas in a gorgeous setting. All of the ranch’s facilities and arenas are maintained and groomed with modern, state-of-the-art equipment. For the horse and rider, that means perfect footing in the arenas for riding and competing. The ranch also has direct access to miles of comfortable and scenic riding trails.

    Unity Farm

    Unity Farm

    Unity Farms
    Terra Bella
    (559) 535-5444 * UnityFarmsInc.com

    Unity Farms trainer/owner Ashley Cates has grown up on horseback. The setting for her thriving equine boarding and training facility is the prosperous agribusiness of growing citrus and pistachios. Trail riders, dressage riders, jumpers, pleasure riders and competitive equestrians will find the facilities at Unity Farms thoughtfully designed with the horse and rider in mind. Many boarding options are available to suit the growing needs of equestrians of all levels. Ashley has developed her own curriculum for beginning riders to come and learn not only how to ride and care for horses, but how to develop the best equine/ rider relationship they can through feeling and understanding of their horse’s behavior.

    Vista Del Mar Ranch

    Vista Del Mar Ranch

    Vista Del Mar Ranch
    Moorpark
    (805) 523-0523 * VistaDelMarRanch.com

    Vista del Mar Ranch is a full-service boarding and training facility located less than two miles north of Moorpark city limits. The ranch is the only boarding facility that has direct access to Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park, a more than 3,000-acre nature park dedicated to horseback riding, hiking and bicycling. The park boasts amazing views of the ocean, the Channel Islands, as well as the surrounding mountains and valleys. Cool onshore breezes keep this area very comfortable during the warm summer months. The 13-acre property offers a breezeway barn with 12’ x 12’ box stalls with runs, plus two lighted arenas, round pen, turnouts and much more.

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