A few words about us

Everyone deserves a little slice of heaven...even you and your horse!

Hilltop is indeed horse heaven! Located on a 350 acre ranch it is the new home of Santa Barbara Stables and trainer Rebecca Atwater.

Just 10 minutes from Montecito, Hilltop offers the horse enthusiasts everything they could dream of; three riding arenas with top quality footing, daily turnouts in grass pastures, large well-bedded stalls, a European walker, a polo field, endless trails, a retirement pasture and top-level training. Santa Barbara Stables will happily tailor our training program to care for all your equine needs.

Backed by her extensive experience as both a rider and trainer for the last 20 years here in Santa Barbara, Rebecca Atwater, offers her knowledge as well as a supportive, peaceful, and attentive new atmosphere to Hilltop. A friendly and relaxing environment with breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains is available for both you and your horse, at affordable rates.

Meet our team

Rebecca's mottos: Passion + Dedication + Integrity = Happiness

Rebecca Atwater has been a professional hunter/jumper horse trainer in Santa Barbara since 1995.

Rebecca was born in Paris, France and went to elementary school on a tiny island off the west coast of France called Ile de Re. She attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles and then graduated from UCSB with a degree in Biology in 1995. Rebecca has been passionate about horses since early childhood and enjoys learning everything possible about the equine tradition. While at UCSB, Rebecca aspired to be a large animal vet and worked extensively with local large animal veterinarians. However, Rebecca soon realized horse training and sharing her love for horses with others was her true calling and she started her program Santa Barbara Stables.
After taking a year off to get back to her roots in France where she gave riding clinics and rode race horses, Rebecca found her new home at Hilltop. Here, she caters to a small, select group of riders giving lots of personal attention to each horse and rider. Rebecca enjoys instilling confidence in her horses and riders and having much fun while achieving each rider's personal riding goals.
Rebecca continues to pursue her own riding goals and attend clinics and lessons from masters such as grand prix rider Richard Spooner, judge Dale Peterson and Olympic Coach Daniel Stewart and World Cup rider Bernie Traurig. Rebecca stays open minded and is always thirsting to learn more about the magnificent animals that she is so blessed to work with.