Sea Star's Mission

The mission of Sea Star Training Stables is to help develop self-confidence, responsibility, respect, and compassion through horseback riding and related activities via self-discipline and positive encouragement.

Edie at work


about the trainer

Edie Achterman has worked in the horse industry for 25 years, holding a variety of positions in Southern California, where she rode at Portuguese Bend Riding Club as a junior, and along the Central Coast. Edie has been fortunate to work with several Central Coast hunter/jumper trainers, including Riley and Marie Wilson, Vikki Fehr, and Vicki Rose. A lifelong educator, Edie holds an MA in counseling and has taught high-school students for 30 years. Sea Star Training Stables allows Edie to combine her love of continuing education with her passion for the horse world.

Edie at work

Edie at work

Edie with Voltaire rep Maxime Coulomb.


The facility

An historic, family-owned property nearly six decades old, Briarcliff Farm is conveniently located less than 5 minutes from Soquel Village. Nestled at the foot of the Soquel Hills and alongside Soquel Creek, the facility’s 3 arenas have a stunning view of the redwoods. Briarcliff has three arenas, two round pens, one lighted arena, a variety of cross-country jumps, river sand footing, and access to trails that cover over 800 acres.