Equestrian Center


About the Center

The Equestrian Center is a co-op horse boarding facility within Yosemite Lakes Park.

Monthly double and single stall rental are available. Contact YLOA for availability and pricing.

Arena use memberships for nonresidents are available on a limited basis. Stalls also are available.

The Equestrian Committee meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Equestrian Center.

Welcome new Equestrian Center liaison Diana Pierce

WILLIAM MILLER

Meet Diana Pierce, new Equestrian Center liaison.

She’s a familiar face around the horse barn, having had a horse there since moving with her husband to YLP in 1995.

An Iowa native and an Army veteran, Diana met her husband in the military service and they moved to California in 1972. They were living in Fresno in the ‘90s when they fell in love with the Sierra foothills and decided to move here.

She’s been “horse crazy” since she was a kid, loves Arabians and did endurance riding for 14 years. She’s a member of the Sierra Freepackers, “back country horsemen…. We maintain trails, repair stuff, put up bear boxes. We also do a few fun trips, go out camping.”

He job now involves maintaining the grounds, “checking the horses every morning, making sure they’re up and eating, keeping the barn clean…now I’ve got to break ice out of the water tubs every day.”

And she still takes riding lessons once a week: “You’re never too old to learn.”

The Equestrian Center currently boards about 15 to 20 horses for a total of nine owners.

In the past year, some improvements have been made to the Equestrian Center, but more are needed, she said.

What’s been done: New barn paint, drainage work, and more water spigots for the stalls.

What’s needed: Replace shed row roofs, which are leaking and show termite damage; pursue a grant that would put solar panels on one of the shed roofs to power the horse barn and beyond; improve the appearance of the center facing Long Hollow Drive.

Horse shows are no longer staged at the center’s arena, but Diana would like to start some “fun things” this spring like poker rides that would generate some income.

For now, her goal is to “build the place up and clean it up.”

And with that, she saddled up Lily, a 14 year old Arabian mare, and went off to ride in the arena with her training group.

Riders practicing in the arena on a sunny December morning.

Riders practicing in the arena on a sunny December morning.