Winston Churchill once said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in a saddle.”
That’s a pretty ringing endorsement for at least trying this beloved pastime and let’s face it, right now it’s one of the best bets for socially distant fun. Which is why we put together this list of area farms and stables that are offering horseback riding lessons and/or summer camps.
As of publication, several of these facilities are offering limited or delayed lessons and camps. Some on this list are going forward with offerings right now and some for later in the summer. Please check with the individual facility to see if their offerings fit with your needs.
Cotton Meadows Farm
Located in Elkmont, AL, Cotton Meadows Farm is owned by Debi Crowley, an upper level three-day event rider and United States Dressage Federation Gold medalist. Offering group and private lessons for ages 12 and up.
Offering private and group Western riding lessons in a serene, safe, family friendly atmosphere. This facility has well-maintained stables and both indoor and outdoor riding arenas, trials and acres & acres of pasture riding. They teach all skill levels, beginner to advance, children AND adults.
Flint Ridge Farm
Located in Huntsville, Flint Ridge Farm offers English riding lessons for all levels ages 7 yrs old and up. Group lessons and private lessons are available in dressage and hunter jumping.
Happy Trails Therapeutic Riding Center
NARHA certified therapeutic riding center for special needs children. Two hour lessons are offered weekly.
Hampton Cove Equestrian Center
Located just outside of Huntsville in Hampton Cove this center offers many opportunities for horse enthusiasts to gather and share their love of all things horses. Riding instruction for adults, teens, and children is also offered.
Oak Meadows Stables
This facility in Toney offers both riding lessons and summer camp and both focus on a comprehensive approach to riding. Students will learn how to care for and groom horses, how to saddle and how to ride naturally – including riding bareback.
Pine Ridge Day Camp & Equestrian Center
The Pine Ridge Equestrian Center is located at the Pine Ride Day Camp facility, located just 20 minutes from South Huntsville. This center offers private and group lessons in addition to boarding and riding facilities.
River Rock Stables
River Rock Stables is a 73-acre boarding, training, and sales facility located in the Madison/Huntsville area. Trainer Kelly Arnold gives lessons that focus on safety and correct horsemanship while helping students reach their personal goals. Kelly is well developed in the sport of Dressage, having earned her USDF Bronze and Silver medals and works with riders with at least 1-2 years experience.
Star HB Farms
Located above Drake Mountain, this farm offers trail rides year round, weather permitting. Rides are available for individuals or groups of up to 15. Additionally, they offer lessons for ages 3 and up as well as spring/fall and summer camps. Reservations are required.
Steel Prize Stables
This dressage equestrian center offering lessons, boarding, and training. Group and private lessons available for adults. Limited availability for children 12 and older (private lessons only).
Twin Lakes Stable
Located just outside of Decatur in East Lawrence, this facility offers riding lessons, summer horse camps, and birthday parties. Professional and quality instruction for all ages. They also offer horse boarding and training.
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