When you think about your happy place, do you think of horses galloping among green hills with a picturesque ocean in the background? Well, if you do and are thinking about buying a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, you are in luck. Only minutes away from the cliffs of Southern California, the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers a chance to have your happy place in your backyard.
Not only is there horse property for sale on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, there is a very active horse community as well. From activities from pony camp and trail riding to high end show barns, the Palos Verdes Peninsula equestrian life has an equestrian solution for anyone who smiles at the thought of a horse.
For developmentally and/or physically challenged adults and children, the Palos Verdes Peninsula also offers an amazing nonprofit equestrian facility called Ride to Fly which uses equestrian therapy for those with special needs.
In addition, the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers many different pony camps for children ages 3-12. From Palos Verdes stables, to Seahorse, to Peter Weber Equestrian center; each camp offers a slightly different enrichment program to teach kids more about horses and the equine environment.
If this doesn’t quite suit your fancy or if you already have your own horse, there are lots of different trainers of both English and Western discipline. There is also a youth jr. drill team and adult drill team called The Happy Hoofers. These drill teams get to show off their moves at local gymkhana’s and city events.
If that alone hasn’t already convinced you how great the hidden gem of the Palos Verdes Peninsula equestrian world is, we also have local English and Western horse shows at one of the local public parks, Ernie Howlett Park. Great for riders and spectators.
One of the best parts about the equestrian side of Palos Verdes is that since it is such a small area, it becomes a community. Children who grow up and stay in touch with the equestrian roots tend to have the ‘raised by a village’ mentality since they are riding and interacting with people of all ages. People greet everyone they see on the trail and it truly is just a positive atmosphere all the time. Ask any horseback rider who rides around there if they like it and the answer will tend to be the same, every day riding in Palos Verdes is just one more day in paradise.