Portuguese Bend Riding Club

Boarding at Portuguese Bend Riding Club (PBRC): Who would ever think that when looking for horse boarding in Los Angeles county you could find a stables that would offer you a short trail ride to views like this?

horseback riding in Portuguese Bend

view on a trail ride in Portuguese Bend

Located at 40 Narcissa Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, PBRC is situated in the gated and peacock bedecked community of Portuguese Bend. This horse stables on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers horse boarding, horseback riding lessons and horse training. Although riding lessons and training are taught in the English style of riding, PBRC welcomes equestrians of all riding disciplines.

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PBRC has three riding arenas, two of which are lighted; three round pens, one of which is covered; two hot walkers; wash rack with warm water; and seven turnout paddocks.

Portuguese Bend Riding Club big arena

horses in the big arena at PBRC


Boarding options include box stalls and pipe corrals. Box stall prices start at $520 per month (plus security deposit of one month's board). Box stall dimensions are 11" by 11' and up. Board includes alfalfa and/or Bermuda hay, fed twice daily, shavings, and twice daily cleanings. Oat hay is also available for a small additional charge. Pipe corrals are priced at $460 per month (plus security deposit of one month's board). Pipe corrals measure approximately 12' by 24' and are partially covered. Board includes twice daily feedings of alfalfa and/or Bermuda hay and twice daily cleanings. Bedding is not included, but can be purchased directly from Lomita Feed which delivers horse supplies weekly. CedarRest, Drystall, and Absorbit are all acceptable bedding for pipe corrals. Shavings are not permitted in the corrals.

PBRC cannot accommodate stallions.

Horse walking on hot walker at PBRC

horse on a hot walker at PBRC

Horseback Riding Lessons

Portuguese Bend Riding Club offers riding lessons for riders of all experience levels. Riders must be at least 5 years old to join the fun.

Beginners of all ages start with private riding lessons (one on one with an instructor) which last 60 to 75 minutes at a price of $50 to $65 depending upon the length of the lesson. This is a two part lesson. On the ground the student learns to handle the horse from the ground, and how to groom and tack up the horse in preparation for the lesson. In the saddle the student learns horseback riding basics. Once the groundwork is mastered the student moves on to private 30 minute lessons at a cost of $45. The student arrives 20 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the lesson to groom and tack up their horse du jour. After their instructor is certain both student and mount are well prepared the lesson in the saddle begins. Once basic riding skills are mastered the student moves on to either a 40 minute semi-private lesson or an hour long group lesson.

Dressage arena at Portuguese Bend Riding Club

the dressage arena at Portuguese Bend Riding Club

Horse Training

Training can be individualized based on each horse owner's goals. The barn manager will be happy to discuss options available. Twelve months of continuous training cost $275 per month, otherwise training is $325 per month. Horses in training receive 4 turnouts and two rides per week. Turnouts may be substituted with time on the hot walker. Rides may be substituted with lunging. Extra rides, lunging and turnouts are available for additional charges.

horseback riding in the Bean Field in Portuguese Bend

trail riding in the Bean Field in Portuguese Bend

Trail Riding

Many of the boarders at PBRC enjoy horse riding in Los Angeles county on the equestrian trails of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. It's just a short ride through the picturesque streets of Portuguese Bend to well over 500 acres of what's left of Southern California wilderness. These trails are included in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association Trail Guide.


Portuguese Bend Riding Club is open Tuesday through Friday from 6:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 7:00pm, and is closed to the public on Monday. Horse owners may care for their horses during normal business hours on Monday, though the arenas and round pens are closed.


Click here to send an email to Portuguese Bend Riding Club. The barn manager will reply as soon as possible. You may also call 310-377-3507. Follow this link to PBRC's website: www.ridingatpbrc.com .

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