Portofino Equestrian Center: An Equestrian Community Like No Other

Welcome to Portofino Equestrian Center, a renowned boarding, training, riding, and show facility in the Audubon Signature Community of Portofino, in Clayton, NC.

About Us

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Portofino Equestrian Center began as a love story to the lush rolling countryside of Portofino. Located in Eastern North Carolina (aka “The Triangle), the PEC is known for its acclaimed cross-country equestrian facilities, riding trails that stretch for miles, and acres of undeveloped forest areas. Its connection to the outdoors has made Portofino a dream come true for horse lovers everywhere.

We promote the strong bond between horse and rider through gentle and expert teaching methods. We take our ridership extremely seriously and train our riders to the highest standard possible. Whether you’re entering a dressage arena or the cross-country course, our experienced training staff is dedicated to ensuring your absolute success.

The equestrian community has always been the driving backbone behind our passionate devotion to providing the finest care and training possible. We want to encourage the education and commitment to the craft for future generations of equestrian riders who will carry forward a longstanding love of all things equestrian.


Show off your skills & compete with us.

The Portofino Equestrian Center offers various events for riders of all skill levels.

From dressage to combined training events, your steps toward recognized competitions begin with us. We offer NCDCTA recognized horse shows, with our upcoming season being more exciting than ever.

Upcoming Horse Shows & Clinics

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We offer luxury arenas and expert coaching to help grow your bond and enhance your current skills as a dressage rider and competitor.

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Come school or compete on our amazing Cross Country Course, designed in mind for riders of all levels! From Starter up to Preliminary levels.

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Show Jumping

Competition season is always around the corner, and we want to help hone your show jumping skills so you and your horse are ready for anything the arena holds for you.

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Trail Riding

Take a break from your daily life and enjoy a lovely ride through the Portofino countryside with your horse.

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Training & Lessons

Our expert trainers are highly educated in everything equestrian and are ready & waiting to work with you and your equine partner.

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Boarding With PEC

Portofino Equestrian Center is more than a boarding service; we're a community.

Join our family of satisfied boarders! The facility and the care of our team of dedicated staff will spoil you and your horse.

Our superb boarding facilities cater to the well-being of yourself and your horse, with our staff working relentlessly to provide the highest quality care to ensure the health and safety of your companion.

Discounts are available for residents. The pasture board is only available for residents of the Portofino community.

Training & Lessons

Train with our team of accomplished trainers, instructors, & riders.

We have assembled a solid & devoted team built of the most passionate equestrian riders in the North Carolina area. They are steadfast in their dedication to providing you with the highest standard of training that best suits your needs as a rider.

Our trainers have decades’ worth of riding experience between them, each having competed in world-renown equestrian competitions.

You'll always be in good hands.

Volunteer at PEC Events

Looking to give back to your community? Become an equestrian volunteer!

Across North & South Carolina, from New Hanover County to Pitt County, the Portofino Equestrian Center remains unmatched and unchallenged in its professionalism, passion, and dedication to the equestrian community.

Our achievements are mainly due to the incredible support from our wonderful volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure the success of each event.

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