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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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Assistant Trainer

Katie Kennedy

Katie has been Johnny's assistant since 2019. You will find her providing guidance to campers, managing lessons, and tending to the horses, Farm Friends, and animals most days. 


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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