THE LOS ALTOS HILLS TOWN RIDING ARENA
The Los Altos Hills Town Arena is one of the Town's most unique assets. To our knowledge, it is the ONLY riding arena on the peninsula that is available for anyone to use. Los Altos Hills is peppered with backyard pastures and the arena provides a place for these horse owners to ride without belonging to a stable or barn. It is also a valuable resource for training horses and for learning to ride. The arena is located on Purissima Rd, adjacent to the Little League fields.
The arena was originally built in 1976 by the Los Altos Hills Horsemen's Association under the leadership of Bob Stutz with donated materials and all labor provided by hard-working members. In 2006, the arena was completely rebuilt and the arena was resurfaced with a class A composite surface - thanks to funding via a California State Park Bond - with the support of the Los Altos Hills Town Council. The arena continues to be used by LAHHA to stage events such as playdays, clinics, and schooling shows.
LAHHA shares responsiblity for the maintenance of the arena with the Town. We schedule work days to trim, pull weeds, rake, and polish up the facility. The fabulous maintenance crew from the Town of Los Altos Hills drags the arena, weekly, which maintains the excellent footing. (FYI: This is normally done on Friday mornings.) The Town of Los Altos Hills conducted a study of the impact on the Town Arena of allowing one horse at a time to be turned out. The greatest impact on the arena footing is around gates when a horse is 'turned out'. Please do not release horses near gates and supervise your horse during turn-out. In order to maintain the surface of the arena, riders are expected to clean up after their horses. Several manure forks are available. It is up to riders to help keep this arena well maintained. It is a rare gem that we all treasure!