Truckee’s Piping Rock Equestrian Center gallops into summer season |

Truckee’s Piping Rock Equestrian Center gallops into summer season

A group of riders make their way along Prosser Creek Reservoir on Wednesday, June 21. Piping Rock Equestrian Center will offer trail rides and camps throughout the summer months.
Courtesy Lisa Fielding

With the arrival of summer, the Piping Rock Equestrian Center is trotting out several different options for getting out and exploring the Sierra Nevada wilderness.

From trail rides to the top of Boca Hill with its views of the Martis Valley to late afternoon excursions with the sun dipping below the Sierra Crest, Piping Rock provides several choices for horse backing along the local terrain.

The center and its stable of nearly 100 horses provides trail riding experiences for beginners, up to more advanced riders looking to get out for several hours. The 72-acre center sits east of Truckee, and to the south of Prosser Creek Reservoir, allowing easy access directly into Tahoe National Forest.

“We can do anywhere from complete beginners that have never even touched a horse, up to people that are jumping 4 feet for competitive horseback riding,” Piping Rock Equestrian Center Manager Sam Bouchie said. “We do trail riding, summer camps, sporting, training — pretty much everything.”

The center has been open for six years now, and teaches both English and western styles of riding.

According to Bouchie, the center put on one of their newest activities, cattle drives, on Tuesday, June 20; where a family of three from Georgia spent the day helping to drive roughly 300 head of cattle at Doyle Ranch in Roseville.

“We’ll do that privately, so basically you can book it like a trail ride,” Bouchie said. “We’ll try to plan it in advance and put it on the calendar, and we’ll try to make it work.”

Piping Rock also offers youth camps running Monday through Friday during the summer months for children ages 4 to 16. The camps range from getting youngsters introduced to ponies, chickens, goats, a pig and other farm animals, up to more advanced lessons where riders learn skills like jumping and cross-country riding.

The five-day camps range from $450 for the Pony & Critters Camps, up to $900 for the advanced cross-country camps.

Trail rides at the center range from $50 up to $200 for the longest ride.

“We also do a local program where we do Sierra Riding Academy with kids that jump and show, or do western. They’re basically any age from 7 to 18,” Bouchie said.

“We also have older adults that we do lessons with, so basically any age. We provide helmets. We even have some boots if you weren’t prepared to come out. We try to make it really good first experience.”

Piping Rock is open year-round with trail rides offered during the winter months.

“If the snow is not too deep, like past their shoulders, like it was this winter,” Bouchie said. “They can crush through a lot of snow, it’s really, really fun.”

For more information on Piping Rock Horses or to book reservations visit

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