Riding and Horsemanship skills

The Equestrian Programs at Chestnut Ridge are designed with children in mind! Our certified instructors teach safe horse skills so that all people can feel comfortable and confident with big animals, on the ground and riding them. Riders learn to work together as a team with our staff and the horses to gain new skills and have FUN! All this takes place in the riding arena and on the 362 acres of beautiful trails of Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center!

Western and English riding available.

Online registration for Spring 2023 riding lessons will be available in January - Please check back!

FALL 2022 Lessons


Offered September 12 - November 18, 2022

Private Lessons 

  • Offered Monday or Thursday at 10:30 am by reservationOr by request at other times.

  • Approximately 15 min saddling time, 45 min riding time

  •  1-3 riders per lesson time, $55/rider/lesson

  • All riding experience levels welcome, ages 5 to adult

Small Group Lessons - After School

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

Riders will learn and practice grooming and saddling as well as riding skills. 

  • Advanced - Wednesday or Thursday - (4th-12th grade) - at least 2 full years riding lesson experience, must be able to canter, learning to jump.

  • Intermediate - Monday - (4th-12th grade) - at least 2 full years of lessons, confident at the posting trot, learning to canter.

  • Little New RiderMonday, Tuesday, or Wednesday  - (Kindergarten to 3rd grade) - Specifically geared toward our youngest riders with a focus on basic skills and body control.

  • Level 1 (New Rider) - Thursday - (4th-8th grade) - older first time riders or younger riders with a little riding experience.

  • Level 2 Rider - Tuesday - (3-8th grade) -  riders with at least one year of riding lessons  who are building skills at the trot.

  • No more than 6 riders in a group, $45/rider/Lesson



To Ensure the Best Experience
  • Long pants

  • Closed toed shoes with a defined heel (boot)

  • Clothes should be comfortable, durable, and appropriate for the season

  • For safety, long hair must be tied back.

  • No dangling jewelry or scarves.

  • Corrective eyewear should be appropriate for outdoor use 

  • Helmets are required (provided by Chestnut Ridge)


  • A $45 non-refundable deposit is required at time of registration. This deposit is applied toward tuition.

  • A monthly installment plan is available for the balance.


Riding activities may be cancelled at the director's discretion due to inclement weather. Parents will be notified of all cancellations. All riding activities cancelled for weather will be made up or refunded.




Required for ALL riders

Please inform our staff of any special physical considerations


Not enrolled in Afterschool at Chestnut Ridge

  • Transportation from local schools and an afternoon snack is available for an additional charge of $5 per week. Riders can be picked-up from the equestrian area at the end of their session.


Currently enrolled in Afterschool at Chestnut Ridge

  • Riders will be transported to the equestrian area upon arriving to Afterschool. Riders can be picked-up from the equestrian area at the end of their session.