Our Facility

Twenty-two acre Arroyo Del Mar training and boarding facility in beautiful San Diego is devoted to providing the finest in horse care.  The knowledgeable, dedicated and meticulous management team, led by Steffen and Shannon Peters, brings to Arroyo Del Mar more than 25 years of experience managing equestrian facilities for competitive show horses.

With the welcoming atmosphere of a family affair, the facility operates like a well-oiled machine, thanks to a staff that includes a full-time facility manager and a ranch foreman who live on site to guarantee 24/7 care and service to clients and their horses.

It’s all about the horses; Arroyo Del Mar will do what it takes to ensure their health, happiness and the fulfillment of their athletic possibilities.

  • 65 stalls, 30 with “in and outs”
  • Stalls are cleaned twice;  shavings added daily
  • Quality feed (timothy, bermuda and alfalfa)
  • 8 turnouts with groomed footing, cleaned daily
  • 2 stallion turnouts, extra-high fencing re-enforced with electric fencing
  • 2 round pens
  • Large jumper ring with banks, grotto and water jumps
  • Competition size dressage arena with full sound system
  • All footing is by Premier Equestrian and OttoSport
  • Vitafloor
  • Horsegym treadmill
  • Solarium
  • Trails around the area
  • Within minutes of Helen Woodward Equine Hospital and Del Mar Showgrounds

“Horses are complex athletes who need more than talent and good training. They need top-notch care and feeding. They need to feel fairly treated, safe and secure with their trainers, riders and caretakers. For me, these ingredients are essential.”

Shannon on horses


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Proprietors of the beautiful Arroyo Del Mar, Steffen and Shannon Peters offer:

  • Full and part-time training
  • National and international clinics
  • Trailer-in lessons
  • Competition participation

Operating two distinct businesses, Steffen and Shannon, working with the owner of the horse, choose the road that is best for the horse and rider.

A ten-hour-day at the barn is not unusual for the dedicated duo. In addition, weekends are often filled with clinics and competitions. With such a schedule, they make personal fitness a high priority, finding time to cycle, play tennis, work with personal trainers, and, like other successful athletes, give meticulous attention to healthy diets.

Steffen & Shannon


When I train, 75 percent of what I’m doing is really training the horse mentally. The other 25 percent – getting the horse fit and developing the muscles, really isn’t that complicated. It’s such a big passion, and we absolutely love it. It’s not just about competition—it’s a serious love for animals.”

Steffen on training