HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
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 Fall 2022 riding lessons is OPEN NOW!
FALL 2022 Lessons
Offered September 12 - November 18, 2022
Offered Monday or Thursday at 10:30 am by reservation. Or 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 Rider - Monday, 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 - (3rd-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
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
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.