Beginner  Riding Lessons with our assistant instructors

It doesn’t matter what age you are, learning to ride a horse can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! Our beginner and youth lessons are designed for the rider just starting their riding journey. We teach horsemanship, teamwork, discipline, and responsibility within a family, fun atmosphere. 

Beginner lessons are taught by one of our two fantastic assistant instructors, where you will learn basic horsemanship skills, including how to care for and tack up a horse, horseback riding basics, and so much more! 

Rates

ServiceDescriptionPriceRate
Private45 min private 1-1 lesson with our Assistant Instructor, additional $10 fee to use a lesson horse$65Hour
Mom and me lessona 30 minute lesson with you and your child! $40Hour
Semi-Private2 people in lesson with Assistant Instructor, additional $10 fee to use a lesson horse $50Per hour/Per rider
Groups3 or more, additional $10 fee to use a lesson horse $40Per hour/Per rider

*First lessons are ALWAYS private for safety reasons

Commonly Asked Questions

I want to buy a package, what are the package rules?

No refunds for riding packages. Must be purchased between the 1st and the 5th of the month and used within 30 days of first lesson, or by the end of the month it was purchased in. Packages cannot be shared

What do I need to bring to my lesson?

All riders need to wear breeches, riding boots or paddock boots, and bring their release form. If you don’t have boots or breeches, wearing long pants and boosts with a heel will work for your first lesson. Release forms can be found on this site here. If you aren’t sure where to get your breeches and boots, contact me and I will provide a list of stores (in person and online) that these items can be purchased at. We love to shop at Dover, Riding Warehouse, or SmartPak for all our horse gear.

What is 3 Day Eventing?

Eventing could be termed an “equestrian triathlon.” It involves working with a horse both on the flat and over fences. The three phases are: dressage,  cross-country (endurance) , and show jumping. Over the centuries it has developed from the test of the ideal military charger. Eventing has now evolved into an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.

Phase 1- Dressage-“The dressage phase begins every eventing competition. In French, dressage means “training.” Originally designed to show the horse’s ability to perform intricate movements on the parade involved with reviewing troops, today the dressage test comprises a set series of movements performed in an enclosed arena. Precision, smoothness, suppleness and complete obedience show off the horse’s obedience. Ideally the horse appears to perform the test moments of its own accord, working in harmony with its rider. The test is scored on each movement, rather like the scoring of the compulsories in figure skating, with the overall harmony and precision of the test taken into consideration.

Phase 2- Cross Country- The cross-country course covers approximately 2.75 to 4 miles, along which sit 24-36 fixed and solid obstacles.  This phase is ridden at a gallop, with exact speed requirements depending on the level of competition. Cross-country courses require horses and riders to be bold and smart, while testing their physical stamina. The aim of each combination of horse and rider must complete, on time and with as few penalties as possible.

Phase 3- Show Jumping- A show jumping course comprises a series of colored fences usually made up of lightweight rails that are easily knocked down.  The test takes place in an enclosed ring and the course must be negotiated in order for the horse and rider to successfully complete the event.  This final phase tests the stamina and recovery of the horse after the endurance phase and shows that it is fit enough to continue work. The show jumping course requires very exact riding; it consists of between 12 and 15 show jumping obstacles, which normally include at least one combination, two spread fences, and in some cases a ditch. ”

Reference- http://useventing.com/resource/what-eventing

The USEA Levels of Eventing

Beginner Novice – 2’7″
Novice – 2’11”
Training – 3’3″
Preliminary – 3’7″
Intermediate – 3’9″
Advanced – 3’11”

What's your cancellation policy?

24 hours notice of cancellation is required on ALL lessons to cancel. If less than 24 hours notice is given, a fee up to lesson price may be charged. Make up lessons are up to trainers discretion with 24 hours notice of cancellation.

Do I need my own horse?

Lesson horses are provided with an additional fee. If you are using your own horse lesson price may be discounted.

I've never ridden before. Do I need some experience?

NO! We welcome riders of all levels. That includes those who have never been on a horse! We will customize your first lesson to accommodate your needs and your level of experience.

Where do I go when I get to the facility?

After you pass the house at the barn, there’s a parking are to your left. Park where you see the other cars and trailers. We’ll meet you at the barn and walk you through the rest!

Is this Western or English riding?

We specialize in English riding which includes hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing