California Riding Magazine • February, 2010

Lombardo Training Stables
Second generation hunter/jumper
is thriving in a new location.

by Cheryl Erpelding

While many sales and training barns have taken a hit because of the slow economic climate, Lombardo Training Stables is doing just fine. Breanna Lombardo, daughter of well-known judge, course designer and hunter/jumper trainer Joe Lombardo, has just moved her up-and-coming business to Southern California Equestrian Center, the facility formerly known as Galway Downs in Temecula.

Lombardo has a busy sales business and a very creative training program. In the past few months she has sold a dozen horses in the $2,000 to $25,000 range, helping buyers and sellers meet their needs. Her program for the sale horses is to get the horses in a steady program of work that includes trail work, cross-country and plenty of turn-out time. The horses enjoy the wide variety of work on the expansive 240-acre facility. Some of the horses that come in to be sold have become sour from too much of the same work. Lombardo makes sure they do what it takes to turn the horses into pleasant equines to ride and own.

Lombardo’s mom rode while she was pregnant with the young trainer, and she’s pretty much been in the saddle since she was 4. Lombardo still has her pony Hot Shot, who she started out showing in cross-rails at the Southern California horse shows. Having a dad as a trainer was a big influence in Lombardo’s career. She had numerous successes and was often found on undiscovered horses and helped them become stars in the show ring. One that Lombardo showed is my former champion hunter mare, Riding Magazine’s Hot Off the Press. Lombardo showed this mare to good ribbons in Children’s and Modified Jumpers. She also learned to ride on and competed her grandfather’s backyard find, Bella. She took this mare from not wanting to have anything to do with a cross-rail to winning good ribbons in the A circuit hunter rings. 

Breanna Lombardo got her start in the show ring at an early age.
Lombardo and Hot Shot showing in the ponies when she was 7.

Lombardo worked for Kristi Frishman of Genuine Farms in San Juan Capistrano and credits this experience as the source of her experience in the sales horse side of the business. Working at Frishman’s helped her expand her experience riding all types of sale horses. She’s also taken advantage of clinics including riding with the very tough Anne Kursinski.

Working as her assistant is Amanda LeDeux, who also rode with Lombardo’s dad as a junior. LeDeux has miles in the saddle as a junior rider and met Lombardo at Kingsway, across from the Southern California Equestrian Center. LeDeux credits her riding knowledge to riding with Lombardo’s dad and to her nine months with Scott King, who had a huge impact on her training and riding. LeDeux has ridden horses back East and also worked as groom and rider for Kyle King at Spruce Meadows.

Lombardo is dedicated to the horse industry and has several entry level ways to help newcomers experience horses. One of her programs is a Monday evening class for only $15. Participants get to ride for a short period and then spend time learning about grooming, tack and care of the horses. They also do programs for Girl Scouts and have ponies for parties to expose young kids to the world of horses. 

Lombardo has an affordable training and riding lesson program and the facility has several horse shows to help those who want to keep their budget down. Currently one of the sale horses is in from Sarah Baldwin and is a super nice young hunter/jumper Rheinlander prospect. Lombardo is motivated to have happy horses
and happy customers.

To find out more contact Lombardo Training Stables at 951-764-0648 or visit www.LombardoEquine.com.