Riding Program for Children and Adults

40 years of experience 

Our head instructor/barn owner Ms. Heidi Waldron has been coaching riders since 1975. Her life-long equestrian career provides our lesson clients with the breadth of knowledge needed to become adequate riders. She spent many years in the hunter/jumper ring as a competitive young rider and went on to manage facilities and riding programs throughout her adult life. Heidi has been an instructor her entire professional career and is a mentor for many. With an emphasis in balance seat, she has laid the foundation for her students to excel in whatever direction they choose. Heidi's  unwavering commitment to safety has provided her numerous awards and accolades in the horse industry.

 

Lessons are made by appointment and are scheduled regularly. Minimum Age: 7 years old. Prices are as followed:

Private Lessons

1 and 1/2 Hour Private: $90.00

1 Hour Private: $55.00 

1/2 Hour Private: $45.00

 

Group Lessons 2+ Riders

1 and 1/2 Hour: $85.00

1 Hour : $50.00 

1/2 Hour : $40.00

 

Riding Styles

The Safety Award was given to us by The North American Horsemen's Association for an Outstanding Saftety Record and Safety Management for 2006 and 2007.

Whatever type of riding you aspire to, we cannot hope for much success without first learning how to utilize the proper aids to achieve a balanced, correct position. Fundamentals are taught in both English and Western disciplines with the intricacies of each style developing as the riding student improves.

Just looking to explore the special bond between horse and rider? Enjoy a relaxing trail ride? We can help.

 

Have your own horse? Bring him with you! We offer a specialized lesson/training program for riders and their horses- evaluate your issues, fears, and troubleshoot to achieve a balanced, understood, safe, and trusting relationship with your horse.

  • Let your children learn the essentials of the horse with a well-rounded program.

For those more competitive individuals, we do offer options for students to join our show team, students are welcome to participate after evaluation into the program.

Educational Clinics & Special Rides

We host horsemanship clinics/group rides throughout the year. We can also offer our facility for special guest clinicians on an evaluated basis. Clinic/Ride prices will vary but are always very affordable for both auditors or guest riders! We will post date's when they become available.

Would you like to request a clinic topic? We would love to hear from you! Please send us your ideas for consideration! 

Traveling with your horse? We also offer HORSEMAN'S GUEST CAMPING click for more information. 

Summer camps

 Just for kids? NO WAY! We offer summer camps for both youths and adults.  Please note,

DUE TO COVID-19 ALL CLINICS ARE LIMITED TO 4/5 PARTICIPANTS. 

Time: 9:30am-3:00 PM

(late pick up 4:00pm $30.00 fee)

Price: $395.00 per person. 

(multi-child, $20.00 off second child)
All participants please bring a mask for use. 

Please note, parent/legal guardian must accompany minors to sign liability forms on the first day. 

2020 Summer Camp Schedule

Horse camps for Kids, Kids Trail, Adults Beginner and Adults Intermediate riding camps.

Do you own your own horse? You are welcome to bring him with you for slight board fee. 

June 30th - July 2nd 4H CAMP - Beginner
Participants aged 7+ that are new or would like more experience with horses and making horse friends- this will be a great week!  Learn first aid, feeds and feeding, ring work, and all things horse related. If you are a current 4H member we encourage you to join us. Not a 4H member? No problem your invited too! This is a great opportunity to learn about the many projects and rewarding opportunities that 4H can provide! 
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Ages: 7+ years and up
Camp size: Limited to 5 riders. Outside horses are welcome for a small stabling fee

July 6 - 10th KIDS CLINIC RIDING CAMP

Learn safety and horse care as well as riding lessons and games. Safety and horsemanship for all aspects of equine based activities! 
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ages: 10-18 years
Camp size: Limited to 4/5 campers.

July 13th - 17th KIDS TRAIL CAMP

Have fun learning water crossing, obstacles, how to ride safe in large groups, horse care, trail etiquette and much more. (Intermediate level, You must be able to trot your horse to take this camp, evaluation ride might be necessary).
Time: 9AM - 3PM 
Ages: 8-13 years
Camp size: Limited to 4/5 campers.

July 20th - July 24st KIDS CLINIC 

Learn safety and horse care as well as riding lessons and games. Safety and horsemanship for all aspects of equine based activites! 
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Camp size: Limited to 4/5 riders. Outside horses are welcome for a small stabling fee

July 27th-31st ADULT BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CLINIC 

Come all 5 days or just a few - For Adults that fall in this category, perhaps you own your own horse, or just want to learn more, this session will focus on rider concerns and training techniques. Topics such as transitions, leads, and perfecting the versatility course are all customized for the entire session. How to be a stronger rider, spooking, bolting, pair riding and more.. This camp is designed around the curriculum of the riders who attend. Time will be spent out on the trails, as well as in the arena. Riding techniques/training, nutrition feeding and much more. We encourage both English and Western disciplines. Weather you are competitive or just a leisurely rider, all are welcome.

Time: 9AM - 3PM 

Ages: 8-13 years

August 3rd - 7th KIDS CAMP
Learn safety and horse care as well as riding lessons and games. Safety and horsemanship for all aspects of equine based activites! 

August 10th - 14th HIKING & HORSES CAMP
Enjoy hiking and learning about nature as well as horse husbandry. Learn how horses interact with each other, and the human relationship we have with them. How about leading them through the woods and investigating how horses interpret the world around them. Enjoy hiking, ground work, and riding.
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ages: 12 and up
Camp size: Limited to 10 campers.

August 17th - 21st ADULT CAMP Beginner - Intermediate
Adult Beginner - Intermediate Camp- Come all 5 days or just 2 - For Adults that have been riding or own their own horse and would like more intimate time to focus on training/rider concerns. Topics such as transitions, leads, perfecting the versatility course, How to be a stronger rider, spooking, bolting, pair riding and more.. This camp is designed around the curriculum of the riders who attend. Time will be spent out on the trails, as well as in the arena. Round penning techniques/training, nutrition feeding and much more. We encourage both english and western disciplines. Weather you are competitive or just a leisurely rider, all are welcome. Age 18+
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Ages: 18 years and up

 

Testimonials 

August 18, 2019
" I spent 1 week at the Adult Camp at Stepping Stone Ranch. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone. I came as a reluctant beginner and now feel like a more comfortable, confident rider. It was non-stop learning on and off the horse. The instructor gives continuous feedback in an extremely safe environment. I hope they offer some weekend camps, but I will definitely be back next year without hesitation!"
-Denise

June 30, 2019
 

"Within the last couple of years I have returned to horseback riding. Growing up I never had formal training/lessons. Quickly reliazed I need them. I traveled from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. Attended Stepping Stone Ranch Adult Beginner Camp. Heidi, Owner/Trainer exceeded all of my expectations. It was obvious Heidi wanted to share her wealth of knowledge. She did! The camp was relaxed and fun. As she broke down the steps of horseback riding, care, nutrition and safety. Even explained the horse behavior within a herd. How it relates to our relationship with our own horse. So much more! We we're lucky to have one her daughter speak with us. Shared tips on what to look for if you purchase a horse of your own. Highly recommend Stepping Stone Ranch.
Looking forward to their Beginner-Intermidate Camp.
Heidi, Thank you."

-Nancy

July 27th, 2014

 

Dear Stepping Stone Ranch,
On a recent trip to Stepping Stone Ranch our youth group had the time of their lives!
It was a very hands on experience where our kids learned proper safety, grooming and riding techniques in a very fun, supportive atmosphere.
The staff on the ranch are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and patient in helping others learn all about horses and riding techniques. Stepping Stone Ranch offers a very unique experience in a very fun and safe setting!"

Brian Dunn, Program Coordinator
Westwood YMCA

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