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  • best place to live in California

    Where is the best ridding area in California? With the warmest winters? I ride ammy hunters and equitation.
    Last edited by Fharoah; May. 24, 2010, 07:00 PM.

  • #2
    I would say pretty much anywhere in California would be great. I used to live in northern California, near Sacramento, and the riding was great up there.

    Now I'm in Southern California, in the San Fernando Valley. Here I am close to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, and central to the Thermal shows, the Oaks, and Santa Barbara which is nice.

    Good luck!
    "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)


    • #3
      I grew up in Clayton, CA...the foothills of Mt. Diablo (N. CA East Bay). Awesome trail riding..I was one lucky kid! Now I live in N. Virginia and one lucky horsie adult!


      • #4
        Best place to live? Central Coast. Don't tell anyone though!

        Best place to ride? Probably SoCal...you've got the Oaks, Showpark, Thermal, Del Mar, LA within a few hours of each other.


        • #5
          Malibu. If it's good enough for Malibu Barbie, why then it's good enough for anyone!!! Bring lots of money though!


          • #6
            I think CA is horrible, NOT WORTH IT!!! My poor horse has not tasted good grass in three years, and Neither have I!!!!!

            lol But if you are ok with heat, Then SoCal would be great! LOTS of horsey people here, Temecula especially!


            • #7
              I've lived in both SoCal and NorCal and they both have their own issues. I'm currently in NorCal(near Sacramento) and not only has the weather been great lately, but there are no shortage of shows up here either. Obviously there are some super big shows down in the LA area, but Murieta Equestrian and Leone's are gaining strength!


              • #8
                We're in So Cal... it's very horsey where I'm at. You get a warm fuzzy feeling when you drive to a show or trails or where ever in the weekend mornings and half the other vehicles out there are hauling horse trailers Nobody bats an eye when you pop into the grocery store smelling like a horse or wearing your riding clothes since practically everyone else is too.

                Half the people I work with in Construction Mgmt, own and ride horses, which back east I was the only one.

                We ride/drive year round.


                • #9
                  I'd say either go for the Bay Area or down in SoCal. In the Bay Area you've got some amazing, top quality H/J/Eq barns and it's close to the big shows like Pebble, Woodside, Murieta, Sonoma, Leone... As others said, SoCal also has its excellent barns & big shows. When you are out 'in the middle' of the state, there are fewer barns and the trailer time out to the shows can be ridiculous.


                  • #10
                    La Jolla .... Rancho Santa Fe
                    Aefvue Farm Ft.Lauderdale


                    • #11
                      It depends how much money you have.


                      • #12
                        Warmer winters as you go further south and more towards the coast. There is a climate shift north vs south of Point Conception, both with respect to temperature and rainfall.

                        Hotter summers further south and further inland.

                        Thus, coastal southern California is the best balance, IMHO, in terms of warmer winters and not too-hot summers. Of course, pretty much everyone else has figured this out, and it's the most expensive place to live.

                        Lots of shows, both to watch and ride in, in the area defined by LA to the north and San Diego to the south.

                        We may not have green grass year round, but where else can you pick oranges at the barn and have a roadrunner come and catch your mice?
                        The Evil Chem Prof


                        • #13
                          How much $$ are you thinking?

                          Bay area:
                          • Petaluma/Santa Rosa: lots of barns, easy hauling to Sac for shows, roughly an hour from SF with traffic. The city = expensive, whereas Petaluma is a bit cheaper.
                          • Woodside/Palo Alto: lots of lots of nifty barns (training center), REALLY expensive, close to shows... a bit further from Sac and ~30 minutes south of SF. Closer to Pebble... buuut Pebble working its way up to the Sonoma Horse Park (which is super close to Petaluma, so...)
                          • Sacramento: Very close to big shows (Leone's, Murieta [where the SIHS is]) and lots of different barns to choose from. Living can be either very cheap or very expensive, depends if you're going for city or country (so basically, it's a lot like the deal with the Bay Area, just closer to the primo-showing).

                          Keep in mind that many NorCal barns ship north during the summer for Oregon (JBarJ's show) and Spruce... though I guess Spruce is a whole 'nother beast in and of itself.

                          SoCal: I don't know much, as I am a biased NorCal fan

                          Hope you find a great barn!

                          ETA: about weather:
                          Petaluma: SUPER windy, sticks around 45º, if it fluctuates, it fluctuates upward.
                          Woodside: Rainy (though most barns have indoors) and not too cold, I would guess around low to mid fifties.
                          Sacramento: Rainy, but just typical NorCal weather, I don't think it snows

                          I think, as far as weather in the winter goes, SoCal could have us beat... but hey, winter could surely be worse. I hardly think 45º is roughing it


                          • #14
                            Exactly! Places like Malibu, Marina Del Rey, the beach/coastal areas....well, they are the most expensive. I've found Burbank to be a nice balance. According to our garden zone, we get both coastal and thermal influence.

                            It doesn't get as hot here as it does up in Valencia or down towards San Diego, or east towards Riverside, and we rarely have "rain days" at the barn. Within two hours are the LAEC, Santa Barbara, and Oaks shows. I've grown to like Southern CA, but it took a LOT of getting used to coming from the Sacramento area.
                            "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)


                            • #15
                              I live in So Cal and you can't beat the weather. It gets down to 70 and I think it's cold. I have lived here all my life, however, sadly I have seen it change. LOTS of concrete now. The fields I rode through when I was a kid are now commercial buildings...

                              I have a little slice of horses in my area left, but if I were relocating and staying in So Cal, I would go out to Fallbrook/Temecula area. Lots of good H/J barns and shows not too far away.

                              If money is not an issue then up to Napa I would go...... or the Montery area (Pebble Beach)... BEAUTIFUL.. a bit windy and cold however (for me anyway) But lots of vinyards and ocean views.....
                              Live in the sunshine.
                              Swim in the sea.
                              Drink the wild air.


                              • #16
                                Are you coming here???? We'd love to have you.

                                I was in Northern California for the first 48 years of my life, the Bay Area to be precise. Woodside is great horse country, but very expensive. Other parts of the Bay Area and the Sacramento area are also great for h/j.

                                Moved down south nearly seven years ago. Much warmer winters. I'm in Ojai, about 75 minutes north of LA, closer to Santa Barbara if you looked on a map. This part of the coast doesn't have a huge h/j world until you head closer to LA so I can't recommend it (apart from Santa Barbara, which does have a few good trainers).

                                The further south you go, the more options you have. It'll be quite different from your neck of the woods! We have better vets down here than you do, however!
                                R.I.P. Ollie (2007-2010) You were small in stature but huge in spirit. You will never be forgotten.

                                Godspeed, Benjamin (1998-2014). A life well-lived. A horse well-loved.


                                • #17
                                  definitely head south for warmer winters, just like a bird Central coast is awesome (Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo), if you don't mind traffic up the wazoo go further south to the LA area like others have suggested.

                                  I live in Sacramento proper, summers are hot (probably a total of about 10-12 days of triple digits), winters are fairly mild (we did get a lot of rain this year, I think the coldest it got was in the 20's). There is a ton of horse stuff in the area, I live about 15 minutes away from Murieta and Leones, my barn is probably about 20 minutes away. And housing prices right now are insane here. Traffic is fine, and Sacramento is definitely moving up in terms of restaurants and things to do. Plus, only 1.5 hours away from SF and Lake Tahoe in different directions. Pitch over


                                  • #18
                                    I lived in Westlake Village, CA during my junior years and early ammy years. Loved it and still miss my time there.

                                    When I lived in Westlake there was only one place to ride, Foxfield, now there are more stables in the area. I have ridden at stables from the west coast to the east coast and have not found one better, in any catagory, than Foxfield.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by *jumper* View Post
                                      Best place to live? Central Coast. Don't tell anyone though!
                                      Nonsense. The Central Coast is awful! I can't imagine why anyone would ever want to live there.

                                      edited to add: it's probably not a great place for a hunter rider, even though it's lovely. It's mostly eventing around here with a bit of H/J sprinkled in.
                                      Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
                                      Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


                                      • #20
                                        SoCal- Orange County! Lots of shows, a wide variety of boarding to meet anyone's needs, and you still can spot malibu barbie in the Ferrari next to you as you're stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the freeway!