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Village Equestrian Center

An Equestrian Center for All Horse Lovers

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.

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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.

Location

24312 El Toro Road
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
View Map 949-597-4275

Hours

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.

Guided Trail Rides

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.

Help the Herd Fundraising

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.

Click here to donate to the Village Community Fund’s Help the Herd or visit villagecommunityfund.org for more information.

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.

Fees

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

Boarding Facilities are available for resident-owned horses. The fee is $249 per month.

Feed

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.

Trailer Storage

$160 per year.

Trailering

Trailering services are available for resident owned horses. The fee is $47.25 per hour + $0.575 per mile.

Trail Rides

Residents
$9 with Rental Horse
$5 with Private Horse
Guests
$27 with Rental Horse
$15 with Private Horse

Private Lessons

Residents
$13 Per 1/2 hour with Rental Horse
$11 Per 1/2 hour with Private Horse

$25 per 1 hour with Rental Horse
$21 per 1 hour with Private Horse
Guests
$42 Per 1/2 hour with Rental Horse
$36 Per 1/2 hour with Private Horse

$84 per 1 hour with Rental Horse
$72 per 1 hour with Private Horse

Group Lessons

Residents
$5 per 1/2 hour with Rental Horse
$3 per 1/2 hour with Private Horse

$9 per 1 hour with Rental Horse
$5 per 1 hour with Private Horse
Guests
$14 per 1/2 hour with Rental Horse
$8 per 1/2 hour with Private Horse

$27 per 1 hour with Rental Horse
$15 per 1 hour with Private Horse