Equestrian Coach Riding Workshop with Bernie

Equestrian Coach Ranch


WHERE: Equestrian Coach Ranch
San Marcos, CA
40 minutes north of the San Diego International Airport 


Dates for 2022:

10-day: July 19-31 (July 21, July 25, July 28 rest days)
5 day: July 19-24 (July 21 rest day)
5 day: July 26-31 (July 28 rest day)


Workshop Testimonials




Due to the Covid-19 situation, we are implementing some changes to this year’s workshops:
     We have reduced the number of riders to six and only three will ride at a time

     We have eliminated auditors & are only allowing friends & family affiliated with each participant

     We have reduced our charges by 20%

We will be complying with state & county regulations in order to ensure the safest health practices possible. Safe distancing procedures will be adhered to at all times.  Our two observation decks will allow for ample separation and all activities will occur outdoors, including meals on the patio. Each rider will be assigned to their own grooming/wash areas and shall provide their own grooming equipment. The above mentioned areas and stalls will be disinfected regularly. At this time masks are not required while riding, but otherwise recommended during all social interaction.

We appreciate the cooperation and flexibility of our participants during these challenging times. Despite the inherent restrictions, we strive to maintain the fun, comfortable atmosphere and the excellent learning environment that define our workshops.


An EquestrianCoach Riding Workshop is an all-inclusive immersion course at Bernie’s own private facility. You will ride your own horse(s) or, in some cases, a leased horse may be available. Workshops will be limited THIS YEAR to not more than 6 people and can include all levels of riders of all jumping disciplines from novice adult amateurs to juniors to professionals. This will be an opportunity to get inside Bernie’s head and to have concentrated access to his expertise.  While the instruction will be professional and focused the atmosphere will be relaxed, friendly and positive as Bernie addresses and improves your specific issues or those of your horse(s). He will work with you to establish an ongoing program to reach your goals that will include individualized homework and training plans beyond the workshop. Additionally, you will have one year of one on one access to Bernie as he monitors your progress via video analysis and answers any questions or concerns via email.


 Bernie Teaching



You will ride twice daily on your own horse(s) (2 maximum) or leased horse (if needed and available)

  • AM: Flat session with ground poles, cavalettis and small gymnastics
  • PM: Jumping session with course work
  • Average ride times per session 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Average groups of 2 to 3 riders


Included in Bernie's Workshop


  • Stall(s) will include initial bedding only
  • You will be responsible to bring or purchase your own feed & bedding
  • One stall cleaner will clean your stall(s), water, hay & grain your horse(s)
  • No grooming service will be provided
  • Horses normally ship in the day before and depart the day after each workshop unless other arrangements are made
  • Lifetime membership to which includes email correspondence and video analysis with Bernie for one year
  • back pack, cap & Certificate of Acheivement upon completion of workshop
  • Continental breakfast
  • Two dinners (Wednesday and Saturday) at Bernie’s tiki bar which include debriefings, Q&A and video presentations


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Click here to contact us for more information on our workshops 


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be intimidated by a large audience?
No, not at all. The only spectators will be the friends and family you bring and those brought by your fellow workshop participants.

I am a novice adult who just rides mostly for fun. I don’t show much. Does Bernie take riders like me?
Absolutely!  Even though Bernie works with some of the top professionals in the sport, he very much enjoys sharing his expertise with novice equestrians who have a passion for riding.

Will I be intimidated with other riders more advanced than myself?

We take great care to match you with riders of the same level. Bernie has a relaxed way of teaching people and EquestrianCoach Ranch offers a very tranquil atmosphere.

Will riding twice daily be too much for my horse?

As you will be riding usually in a group of 2 or 3, the intensity level will be reduced. Bernie is too much of a conscientious horseman to overwork your horse.  The fitness level of each horse will be taken into consideration and jumping will be adjusted according to your horse’s fitness level. Assuming your horse is moderately fit, your horse should be fine with two rides a day. Bernie will not overwork your horse and you, of course, will have the ultimate say as to how much your horse jumps.

Will riding twice a day be too tiring for me?

Riding in a group of 2 or 3 greatly reduces the amount of stress on a rider.  Bernie is a considerate horseman and takes great care to address the fitness levels, soundness, and needs of the rider as well.  You may offer input as to the work level you desire at all times.

Am I required to stay on the premises all day or do I get some spare time?

Other than your two ride times during the day you may do as you please.  Stay and watch the others or enjoy the free time in our beautiful area. 

Is it mandatory to have dinner on the premises?
While it is not mandatory, it is recommended, as we will incorporate a debriefing, Q&A and video presentation along with dinner.

Will I be required to help out with tacking up my horse and putting him away?

Yes. Other than the stall cleaner who will water, hay & grain your horse, no grooming services will be available this year. Please bring your own grooming equipment or purchase from the local tack store.

What kind of hay will be available for my horse?

This year you will need to bring your own feed & bedding or purchase from the local feed store. The stall will have initial bedding upon arrival.

Will I be required to bring any grains for my horse or supplements?

Yes, you must bring whatever grain and supplements you feed your horse.

Will I be able to medicate my horse if needed?

Whatever medications, or supplements you and your vet decide are necessary for the health and welfare of your horse are permissible and must be administered by you.

My horse may need a lunge. Is this possible?

Yes, however, due to the time schedule it would have to be early or during the lunch break.  Time to be determined.  You would be responsible to do the lunging. You may use the exerciser any time and if your horse is quiet and used to being turned out you may also use the grass paddocks.

If I live too far away to bring my horse can I lease a horse?

Yes. In some situations we will be able to provide you with a lease horse.

Can I bring my two horses and ride one in each session per day?

How much advance notice does Bernie need for me to reserve a leased horse?
At least six weeks prior to the start of the workshop. The more notice we have the better chance we have to reserve a horse for you.

Will Bernie’s ongoing e-mail support and video analysis be a benefit to me after the workshop?

Absolutely! Bernie will monitor your progress by the videos you send and be able to make the exact recommendations of which upcoming or already filmed video topics on he feels will help further your progress.

Are there any living accommodations on the ranch?
No, but we have listed some of the hotels in close proximity to the ranch. Click on each to visit their websites.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn
Residence Inn
Lakehouse Resort