BC Resident Recreation and Use
Please note that, for the safety of our horses, boarders, and staff, the BCEC is closed to all non-boarding residents and non-essential personnel until further notice. We will continue to update these guidelines as the situation evolves.
Residents of Bell Canyon are more than welcome to explore and enjoy the Bell Canyon Equestrian Center, whether that is as a boarder, a student, or a guest. If you are a non-boarding resident wishing to visit or use the equestrian facilities, please read the below first.
The BCEC currently hosts a diverse set of trainers: dressage with Swea Zamil, eventing with Adrienne Hillas, and hunter/jumper with Cellar Door Farms. Bell Canyon’s very own Riding Academy is also entering its third year with expanded camp and lesson options. Check out ways to start riding below:
Residents who keep horses on private property are welcome to use the BCEC's facilities, keeping in mind that trainers and scheduled lessons have priority use of the arenas. To use the BCEC facilities for a non-boarding horse, you must fill out the resident use agreement and pay the monthly usage fee. Completed, signed agreements should be mailed to before first use.
For Bell Canyon resident use of BCEC facilities for horses boarded on private property.
If you’d rather look at a horse than jump on one, the lower two barns of the BCEC are always open to resident visitors popping by to say “hay” to its inhabitants. To make your visit safe and pleasant, it’s important to keep the following guidelines in mind:
If a horse is in a stall:
Please pay attention to stall signs, as these are crucial to a horse’s health. Many of our boarding horses have allergies, chronic health conditions, or temperaments that require special treatment. Even it there is nothing on the stall card indicating a health issue, do not touch or feed the horse. Not only will this help keep the horses healthy, it will help keep your fingers, hands, and other limbs out of reach if a horse is feeling bite-y or threatened.
The Bell Canyon Riding Academy horses, located in Barn B, are the exception to this rule. Mia and Rushmore are generally friendly and ready to eat an apple, carrot, peppermint, or store-bought horse treat from a willing palm—just make sure to use a flat hand when feeding, as this will protect your fingers from accidental nips.
If a horse is outside:
It’s okay to ask about petting or saying hello, but you don’t ever want to approach a horse without express permission from its rider or trainer. Horses are prey animals and will react to anything “scary,” whether it’s a stranger approaching, a purple object, or even their own shadow, so surprise interaction with a horse can put both the rider and a bystander in danger. Whether you’re just passing by or waiting to say hi, keeping a ten-foot minimum distance between your body and the horse is the safest way to pass by or around outside horses. As with other animals like dogs, trust the horse’s owner or handler to know what’s safest for you and for the horse; if they ask you to move away or tell you to stop interacting with the horse, follow the direction.
Just in general:
It’s important to remember that horses are sensitive animals, so disruptive activities like biking or skateboarding, smoking, or running around with an off-leash dog are not allowed. Once the sun goes down, the horses need their rest, so visiting hours are 7AM—sunset.