Posted on 11 May
The horses may have already made their rounds at Churchill Downs, but the excitement of the Kentucky Derby has us dreaming of an equestrian property of our own. From a breathtaking ocean-view ranch in Malibu to a world-class polo and equestrian club situated amidst one of the last remaining beachfront jungles in Mexico, these six equestrian-ready offerings will have you counting ponies in your sleep.
Showcasing panoramic ocean views, beach access and world-class equestrian facilities on nearly 11 acres, there is simply no property quite like Sundance Ranch in Malibu. Located on Malibu’s prestigious lower Winding Way, where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the ocean, the ranch offers a peaceful, country lifestyle just 15 miles from Santa Monica and a stone’s throw from the Pacific. Represented by Denise Snanoudj and Craig Knizek and offered for the first time as a dual parcel, the sprawling, gated compound includes the original 1953 ranch house once owned by the director of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, along with incredible equestrian facilities, all moments from scenic riding trails in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. Features include seven large turnouts, a massive ocean-view riding arena, 2,860-square-foot round pen and two exceptional barns with new MD Barnmaster Elite Series stalls—so those prized ponies can rest and relax in style.
Masterfully designed by Michael Palladino of Richard Meier Partners (known around the world for such works as The Getty Center, the Burda and Arp Museums in Germany, and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art), this magnificent 116-acre property, represented by Billy Rose, is both an architectural marvel and equestrian’s dream. Located in the breathtaking Santa Ynez Valley wine country and surrounded by other 100-plus acre ranches and vineyards, it showcases impeccably designed living spaces and dramatic views in every direction. Stunning grounds feature a large olive grove, picturesque riding trails and state-of-the-art equestrian facilities, including an eight-stall center-aisle barn, fully equipped with a bathing and grooming area, tack room, laundry room and bath. Complete with a large hay and equipment barn, arena, trak, paddocks, irrigated pastures and two-bedroom ranch manager’s home—all set against a gorgeous backdrop of rolling hills and sun-kissed vineyards—the property is perfect for those who enjoy capping off a long trail ride with a glass of California’s finest.
Set in the picturesque community of Hidden Valley, this spectacular 40-acre equestrian ranch is available for the first time in nearly six decades. Represented by Kristin Regan and tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains, the estate offers unbridled privacy and pastoral charm just 40 miles outside of Los Angeles. Two original adobe buildings, towering oak trees, a vegetable garden and a seasonal creek imbue the property with storybook-like charm. An historic, 2,500-square-foot residence, complete with a helipad and adjoining helicopter hanger, is suited for the most discerning of tastes. As for equestrian facilities? It’s got it all. A staff residence, 8 horse stalls, 20-meter round pen, lighted riding area and 7-car barn are just a few of the ranch’s equestrian-ready features fit for the most discerning of riders. Purchased in 1957 by Roy Ash, creator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the ranch has played host to several prominent guests over the years and served as a popular backdrop for numerous Hollywood films.
One&Only Mandarina Private Homes features a collection of 55 ultra-private villas nestled along a lush, tropical hillside above a one-mile stretch of sandy beach on Riviera Nayarit, less than one hour north of Puerto Vallarta. Situated within a world-class, master-planned resort and residential community the villas, represented by The Agency Development Group, neighbor the new One&Only Mandarina beach resort, Rosewood Mandarina, and the unprecedented Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club. Here, riders of all ages are invited to gather, learn, practice and compete in one of the most picturesque settings in the world. The club will play host to international events each year, featuring open-air jumping and dressage arenas, two tournament-sized polo fields and a polo lounge. It will also serve as a full-service horse training center and offer boarding facility for residents and their beloved colts and mares. Situated amidst one of the last remaining beachfront jungles in Mexico, Mandarina combines the best of both worlds: unprecedented equestrian facilities in a majestic setting. When you’re not out on the trails or in the riding arena, homeowners within One&Only Mandarina Private Homes enjoy an array of amenities for relaxation, cuisine, wellness and adventure, including two private beach clubs, world-class dining, a jungle adventure outpost and more.
This exquisite equestrian property, represented by Christopher Dyson and affectionately known as River Ranch, combines a luxurious, modern living experience with incredible, European-standard horse facilities. One of the few residences in the immediate area with a private riding arena, the fully remodeled home is adjacent to more than 50 miles of picturesque riding trails in famed Griffith Park. The ranch features five large horse stalls, each equipped with a turnout, automatic watering, industrial grade fans and app-controllable, closed-circuit TVs, as well as multiple horse wash racks, cross ties, a tack room, and buildings for feed and hay. The impeccably upgraded, modern residence boasts a seamless indoor-outdoor flow and showcases three bedrooms plus a detached guest house and separate maid’s quarters. A resort-style pool is the perfect place for relaxing and cooling off after a long trail ride, complete with a sunken outdoor lounge, gas fire pit and spa.
Nestled beside towering Aspens on the East River, this incredible ranch, represented by Lori Steele, showcases 35 acres of serene, park-like grounds set against a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Immersed in the tranquil sounds of nature, the ultra-private property features a 4,133-square-foot residence designed by famed Colorado architect Dan Murphy, multiple natural waterfalls, a private live pond, and one-and-one-half miles of direct East River access—complete with a secret island perfect for hosting an al fresco dinner under the stars. 30 acres of lush, grassy land above the residence's five acres—fitted with electrical and water—are ideal for horse grazing and primed for building the equestrian ranch of one's dreams.