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Winter Quarter Updates 

As of 1/6/22, The Equestrian Center is closed to community member visitors/participants until further notice. The facility is still open to student, staff and faculty. Community members who registered for Guardian Angel or Riding Lessons for Winter 2022 will be refunded. We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and support of our program during this time. We will post an update when programs and facilities are open again to the community.

Riding lessons and the guardian angel program session 1 is scheduled to start in-person the week of January 10th, 2022. Participants will meet their instructors at the Equestrian Center Main Barn. Session 2 Registration will open on January 25th, 2022 at midnight. Session 2 classes will start on the week of February 7th, 2022. 

If you are interested in registering for one of our classes, please visit (must be 18 years or older to participate in our classes). For our hours, location and contact information, click here

*Classes may be cancelled/modified due to COVID exposures or changes in University COVID mandates. We apologize for any inconveniences.


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The 25-acre Equestrian Center operates an extensive year-round English and Western riding program. Located on campus, the center features boarding facilities, a 45,000-square-foot covered riding arena, a regulation dressage court, four barns and several pastures. We offer a wide variety of activities that range from competitive equestrian sports to club teams to leisure riding lessons. Aren't interested in riding but love horses? Our Guardian Angel program teaches you how to handle, groom and care for your favorite UCD horse. Regardless of your riding or horse experience, we have something for everyone and encourage you to stop by and meet our horses!

Registration for Winter Quarter Session 2 Riding Lessons Opens 1/25/22

All levels of group horse riding lessons will return Winter Quarter 2022. Registration Session 2 for lessons and Guardian Angel class will open up Tuesday, January 25th. See Lessons page for the updated schedule.

The Equestrian Center is excited to announce the return of rec riding lessons this winter quarter. Thank you for your patience as we dealt with delays from the pandemic and Northern California wildfires.

Private lessons will be offered per instructor availability during Winter Quarter. If you are interested in private lessons please email the Equestrian Center with your interest and availability.

For any questions, please email