Good Horsekeeping in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.


No, there’s no typographical error when you read the City of Rolling Hills Estates guidelines for “Best Horsekeeping Practices”. This is a place less concerned about the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval than horsekeeping–maintaining horses on your property. Rolling Hills Estates was incorporated in the late 1950's in order to preserve its equestrian lifestyle, as characterized by rolling hills, vast open spaces and three-rail white fences. Located in Southern California on the Palos Verdes peninsula above the Pacific Coast, you can look over the L.A. basin and see downtown Los Angeles between the trees that forest this oasis of country living.

Loving horses in Rolling Hills Estates:

  • The annual Mayor's Breakfast Ride invites all equestrians to Saddle Up for a one hour ride, usually in May.
  • When you go to city hall to pay your bills, there’s a special “parking lot” in the shade with hitching posts for horses–and people actually park (horses) there!
  • At the main counter inside City Hall, you must queue up in line under the wooden sign that says, “FINANCE–Business Licenses, Stable Payments”...etc.
  • The City operates the public riding rings, and PWEC Enterprises, Inc. manages the Peter Weber Equestrian Center municipal boarding stables next to city hall (you can hear horses & roosters on your lunch break!)
  • A variety of equestrian-related activities occur throughout the year.
  • The City has more than 25 miles of scenic bridle trails.
  • Road signs warn drivers to watch for horses.

For visitors, Rolling Hills Estates makes for a beautiful country drive that can include South Bay highlights:


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