The Shea Center is a world-class facility built on eight acres backing up to the San Juan Capistrano open space. In 2001, the property was donated by the J.F. Shea Co, Inc., one of the country’s largest and most highly respected development and construction companies. The Center is the first environmentally friendly and handicapped accessible equestrian facility to be built in Orange County.

The equestrian facilities at The Shea Center include a barn with 40 open stalls. The 12’ x 24’ stalls have three-layer foam flooring, for the comfort of our horses. In addition to three tack rooms, the barn also houses a workshop, storage areas, laundry facilities, and restrooms. There are two covered arenas, two open arenas, two round pens, two turnout pens, and a motorized Euro walker. The arena footing is a silica and sand combination with GGT Fiber for shock absorption. A woodchip riding trail, located behind the Center, provides a nature riding experience for our clients.

In addition to our arenas and barn, we have a 21,000 sq. ft. Klein Family Education & Therapy Building, which is a two-story facility dedicated to adjunct therapeutic programs and related services for people with disabilities and their families. The building provides indoor, wheelchair-accessible space for physical, speech, and occupational therapies, gait training, and an inclusive fitness center. There are a parent and community education resource area, comfortable family lounge areas, classrooms for training, restrooms, and space for instructors, volunteers, and staff.

Our History...

Early Years 1979 - 1990

The Shea Center History - Orange County Riding Center, Inc. Sign
  • 45 Clients
  • 50 Volunteers
  • 5 Horses
  • $50,000 Budget

Middle Years 1991 - 2001

The Shea Center History - Fran Joswick Therapeutic Riding Center Sign
  • 100 Clients
  • 100 Volunteers
  • 10 Horses
  • $350,000 Budget

Recent Years 2002 - Present

The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding
  • 1,000 Clients
  • 800+ Volunteers
  • 23 Horses
  • $4.0 Million Budget