Equestrians who keep their horses at the Peter Weber Equestrian Center or Palos Verdes Stables may see boarding fees increase, starting Monday.
Both the Rolling Hills Estates and Palos Verdes Estates city councils approved the increases at their meetings last Tuesday.
Rates at Peter Weber Equestrian Center in Rolling Hills Estates will only increase for Rolling Hills Estates residents, due to the city's new lease with the county that requires equal fees be charged to everyone using county property.
As a result, Rolling Hills Estates residents will no longer received discounted monthly boarding rates. Residents will no longer be able to enroll in pony camp programs or other sessions for a discounted rate.
At Palos Verdes Stables in Palos Verdes Estates, fees for in/out stalls and box stalls are increasing $25, no matter if the boarder is a resident. Residents will pay $565 per month for an in/out stall and $560 per month for a box stall, while nonresidents will pay $605 per month for an in/out stall and $600 per month for a box stall.
No other rates increased.
In a notice sent to boarders, Palos Verdes Stables concessionaire David Mclewee of HGS Management LLC called the increases "necessary to cover continued increased costs for hay and to provide funding for Stable improvement projects."
"Alfalfa Hay costs have continued to rise since we took over management of Palos Verdes Stables," Mclewee wrote. "As a comparison we are currently paying $10.00 a bale more than at this time in July 2009. That represents an increase equal to double what was being paid previously."
The 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, in addition to increased fuel costs, sent hay prices skyrocketing.
In addition to the rate increase, the Palos Verdes Estates City Council on Tuesday also approved the use of up to $17,000 from the city's stable fund to finance half the cost of lighting the arena.