Learn to ride or sharpen your skills. Stone Ledge Farm is fully staffed with experienced instructors and a variety of reliable lesson horses.
Learning to ride is a lifelong process that involves developing thinking skills as well as balance and timing. It is similar to learning a foreign language that requires your body to do the communicating. Because of this, a rider’s physical fitness and flexibility improves along with developing an understanding of the subtleties required to ride. At SLF, we offer several levels of instruction and competition to enhance the equestrian experience.
RECREATIONAL LESSONS: A great way to have fun, de-stress, learn a new set of skills, exercise and strengthen the body, and of course to become a part of our great community of horse enthusiasts. Lessons require a minimal commitment, either with monthly payments or scheduling lessons on an individual basis. No prior experience necessary.
STABLE SHOWS: A fun, educational way for students to be introduced to competitive riding. Stable shows are open only to students of SLF and beginner riders must be able to distinguish between diagonals at a posting trot, and demonstrate proper leg position and upper body posture in order to compete. Weekly scheduled lessons are required.
ACADEMY TEAM: The next level in competitive riding, Academy Team Riders are competing against other stables at off-site events on trusted SLF lesson horses. Riders must demonstrate exceptional drive, polished equitation and physical strength. Additional time commitments and criteria are also required. Academy Team members are invited by the Academy Director to join each year.
OWNERSHIP/LEASING: The highest level of competitive riding! The rider works with their own horse alongside SLF’s Trainers to build a partnership and to show at the highest level of competition. Riders who have a successful show season will qualify for the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show for a chance to become Grand National and/or World Champions.
To schedule your lesson, register with the Academy Director through our Contact Us page.
All riders must complete and sign all forms in our New Rider Packet. Please click on the link to download the forms. Please print these out and bring to your first lesson.
Riding and driving lessons $40/lesson
Tiny Tot lessons $25/lesson (riders between the age of 4 and 6)
Monthly $160 (1 lesson per week)
Birthday Parties $250
Ride Time: Riding time will last for 30 minutes. The first and last 15 minutes of the lesson will involved grooming and tacking up the horse and learning essential horse maintenance skills, such as cooling out the horse and cleaning and putting equipment away. Good horsemanship starts at learning how to properly care for the horse!
Required Attire: Proper attire for riding lessons includes long pants (breeches or jodpurs), paddock boots or boots with a low heel, and a form fitting top. Please, no loose or baggy clothing, and please be prepared to wear layers during colder weather. Riders are encouraged to acquire their own helmet and riding crop, however, these items are available to borrow for first-timerse and beginners just starting. We recommend the following online stores for purchasing the proper attire for your riding lessons—
State Line Tack
Makeup Classes and Absences: Students are permitted to cancel one lesson (with 24 hours notice), which may be made up during the term if spaces are available. Makeup lessons do not carry over to the next term, with the exception of a proper cancellation with the last week of classes, at which point the student will have thirty days to reschedule. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange any makeup lessons carried over into the subsequent session.
Monday – Friday: 3 pm until 8 pm | Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm
HOLIDAYS: Should a rider’s normally scheduled lesson fall on a Holiday, that rider will be given the opportunity to reschedule that lesson at any time during the current session, availability pending. If no time is available, rider will be given a credit for a lesson in the next session.
Academy Shows (cost varies)
These shows are typically held during the summer in conjunction with an ongoing horse show. Academy classes are designed for students at the beginning level of horse showing. They are held in the same manner as a regular “show” class with a few differences:
- The horse is not necessarily being judged, but the rider’s ability on the horse is.
- The riding attire is more casual.
- Riders will all be mounted on schooling horses.
- When a rider shows at an academy show SLF staff will take care of all the details. We will transport and prepare the horse and make sure tack and horse are in tip top shape for your classes. The rider will be responsible for their own transportation to the show and wearing the proper attire. It is also important to note that it is normal and proper to tip the grooms attending to your horse. A tip usually starts at $20 per groom.
Other Services related to our Academy Program
Schooling Shows $85/show
These are fun, low key shows that serve a number of purposes for the individuals showing. It is a series of intramural shows suitable for very beginning riders to experience a horse show, and for very experienced riders to hone their skills and work on very specific goals. They are designed to be fun, educational showing opportunities offered at a very reasonable rate.
Stone Ledge Farm offers camps throughout the year. These camps are three day adventures with horses. Each camper is assigned a team with a helper and a horse. Campers have a hands-on experience as they learn to feed, groom, ride and even clean their horses stall. These camps have been so popular, they typically sell out!
2019 Camp Dates – 2019 Summer Horse Camp Flyer
June 10-12th | June 24-26th | July 8-10th
Camp will run from 9 am until 3:30 pm and include at least one hour of riding each day, plus grooming and horse care in our beautiful indoor facility. If you’d like to sign up your young rider, download the flyer at the link above and send it in with payment. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Questions? Contact our Camp Directors, Taylor Gruenberg and Kendra Geiss.