On a stunning February morning in Rancho Santa Fe, the Valenti Equestrian Club hosted a fundraiser for the Love of Horses to Benefit Saving Horses, Inc. (SHI), a nonprofit organization that rescues horses and provides equine-assisted therapy programs. The benefit serves to preserve the lives of precious horses that are in desperate need. Guests sampled a variety of light hors d’oeuvres, gourmet chocolates and mimosas.
BY EVA STIMSON
The Valenti Equestrian Club, located in the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe, is a hidden equine oasis that offers boarding and training services for dressage and hunter jumper aficionados. Within close proximity to the Del Mar Racetrack, the gated facility is located on 20 maturely wooded acres with riding trails that connect to the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant trail system.
The expansive grounds include a variety of amenities, such as a competition-legal 20m x 60m dressage court with mirrors, extensive sprinkler system and exceptional footing that dries expediently during the rainy season; in/out barns, stalls and pipe corral accommodations; galloping track, grass and sand turnouts, large jumping ring and warm-up track, round pen; tack room, kitchen and laundry facilities, hot wash racks and stall cleaning two-times per day; private lakeside trail within the property boundaries; free WiFi; on-site horse trailer parking, security cameras and on-site staffing, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
The club is located within a short distance to the restaurants and retail establishments in the villages of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Del Mar, with easy access to the I-5 freeway.
Perhaps one of the most significant features of the Valenti Equestrian Club is the world-class professional trainers that are headquartered within the compound that offer their expertise to club members and boarders. Of particular note, Lena Nordlof-Davis was born and raised in Sweden and learned dressage skills from top riders. She actively competes and succeeds at FEI Grand Prix level events and has a passion for her dressage training business.
In addition, the Horsemanship Academy at the Valenti Equestrian Club is a boutique riding school under the direction of Kajsa Wiberg, teaching the European traditions of horsemanship to both adults and children. Rounding out the training talent at the club is Guillermo Obligado, who has firmly etched a place for himself in the sport representing his native Argentina at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany and the World Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur. He imparts his hunter jumper expertise to students who aspire to reach competition-level skills.
According to Valenti Equestrian Club Founder, Irene Valenti, “We have one of the most unique equestrian facilities in all of San Diego County in which riders of all levels can enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. What I enjoy most is the camaraderie we have amongst all of our boarders and trainers; we host regular events that bring the equestrian community together and often raise awareness and funds for worthy causes. Our members embrace the ambience we have created and they look forward to sharing it with other horse enthusiasts.”
To learn more about the Valenti Equestrian Club, visit www.valentiequestrianclub.com or call 858-759-9239 for information or a tour of the facilities.
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