Horseback Riding Resources: Equipment


Finding Equipment in North County


Boot Barn 

The North County location for Boot Barn is at 2405 W. Vista Way in Oceanside. Boot Barn is a great place to get riding boots, apparel, and work gear.


Hawthorne Country Store 

Located at 675 W. Grand here in Escondido and also at 2762 S. Mission Road in Fallbrook, Hawthorne Country Store is locally owned and has a great stock of tack, feed, riding clothes, and other equipment.  It's also just a really fun place to hang out.


Professional's Choice

Professional's Choice is an excellent supplier of horse care products and riding equipment for both Western and English riding.  They are local to San Diego (El Cajon) and distribute through Hawthorne Country Store. Professional's Choice is a generous supporter of Rockin' L&D Ranch Equine Education Services (our nonprofit organization that helps rehabilitate horses and helps military families and other riders in need of assistance)


Troxel Helmets

Troxel helmets are some of the best out there.  Not only that, Troxel is very supportive of the equestrian community.  They have donated several of our helmets in support of our Horses4Heroes program.  They are a superb quality.  You can get them locally at Hawthorne Country Store or on various sites on the internet.  Go to Troxel's site to get a 10% off coupon.

Horseback Riding Resources: National Organizations


Great Organizations to Know About


Certified Horsemanship Association

  • CHA provides several services for equestrians:
  • Find a certified instructor (we are!)
  • View training videos and access other resources
  • Get certified to be a Certified Riding Instructor, Trail Guide or Equine Facility Manager, including several specializations


Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association provides training, certification, and continued support for those wanting to work in the equine-assisted psychotherapy field.

Horses 4 Heroes

Horses-4-Heroes is a national organization with local branches that provides riding opportunities for military, veterans, first responders, and their families, to provide these resources when they may be financially difficult to access otherwise and also to provide therapy services in some locations.  Rockin' L&D Ranch is the San Diego area chapter for Horses-4-Heroes. 

American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is an advocacy organization that lobbies for the interests of the equine industry.

American Quarter Horse Association

This website is dedicated to all things American Quarter Horse. Newsletters, memberships, publications, and so many other resources are on the site.

Horseback Riding Resources: Local Organizations

Doing Work Right Here in San Diego County


Local Horses, Local People


California Gymkhana Association

Gymkhana is timed obstacle racing on horseback. And it is exciting!  This is the information site for the California Gymkhana Association. You can find information for district shows as well as organizational documents.

Vallecito Spurs (V-Spurs) Gymkhana

This is the site for information on our San Diego area gymkhana group, the Vallecito Spurs. The site has show information as well as other info for members and supporters of the organization.

Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association

TOVEA is a very active organization here in North County, supporting equine-human interaction in the best of ways.

Some of their services:

  • Annual education events
  • Upkeep and improvements on Walnut Grove Horse Park (bleachers, corrals, sprinklers, etc.)
  • They work with the City of San Marcos and County of San Diego for trail plans and improvements
  • Non-profit 501-3c organization Horse Heritage Conservancy

Community Interface Services

Community Interface Services provides opportunities for those who are intellectually disabled - developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, seizure disorder, etc. - to interact with the community. Several members of CIS help us on the ranch.

T.E.R.I. Therapeutic Equestrian Program

TERI is an organization that provides services to developmentally disabled adults and children in North County San Diego, including a very impressive therapeutic equestrian program. 

Pegasus Rising 

Pegasus Rising provides equine therapeutic programs for military personnel and veterans. They also provide opportunities for the community to learn more and establish relationships with horses through the opportunity to be volunteer caregivers. 

Horseback Riding Resources: Good Reading


Equestrian Articles

Sara Mastellar's articles on Horseback Riding Helmet Safety

Equestrian Books

Equestrian Videos