The spirit of the West meets Silicon Valley at Chaparral Ranch. Surrounded by natural trails and open space preserves, the ranch overlooks stunning Bay views.
A hub of Western and English lessons, trail and adventure rides, with an atmosphere all its own, Chaparral boasts a rich community of equestrians and outdoor lovers. People visit Chaparral from all reaches of the Bay Area. The flavor and people of this place offer an outstanding Northern California experience.
If you ride with us our goal is to make sure you have a fun and safe adventure. If you board with us we'll treat your horses like our own. Everyone who visits the ranch is our guest and welcomed as a member of our community. Quite simply - we offer the best Bay area horseback riding.
Shawn Mott, founder of Chaparral Corporation, got his first horse, a mustang, when he was 10 years old and has been riding and working with horses ever since.
With over 35 years of experience, he has taught thousands of people how to ride safely. He also specializes in colt foundation training and "putting people back together" with horses who have developed behavioral problems.
Shawn lives on the Chaparral property and personally supervises the barn and ranch operations.
Just a quick note of thanks for the time my boys and nieces enjoyed at the ranch this week. I dropped all four off with no idea of how things would play out and picked up four very happy ranch hands! They had an absolute blast! They couldn’t wait to show off “their” horses and tell me all about the day and all the fun they had. I was especially pleased that my autistic niece felt part of every activity and hung in there with the other kids. A special thanks to you and the other instructors. This was an incredible experience and all four kids cannot wait to come back! Cowboy hats off to the awesome staff at Chaparral!" ~Kimberly Staffiery