Mario and Dacia Imperato use an optimistic and positive approach to helping each horse and rider become confident in their innate talents and improve in their equine sport by learning/practicing skills and drills necessary for their success. We recognize that each horse and rider is an individual and focus on the specialized development of each student. 

            In the Stepping Stone program we strive to develop CONNECTION,  strength, courage, focus, and accuracy. As well as we foster a sense of understanding and compassion for others by working closely as a team. Stepping Stone Farms is proud to be known for well placed academics, unique resources (such as LuLu the Mechanical Horse) and teaching students leadership skills and practical life lessons about responsibility and how to go after your dreams. 

           Keeping an eye on moral, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development is extremely important while providing world-class training and ensuring safety and soundness of our students, human and equine alike. We are proud of our team of winning riders on top horses riding and showing together with camaraderie, passion, and most of all friendship with not only each other but with their horses.

          The Stepping Stone Farms’ riding program empowers horse and rider to be successful. Stepping Stone Farms makes learning challenging, fun and rewarding! We build riders for top horses and prepare horses for top riders. Showing regularly in Hunter, Jumper, Equitation and Dressage disciplines, we will customize programs for you and your horse according to need.

* Connection *  Kindness * Communication * Dreams *  Friendship *  Healthy inside & out​ *


WE are excited to announce our New partnership with Encore

Encore Equine Therapy Ranch is located at the west entrance to Temecula Wine Country just 1 mile from the new Tractor supply company  and is one of the most peaceful places we have had the opportunity to train out of! I am so excited that they have Both a jumping arena and full size dressage court and round pen.  Endless trails, huge turnout paddocks and several boarding options from pasture, mare motel, huge box stall  to box stall with turnout attached.   options for all different kinds of budgets and horse preference! 

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Dacia Peters-Imperato has been riding and competing in the hunter/jumper discipline since the age of 4 and training her first pony at 11. She interned and trained with several very successful professionals in the hunter/jumper, dressage, AQHA all around, eventing,  breeding and veterinary worlds.  Dacia graduated from a private liberal Arts college with an emphasis on Equestrian business and she has developed a great network of current professionals around the world in all equine and business industries.  Dacia has earned her bronze medal lifetime achievement award  in dressage with her special horse For Play and is planning on continuing to pursue her Silver and gold medal as well.  Dacia is known for her metaphors and communication skills helping riders understand their horses and learning upper level skills and solidifying a solid foundation for them to build goals on.  She focuses on bio mechanics and how to physically become a better rider instead of just looking the part.  She is very patient and always encouraging.   Something you may not know about Dacia is that she grew up surfing because of her family's interest and use to pretend that she was jumping her pony when she would sit out in the water too scared to take a wave in.  

We now have access to a larger team 

Encore Equine Therapy  will provide all boarding services and has state of the art  equine therapy  program .    https://encoreequinetherapy.com/

Rene Frilot  will be providing grooming services for clients  at Encore who  desire help to keep their equine partners looking their best or who are unable to be there daily  for  care including but not limited to supplements, tacking, untacking, lunging, and grooming. 

"We love Rene and appreciate the love she pours into our horses and students.  We are now officially spoiled! " 


Mario and Dacia  focus solely on training, coaching, riding, shoeing , competing , sales, clinics, stallions and breeding management

Training ~ We offer full and partial training, haul ins,and personal coaching at your own facility. 

                Full Training   is based on 20 sessions a month typically Tuesday-Saturday and is a   mixture of professional rides or lessons being in full training also allows for special discounts on show fees and farrier services  $800 per month ($40 per session)

                Partial Training is based on 12 sessions a month typically 3 times a week and is a     mixture of professional rides or lessons. additional lessons may be purchased for a discounted rate  $600 per month  ($50 per session)

Please contact for consignment program details

Lessons   we do offer lessons for people with (haul in  $25 due to facility ) and without their own horse or equipment. There are safe show quality horses available that are client owned that you can pay a day or monthly rate for use in your lesson.

Lessons are $65 per lesson with discounts available in packages. (use of horse is not included in the lesson cost)

packages to be used withing the same month purchased and on a weekly basis

4 for  $240 ($60 per session)

8 for $440 ($55 per session)

must be paid up front to qualify for package discount

Lessons are typically 50 min and include instruction on grooming and equipment or session includes grooming (horse ready upon arrival and put away) and are 30 min in the saddle.  please make your you specify prior to lesson.  Lessons are typically private one on one and max 3 per lesson when at horse show level.  When there are 3 students in one session there are typically 2 instructors and lessons are on the 90 min side.  There are also partial leasing including single day,  1/3, 1/2 and full month leasing.  If you don't have your own horse you can still learn how to ride! Horse and equipment rental prices are determined by owner discretion. Please check our sales and lease page to see who is available and please call Dacia (day-sha) 9512264986 because the site may not be updated.    

Together Mario and Dacia have over 75 years of experience with horses. They merged operations in 2007 and have built Stepping Stones to what it is today.  A progressive conservative positive competitive integris family owned and operated business.... 

Mario Imperato wears many hats in our family.  Not only is Mario a top farrier, he is an excellent rider, competitor, coach, course designer, entrepreneur , husband and dad. Mario is mostly known for his work with young horses and his ability to longline and build a horse's confidence on the ground and on their back.  What a lot of people don't know is that along side his mother Diana Muravez, he built multiple international grand prix dressage horses and trains and shows at FEI level.  Something else people may not know is that he started off riding roping horses and transitioned into riding and training race horses before he began with sporthorses.  Type your paragraph here.