About Us

History

Owners LoriLea and Don Franklin bought what is now Willowbrook as a plot of raw desert in 1992. Since then they have raised four children while developing the facility into a successful riding school, boarding facility, sale barn, horse show venue, and much more. LoriLea is a born horse woman having grown up with horses and horse competition. Don came to horses after a career as a military/industrial psychologist. Both agree it's a great place to raise kids and have enjoyed creating a fun and inclusive environment for their range of clientele.

Facility

The facility sits on 40 acres just north of the I-10 Freeway near Palm Springs, CA. with miles of near by desert trails, unparalleled tree and grass coverage, and no neighboring properties, Willowbrook is a true oasis in the desert. We have five riding arenas (including a covered arena), 4 large round pens, 16+ grass pastures and turnouts, and over 40 stalls of different sizes and structures. The expanse of the property and amenities allows for privacy when needed and a guarantee of not having to wait for an arena or turnout. We run a year round lesson program for our show team and regulars, hold 5 local horse shows per year, offer lessons to visitors of the Coachella Valley, and even host events such as weddings, birthday parties, and photo shoots.

 

Team

Willowbrook is a family owned and run facility. Each Franklin plays an important role in the function of the business. Additionally, the staff who help with lessons, cleaning, maintenance, and horse shows are very carefully selected and considered to be family. The students, trainers, and parents often see each other outside the barn for activities such as barn camping and shopping trips. The environment at the barn is always fun, inclusive, and drama-free which makes for the best possible experience when learning the ins and outs of the horse world. 

What People Say:

"I grew up on this ranch. There are so many life lessons I learned here. I learned to be tough, take responsibility, work hard, have respect for others and my environment. If you have kids do yourself a favor and bring them to Willowbrook for a lesson. It will be one of the best gifts you've ever given them!" -Ashley T

"If you are looking for amazing instructors in Hunter/Jumper or Western this is the place to go. From beginners to advanced they offer private or group lessons. Our daughter has been riding and competing at Willowbrook for over three years. The horses are amazing and well cared for. Students are taught not only how to ride but also to tack up the horses as well as before and after care. They offer boarding and have a well stocked tack store. Definitely worth checking out!" -Caleb I

"Willowbrook was the highlight of our Palm Springs Vacation!...LoriLea and her family treated my daughter and family like we had been there for years, she even invited my daughter to participate in a show with her riding team, and invited our family to a barbecue at the stables. I highly recommend Willowbrook and we can't wait to come back next year!"

-Stephanie R