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.
FALL 2023 Lessons
Offered Sept 11 - Nov 17, 2023
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
No more than 6 riders in a group, $50/rider/Lesson
Riders will learn and practice grooming and saddling as well as riding skills.
Beginning riding and horsemanship basics such as: brushing, tacking, starting, stopping and steering the horse.
Kindergarten and up.
Monday and Tuesday
Comfortable going, stopping and steering. Sitting the trot for short distances unassisted.
For riders with these skills in 2nd grade or higher. F
Can perform a sitting and posting trot. Steer the horse at the trot.
For riders with these skills in 2nd grade or higher.
Monday and Thursday
Proficient at sitting, standing and posting trot. Learning to canter and jumping a single jump.
For riders with these skills in 4th grade or higher. Tuesday and Thursday
Confident at the canter and learning to jump multiple jumps.
For riders with these skills in 5th grade or higher.
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 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.