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San Juan Capistrano

RMV Riding Park

San Juan Capistrano
RMV Riding Park

The 65-acre RMV Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano has the opportunity to undergo a dynamic transformation — the team led by Frontier Real Estate Investments brings a unique combination of local investment, development expertise and creativity to help realize the property’s full potential.


Our vision embraces the community’s rich equestrian heritage with a wide range of amenities, from a world-class riding facility with space for English and Western show events to permanent open space trail access, dedicated field space for recreational youth sports — and enough room to add an entertainment venue to host everything from live bands to beer and music festivals. We also have the prime opportunity to expand on San Juan Capistrano’s reputation as an emerging food lover’s hotspot by offering an everchanging and evolving mix of curated chef-driven concepts. Further, we envision celebrating our youth by offering a variety of educational opportunities such as 4H, early California History, Western History, horsemanship, ranching, and homesteading, to name a few.


We are eager to deliver a transformative project that fulfills the City’s and community’s needs while creating long-term value for all parties. Frontier brings robust experience facilitating successful development endeavors similar in nature to this opportunity, as well as an in-depth understanding of what makes San Juan Capistrano such a special place to live. Based in San Juan Capistrano, Frontier has long been invested in the community — and a project like this can be a regional draw with widespread appeal that also enhances the local lifestyle experience for all ages.

Our team is committed to a collaborative development process with the City, residents and stakeholders, ensuring all voices are heard and the development solutions address a wide array of needs, concerns and objectives. We would approach this project with an open mind and focus on developing a shared vision rooted in partnership, while also bringing to bear our team’s expertise informed by many years of development experience.


The major components that are expected to remain consistent within the project scope are as follows:

  1. Equestrian: Retain and upgrade all equestrian facilities. Including the addition of five (5) new barns to board approximately 125 horses. Add new manure facilities, hot walker, circle pen, on-site trails, and connections to regional equestrian trail systems. These efforts will help to facilitate and perpetuate the equestrian heritage of the site, in addition to hosting ongoing English and Western horse events.
  2. Full-service horse facility. The facility will offer boarding, general riding lessons, Western riding events lessons and education, animal education (4H), horsemanship education, trail rides, etc.
  3. Fields that will accommodate a wide variety of youth sports, horse events (Western and English), festivals and varied entertainment events.
  4. An expanded concessions stand that will offer an elevated mix of food and beverage.
  5. A public pavilion that will include a traditional camp fire, multiple varied outdoor seating options, rotating food and beverage offerings, and a dedicated area for animals.

Dynamic Program Elements: Providing fun and memorable program elements will help ensure the park attracts a wide array of users and promotes repeat visits. Some of the elements we envision include:

  1. Equestrian: Retain all equestrian facilities except for the Olympic Ring. Convert the Olympic Ring permanent stables to board approximately 125 horses. Add new manure facilities, hot walker, circle pen, on-site trails, and connections to regional equestrian trail systems. These efforts will help to facilitate and perpetuate the Western riding style, in addition to hosting ongoing Western and English horse events.
  2. Active Recreation: Upgrade the turf area to house local and regional youth sports tournaments, making San Juan Capistrano a regional youth sports destination.
  3. Dog Facilities: Provide new off-leash, fenced dog parks.
  4. Community Camp: Create a community hub anchored by food concessions. The community hub would be the place to hang out after a day of riding, soccer, hiking, or a reason unto itself for visiting the park. The community hub would also include covered picnic shelters, a community camp fire, tree houses, adult and children’s playgrounds, games and amphitheater.
  5. Special Events: Facilities and parking for rodeos, concerts, farmer’s markets, food/wine festivals, etc.
  6. Trail System: A new trail system celebrating San Juan Capistrano’s native and cultural landscapes will ring the site and connect all amenities. The trails will be for both pedestrian and equestrian use.


SJC RMV Riding Park

Corner of Ortega Highway & Avenida La Pata


    Frontier Real Estate Investment
    Frontier Real Estate Investments is a privately held real estate development firm driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering passion and commitment to elevating the character and quality of its projects and the places they serve. Frontier is led by a senior management team with 125 years of experience in development and powered by a deep bench of talent known for its exceptional character, competency and culture. As a result, Frontier Real Estate Investments is the preferred developer for some of the nation’s top retailers, and also specializes in infill retail development and placemaking, with more than $300 million in real estate currently under development.

    Dan Almquist


    A leader in the modern retail development space, Dan Almquist helms some of the most exciting and innovative destinations across Southern California for Frontier Real Estate Investments. From mixed-use projects that seamlessly blend traditional retail anchors, vibrant public markets, and food halls with new housing, Frontier creates compelling gathering places that are thoughtfully and specifically tailored to match the fabric of each unique community.

    In addition to its ever-growing portfolio of notable commercial retail projects, which include Rodeo 39 Public Market in Stanton, Uptown Commons in Long Beach, Rodeo 72 at the Groves in Whittier, Capistrano Plaza and River Street Marketplace in San Juan Capistrano, and New Haven Marketplace and Rodeo X in Ontario, Frontier Real Estate Investments owns and operates multiple successful businesses in the food and beverage realm, such as Rodeo Bar, Bearded Tang Brewery, Brew Haven Tap Room, Capistrano Brewing Company, along with popular family attraction Zoomars at River Street Ranch.

    Dan, his wife, Lindsey — along with their children Colton, Everly, Emmerson, and Chandler — are all grateful to call San Juan Capistrano home. He currently serves on the board for several worthwhile community organizations, including Board Chair for FosterALL in addition to serving as a Board Member for the Open Space Foundation and the San Juan Capistrano Performing Arts Center.

    Representative Projects:

    • River Street Marketplace, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • Heritage Barbecue, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • Capistrano Plaza, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • Rodeo 39 Public Market, Stanton, California
    • Rodeo 72 at the Groves in Whittier, Whittier, California
    • New Haven Marketplace, Ontario, California
    • Rodeo X, Ontario, California


    Master of Business Administration and Real Estate Development, University of Southern California

    Bachelor of Science, Economics, University of California, San Diego

    Professional Affiliations

    Board Chair, FosterALL

    Board Member, Open Space Foundation

    Board Member, San Juan Capistrano Performing Arts Center

    Kathy Holman


    For the past 39 years, Kathy has overseen the operations of Ortega Equestrian Center (OEC). During this time, she has also acted as both a mentor and a trainer. Through 4-H, horse camps and horse shows, she has taught life lessons to hundreds of young people. Kathy has been awarded “Interscholastic Equestrian League Trainer of the Year” and OEC, under Kathy’s leadership, has been honored and voted “Best Stable” every year in Capistrano Dispatch for 14 straight years. OEC has also won the “Best Trail Ride and Best Instructor” awards multiple years in a row.

    Kathy has a deep love for and commitment to the City of San Juan Capistrano and its equestrian community. This passion is apparent in her lifelong dedication to the preservation of the western heritage of the City of San Juan Capistrano. Along the way she has touched countless lives — both horses and humans — in a selfless, compassionate and caring manner. She is recognized as leader among equestrians and as a knowledgeable, outspoken advocate of issues related to horses, equestrian facilities and activities in San Juan Capistrano.

    In 2013, Kathy realized a life-long dream by establishing Otra Mas, Inc., a non-profit whose purpose is to take in aging or injured horses that are no longer able to perform in their given discipline and retrains them in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). The benefit to the horses and humans is tremendous. Otra Mas or “Another One” provides a new purpose for horses that might have otherwise been euthanized and another chance for clients who are working through pressing life issues such as autism, PTSD, emotional and family issues — to name a few. Additionally, the Otra Mas team has worked with private companies and Camp Pendleton Marines in team-building activities.

    The strong leadership that Kathy provides to both the equestrian community and the City of San Juan Capistrano embodies the principles of compassion and selflessness built on a firm foundation of knowledge, experience and unwavering integrity.


    Over 39 Years Overseeing Operations at the Ortega Equestrian Center

    Recipient of the Interscholastic Equestrian League Trainer of the Year

    Voted “Best Stable” by the Capistrano Dispatch for 14 Straight Years (OEC)

    Multi-Time Recipient of the “Best Trail Ride and Best Instructor” Awards

    Established the Non-Profit “Otra Mas, Inc.” in 2013

    Dan Apt


    Daniel Apt is founder and President of Olaunu, a surface water quality and water resources company based in San Clemente, California. He has over 26 years of experience in stormwater management and water quality and specializes in Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure, stormwater capture and use, watershed planning, integrated water resources planning, and MS4 permit assistance. Daniel has worked in the past several years with several equestrian facilities in San Juan Capistrano developing their water quality plans and has worked with Rancho Mission Viejo on stormwater quality and water quality planning for their new developments since 2012. Daniel received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and his Master’s degree from the University of Miami.

    Representative Projects:

    • SMC California LID Evaluation & Analysis Network, Southern California

    • Storms Stormwater Capture And Use Project Report & TAC, California (Statewide)

    • City Of Avalon Municipal Stormwater Permit Compliance Assistance, Avalon, California

    • Removing Barriers To LID Prop 84 Stormwater Grant, California (Statewide)

    • City Of Palo Alto Southgate Neighborhood Green Street Project, Palo Alto, California

    • Municipal Infrastructure Planning, Archipiélago De Juan Fernández, Chile


    Master’s Degree, University of Miami

    Bachelor’s Degree, University of California, Irvine

    Professional Affiliations

    Chair, California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)

    Steve Ryzdon, PLA


    Principal in SWA’s Laguna Beach office, Steve Rydzon is an integral team member who successfully manages a variety of complex projects through all phases. His background as an artist, sculptor, photographer, and product designer, along with his extended education in natural and cultural history, help inform his designs — and his background in construction and fabrication helps bring those designs to reality. Steve’s design focus is to bring authenticity to projects through contemporary exploration of a site’s cultural and natural history, while a concentrating on site-specific form and the ephemeral qualities of movement, growth, light, and shadow. He has managed a wide variety of projects around the world, from small art installations to multidisciplinary, large-scale civic projects. His background in landscape construction provides solutions in both the management and documentation of projects.

    Representative Projects:

    • Heritage Barbecue, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • River Street Marketplace, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • New Haven Marketplace, Ontario, California
    • Rodeo 39 Public Market, Stanton, California
    • Heritage Court at The Groves in Whittier, Whittier, California
    • The Groves in Whittier, Whittier, California
    • Uptown Commons, Long Beach, California v
    • Downtown Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Monet Avenue 2.0 at Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, California
    • Manhattan Village Shopping Center, Manhattan Beach, California
    • Butler Town Center, Gainesville, Florida
    • Laguna Beach Downtown Action Plan, Laguna Beach, California
    • The Galleria at Sunset, Henderson, Nevada
    • Plaza Irvine, Irvine, California
    • AC Hotels Marriott, Irvine, California
    • One Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
    • West Hollywood Hotel, West Hollywood, California
    • The Promenade on Forest, Laguna Beach, California
    • Uptown Whittier Streetscape Beautification, Whittier, California
    • Temecula Promenade, Temecula, California
    • Plaza Irvine, Irvine, California


    Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University


    Registered Landscape Architect: California #6038

    Professional Affiliations

    Associate Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

    Selected Awards & Honors

    2020 APA California Planning Firm Award of Excellence (SWA Laguna Beach)

    2017 Real Estate Design Awards China - Gold Award, Landscape and Interior Design, Monet Avenue 2.0 at Victoria

    Gardens2016 ASLA Southern California Chapter Merit Award, Monet Avenue 2.0 at Victoria Gardens

    2016 ASLA Southern California Chapter Merit Award, Downtown Summerlin2015 AIA California San Fernando Valley Chapter Design Award, Anaheim Regional

    Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) 2015 ASCE Orange County Project of the Year, Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center 2015 Southern California

    Association of Governments Recognition Award for Sustained Leadership, Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) 2015 United States Green

    Building Council Eco City Award, Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)

    James S. Bickel, Jr., ARCHITECT


    Jim brings over 30 years of experience in project management, design, code analysis and construction documentation of industrial, low-rise office, high-rise office, medical, restaurant, retail, and residential projects. He is responsible for overall management of the firm, while acting as the prime contact and liaison between owners and project teams. He accepts primary responsibility for assuring that both design parameters and construction documents are consistent with the owner’s stated program and budget.

    Representative Projects:

    • Capistrano Plaza, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • Rodeo 39 Public Market, Stanton, California
    • Heritage Barbecue, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • 17th Street, Costa Mesa, California
    • The Row, Dana Point, California
    • Plaza Del Mar, San Clemente, California
    • Bear Creek, San Clemente, California
    • Lake Forest Gateway, Lake Forest, California
    • Beach & Orangewood, Stanton, California
    • Shops at Clinton Keith, Wildomar, California
    • Soquel Canyon Mixed Use, Chino Hills, California
    • Seabridge South, Oxnard, California
    • Wildomar Square, Wildomar, California
    • Mountain Grove, Redlands, California
    • Mission Viejo Town Center, Mission Viejo, California
    • Rock & Brews, Buena Park, California
    • Board & Brew, Multiple Locations
    • Oggi’s, Multiple Locations


    Bachelor of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo


    Registered Architect:

    California - 1989 (Primary)

    Arizona - 2012

    Nevada - 1994

    New Mexico - 1999 (Inactive)

    Oregon - 1999 (Inactive)

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects (AIA), Orange County Chapter

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

    Marbella Design Review Committee, Architectural Review Board Chairman

    Gardens2016 ASLA Southern California Chapter Merit Award, Monet Avenue 2.0 at Victoria Gardens

    Granville Design Review Committee, Architectural Representative

    Harry Mark, FAIA


    While art directing project teams, Harry Mark, FAIA brings his international architecture background and graphic design sensibilities to each collaborative project. As the Executive Director of RSM Design, Harry works at the intersection of architecture and graphics to lead projects and teams in understanding the importance of and the symbiotic relationship between graphics and signage within the built environment. His work has helped transform difficult user experiences by adding a layer of clarity and organization with unexpected graphic interventions.

    As the recipient of numerous design awards, Harry’s designs and written articles have been published in several national magazines and journals and featured in exhibits throughout the United States. In 2015 Harry was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. The Jury of Fellows cited Harry’s “notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.”

    Harry earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and an advanced Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Harry is the co-founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief for the design publication, Architype Review. Additionally, he is the senior architect at the Aphrodisias Archaeological Excavations in Turkey, directing and teaching a team of architecture graduate students each summer in drawing and reconstructing the antiquities.

    Representative Projects:

    • River Street Marketplace, San Juan Capistrano, California
    • Rodeo 39 Public Market, Stanton, California
    • The Star: Dallas Cowboys, Frisco, Texas
    • Balboa Park Masterplan, San Diego, California
    • Buddy Holly Hall For Performing Arts, Lubbock, Texas
    • Ad Ex, Dallas, Texas
    • East Village Green, San Diego, California
    • The Summit Bechtel Reserve, Beckley, West Virginia
    • Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas, Texas
    • Hofgarten Germany, Solingen, Germany
    • Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    • Jack London Square, Oakland, California
    • Monet Avenue at Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, California


    Advanced Master of Architecture, Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute Architects (AIA)

    Co-founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief for the Design Publication, Architype Review

    Senior Architect at the Aphrodisias Archaeological Excavations in Turkey

    Selected Awards & Honors

    Fellow - American Institute Architects (AIA)

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