The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is a unique, one of kind venue nested in the heart of Griffith Park and serving the diverse community of greater Los Angeles with pride and dedication.
 

From our wide variety of horse shows every weekend to our riding school & specialty trainers, you can come experience a taste of equestrian lifestyle at any level. Our facility is a 75-acre world-class equestrian complex featuring:

  • Many breeds and disciplines and over 50 equestrian events & clinics a year

  • Over 500 boarding stalls

  • 20 horse trainers of different disciplines

  • Equestrian gift & coffee shop

  • A VIP hospitality lounge & wine bar

  • Full-service catering and banquet facilities for events and conferences

All your riding & equestrian desires can be fulfilled at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Gitty up! 🐴

–The passionate team @ LAEC

 
 
LAEC is a fantastic place to learn about the equestrian environment and its community
— TIM BEHUNIN, The Originator of LAEC
From a 6-year old boy renting horses for $2 an hour for trail riders in Griffith Park to becoming an avid equestrian and the master concessionaire of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (the LAEC), Tim Behunin’s dedication and deep-seated admiration and respect for the equestrian lifestyle have led him to become a true pioneer in the field.

Through his spirited leadership, his enjoyment of the outdoors and his strong business acumen, Mr. Behunin was the only individual up for what it seemed like an impossible challenge 30 years ago: make the LAEC a successful enterprise that offers an array of top-of-the-line services available to community members and visitors from all over the world.

Mr. Behunin took a chance in April of 1990, when he and his team assumed control of management of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center – a 75-acre LA city-owned property - even though the facility faced financial difficulties following the early 1980s recession that swept the Nation. Despite two predecessors failing at making this equestrian center located in the heart of the second largest city in the United States an effective enterprise, Mr. Behunin’s life-long commitment to the equestrian lifestyle led him to move forward with this complex endeavor. In truth, during these difficult times, Mr. Behunin was the only equestrian willing to put his own money to secure the contract with the City of Los Angeles.

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To restructure the LAEC and give it a new life, Mr. Behunin surrounded himself with fantastic horse trainers, horse show specialists and sub-licensee businesses operating in a variety of specialties. This unique blend of professionals has been contributing - for the last three decades - in shaping what LAEC is today. Not only is the LAEC a thriving business in the City of Los Angeles, but it is also one of the very few equestrian centers in the USA that can host National Grand Prix Horse Shows while also actively running a business of boarding of more than 400 horses and boasting 20 resident trainers. The LAEC’s 30 years of rich equestrian history is continuing to evolve in a prosperous environment for horses and horse enthusiasts.

Today, Tim Behunin is looking into many exciting opportunities to preserve the rich heritage of the LAEC and to enhance what it has to offer. For instance, in 2018, he sought Calamigos Ranch – renowned for its unique and large-scale event productions – to manage the day to day operations of the LAEC. With a fresh perspective, the Calamigos team is constantly looking for innovative ways to invigorate the equestrian sport while maintaining the importance of the equestrian fiber within its surrounding communities.

Moreover, leading with a head still full of dreams for the LAEC and its patrons, Mr. Behunin’s team is very optimistic about engaging with the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028.

If you ask the very modest Mr. Behunin for a list of his tremendous accomplishments with the LAEC in the past decades, chances are you will only get a shy smile and a look filled with hope for the years to come. In this time and age where most people want to shine under the spotlight, Mr. Behunin is working hard as the quiet force behind the scenes that will always take the LAEC to new heights.
Horses and helping people in the industry is my passion.
— George Chatigny, General Manager

George Chatigny is the General Manager of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and has been active with horses since 1975 in a myriad of capacities. He specializes in the hunter & jumper, breed and western disciplines, production and management of horse shows, serving as an official, director, or committee member of local, regional and national equestrian organizations, and for more than 20 years has been at the controls of one of the largest and most prestigious equestrian centers in the United States. George is a licensed International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Jumping and United States Equestrian Federation C-1 Steward, is a past president of the Western Horse Show Exhibitor Association and past vice president of the California Horseman’s Association Foundation.


Location
480 West Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91506 

Contact Us
Ph. (818) 840-9063
Email: info@la-equestiancenter.com