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 great 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.

 

NOTICE: Sorry, as of January 2021- our lesson program is paused and we cannot accommodate any new students. Please email if you would like to be added to our waiting list. Check out our NEW Stress Relief Program for Adults.

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 lesson? 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 2021

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

DUE TO COVID-19 SESSIONS ARE LIMITED TO 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. 

Have your own horse? Bring them with you. (email or call with questions.)

These dates are subject to change or combine. If changes occur for a session you are already registered for, we will contact you asap. 

 

June 28-July 2  KIDS CAMP

Learn safety and horse care as well as riding lessons and games. Safety and horsemanship for all aspects of equine based activities! 

July 5-9- KIDS CAMP

Learn safety and horse care as well as riding lessons and games. Safety and horsemanship for all aspects of equine based activities! 

July 12-16   ADULT SESSION

Come all 5 days or just a few - If you own your own horse, considering purchase, or just want to learn more, this session will focus on rider concerns and training techniques. Topics such as transitions, versatility, equitation and more are all customized for the entire session. How to be a stronger rider, spooking, 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, terminology, nutrition, first aid and much more. We encourage both English and Western disciplines. Weather you are competitive or just a leisurely rider, all are welcome.

July 19-23  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 IS necessary).

July 26-30  9:30- 1:30  LEARN TOGETHER CAMP (PARENT & CHILD) 

This brand new session provides a great team opportunity for parents and their kids to learn together. A great option for families considering horse ownership or want to expand on their horse interests. 

Aug 2-6 KIDS CAMP

Learn safety and horse care as well as riding lessons and games. Safety and horsemanship for all aspects of equine based activities! 

Aug 9-13 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 IS necessary).

AUG 23-27  ADULT SESSION 

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,  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 first aid and more. We encourage both English and Western disciplines. Weather you are competitive or just a leisurely rider, all are welcome.

 

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

Stress Relief Program 2020

Limited spots available for this brand new program rolling out this season!

Perfect for adults seeking alternative outdoor activates to practice stress management and horse guided mindfulness training. This program is non-riding focused, instead participants will utilize effective techniques for their own well-being under the guidance of a professional Mental Heath and Equine Instructor. 

 

SECOND SESSION DATE : TBD. Spots fill fast.

To Register for this class, please call or email us directly. 

Once accepted, you will be provided with a program information syllabus. 

Click Here for Registration Form

Testimonials 
October 30, 2020 Feedback from the new Stress Relief Program 2020
  "Thank you so much for the seminar.   I truly enjoyed connecting with my horse and look forward to another opportunity.  I feel very fortunate to have been in the company of two professional horsewomen and am in awe of all your knowledge pertaining to these beautiful creatures.   I felt the women in attendance were quite cohesive and easily exchanged personal motives for participating. Please keep me informed of the next seminar."     
-Joan 

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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