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EquestrianCoach Ranch
San Marcos, CA
40 minutes north of the San Diego International Airport


10-day: July 25-August 6 (July 27th, July 31st, Aug. 3rd rest days) WAITLIST ONLY
5-day: July 25-July 30 (July 27th rest day) WAITLIST ONLY
5-day: August 1-6 (Aug 3rd rest day) 2 SPOTS LEFT


An EquestrianCoach Riding Workshop is an all-inclusive immersion course at Bernie’s own private facility. You will ride your own horse(s) or, in most cases, a leased horse may be available. Workshops will be limited to not more than 10 people and can include all levels of riders of all jumping disciplines from novice adult amateurs to juniors to professionals. This will be an opportunity to get inside Bernie’s head and to have concentrated access to his expertise.  While the instruction will be professional and focused the atmosphere will be relaxed, friendly and positive as Bernie addresses and improves your specific issues or those of your horse(s). He will work with you to establish an ongoing program to reach your goals that will include individualized homework and training plans beyond the workshop. Additionally, you will have one year of one on one access to Bernie as he monitors your progress via video analysis and answers any questions or concerns via email.


You will ride twice daily on your own horse(s) (2 maximum) or leased horse (if needed and available)

  • AM: Flat session with ground poles, cavalettis and small gymnastics
  • PM: Jumping session with course work
  • Average ride times per session 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Average groups of 2 to 3 riders


  • Stall (includes cleaning), bedding, hay & grooming (if desired) for one or two horses
  • Lifetime membership to which includes email correspondence and video analysis with Bernie
  • saddle pad, back pack, cap & t-shirt
  • George Morris’ “Teaching & Training the American Way” DVD
  • American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System DVD Collection
  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner at Bernie’s tiki bar along with evening debriefings, Q&A and video presentations

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be intimidated by a large audience?
No, not at all. The only spectators will be the friends and family you bring and those brought by your fellow workshop participants.

I am a novice adult who just rides mostly for fun. I don’t show much. Does Bernie take riders like me?
Absolutely!  Even though Bernie works with some of the top professionals in the sport, he very much enjoys sharing his expertise with novice equestrians who have a passion for riding.

Will I be intimidated with other riders more advanced than myself?

We take great care to match you with a rider (usually only 2, 3 max) of the same level. Bernie has a relaxed way of teaching people and EquestrianCoach Ranch offers a very tranquil atmosphere.

Will riding twice daily be too much for my horse?

As you will be riding usually in a group of 2 or 3, the intensity level will be reduced. Bernie is too much of a conscientious horseman to overwork your horse.  The fitness level of each horse will be taken into consideration and jumping will be adjusted according to your horse’s fitness level. Assuming your horse is moderately fit, your horse should be fine with two rides a day. Bernie will not overwork your horse and you, of course, will have the ultimate say as to how much your horse jumps.

Will riding twice a day be too tiring for me?

Riding in a group of 2 or 3 greatly reduces the amount of stress on a rider.  Bernie is a considerate horseman and takes great care to address the fitness levels, soundness, and needs of the rider as well.  You may offer input as to the work level you desire at all times.

Am I required to stay on the premises all day or do I get some spare time?

Other than your two ride times during the day you may do as you please.  Stay and watch the others or enjoy the free time in our beautiful area.

Is lunch mandatory on the premises?
Absolutely not.  You may choose to eat here or go out for lunch.

Is it mandatory to have dinner on the premises?
While it is not mandatory, it is recommended, as we will incorporate a debriefing, Q&A and video presentation along with dinner.
In addition Friday evening Tonya Johnston, Mental Skills Coach, will be joining us via Skype for a Q&A period. (click here to see Tonya’s bio)

Will I be required to help out with tacking up my horse and putting him away?

We do provide a groom that will feed, muck out, groom, tack up and put your horse away properly.  Your help with this, although not required, would be appreciated.

What kind of hay will be available for my horse?

We will have orchard grass, timothy and alfalfa available. If your horse requires another type of hay, you will need to advise us in advance so we can see if it is available in our area.

Will I be required to bring any grains for my horse or supplements?

Yes, we will provide three different types of hay, but you must bring whatever grain and supplements you feed your horse.

Will I be able to medicate my horse if needed?

Whatever medications, or supplements you and your vet decide are necessary for the health and welfare of your horse are permissible and must be administered by you.

My horse may need a lunge. Is this possible?

Yes, however, due to the time schedule it would have to be early or during the lunch break.  Time to be determined.  You would be responsible to do the lunging. You may use the exerciser any time and if your horse is quiet and used to being turned out you may also use the grass paddocks.

If I live too far away to bring my horse can I lease a horse?

Yes. In most situations we will be able to provide you with a lease horse.

Can I bring my one horse and lease another?
Yes. In most situations we will be able to provide you with a lease horse.

How much advance notice does Bernie need for me to reserve a leased horse?
At least six weeks prior to the start of the workshop. The more notice we have the better chance we have to reserve a horse for you.

Will Bernie’s ongoing e-mail support and video analysis be a benefit to me after the workshop?

Absolutely! Bernie will monitor your progress by the videos you send and be able to make the exact recommendations of which upcoming or already filmed video topics on he feels will help further your progress.

Are there any living accommodations on the ranch?
No, but we have listed some of the hotels in close proximity to the ranch. Click on each to visit their websites.

Hampton Inn
Residence Inn
Lakehouse Resort
Golden Door Spa
Welk Resort

Here is the pricing structure for your 5 or 10-day immersion experience with Bernie:

All-inclusive 5-day Workshop
per rider
All-inclusive 10-day Workshop
per rider
Daily lease fee for one horse
if requested and available

Payment Schedule:

25% of total due with enrollment form (see below)

25% additional deposit due 45 days prior to date of Workshop

50% balance due on Registration Day before Workshop begins (or prior to Workshop). This must be paid by credit card only.

Riders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis with not more than 10 participants per workshop. As applicants are accepted based on deposits received, sending in your initial 25% deposit early is encouraged to assure a spot.

Deposit payments can be by check or to pay by credit card call Caitlin Traurig at 760-522-5045 or e-mail

Make checks out to Equestrian Coach, LLC and mail to:
P.O. Box 1509
San Marcos, CA 92079

Cancellations by Participants:

Deposits are non refundable, however if you must cancel, your deposits in full will be credited toward a future available workshop.

Cancellations by EquestrianCoach:

Full refunds of deposit monies paid to EquestrianCoach will be given due to cancellation on our part due to illness or weather or if leased horse is requested and we are unable to provide you with one.

EquestrianCoach Riding Workshop Enrollment Form

All fields are required.

    Workshop dates you will be participating in.



    Rider's level

    Bringing your own horse(s)?

    Do you need to lease a horse?* (if you choose to lease a horse and there isn’t one available, your deposit will be returned in full)
    Discipline & jumping height requested for leased horse

    *Mandatory: if leasing a horse, you must provide a video of you riding & jumping (see below for instructions)

    We would like a video of you and your horse, if available. You can mail to PO Box 1509, San Marcos, CA 92079, e-mail it to, or you can provide a YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo link.


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