Long-standing equestrian center caters to Cypress horse riding community

Eduardo Callegari founded Callegari Equestrian Center with his wife Candace in 1999. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eduardo Callegari founded Callegari Equestrian Center with his wife Candace in 1999. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Eduardo Callegari founded Callegari Equestrian Center with his wife Candace in 1999. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A boarding client at Callegari Equestrian Center brings her horse in from one of the centers covered arenas. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jessica Kile, manager at Callegari Equestrian Center, pets one of the horses on site that is used for lessons for students who do not have their own horses. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Horses that are boarded at Callegari Equestrian Center spend around seven hours each day in a fenced pasture area where they are able to run around. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Callegari Equestrian Center is located on 25 acres and features two covered arenas. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A pendant Callegari had made to celebrate the center's 20th anniversary features the mission for what he said he wants his business to be. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Horse enthusiasts Eduardo and Candace Callegari first moved to the Cypress area in 1989, an area Eduardo said was known at the time as a place where horse riding was a major staple of life for many families.

Ten years later, the couple launched Callegari Equestrian Center on North Eldridge Parkway. In 2020, even as development has filled green spaces, Eduardo said horse riding is just as popular as ever.

“Horse riding has been here forever,” he said. “If there’s any place in Houston that houses the most horses per mile, it’s Cypress. This is it.”

The couple both maintain day jobs as software engineers, but boarding and breeding horses is a passion they share together, said Eduardo, who has won national awards for his work breeding Arabian horses. Launching the equestrian center came almost naturally to them given how much time they already spent caring for their own horses, he said.

“When we bought this land, it was just going to be for our house and private barn,” he said. “Then we went crazy, and one thing led to another, and we built the boarding facility. Next thing you know we had people coming in.”

The center is located on 25 acres and features enough stables to board 100 horses, said manager Jessica Kile, who recently joined the staff after years of boarding her own horse, Tequila, at the facility.

The business offers full-service horse boarding along with horse riding lesson program that Kile said can cater to any skill level and discipline. Lessons include tips on how to groom horses, and well-trained school horses are available to students who do not have their own, Kile said.

The center features two covered arenas and two covered round pens where riders can ride and train horses, as well as a connection to Harris County hiking trails that can take riders along a number of paths between Hwy. 249 and Little Cypress Creek.

“We tend to say it’s more like a horse equestrian club,” Eduardo said. “It’s a place you can come to relax and ride after a stressful day.”

Over the years, Eduardo said maintaining the sense of community among riders has been paramount to his mission. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the business last year, he had pendants crafted with the center’s mission etched into the fabric.

That epithet is what Eduardo said is on his mind every time he comes to work: “A beautiful place where we socialize and build community through a love of horses.”

Lesson levels

Beginner: focuses on fundamentals and safety emphasizes camaraderie with horse and other riders

Novice: individualized instruction on school horses focus on maintaining form while learning new techniques

Advanced: intense focus on how rider affects horse’s movements requires high degree of balance and body control

Callegari Equestrian Center

12751 North Eldridge Parkway, Cypress



Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (boarding available 24/7)
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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