California Riding Magazine • June, 2011

La Jolla Equestrian Center
Lovely facility fine tunes its mission.

Alice Giovannini

Exquisitely dressed, energetic and cheerful, Alice Giovannini perfectly embodies the mission statement of the lovely La Jolla Equestrian Center in the East Bay Area's Pleasanton: to provide a beautiful serene place for horses and people. Alice lives for La Jolla, it is her life! She is constantly striving to maintain the highest possible quality for the horses and people. This mission is a joy not a job to Alice.
Alice and her husband, Dr. Andy Giovannini, purchased the 13-acre property in 1978 for what they built into a very successful Peruvian Paso breeding program. The Peruvian Pasos are no longer at La Jolla, but you can see part of the enormous collection of top awards and ribbons the Giovanninis were awarded displayed in the Barn Office Trophy Case.

In 2000, the couple, changing their business offering, opened the facility to boarders and top trainers, giving the horse owning public an opportunity to ride, train and compete in an atmosphere normally only found at private facilities.

Beautiful landscaping graces every inch of the property and meticulous maintenance for horse and rider safety and enjoyment are among La Jolla's hallmarks. Thirty acres of carefully footed bridlepaths facilitate relaxing hacks through the property's walnut orchard and when it's time to go to work or show, there are three arenas with terrific footing.

A well lighted and mirrored covered arena with covered viewing area, full sized dressage court, lighted with covered viewing deck-perfect for parties or just enjoying the scenery, and PA system. The other outdoor arena is often used by the eventers and pony club for jumping. All arenas have carefully considered sand and rubber footing, and are groomed & watered daily and treated for dust.

Two covered round pens and many over-sized, extra long turn-out pens add to the exercise options for horses. The stabling arrangements include box stalls, covered mare motels and 1500 square foot stall/paddock set-ups. Feed and bedding are top-of-the-line and the maintenance crew knows what they are doing because their trusted foreman has been with La Jolla Equestrian Center for decades.

The quiet, serene setting is due to get a littler busier. Over the years, La Jolla Equestrian Center has been a hub for the competitive dressage scene in the East Bay Area. It is the home base for the California Dressage Society's East Bay Chapter shows and regularly draws serious dressage enthusiasts in for clinics with impressive clinicians. These include Spanish Riding School instructor and Bereiter, Herbert Seiberl, who will be there in late July. His expert, calm instruction is a perfect fit for dressage oriented trainers and boarders. Alice and newly appointed barn manager Jennifer Case expect that more clinicians of high caliber will be coming to La Jolla. Eventing expert Brian Sabo and noted dressage professionals Jennifer Roth, Jane Weatherwax and Heidi Gaian are regular La Jolla clinicians. Adding well-run schooling shows, clinics and equestrian events to La Jolla's calendar of events is another of the facility's future priorities, Jennifer says.

The facility is also currently interviewing for boarders, and established trainers with clientele. "We are looking for accomplished trainers, with a love of horses, high standards of achievement, education, competition and skill. With sights set on accomplishing progress for themselves, their clients and, of course, their horses,"
explains Jennifer.

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