Me and BootZ

Bay Area Equestrian

Last edited November 11, 2009

Me and Pickle Felt Lake
Would you like to feel comfortable riding like this? Call for lessons!


Owner / Trainer / Clinician
ICP Candidate
Gilroy, Ca
408 888 8703

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In Gilroy, California 

Because I am a rider, as well as a trainer, I know a significant amount of time is required to learn about, care for, train, and ride horses.

Whether you are a beginning or an advanced rider, horseback riding is a high risk adventure sport. Research shows that a minimum of 20 minutes training, three times a week, is required for you to become fit, to improve your skill and to benefit from your sport -- riding.  The more you improve your skill, the more safe you will be and less at-risk for an accident.

If this is how you wish to approach riding-- working at it several times a week-- my equestrian training program may work for you. Equestrian training is my private, owner-operated cross-training, riding club, and home business. It is not a boarding-stable facility.  It is based on the premise that owning, keeping  and riding horses is a life-style.   Equestrian training  offers  three-  or five-days-a-week training packages where you can: 

  • have your horse trained
  • work on improving your riding  and training skills
  • learn to solve problem horse behavior
  • discover if horse ownership is a lifestyle you want to pursue


Equestrian Training has a 150ft.s x 150ft. sand/rubber arena constructed by, 58ft. sand round pen, 200 X 300 summer arena, permanent irrigated pasture for turnout, conditioning trail/track, a set of jumps, a novice cross country schooling course and trail obstacle course.   We have a seasonal creek and pond on gently rolling terrain for conditioning. We have a small barn with box stalls and paddocks for a total of 12 to 15 horses There is cover in the pasture and adjoining covered paddocks for daily feeding and  wet weather. My own  horses all live happily out of the barn, except poor weather or feeding time, when they have custom meals.   



Here is a downloadable pdf file that mocks up the property and the types of schooling fences we have.)If you use Windows 98, remember you must place the cursor over the link name and right click to select SaveTargetAs.)


Eight miles up the road is Henry Coe State Park. It is 81,000 thousand acres and we have only scratched the outer perimeter of the trails.  You can't actually see me, I am behind the grey horse, we are crossing the creek.


 Seven miles away is Mt. Madonna County Park.  It has several 7 -10 mile loop trails with nice footing and shade from the giant redwoods and some spectacular views.
At further distances ( 30/ 60 minute drives) are Coyote Creek trail, Dinosaur Point, Calero County Park, Salinas River beach, Fort Ord Federal Reserve,  or north to San Mateo County and Sam McDonald Park deep in the Redwoods.
Near Dinosaur Point with the local hunt club and two clients at a hunter pace. Where is Pickle? Jack Brooks!


These are a few of our favorite places.  We ride here every day,  and trailer out once or more a week.  I have a four- horse trailer and can accommodate two or three clients in my trailer.
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© Christine Amber, MA, 1998 - 2009


Site Description
Equestrian is a small, personal  horse training barn and riding club in Gilroy, Ca. (South San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley) where owner/trainer Christine Amber trains horses and riders. Equestrian Training's focus is teaching adults and teems about, caring for, riding , keeping and owning horses as well as developing safe, strong, and sensible riding skills.  You can take  private riding lessons in English or Western Riding. You can join the riding club which emphasizes horses as a lifestyle that encompasses exercise, recreation, fun and a significant time commitment of three rides or group lesson a week.   Equestrian Training's horse training focuses on foundations that develop safety, relationship, willingness, obedience and balance in an athletic horse.