Best Horseback Riding Lessons for Kids in California

Enterprise Farms (Los Angeles, near Griffith Park)

This facility offers summer camps for kids that include training, lessons, hunter, jumper, equitation, dressage, parties, and U.S. Pony Club Riding Center.

Canyon Lake Farm & Training Center (Chino)

The farm specializes in Arabian horse breeding, training, lessons, hunter, saddle-seat, Western, and sales. Summer camps are offered for kids who want to specialize in Youth and Amateur rides with Multiple National Champion Tracy Fincher.

Bridges Equestrian, Inc. (San Juan Capistrano)

This farm is the only U.S. Pony Club & U.S. Hunter Jumper Association certified riding school in Orange County. They also have a show barn and offer riding lessons for all ages and levels. The facility maintains lighted covered arenas, has 25 horses, 6 instructors, Pony Club, show teams, and summer camps.

They also offer full training, a-circuit showing, and leases for horse and rider with the Bridges Training Stable. The school has been training local champions since 1981.

Great Pony Parties & the Kountry Kritters Petting Zoo (OC, San Bernardino)

If you want to have a party that will include ponies and a petting zoo, they can come to you. Book pony rides, pony cart rides, or petting zoo with extras, like face painting, the clown, and riding lessons. The facility itself offers summer camps and horse shows.

LionHeart Ranch (Agoura Hills)

The ranch has full-care equestrian facility, boarding, training, lessons, clinics, holistic bodywork & equine nutritional programs, and nationally-acclaimed equine therapy sessions.

Kids can participate in various activities on a daily basis or sign up for summer camps as long as they are older than 6. The programs for kids are geared towards building confidence and life skills while learning the techniques of riding. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed with trainers ready to help kids who are just starting out or about ready to compete in Dressage. Lessons are taking place from Tuesdays to Saturdays and include training horses if needed.

Anderson Equine Assistance Program (Orange County and Riverside)

Mary Rose Anderson focuses on kids’ needs and offers training, lessons, and clinic at her ranch. Students are learning what it takes to take care of horses and become an avid rider. They are encouraged to be organized, responsible, self-aware, work in teams, solve problems, communicate and lead.

Students have a chance to advance in horsemanship, showmanship, ground & body control, obstacle challenges, trail and extreme racing, gymkhana, reining & ranch versatility, and cutting.

Mary Rose leads by example and emphasizes that persistence, discipline, and dedication are needed to be successful not only with horses, but life in general. Kids can attend summer camps and learn a lot about setting goals, planning ahead, being prepared, and all the practice needed.

Turning Point Farms (Coto de Caza)

This farm is dedicated to both horse and rider training programs and show barn. First time riders and experienced racers are welcome to participate in hunters, jumpers, and equitation lessons.

The main focus of this farm is to nurture the understanding, respect, and love for horses. This affectionate relationship between humans and horses has benefitted many high level competitors that started here. Young horse training programs are also available.

Dana Smith Show Team, Inc. (San Juan Capistrano)

The farm has been open to all levels of raiders for 31 years and invites beginners and professionals alike. Equestrian programs for kids and adults are available and so are parties and holiday or summer camps. Horses are available for lessons or lease. Families enjoy the atmosphere here and many options of customized programs.

Goldspirit Farm (Lakeview Terrace)

The farm is operated and owned by USEA certified instructor and USDF bronze medal winner Suzan Friend LeTTourneur. She keeps the farm pristine, clean, and peaceful. Boarding, training, and lessons are available for eventing, jumpers, and dressage. The riding center is approved by US Pony Club and provides horses for lessons.

The farm is at the base of Los Angeles National Forest and just a 30 minute drive from major metropolitan areas. You will find year round footing, lighted areas, gallop track, and cross country course.

The Paddock Riding Club (Los Angeles Los Feliz)

This family friendly facility offers boarding and training in the beautiful and secluded farm located right in the city. Here you will find gates and security, six arenas, jumping courses, all-weather footing, box stalls, hot walkers, wash racks, access to 55 miles of trails in Griffith Park, bathrooms with showers, lounge, coffee, Wi-Fi, picnic areas, shows, and clinic.

Experienced trainers offer lessons for all ages. The center is approved by US Pony Club.

Hidden Creek Ranch (Orange)

You can choose from lessons and training in horsemanship, English and Western riding camps all year long with curriculums. The mission of this ranch is to provide an excellent riding academy and professional training facility. They seek to facilitate love for horses and knowledge about care of the animals so needed for success in the horse industry.


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