Horse of the Sun Ranch is a program of the Armed Services YMCA San Diego that provides an array of equestrian and respite activities. We are principally focused on healing the spirits of military families and at-risk youth.
Nestled in the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains, Horse of the Sun Ranch allows you to experience some of the most spectacular natural surroundings that Southern California has to offer.
Building a relationship with a horse is an intensely uplifting and empowering experience for children and adults, creating lasting, positive benefits:
Could your family use a getaway from the city? Sign up today. Lifelong memories for the whole family will be created through horseback rides for children, archery, leathercraft, hiking, crafts and more. Registration fee includes all activities as well as a BBQ lunch. The Fall Festival will be held on March 23, 2024.REGISTER
Fall Festival is the event of the season. With the help of our donors, partners, and local vendors, we are able to provide our military families with memories that will last for a lifetime. Families enjoy our petting zoo, retail vendors, line dancing, rock climbing wall, food stations, laser tag course, horseback riding, and more! Did we mention the pumpkin patch and numerous selfie stations? The Fall Festival will be held on October 26, 2024.
Equestrian Day Camp
This program allows children to travel to Horse of the Sun Ranch and participate in a variety of activities including horseback riding, feeding, and grooming horses, archery, gardening, hiking, and more! Camp pricing is $199.
Horseback Riding Program
Learn all the fundamentals of horseback riding and horse care under the careful guidance of our Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) expert instructors and experienced education horses.
Bring family, friends, or staff out for a day on the ranch! Activities include horseback riding, archery, gardening, leathercraft, and more.
Home School/Charter School Program
This program allows children to enjoy Horse of the Sun Ranch and participate in a variety of activities including horseback riding, feeding, and grooming horses, archery, gardening, hiking, and much more!
This program allows parents with children between the ages of 2 years old to 5 years old to enjoy Horse of the Sun Ranch and participate in singing songs, making crafts, pony rides, feeding, grooming horses and more!
HorsePlay with Ziksana Consulting
Working with horses requires us become clear, confident, and trustworthy in our approach, making us better leaders at work and in life. Come experience this one-of-a-kind training at Horse of the Sun Ranch in Pine Valley, California!