Erin Rorabaugh moved her Fairview Farms, Inc. into the beautiful Hidden Valley Ranch eight months ago, but she hasn't had much time to let the industry know. Between running her busy and successful hunter/jumper training and sales program, hitting the A show circuit, coaching the Pepperdine Equestrian team, taking high school students to IEL shows and maintaining her commercial horse hauling enterprise, Erin's had little time to publicize her move. "Fortunately, I don't need to sleep much!" she laughs.
But she's very excited about being based at Hidden Valley Ranch, located next to the Sherwood Country Club, and for good reason. The beautiful boarding and training facility is one of few public stables in Hidden Valley. Located next to Westlake Village, the Valley is loaded with wonderful private places and Olympic level equestrians.
Erin is happy to offer something for everybody at Fairview Farms. Her students are regulars on the local, regional and national show circuit and riders who prefer not to compete maintain their progress while staying home in the very capable hands of Erin's staff.
For those who are new to the sport, Fairview Farms offers all the necessary stepping stones. A new rider's path starts on lesson horses, then can progress to half or full leasing a suitable horse. With 20-plus years in the business, Erin sees that too many have been priced out of the sport and she hopes to help change that by providing affordable entry points through lesson and leasing programs. When its time for new riders to move onto horse ownership, Erin's long history of buying and selling horses serves her customers well.
Situated 10 minutes' drive from the 101 Freeway and a 15-minute drive from Pacific Coast Highway, Fairview Farms has a more than fair view of shade-rich landscaping and serene scenes. The facility features everything necessary to ride and enjoy time with horses and like-minded friends. Fairview's clubhouse has a great kitchen and a generously-sized patio that overlooks Erin's private arena. Monthly stable get-togethers are the norm at Fairview and many clients hang out at the stable long beyond their lesson and horse care time. "We have a great mix of kids and adults and we are all very much a team," Erin says of the barn's vibe.
Photo: Just B Photography 2013
Two shared jumping arenas and a dressage ring provide additional riding areas. Extra large 12' by 14' stalls, 10 turn-out paddocks and an indoor lunging area are additional amenities. Miles of easily accessible and scenic trails and a conditioning track enable horses and riders to have some downtime outside the arena.
When it comes to working with riders, Erin describes her program as focused "on building all-around horsemanship and developing very competitive riders." During the short end-of-the year break in the show schedule, Erin sits down with each of her students to review and establish goals for the upcoming year. "We make a strategy for accomplishing whatever it is they want to do and we plan the whole year out," Erin explains. "I like my students to know what they are striving for."
"I like to have my horses very happy," says the trainer. "I like to keep them well conditioned with lots of flat work, to avoid over jumping them and to change-up their routine as often as possible."
Erin's approach has resulted in another successful year on the hunter/jumper circuit. As year's end approached, seven horse/rider pairs were on track to win championships from the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Assn. and the Pacific Coast Horse Show Assn. Another horse had the Adult Amateur Hunter standings pretty well locked up.
Erin is grateful for her loyal, talented and enjoyable training clientele and she's happy to be able to offer so many avenues for newcomers to get involved with horses. Having grown up as a super successful junior rider, she knows first hand the role that horses can play in their riders' lives and welcomes the chance to make that connection possible for as many people as she can.
For more information on Fairview Farms, Inc., visit www.fairviewfarmsinc.net or call Erin Rorabaugh at 818-519-8121.