Lakewood Equestrian Center

Lakewood Equestrian Center

The Lakewood Equestrian Center (LEC) is a public equestrian facility located in the City of Lakewood at 11369 East Carson St., Lakewood, CA 90715. 

Since 1946 equestrian activities have been a staple at the Lakewood Equestrian Center. The boarding and training facility is open to the public, seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Equestrian enthusiasts can participate in a variety of activities including riding lessons, horse boarding and training, pony rides and a petting zoo. The equestrian center's primary functions are boarding and training horses and providing riding lessons. Presently, the facility can board up to 206 horses and training disciplines include Dressage, Western Pleasure and Hunter/Jumpers. 

Through Pony Time, a private company, the equestrian center also promotes a petting zoo, pony rides, camps, birthday parties and special events for families. Additionally, Shoestring City Ranch, an equine therapy program, helps abandoned horses and introduces youth to the technical and interpersonal skills needed to care for an animal.

The site also has access to miles of trails along the regional multi-use San Gabriel River trail system, the city's own Nature Trail along the westerly side of the San Gabriel River and the adjacent Rynerson Park. 

Activities, Programs and Services

Pony Time

  • Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pony rides and animal feeding.
  • Trail rides and lessons for children are available by appointment. Call the office at 562-916-7669 to schedule an appointment.
  • For current pricing and service updates visit Pony Time’s Facebook page @ponytimeatlakewoodequestriancenter.

Riding lessons for adults and children over 7 years old

  • English and Western Lessons: Sandie Mercer 562-425-1905
  • Western Lessons: Michele Bloomquist 562-480-3875

Shoestring City Ranch

  • A 501(c)3 Non-Profit, 100% volunteer-run organization that focuses on equine education through the use of rescued horses.
  • For program schedule and details call 562-818-7930 or visit Shoestring City Ranch’s Facebook page @shoestringcityranchforkids or website at

For boarding information

  • Call the main office at 562-281-9024 or send an email to
  • For current pricing of boarding services, along with photos and videos of facility programs and activities, visit the Lakewood Equestrian Center’s Facebook page at @equinelakewood.

City-led improvements

View a list of improvements led by the City of Lakewood since 2016.

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