Our charming and unique equestrian facility offers boarding for Resident-owned/leased horses and a riding program (lessons/trail rides) for Residents and their sponsored guests. In addition, riders and non-riders alike enjoy various events at our facility, including summer Saddle Club barbeques, the Harvest Hoedown, Easter at the Equestrian Center and horse shows.
When today’s Equestrian Center opened in September 1965, its official name was El Rancho Cortese Stables. Four horses were available for residents to ride at no charge, and more were to be added as resident participation and interest grew.
In 1966, what is today’s Saddle Club of Laguna Woods Village formed to promote interest in horse and horsemanship, to encourage riding programs and to host social events for members and guests.
Today, the Equestrian Center continues to live up to its mission and, in fact, is the venue for the Village’s popular Easter egg hunt, delighting grandchildren and great grandchildren alike.Read More
Advanced reservations are required for the riding program. All riders must be at least ten years old and weigh no more than 200 pounds. Riders new to our program will be scheduled for a 25-minute assessment lesson to determine their ability to safely participate in lessons and/or trail rides. All participants in any horse-related activities must have a current annual waiver on file; waivers for those under age 18 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Helmets, boots and long pants are required for all riders (adults and youth). We have helmets and boots available for use at no cost. In addition to lessons and trail rides, horsemanship classes and clinics are offered throughout the year.
For information regarding horse boarding, the riding program or events at the facility, please call the Equestrian Center office at 949-597-4275.
Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
Tour hours: Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 2 p.m.
Riding program: Wednesday through Sunday; contact the Equestrian Center office for lesson schedules.
Tours and riding program are closed Monday and Tuesday.
Instructors lead several trail rides a week. Interested residents may sign up for guided trail rides after they have reached an adequate skill level, which is determined by an instructor during assessment lessons.
The Help the Herd fundraising program was created by the Village Community Fund to help ensure the Equestrian Center horses continue to thrive and be available for all residents to enjoy.
The Village Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was created as a way for residents, their family members, friends and other charitable institutions to support planned improvements with a donation and receive a charitable deduction.
Please note that all fees are subject to change. Rules and regulations governing the use of the facility are available at the Equestrian Center office.
Boarding Facilities are available for resident-owned horses. The fee is $249 per month.
Alfalfa Hay. The fee is $51 per month, per feeding.
Alfalfa Pellets. The fee is $36 per month, per feeding.
Orchard Hay. The fee is $90 per month, per feeding.
Teff Hay. The fee is $63 per month, per feeding.
Timothy Hay. The fee is $96 per month, per feeding.
Shavings are $7 per bag.
$160 per year.
Trailering services are available for resident owned horses. The fee is $47.25 per hour + $0.575 per mile.