Head tossing, bucking, bolting, biting, rearing, striking — whether you ride arena or trail, English or Western, having a safe, broke horse is built from the ground up.
Third in a series
When you learned to drive your parents’ car, you weren’t simply given the keys with the expectation that you knew how to drive, even if you had spent 15 years observing from the back seat. You were taught in a systematic and safe manner to avoid accidents and injury to others.
With its variety of styles and levels, driving is gaining popularity. Here is a list of the best resources.
Art of Driving
Templeton (805) 434-9443
Art of Driving teaches the classic German Driving and Riding System, offering a comprehensive spectrum of services to support you in having fun and success with horses. In its lessons, Art of Driving improves your skills and knowledge in driving or riding horses. Theoretic instructions help you understand the basics of the riding and driving system, and also about function and purpose of tack and all riding and driving equipment.
The main goal of the German Training System for horses is a high level of rideability and/or driveability. The Art of Driving helps you reach that goal by using the combined training system of lunging, riding and driving your horse in an intensive training program.
Art of Driving offers lessons and education for driving single, pairs or multiples; dressage and jumping; horsekeeping/caretaking and grooming; navigating for carriage driving; harness and carriages — as well as everything else that has to do with driving! The teachers are also available by arrangement for clinics or seminars at your facility or a location of your choice.
In addition, Art of Driving offers full service for your show participation and competing, including preparation, coaching and support based on their rich experiences, benefitting you, your team, and/or your horses. And if you are interested in having your horse professionally shown in driving or riding events, Art of Driving can do that for you, too, as well as help you find answers to all questions about the selection and purchase of horses, carriages and harness.
So what does driving mean to you? Is driving a romantic idea of times past, recreating a simpler lifetime when time and speeds were slower-paced, before the combustion engine?
The allure might stem from the old west — cowboys, Indians, covered wagons with buckboards driving into town — or perhaps from carriages seen in the background of almost any time-period movie.
Looking for a home for your horse? Here are some of California's best
Anaheim Equestrian Center
Anaheim Equestrian Center and Rancho Del Rio Stable give riders both convenience and top amenities, all centrally located in the heart of Orange County. In addition to recently updated arenas, the stable has an on-site tack and feed store, access to river trails, and an upgraded fly system to the barn. More trailer parking was added to the facility to include a yearly hunter-jumper show series along with various clinics, plus instruction and training in reining, western and dressage. What’s more, you feel that you are in the country thanks to Anaheim Equestrian Center’s friendly atmosphere and great location near the river trail. Check out this facility for a show or event> If you are thinking of making this your new “horsey” home, give them a call.
Temecula combines horses, wineries, modern living
TEMECULA — Rolling hills, vineyards and a romantic history. Add all this to a thriving horse community and you have the inland valley city of Temecula. Located in Riverside County just north of the San Diego County border, Temecula is situated in the beautiful Temecula Valley. With Mt. San Jacinto towering on the horizon and dry air flowing in from the desert, Temecula is not only picturesque but perfect in climate as well.
As vacation nears, California's top riding camps prepare for this summer's experience. Here are some of the best
Canada Larga Ranch
Does your child love horses? The Canada Larga Ranch Summer Day Camp is designed for them! Its premier riding program is for horse-crazy campers who’ll participate in a wide variety of horse activities including two daily English riding lessons, mounted games, horsemanship, horse care, barn chores and horse crafts. At the end of each week session, campers put on a horse show for family and friends. Camp is located on a private, gated 3,500-acre ranch located just minutes from downtown Ventura. Camp runs weekly from June 16 – July 18. Call Melissa Tracy at (805) 643-6093 to register or for more info, and check out the camp’s website.
Dreaming of getting away from everything BUT horses? Here are some of the best places to consider
7 Lazy P
Welcome to the 7 Lazy P! The Crary family invites you experience the Crown Jewel of Americas Wilderness System, the Bob Marshall. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 7 Lazy P has been providing extraordinary backcountry adventures since 1931. You can camp beneath stunning cliffs and alpine lakes, alongside gin-clear streams and mountain meadows.
Our itineraries include the iconic destinations of the Bob Marshall, such as the Chinese Wall, the North Wall, the Trilobite Range, and the North Fork of the Sun River and Middle Fork of the Flathead. Experience a sensory kaleidoscope of wildflowers and wildlife. Cast a fly for a native Cutthroat, scramble to the summit of a peak, or just relax as you watch the horse herd graze peacefully in a meadow.
You’ll ride a seasoned mountain horse while the camp and your gear is packed on our wonderful mules. You will be accompanied by an experienced and enjoyable crew, and will enjoy fantastic wilderness meals prepared by our backcountry chef. Trips can accommodate up to 10 guests and include lodging and meals at our historic lodge the night before and after your pack trip.
Norco residents enjoy urban living in an equestrian-friendly atmosphere.
NORCO, CA — Drive down the 15 Freeway in the Inland Empire, just between the 91 and 60
Freeways, and you’ll see recessed images of horses along the road’s concrete wall. Above the roadway loom business signs that also feature horses and riders and other Western themes. If you’re paying attention, it won’t take long for you to realize you are passing through a very special place. It’s the amazing town of Norco.
Country atmosphere surrounds Chino Hills with metropolitan cities only miles away
CHINO HILLS, CA — Trot your horse down English Road in Chino Hills and you just might think you’ve gone back in time. Large parcels of property and famous ranches line the street. Except for an occasional car, the road looks much like all of California did decades ago.