Welcome to Bear Creek Stables

About us

A Family-Run Friendly horse stable

Conveniently located in the Los Gatos hills near the Silicon Valley, Bear Creek Stables provides a family-friendly environment for boarding your horse and taking horse riding lesson. We are centrally located less than 15 minutes from San Jose, Los Altos, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Santa Cruz, and downtown Los Gatos.

A working stable since the 1930s, Bear Creek offers paddocks and pasture facilities. We have one large outdoor arena, a smaller sand arena, a round pen, and extensive trails. We offer access to miles of scenic trails in the Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve, managed by the Midpeninsula Open Space District.

Of course, we only want the best for you and your four-legged friends, which is why we have turn-out areas, cross-ties, and multiple horse wash stations. Bear Creek Stables provides boarding to about 70 horses.

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We offer a range of horse experiences

Our horse trainers have decades of experience and can offer a range of lessons from pony rides and beginner’s horse riding to more advanced English and Western-style horse riding and jumping.

Horse Lessons

At Bear Creek Stables, we offer private and semi-private lessons daily to people of all ages. These lessons are taught by a certified and experienced horseback riding instructor.


Bear Creek Stables provides horse riding camps throughout the year, including summer break, spring break, Thanksgiving break, and winter break. Offered for children between 8 – 14 years old, these day camps are designed to build confidence in riding, create positive interactions with horses, and enjoy fun, games, and our beautiful natural environment.

About Pam Ashford

Pam Ashford has been managing Bear Creek Stables since 2016. Pam is an experienced horsewoman with over 30 years of experience with horses.

Pam runs a whole-horse riding program at the Stables. Her philosophy is that you “can’t learn to ride a horse from from the back of the horse. Riders must learn to know who the horse is.” Pam, along with her team of experience horse riding instructors, takes great pride is starting out riders on the right foot.

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