The Lakewood Equestrian Center offers fun and educational programs

Published on August 09, 2022

Smiling person riding horse

The Lakewood Equestrian Center, located at 11369 East Carson St. (near the San Gabriel River) , is a 19-acre horse boarding and training facility that also offers fun activities for families and youth, including:

  • Birthday party packages
  • Camps
  • Pony rides
  • Petting zoo
  • Riding lessons
  • Equine education

While boarding and training horses are the primary focus of the Center, the grounds also include Pony Time, which offers riding lessons, pony rides and a petting zoo, where little ones can feed llamas and goats. Pony rides are reserved for youngsters aged one and older, and riders must not exceed 80 pounds.

Pony Time also offers camps, birthday party packages and special events for families and is open Wednesday through Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Trail rides and lessons for children are available by appointment. For questions and pricing or to make an appointment, call Pony Time at 562-916-7669 or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/PonyTimeAtLakewoodEquestrianCenter.

Boarding and training horses

The Equestrian Center can board up to 206 horses and training disciplines include Dressage, Western Pleasure and Hunter/Jumpers. The site also has access to miles of trails along the regional multi-use San Gabriel River trail system and the adjacent Rynerson Park.

For information, call the main office at 562-281-9024 or email lakewoodequestrian@gmail.com. For pricing of boarding services, along with photos and videos of facility programs and activities, visit the Center’s Facebook page @equinelakewood or https://lakewood-equestrian-center.mailchimpsites.com.

Riding lessons

Riding lessons in both English and Western styles are available for adults and children ages 7 and older. For more information about Western lessons, call Michele Bloomquist at 562-480-3875 and for English and Western lessons, call Sandie Mercer at 562-425-1905. Both trainers also offer summer camps and scout badge programs.

Help and care for abandoned horses

Shoestring City Ranch is a nonprofit 100% volunteer-run equine education program to help abandoned horses. Youth can learn the technical and interpersonal skills needed to care for an animal. For schedule and details, call 562-818-7930 or visit Shoestring City Ranch’s Facebook page @shoestringcityranchforkids or www.shoestringcityranch.org.

Thanks to $2.9 million in state funds secured by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon and $1 million in L.A. County Measure A park funds, the Lakewood Equestrian Center's Master Plan project to complete the Carson Street Trail and provide ongoing upgrades to the Center is now fully funded.