Equestrian Facilities

Learn a little more about what we have to offer! Garrod Farms officially became an equestrian stables in 1962, when Vince and Jane Garrod decided to switch from the dried fruit business to the equestrian business, providing boarding to private horse owners as well as lessons and trail rides to the public.


  • Main Arena: Built in 1964, our Main Arena is covered, allowing for lessons and riding in all weather.  In 2021 we replaced the footing with state-of-the-art sand and filter fabric.
  • Jumping Arena: This arena has sand footing and is routinely set up with a jump course for boarders to enjoy.
  • Sky Arena: This is a longing arena; priority use is for our Vaulting Team (Mt. Eden Vaulting) practice, but outside of practice times, any boarder may use. The footing is also state-of-the-art sand and filter fabric.
  • Pony Arena: This is a smaller arena used for riding, lounging, turn out and, in the summer time, for the Day Camp lessons.
  • Dressage Arena:  This arena has dressage letters built specifically for dressage riders to practice their patterns.
  • Vista Arena: This arena also has sand footing; used for riding. Not available for turn out.

Round Pen: Small pen suitable for working your horse individually.


  • The Antique Barn, the oldest on our property (built in 1903 to house the family cow and work horses), offers box stalls with paddocks.
  • The Sequoia and Madrone Barns, both built from redwood in 1964, offer box stalls with paddocks.  The fee for each stall in these barns includes use of a good sized storage locker.
  • Cliffside Barn has box stalls and paddocks, with a view of the valley.
  • Emma’s Barn consists of two large stalls with no outdoor paddock, tack boxes included.
  • Lynne’s Barn offers large full-clean box stalls and paddocks, with an attached turn out arena.
  • The Wooden Paddocks, large outdoor paddocks with indoor stalls.  Good space for big horses.
  • Powder River, made with powder river panels, offers covered stalls with paddocks.
  • Valley View offers both box stalls with paddocks, and a nice locker with each stall.
  • The Gatehouse: a smaller facility, stalls and paddocks, near the entrance to the Open Space.
  • Northridge and Nob Hill Paddocks: individual paddocks with covered stalls.
  • Big Oak Flats have large stalls and paddocks, with easy access to the Jumping and Vista Arenas.
  • Arena Flats, near our Dressage Arena, offers stalls with smaller paddocks.
  • The Shared Fields with small cover, for up to three horses each.

The Pasture is for geldings only, shared, with natural tree cover, for up to 12 horses.


  • Our property is adjacent to the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve, which offers over 20 miles of trails.
  • Three horse wash racks.
  • Limited trailer parking.
  • Tack storage available for rent.
  • Locations for farriers to work.
  • Consistent veterinary visits.

Family ownership & operation since 1893

Garrod Farms was established in 1893 with the purchase of 65 acres from the Mt. Eden Orchard and Vineyard Company.

Around 129+ years and 5 generations later, it continues to be a family agriculture operation today. Alongside the horse operation, we now have 28 acres of vineyards here on the property. We are also proud to say that we were one of the first wineries in the state of California to become Certified Sustainable in our farming practices.

“My sister and I had a wonderful time trail riding here. Gorgeous views of the valley and well behaved horses. After our ride we had a glass of wine and some cheese/crackers on the patio. Perfect day!”

– Lynn –

“What a beautiful trail. We loved our trail guide and good ole Smokey the horse. I had Cowboy and he was a hoot. Learned new things about the area. We’ll be going again and the wine tasting was awesome too.”

– Juan –

“We had so much fun! Our first time horseback riding ever. We took advantage of the early bird special at 8:30 morning. It included an extra half hour for the price of an hour. Our guide was great, she was knowledgeable of the property and horses.”

– Raquel –

“We have taken family trail rides as well as lesson programs here and found the people very friendly and helpful. The horses are handled much better here than some other places-the owners and employees care about the safety and well being of riders and animals. Garrod Farms is home to a very well respected equestrian team that competes world wide and has won gold medals. Top notch horse facility and check out the winery too.”

– Bjorn –

“Great place for your child to learn horseback riding. Friendly staff and awesome teachers!”

– Jenifer –

“I’ve been horseback riding for over 30 years. I’ve been to many stables. This one definetly stood out from the others. The guides were very friendly. The horses very clean and very well trained. It was my sons first time and he now wants to ride more frequently from having such a great experience and my other son that’s ridden with me for the past 14 years was really happy we went there and pointed out the same things I did. Thanks for making my family’s day a perfect one. Phoenix was the best horse.”

– Roxanne –