We teach an English riding style called saddleseat. There is no jumping involved. Saddleseat is designed for show horse breeds like the American Saddlebred. These horses typically have a naturally high head carriage and high-stepping action. The saddleseat riding style is often considered to be the base of all the other horseback riding styles.
We have lesson students of all ages, from young children to adults! All new riders will need to start off taking private lessons until the instructor feels they are ready to ride with a group. They can then participate in group lessons with other riders of a similar skill level. In order to maintain what you have learned and develop consistency, it is recommended that all riders take at least one lesson per week. All lessons include 15 minutes of grooming and tacking up.
Lessons are offered weekly in the afternoons and evenings from 3:30-7:00 PM.
To book your lesson, please call our riding instructor, Sammy Jo Galica, at
45-minute lesson. Beginner-Advanced level.
45-minute lesson. Intermediate-Advanced level.
Tiny Tot Lesson........................$30.00
For riders 4-6 years of age. 20-minute private lesson.
Private Lesson Package............$155.00*
Four 45-minute private riding lessons. *Best deal, save $25!
Tiny Tot Lesson Package..........$110.00*
Four 20-minute private riding lessons. *Best deal, save $10!
All riders are required to complete a liability waiver before they may interact with the horses.
Please bring a check with you on the day of your lesson.
Safety is our top priority at the barn. We have several helmets available at the barn for you to use during your lessons. You need to wear an ASTM/SEI-approved riding helmet; no bike helmets! All new riders (any age) and all children under the age of ten are required to wear a helmet, and it is highly recommended for everyone else.
What to Wear
For your first lesson, wear long pants (jeans work best, no sweatpants or windbreakers) and sturdy closed-front shoes with a 1-inch heel. Tennis shoes are okay, but they sometimes do not fit in the stirrups due to having a wider toe. We suggest you wear something similar to a riding boot.
As with any sport, after you have been taking lessons for a while, you will want to purchase proper equipment. This includes riding gloves (optional, but many riders prefer them), leather riding boots (ankle-high), and "jods" (riding jodhpurs with knee grips). We can provide shopping resources.
Your First Riding Lesson
At your first lesson, you will be taught the basics of safety around horses. Each lesson includes time for grooming the horse before and after the lesson. For the riding portion, we typically start off new riders in the round pen, which is a smaller arena within our indoor ring. You will learn how to signal the horse to walk and halt, as well as how to steer the horse. After you feel comfortable with that, you will be given an introduction to trotting. Because everyone learns differently, each lesson is tailored to fit your needs, skills, confidence level, and riding goals.
Once you have been riding for a while, you may want to think about showing. You do not have to compete in order to take lessons, but many of our riders enjoy participating in horse shows. Equestrian competition is a very fun and rewarding sport that you can enjoy for life. Showing horses builds confidence, sportsmanship, and most of all, horsemanship. The riders in our lesson program compete in "Academy" shows on the horses they ride in lessons. We also host fun "home" shows for our Academy riders throughout the year. Your instructor will let you know when you are ready to go to a horse show.
If you are unable to attend your scheduled lesson, we appreciate if you call at least 24 hours in advance to cancel. Riders that do not provide reasonable notice that they cannot attend a lesson will still be charged. We reserve the right to cancel lessons due to the weather, for the safety of both the horses and humans.