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Barn of the Month – El Sueño Equestrian Center

El Sueño Equestrian Center, Somis, CA
Submitted by Cindy Buechler, Boarder

Our barn came to be in 2006, as the result of a lifelong dream of Gina Atten-Thomas. She wanted to open a premier training facility in our area of Southern California. Currently El Sueño is home to several all-star trainers, including Debbie Rosen of Wild Ride Events, Lisa Westin of Thunderstruck Farm, Shauna Pennell of Silver Crest Stables and Lehua Custer of Lehua Custer Dressage.

Gina, with the help of John Duran and his wife, Suzi Kuykendall, have taken El Sueño to a level we all are thrilled to be a part of. We are lucky enough to have an all-purpose facility with a covered arena, and outdoor dressage court, 2 jumping arenas and a derby field to meet all our needs.

Currently El Sueño is home to at least 8 USEF rated dressage shows and a hunter-jumper series. El Sueño was the premier facility for the origin of Linda Allen’s new Benchmark Program. In 2010, El Sueño became center stage for the DASC Championship Dressage Show for all of Southern California, and was such a success we are repeating it again this year!

The staff and owners at El Sueño Equestrian Center have created a peaceful refuge for our pursuit of the sport of kings, in a state of the art facility, tucked quietly among the lemon, avocado, and orange groves that Ventura County is so famous for.

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3 comments on “Barn of the Month – El Sueño Equestrian Center
  1. nancy bannerman says:

    What a gorgeous place! Congrats on getting such a great trainer, teacher and all-around super lady as lehua Custer!

  2. Rene Vara says:

    Royal Opponent and I have had a wonderful show experience at El Sueno. Suzi and Gina have been very helpful with making us feel at home when we arrive. As for Royals suite, no other show ground has entertained Royal Opponent. It is so wonderful to see Royal stand under the full moon From his in and out stall. Thank You for our High Point cooler and a great DASC 2011 Championship! RENE VARA and ROYAL OPPONENT

  3. Casey Finley says:

    To John:
    Could we talk some time soon? Do you know who I am…
    Casey Finley

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