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Best in Boarding

Where you stable your horse is key. Here are some of California’s best.

- April 1st, 2018 - Special Section

Anaheim Equestrian Center/
Rancho Del Rio Stables
1370 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim
(714) 535-3510

Anaheim Equestrian Center’s mission is to offer support and training to every person interested in learning more about horses, and its staff strives for a partnership between people, horses, community and environment. It also provides a safe and fun environment for horses and people of all ages, where they can learn the skill and art of horsemanship. The center’s belief that a stable and equestrian center is a vital asset to its city in order to provide a much-needed balance to city life is apparent here. It is a learning center, similar to a school, privileged with a park-like setting with access to many miles of riding trails along the Santa Ana riverbed. The center has a 64 stall barn, 12’ x 12’ box stalls, and 12′ x 24′ full covered stalls for over 140 stalls from which to choose. Boarding includes tack locker, four lighted arenas, hot walker, full-size dressage court, round pen, and wash racks. An on-site tack and feed store provides free delivery to your stall (and is open to the public). The Anaheim Equestrian Center is home to many trainers of all disciplines.

Courtship Ranch
11270 Dominica Ave., Lake View Terrace
(818) 899-4059

Courtship Ranch caters to the hands-on, active horse owner who wants top-notch boarding and turnout facilities, professional trainers on-site, access to fabulous trail riding, and multiple lighted arenas (including a spacious covered arena for sun shade, rain protection and night riding). Located in the equestrian community of Shadow Hills/Lake View Terrace area, this stable is convenient to northern Los Angeles and is just minutes from Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, La Canada, and San Fernando. Courtship Ranch, which has been a continuous boarding operation since the 1970s, is conveniently near the Angeles National forest and Hansen Dam trails. The ranch has over 80 stalls, six-plus turnouts, and three lighted arenas with commercial footing. Multiple turnouts, grooming, tack, and wash rack are located around the property providing a calm, spacious feeling. Half- and full-covered pipe and box stalls are offered. Courtship Ranch welcomes all riding styles and has trainers who specialize in dressage, natural horsemanship, quadrille, hunt seat, western, equitation, and trail riding.

Deer Springs Equestrian Center
2333 North Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos
(760) 744-9600

Located in the beautiful equestrian area of the Twin Oaks Valley, Deer Springs Equestrian Center combines remarkable natural advantages (convenient location, climate, trail access) along with facilities and amenities that make it truly special. It is a spacious facility where all 24’x24’ pipe stalls have ample room in-between, so horses do not have direct contact, ensuring a calmer environment for each horse. Barn stalls have in-and-outs and rubber mats for horse comfort. There are seven different arenas, including one of the nicest covered, lighted arenas in Southern California. Deer Springs can accommodate the needs of trainers and recreational riders all year long. There is a small track, round pen, two large turnout arenas, and a nice network of trails nearby. For your convenience, Deer Springs Feed & Supply is on the premises, providing 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 horses. You’ll also find an array of professional trainers on-site for lessons and training in Western, English, Dressage, and Saddlebreds.

Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center
18381 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach
(714) 848-6565

The Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC) is situated on 25 acres of beautiful, sea-breezed land in Orange County, just two miles from the beach. It is home to nearly 400 horses, with multiple trainers and arenas, annual horse shows in several disciplines, a wedding venue, and more than 150 acres of public trails, making it one of Southern California’s premier equestrian facilities. Facilities include 420 stalls (box and pipe) with automatic waterers, nine arenas (including three lighted), and a dressage court with full-length mirrors. All arenas have premium footing and are watered and maintained daily. There are six turnouts including three round pens, a fully enclosed bull pen, hot walker, cross-ties, wash racks, and lighted aisles and parking lots. HCPEC offers facility rentals and full-service show management for your next event, including on-line class registration. Its park-like facilities, beautiful weather, ample spectator seating, easy freeway access, and full-time staff add up to create a top-tier boarding facility that accommodates many riding disciplines, including hunter-jumpers, reining, dressage, gymkhana, extreme cowboy, and breed shows. HCPEC also has ample trailer and spectator parking.

Los Angeles Equestrian Center
480 West Riverside Dr., Burbank
(818) 840-9063

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 from which to choose, including pipe corrals, half wooden box stalls and fully enclosed box stalls. There are plenty of sun pens, turnout 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.

Rancho de Felicidad
2927 English Place, Chino Hills
(951) 316-0063

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.

Rancho De Los Cielos
17575 Wicker Way, Riverside
(951) 808-2183

Rancho De Los Cielos boards horses, but it aim to please their people, too. Board at Rancho De los Cielos, and you join our extended family, get greeted and assisted every time you come. We’re right above a 4-lane highway, but our 20 acres climbs the back wall of a canyon, a sanctuary from the city, nestled among orange groves and opening out the back gate onto 300 acres of riding around Lake Mathews. We offer text, picture and video updates if you can’t make it out to see your horse. We’ll catch and saddle for you if you call us in advance. When the days get longer, we offer guided rides for our boarders, even lending a husband horse from among our own gaited blood stock. Rancho De Los Cielos offers full-service all-breed/gender/age horse boarding. Pasture, paddock, barn stall, and combination accommodations available. Our minimum service means thorough inspection/health maintenance/communication with owners/ hoof trimming every 8 weeks, 2x daily hay feeds and fresh water, daily paddock and stall cleaning. We offer grooming, exercise, rehabilitation packages, riding lessons, training, guided rides. We have big and small arenas, a hotwalker, bathing stations, tack rooms, trailer parking, a client restroom and more. We raise easy-gaited Brazilian saddle horses, Mangalarga Marchadors. Ask for Jake.

San Pasqual Valley Ranch
2460 Cloverdale Rd.
Escondido, CA 92029

(760) 743-2377
Located on 28 acres in northern San Diego County, SPVR is nestled in the foothills of the San Pasqual Valley. They offer boarding and training facilities for both western and English riders. The ranch’s western facilities include a rodeo arena, arena with cattle access, sand and sorting arenas (all lighted) and many other amenities. The ranch’s English facilities include two lighted jumping arenas in a gorgeous setting. The ranch is professionally maintained and groomed with modern, state-of-the-art equipment; for the horse and rider, that means perfect footing for riding and competing. There’s direct access to miles of comfortable and scenic riding trails. Call San Pasqual Valley Ranch today for your personal tour.

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