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A Beautiful and Friendly Ride
In the California Redwoods

Horse Riding Lessons for Children and Adults

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Horseback Riding Lessons

Learn at your own pace with our horseback riding lessons. We assess your skill level and goals before we ever take you out on our riding trails. Once there, take in the beauty of the redwoods and oaks as you move along our scenic trails.

Lessons and Rides


Take the hassle out of boarding with our beautiful barn stalls and daily turnout. Our stables are conveniently located next to beautiful riding trails. If you don't have a horse, we offer partial leases on a select group of our Chaparral horses.


Child Fixing the Saddle

Children love learning the beauty and magnificence of horse riding at our horse day camps. They will learn horse grooming, care, and handling. All campers get the opportunity to ride and bond with their horse. 

Horse Camps

Trail Ride

Not all horse lovers have the same experience riding horses. That's why we put our campers into groups based on their experience, knowledge, age, and comfort with the horse. We offer three different groups to accommodate various skill levels and ensure your child will feel safe and secure.

Camp Groups

Learn How To Ride On One Of Our Beautiful Horses
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About Us

Chaparral at Woodside in Woodside, California, offers horseback riding lessons and day camps. Founder Shawn Mott, master horse trainer, lived the life of a cowboy ever since he trained his first mustang at 10 years old. As an Eagle Scout, he was mentored by a 70-year-old, half-Cherokee horseman. Together, they taught trail riding, rodeo, and other horse disciplines to other Boy Scouts.

After training his own horses, our founder built Hillcrest Ranch in Sunol and founded the Sunol Park Pack Station and the Sunset Riding Academy in Sunol. He also managed the Head to Tail Feed Store, contracted with Wente Winery, was a mounted policeman for Shoreline Amphitheater, and worked with the Fame charter schools. His horsemanship has been featured on Bay Area Backroads, Evening Magazine, and in several local newspapers.

Today, Shawn uses his rich and diverse experience of more than 40 years to lead our team of horse instructors. We have partnered with San Mateo County Parks and Recreation and work hard to bring equestrian knowledge and training to students and horse lovers throughout the area. We teach all levels of riding at our three locations in Woodside, Milpitas, and San Francisco and would love to teach you too.


Thank you for your interest. For questions or comments, please use the information listed here. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

(408) 726-8453

Hours of Operation
Monday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

4040 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062