Giddy Up: 9 Horseback Riding Hot Spots for Little Buckaroos
If you’ve got a horse lover in the fam whose interest goes beyond galloping around the kitchen table, it’s time to let your little jockey explore their love and saddle up. Lucky for us, Seattle has an array of facilities that offer private lessons, pony rides, horse camps, and more. Sign up your little buckaroo at one of these awesome locations and he or she will be well on their way to galloping, trotting and prancing.
Located in Issaquah, Eremon Farm (pictured above) is a top-notch place for kiddos of all ages and skill levels. In addition to riding lessons, 4 different sessions of summer camp are offered where your little cowboy or cowgirl will experience the joy of riding and how to care for a horse.
The Details: They operate under a tuition-based program meaning you pay one flat monthly fee. Registration for summer camps has already begun; check out their online brochure for all the info.
Good to Know: All new riders must participate in an introductory class to evaluate his/her skills. These classes are offered at an introductory rate. Also, in order to ride, riders must wear proper head, clothing, and footwear at all times.
25722 S.E. Tiger Mountain Rd.
Issaquah, Wa 98027
The Horsemanship School
The Horsemanship School, also located in Woodinville, is an awesome place to fulfill all your kiddos’ horse riding desires. Even if the only thing they know about horses is that they gallop, have no fear, little riders will learn all they need to know here.
The Details: The Horsemanship School offers group and private lessons, summer day camps, and horse care classes for kiddos ages 4 and up. Pricing begins at $45 per lesson, check online for more detailed pricing and schedules. They also offer sibling discounts so don’t forget to ask.
Good to Know: The School offers free tours, no appointment needed, so go ahead, check them out, and book your first lesson. Spots fill quickly for summer day camps, so don’t delay. The School requires approved helmets and boots, but do have some available to borrow if you don’t have your own.
13651 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE
Redmond, Wa 98052
Farrel McWhirter Riding School
Located in Redmond at Farrel McWhirter Farm Park, this facility offers year-round riding lessons for kiddos of all skill levels, ages 2 ½ and up. From pony rides to trail rides, to custom workshops, they offer a slew of classes sure to meet all your little horse lover’s needs.
The Details: Even if your kiddo has never been around horses, there is never a better time to introduce them, especially at Farrel McWhirter Riding School. Check their online brochure for a list of classes and lessons. Schedule something today to discover the freedom riding a horse can bring.
Good to Know: It is very easy to register for lessons online, with one click, you’ll be well on your way. You can also work with the trainers to customize a plan suitable for whatever skill level your little one is at.
19545 N.E. Redmond Rd.
Redmond, Wa 98053
Located at the top of Hollywood Hill in Woodinville, your little cowboy or cowgirl will love this 10-acre, full-service equestrian facility. Head trainer Heidi Snider Evans has been training and riding horses for over 20 years. She offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons for kids ages 4 and up.
The Details: Beginner lessons are $65 each, Intermediate and Advanced lessons are $85 each. You can also purchase 2 weekly lessons for $600 per month. Once you have signed up, your lesson spot and horse will be reserved for an entire month. Jumping lessons are also offered and require a minimum of 2 classes per week. Lessons last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, with 30 minutes needed before and after each lesson to care for the horse.
Good to Know: All required paperwork and release forms must be turned in prior to the first lesson. Approved riding helmets and riding boots with heels are required and hair must be pulled back. Evans stresses safety and will impart her knowledge to your little riders. Parents are also invited to stick around and watch lessons from the private viewing area.
16128 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
Run by Sarah Aron, Capstone Farm is more than just a training facility. The Farm teaches skills necessary for riding and caring for horses and those skills will go well beyond the barn. Clients who have trained here have won over 150 national and world titles!
The Details: Lessons are offered for kiddos ages 5 and up. Lessons start at $45 for 30 minutes and $65 for 60 minutes. Summer camps are also an awesome option for kiddos 6 and up. Camps are 3 days long and cost $425.
Good to Know: Be sure to call ahead and book a time to take a personal tour of the farm. Also, looking for a place to plan your little horse lover’s next birthday party? Capstone Farm has you covered. You supply the food and decorations and they’ll do the rest!
5431 264th Ave N.E.
Redmond, Wa 98053
Rockmeadow Equestrian Center
Owned by Deborah Ritchie since 1986, Rockmeadow, located in Sammamish, is a fantastic option for introducing your kiddos to horses. They offer year-round classes and camps and bonus…. have an indoor, heated training facility, perfect for our fickle Seattle weather.
The Details: They offer one-on-one classes for kids who just want to get familiar with the ins and outs of owning a horse. If at some point you would like to buy a horse, they can help with all those details. Pricing and class times vary, so it is best to contact them for more info.
Good to Know: In addition to one-on-one classes, they offer summer day camps for kids ages 5-11. Camps range from 3 days at a cost of $425 to 5 days at a cost of $675. Psst! Don’t forget to ask about sibling discounts. Classes are going on now, so be sure to sign up.
20722 S.E. 34th St.
Sammamish, Wa 98075
Vashon Westside Stables
Whether your trailblazer loves to ride for fun or competitively, he or she is guaranteed to find a spot at Westside Stables located on Vashon Island. And owner Cici Carson is sure to get you back in the saddle again if it’s been a while!
The Details: They offer lessons in packages or single sessions. Prices vary, so be sure to contact them. In addition to lessons, the also offer birthday parties, summer camps for kids ages 6-14, and trail rides. We can’t think of a better way to spend a day than riding alongside your little one and taking in stellar views of the island.
21200 Westside Hwy S.W.
Vashon, Wa 98070
Fall City Pony and Horse Farm
Fall City Pony and Horse Farm, aka Party Ponies, is really your one-stop shop for all things horses. Not only do they offer riding lessons and camps, they offer birthday party and group events. What could be cooler than having horses brought to you?
The Details: Group and private lessons for kiddos ages 5 and up are taught by certified horse trainer and riding instructor Julie Oates. Classes range from $35 to $45 depending on whether you own your own horse or not. Check online for details. In addition to lessons, they offer 5 different camps for kids ages 4 and up. Check their website for pricing and dates, including how to sign up.
Good to Know: Feel free to contact Julie with any questions regarding riding lessons. Prior to the first lesson, you must have the contract signed and turned in.
2411 316th Ave S.E.
Fall City, Wa 98024
Cougar Mountain Stables
The motto at Cougar Mountain Stables is “All riders are welcome!” They offer classes for beginners to advanced, so no matter what your little rider’s skill level, there’s a place for them here. In addition to riding lessons, you will find boarding services, five different camps, pony rides, a petting farm, and a place to host your next birthday bash. The folks at Cougar Mountain Stables have all your horse needs covered!
The Details: All ages are welcome to sign up for either private or group lessons; however, all beginner lessons are private. Dates and price vary depending on class and level. Check their website for all the details.
Good to Know: If your little one is just starting out lessons, they are required to take the Introduction to Horsemanship 101 lesson. Registration for summer camps have already started, so get your horse-loving sidekick signed up today!
15019 S.E. May Valley Rd.
Renton, Wa 98059
Do you have a horse lover in your family? Where will you be riding this summer? Let us know in the comments section below.
Photos courtesy of: Hillcrest Stables, Westside Stables, vastateparkstaff via Flickr & Eremon Farm