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Meet Lisa Wolf of Portuguese Bend Riding Club LLC in Rancho Palos Verdes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Wolf.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lisa. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a young rider, I started taking riding lessons at Portuguese Bend Riding Club, which was part of the Vanderlip Estate. In the late 70’s I had the opportunity to become part owner of the facility and eventually, I became the sole owner. being the co-owner and owner has provided a lifestyle that has allowed me to show competitively all over the country and live a life that brings joy to not only myself but so many riders and owners

Like any athlete I have had minor and major injuries and as a business owner I’ve had setbacks but through it all, I have persevered and learned and grown, which has impacted not just me but proved a positive force for the business and how it has grown and changed.

Over the years we have developed a competitive show jumping barn. Also, we have a large English hunter/jumper lesson program.

We have a large Western pleasure lesson program.

As well as the lesson programs we have Dressage riders, pleasure riders, trail riders, retired horses – a lot of different types of horses and riders
we are a full care facility

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Whenever you have horses you have struggles. Our business has a lot to do with disposable income so when the economy is bad we have a rocky road. Because the buildings are a part of the original Vanderlip estate (built somewhere in the 1920’s) and we are a largish property we constantly have to work on the upkeep

Portuguese Bend Riding Club LLC – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We instruct and develop riders, train horses, compete locally and nationally in hunter/jumper competitions. We have boarding capabilities for the non-competitive as well as competitive horse owners.

We are spread over 11 acres in a serene gated community which is ideal for the horses and their owners

We are known for a quality facility dedicated to horse and rider and a knowledgeable staff on tap for any and all circumstances. The high-quality training of our instructors produces highly skilled riders

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
When the people are happy with the training and care of their horses and the horses are all happy and healthy – that is my idea of success

Contact Info:

  • Address: 40 Narcissa Drive
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
  • Website:
  • Phone: 310-377-3507
  • Email:

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