LOH has been serving our community for over 75 years. We are listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. We offer a unique and historic open truss arena which has a floor area of 90 X 220 feet. It was designed for polo, training, showing jumping and gaited horses. For many years, it was said to be the largest indoor arena west of the Mississippi River.
Generations of Oregonians have learned to ride at LOH, and the LOH history is rich with stories. LOH has always encouraged junior riders, and the junior riders of the 1940's glowingly speak of jumping their horse while blindfolded and with their hands folded across their chest. They also talk of jumping their horses into Tryon Creek and racing through the trails and over the jumps across the countryside.
Members in the early days jumped their horses, played polo, rode the trails and socialized on the weekends. It was a time that followed the Great Depression and as one original member said, "We did not have money to do anything else." There was a large trail system that included what are now Mountain Park, Westlake and Tryon Creek State Park. There were even trails in Dunthorpe and in the south shore area of Lake Oswego.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Posse had its origin at LOH in the early 1940's. The Posse was featured on the TV program, "You Asked for It", in 1955 for its thrilling drill at breakneck speed without bridles on the horses.
Junior riders enjoyed LOH Junior Hunt and Pony Club. Some members enjoyed western riding and cattle cutting. At one point, there were cows on the LOH property.
When the US Olympic Team was opened to civilian riders, some of LOH’s members aspired to ride on the Team. In fact, one member rode on the Team for many years and another had a horse on the Team. Riding at LOH became more serious. The emphasis was on jumping, dressage and cross-country jumping. LOH hosted Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping trainers. These programs spanned a 40 to 50 year period.
The original developer of Lake Oswego had a vision of a community where residents could live, work and play. To this end, he donated the property for the Lake Oswego Country Club and for LOH. Today, LOH continues to offer the Portland area’s only urban equestrian facility where you really can play where you work and live.
For those interested in the history of LOH in detail, a 230 page history with 140 photos is available for purchase. It was written by a long time LOH member and given to LOH as a fundraiser. The cost is $50. A copy is available for purchase by sending a check for $55 (book and postage) and your name, address and phone number to Manager, Lake Oswego Hunt, 2725 Iron Mountain Blvd, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034.