Horse Back Riding Lessons and Horsemanship

Golden Gate Equestrian Center,761-8150, a brand-new program located in Watsonville


horsenaround_sm.jpgOur riding lesson program has been developed especially for young beginners, though a valuable program for all ages.  We will limit  "Lead Line" work to as needed only for safety.  We feel that by building the correct foundation, our students will be able to safely progress to independent/supervised riding. We accept and welcome beginning students of all ages.  Students will learn through "Natural Horsemanship" techniques how horses think and respond.  With this knowledge, children will develo p safe ground manners, learn to work and be around the
horses safely. Our lesson program is flexible to fit the needs of each student.  We work hard at keeping our lesson program affordable to allow all those who wish to pursue horses an opportunity to work with these wonderful creatures.

Our lessons run approximately 1- 1 1/2  hour long, one or more times per week. The lessons will be part ground work and part in the
saddle riding.   Times will be scheduled on an individual basis. New challenges will be presented on a regular basis as well as always reviewing foundation work.  This approach ensures that each student  continu e to progress in a positive and safe manner. Students will develop trust between them and their horse.  They will learn to work as a team with the horse and instructor.  Through this process self esteem, self confidence, physical strength, trust, reward are just a few of the qualities our students will develop. Safety is always our first priority.  We require and provide helmets to each and every student. 408-528-5461

 Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center, offers a safe environment for children with all stages of disability. Qualified instructors that achieve phenomenal results with the children are featured. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday. Trail riding, vaulting, and pony cart driving are offered. Call Ann Phipps at 761-1142. Classes are in La Selva Beach.

Peaceful Valley Farm in La Selva Beach, (831) 840-5870We Offer: Spring & Summer Farm Camps for kids 3-7 , After school program, Weekend & Holiday classes/workshops, Hosting farm/harvest style parties, Open Farm days, Fresh, organic eggs, Heirloom vegetable seedlings and plants, Hatching eggs, chicks and laying hens (seasonally), 640 Peaceful Valley Drive, La Selva Beach.

Pleasant Valley Horse Club in Aptos, 763-2733,

We have chosen Natural Horsemanship as our guiding philosophy. Often referred to as "horse whisperer" training, this is a gentle way of relating to and guiding the horse and rider without being harsh. The goal of the horse and the rider is to form respect for each other. Students learn about the nature of horses and how to work with that nature to build confidence and trust in the relationship between horse and rider.

When you learn to ride at PVHC, you will first have a one-on-one with your head trainer present and chat about your goals and why you want to ride. The trainer will put together a plan for you and your horse to complete a successful journey. You learn to build a relationship with the horse, which takes time and you will not move on until you have succeeded at your goal in a safe and confident manner.

Willow Pond Ranch, Adult and youth English riding school, horse boarding, horse leasing, sponsorship, after school and summer programs, equine-assisted growth and learning, horse rescue, open Tuesday through Sunday, P.O. Box 1329, Soquel, CA, 831-464-2276


Inline Skating

Play It Again Sports,new and used skates, 4770 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 831-475-1988


Adventure Sports Unlimited, Scuba, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Swimming, 303 Potrero Street, Santa Cruz, 458-3648
Kayak Connection831-479-1121,
Monterey Bay Kayaks, 800-649-5357
Venture Quest Kayaking, 125 Beach Street in Santa Cruz across from the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf


Lawn Bowling

137 Dakota Street (in San Lorenzo Park), SC


Central Coast Lacross Association

Martial Arts

Aikido for Pajaro Valley, Watsonville, 722-0838
Aikido of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, (831)423-8326
Aptos Martial Arts Academy, Aptos, 688-1118

Santa Cruz Family Martial Arts, 728 Water Street, Santa Cruz, call 831-818-5425
Karate and Japanese,Santa Cruz, 425-2249

Korean Martial Arts,
3702 Portola Drive in Live Oak



Children's Capoeira: Brazilian Martial Arts Open your child's eyes to a world of movement, music and culture! Capoeira is a fantastic opportunity for kids to be exposed to a unique blend of martial arts, music, culture and camaraderie. Children of all ages can benefit from the fun and friendly atmosphere that not only  provides a challenging aerobic and acrobatic workout, but helps kids develop their confidence and self esteem.Capoeira involves movement utilizing the entire body developing strength, coordination and flexibility. Kids also get a chance to play traditional Capoeira instruments and learn to sing traditional Capoeira songs in Portuguese. Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6pm. For more info:   (831)325-1769 or



Mantis Martial Arts is proud to offer our premier Kung Fu Kids after school service to the Santa Cruz community. We pick your child up from school and bring her or him to our training studio. With Kung Fu Kids, you won’t worry about getting off work early, arranging rides, or leaving your child home alone. Once in our studio, we provide a healthy snack, allow quiet time for homework, and offer training in traditional martial arts. Our program encompasses the benefits of martial arts while providing convenience for the modern parent. By enrolling your child in Kung Fu Kids, you free up evenings for what counts—quality time with your child. When you pick your child up at the end of the day, he or she has already had a snack, homework time, and been engaged team-building exercise. Please call 831-251-1269 or check out our website for more information




Recreation Departments
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Rock Climbing

Pacific Edge Rock Climbing Gym, 104 Bronson Street, Santa Cruz, 454-9254
Bugagboo Mountain Sports,1521 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 429-6300

Go,329 Ingalls, Santa Cruz, 831-425-7312


Roller Skating

Santa Cruz Roller Palladium, skating parties, tiny tots sessions, roller hockey, 1606 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, 423-0844
Insane Ball Hockey League, Inline and Quad, seasonal, non-contact, co-ed league for ages 5-16 years at the Santa Cruz Roller Paladium, call Coach Dave Cox at 251-6915 or 423-0844 or 426-6915. Players provide hockey helmet with cage, mouthpiece, knee and shin pads. Teams are composed of 5-8 players, structured for fun, competetive play. 10 games by age groups
Watsonville YMCA, clinics and league games, call for information 728-9622


Pacific Coast Trail Runs,sponsors beautiful trail runs all over Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas. They have spectacular courses, wonderful aid stations, well-marked trails, great T-shirts, reasonable prices and a variety of distances, some of which may be suitable for junior runners. 925-947-3787. 141 Flora Avenue #34, Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Santa Cruz Track Clubis a year-round track club for kids and adults.They hav e a cross-country season, a track season, and participate in competetive events.They meet at Soquel High School