Westwind Community Barn
Historic Westwind Barn is owned and operated by the Town of Los Altos Hills. The facility sits on 15 acres and is adjacent to the Byrne Preserve. The Countess Margit Bessenyey purchased the property to serve as a breeding facility and training center for her Hungarian horses. She worked out of Westwind Barn with world-renowned trainer, Linda Tellington-Jones, whose work with people and their horses continues today in clinics across the country. In 1976, Countess Bessenyey donated the Westwind site to the Town. In 2009, Westwind Barn underwent extensive renovations, making it a state-of-the-art horse boarding and training facility.
- 50' x 100' brand new all-weather rubber and sand dressage court
- 100' x 200' all-weather rubber and sand jumping arena, with full sets of jumps, flower boxes, gates and a liverpool
- 51' new Eurofelt round pen with 4' 6" wood panels to minimize kick injuries
- Large grass field with jumps
- Cross-country track around the lower half of the property. Jumps include a bank, coups, standard fences and log jump
- Connections to the Town's Pathway system, with direct access to San Antonio, Arastradero, and other large, local spots for trail riding. In all, there are 63 miles of maintained trails in the Town
- Hot water wash racks
- Boarder tack rooms, with one saddle and one bridle rack, space for a standard-size tack trunk, and two grain bins
- Multiple cross ties, wash racks and tie rails
- Comfortable meeting room with small kitchen
- Three meals daily - five flake max of alfafa or grass
- Cleaned twice daily
- 4 hour daily turnouts, in private sheltered paddocks
- Nelson automatic waterers and rubber mats in all stalls
- Three meals daily -five flake max of alfalfa or grass
- Cleaned twice daily
- Large shelter
- Three meals daily, alfalfa for breakfast, grass for lunch and dinner
- Two shelters measuring 14' x 14' with rocked bases
- Two water tubs cleaned weekly by staff
- The pasture is dragged weekly to remove manure
Horse owners at Westwind Community Barn have several options for maintaining their horse's training or furthering it. Since the barn is a public facility, horse owners are welcome to bring their own trainers. Proof of professional liability insurance is required, and the Town of Los Altos Hills and Victoria Dye Equestrian must be named as an additional insured. A facility use fee is charged each time a professional uses the facility, and haul-ins must pay an additional facility fee.
Year Round Riding Program
Riding camps are offered during the Spring, Summer and Winter breaks. To register for camps, please visit http://losaltoshills.ca.gov/parks-and-recreation/activity-guide
Westwind 4-H Riding Program
Westwind 4-H began its program of providing horse riding lessons to children with physical handicaps in October 1978. Riding lessons during Fall, Winter, and Spring are held on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. In the Summer, riding classes are held on Monday evenings in July.
Westwind 4-H is operated through the Santa Clara County 4-H, which is part of the University of California Youth Development Program. For more information, call 650-947-8680 or visit the 4-H website at www.westwind4h.org.
Los Altos Hills Horsemen's Association
Los Altos Hills Horsemen's Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping horsemenship available in our community. Through a variety of events and a common interest in horses and equestrian activities, the organization strives to preserve and enhance the extensive horse friendly resources of the Town. For more information please visit: www.lahha.org or call 650-917-1975