We believe we provide the best riding lessons because:


  • We use the internationally renowned education and certification program of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc.
  • All instructors are certified or credentialed by rigorous programs to teach horse management and riding skills
  • The owner, lead instructor, trainer has UC Davis degrees in Animal Science and Anthropology,  California Community College Instructor’s Credential in Horsemanship, Masters Degree and over 50 years professional experience
  • We have an excellent group of school horses and ponies with extensive experience
  • We have excellent facilities with safe working areas for beginners through advanced riding: Round pen, fenced sand arena with lights and dressage ring, stadium jumping and cross country schooling areas, gallop track; many other amenities
  • Our environment is low key, where education is preeminent; groups are small.
  • We have a record of developing horses and riders through all traditional USPC certifications
  • We have a consistent record of developing horses and riders for local, regional, and national championships
  • Our location is beautiful and a quiet retreat from the hectic world
  • Membership in the USPC is available for adults and youth
  • We have a very full calendar of competition opportunities from local to national levels (We go where our clients want to go)
  • There are many options to lease or partially lease mounts rather than purchasing them.


The most important thing at Peppercorn Ranch is people. Our goal is to provide equestrian education. We are not the “finest,” “best,” “largest,” “most elegant,” or any other superlative that establishments often use to entice prospective clients. What we do offer is the practice of horsemanship humans have developed for thousands of years. It is a science and art that relies on traditional methods rather than new, improved, or rapid technological evolution. Quality is the essence of daily practice. We are not here to sell horses or make competitive winners. We are here for the historically proven relationship, called horsemanship, which bonds horses and humans. Our clients are family and we welcome family into our world of horses.