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Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy blossoms in Temecula

Wallen West Farms Entrance, Temecula

Wallen West Farms Entrance, Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

It isn’t every day you drive off a short dirt road in South Temecula, and into a slice of heaven.

Owner, Rita, with filly, Cat (c) Crispin Courtenay

Horse owner, Rita, with filly, Cat (c) Crispin Courtenay

Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy is exactly that—Heaven on earth for Temecula horse people. Those who know what a gem lives in our valley with Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy.

Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula.

Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula.

 

With its many stables, orchards, trails, and a brilliant view of Mount Palomar, those who know stable their horses at Wallen Farms, in Temecula, or schedule horseback riding lessons for children, whether they dream of riding show saddlebreds, or are just learning to ride. Wallen Farms will not disappoint. But what you may not know about this ranch in the shadow of Mount Palomar, is the depth and breadth of history behind owners (and champion horse trainers), Robb and Betsy Wallen.

Robb and Betsy Wallen welcome you to their spread in Temecula Horse Country. Photo (c) Crispin Courtenay

This “full service equine facility” offers training, lessons, mare and foal care, breeding, and hosts a plethora of special events on its carefully manicured 10-acre spread. Owned by Robb and Betsy Wallen, this professional facility has produced champion horses and riders for over 20 years, but it is the family friendly nature of the place that truly sets all at ease. And it is a rare thing for some of the greatest champions in Southern California history to be on hand to teach Temecula how to ride.

Robb Wallen riding Angel

Robb Wallen riding Angel

Robb Wallen has been hailed as, “A spectacular trainer who has an unbelievable handle on the horses.” By Saddle Horse Report’s Ann Bullard. “The combination of (Robb and Betsy) is amazing.”

Remington on Stella (perhaps the most promising 2 year old in the stable) (c) Crispin Courtenay

Remington on Stella (c) Crispin Courtenay

The stables offer a complete farm program. Horses trained at the facility can be ready for Louisville, the Morgan, or Friesian Nationals. Robb Wallen continues  teaching kids how to ride at the new Riding Academy, both by example and as wife Betsy describes, “his natural sense of humor, and ability to teach by both word and example.”

Horseman Robb Wallen teaching young rider at Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Horseman Robb Wallen teaching young rider at Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

According to a recent article in “Saddle Horse Report” the Wallens have gone back to the basics as far as the horses in the stable, focusing on saddle and harness with Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies, Morgans, and Freisians. “The Wallens have a few, somewhat unique training aids at their barn. Rather than ‘entertaining’ their horses in more traditional ways, they ride tanbark-surfaced tracks through the citrus groves and around the property.” Bullard reported. Those 600-plus grapefruit trees provide shade, and glorious aromas for horses and riders enjoying this property on the outskirts of Temecula wine country.

One of the beautifully appointed stables at Wallen Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula, California (c) Crispin Courtenay

One of the beautifully appointed stables at Wallen Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula, California (c) Crispin Courtenay

It is rarefied air for Temecula families who realize the resources that are available at being taught by the best in the show horse arena. Families can wait in the well appointed lounge, viewing the multitude of awards, ribbons, and assorted western nick-knacks that make this gorgeous ranch feel like home. Parents of students can enjoy the lounge, taking in the sights of the many trophies and ribbons won by the accomplished Robb Wallen, and his father, Dick, long in the training tradition.

Wallen Farms and Riding Academy lounge and bar area.

Wallen Farms and Riding Academy lounge and bar area. (Courtesy Photo)

Wallen West distinguishes itself by offering a free tour of the facilities, including learning how to groom horses, as well as getting familiar with the tack, about once a month. With plenty of room for mom and dad to wait for their little future rancher in one of the many waiting areas, such as the lounge and outdoor seating arena.

One of the many outdoor waiting areas designed for comfort at Wallen West Farms in Temecula.

One of the many outdoor waiting areas designed for comfort at Wallen West Farms in Temecula. Photo (c) Crispin Courtenay

“We offer a solution for all kids, allowing them to come in, learn about horses once a month, the tack, how to groom, and learn to love horses as much as we do,” said Betsy Wallen. “It’s important for everyone who loves animals to get the experience of being around horses. For many families, it’s priceless.”

Horseback riding Lessons with Betsy Wallen of Wallen West Farms in Temecula California.

Horseback riding Lessons with Betsy Wallen of Wallen West Farms in Temecula California. Photo (c) Crispin Courtenay

Arriving at Wallen Farms, you’ll notice a small vineyard, fruit trees, and the gorgeous grapefruit orchards on the property. Deeper, past the main house, the perimeter track, orchards of grapefruit trees to ride in, as well as enclosed rings to garner full attention of young riders until they’re ready for the larger course.

Amaris Courtenay riding at Wallen West.

Amaris Courtenay riding at Wallen West. Photo (c) Crispin Courtenay

Though there are many places to ride in and around Temecula, the differences at Wallen Farms and Riding Academy are in the small things. The details that to Robb and Betsy Wallen, make all the difference.

Robb Wallen drives a horse drawn cart at Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula.

Robb Wallen drives a horse drawn cart at Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy in Temecula. Photo (c) Crispin Courtenay

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get a ride in one of the horse drawn carts around the property. You’ll never know what marvelous experience awaits, until you visit Wallen West Farms and Riding Academy. You’ll be glad you made the journey. For more information about Wallen Farms and Riding Academy, visit their website: http://wallenwestfarms.com/default.php Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WallenWest

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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