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Shadow Hills Equestrian Center has a long history! In 1979 Johnny's family purchased this working ranch, and for 27 years it operated under Rockin' W Ranch. In the year 2012, the LLC was created for Shadow Hills Equestrian Center by Johnny. This facility now delivers a variety of services 7-days a week, in addition to boarding, Shadow Hills Equestrian Center has a first-class event space and a meeting facility for special events.

While we primarily operate as an equine training facility, and provide a variety of services and programs, in addition to lessons and classes, it also includes:

  • A wide selection of different filming and photoshoot locations

  • Space for special days, such as birthday parties, team-building events, or weddings

  • A Saturday Night Trail Ride experience, featuring a three-hour ride followed up with dinner

  • Summer camps where kids can learn about horses and other animals

  • Riding lessons, where riders can learn the basics or even more advanced riding techniques

  • Horse training by on-site professional trainers

  • Horsemanship classes, where riders can learn how to show their ability to handle a horse

  • We host a variety of stalls with interior and exterior walkways, 2 separate arenas*, small bridle trails, and a variety of trees and backdrops. 

Currently accepting all students for group and private, horsemanship. We also offer all disciplines of training. Please see for therapeutic-adaptive riding and equine-assisted learning programs.

Founder & Program Manager

Johnny Higginson

Johnny Higginson has over forty years of experience as an equestrian and arts professional. During this time he has become a decorated showman and equine educator who intuitively enriches the lives of others. 

Shadow Hills Equestrian Center was imagined by Johnny and each year is developed into a thriving, innovative facility welcoming people from all over Los Angeles.

Currently accepting all students for group and private, horsemanship, therapeutic riding, equine-assisted psychotherapy & horses in training. 

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Shadow Hills Equestrian Center is 11 acres of riding space, boarding facilities, and beautiful event and meeting space in the Northeast section of the San Fernando Valley. We offer a variety of programs and services, which you can find below.

Learn about everything we have to offer:
We host a nonprofit, Shadow Hills Riding Club:
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"Really nice facility. They are very open and they take great care of the horses...

...It's home away from home!"

— Dressage L., YELP

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