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Spruce Meadow Farm Offers A Riding Lessons Program For Riders From Beginners Through Advanced

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Many of our lesson students also enjoy horse shows.

Beginner Rider Lesson Series – “Getting Started The Right Way” 

Are you interested in learning how to get started with horseback riding the “right way?” Do you want to learn more than just how to sit on a horse and steer?

In our beginner lesson series you will get a complete education in the basics.

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Learning to ride on Star.

You will learn:

  • safe handling procedures
  • how to halter and lead a horse
  • getting your horse in & out of their stall correctly
  • grooming & tacking up
  • cooling out & putting away
  • caring for your horse’s tack
  • what type of riding equipment you need

The lessons will be 90 minutes long and you will receive a folder that includes handouts about all that you will be learning.

The series lasts 5 weeks and is taught in a small group format. Times are available on Sundays and Thursdays. The cost is $60/lesson.

  7 Week Lesson Series Based On The Classical Training Scale

Erin Cox, head trainer at Spruce Meadow Farm, is offering a 7-week series of lessons covering the fundamentals of each of the six elements of the classical training pyramid.

riding lessons trainingThe series will begin with a scored evaluation of a dressage pattern and end with a “graduation” ceremony where the participants will repeat the pattern and be scored so they can see the progress they have made by honing their skills during the series.

Classes will be offered in groups of 3 and will last 90 minutes. The cost for the series is $350. In order to make the best progress it is necessary to attend each class, as each step on the scale is based on the knowledge and accomplishment of the step before it.

Classes will be offered on Sundays or Thursdays.

Riders will be riding the same horse throughout the program. You may ride your own horse or you can use one of ours.

If you would like to participate please call Karla at 741-2346.

Spruce Meadow Farm has something to offer to all levels of riders in our riding lessons program. We operate a large riding lessons program for those with no previous experience through advanced riders.

We take pride in developing beginner riders into effective horsemen and women, and competitive riders. Our horse lessons include instruction in horse handling, grooming and tacking up.

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Learning how to properly lead a horse is an important part of learning to ride

Students also learn how to cool out and properly put away their horse. We feel that riding and horse care go hand in hand. Proper horse care is the basis of good horsemanship.

Our students ride for a variety of reasons. Some ride for pleasure, others to improve their riding and training skills, and many of them enjoy competing at area horse shows.

We teach students of all ages and don’t believe anyone is ever too old or too young to ride.

Date Lessons

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A date lesson is a great way to spend time together!

Are you looking for an unusual and memorable dating experience? Try our newest addition to the lesson program, our “Date Lesson.”

A “Date Lesson” is designed for couples. It includes grooming & saddling up, an hour riding lesson ending with couples games, and a gift bag.

It is just $95 for two for this “once in a lifetime” experience!

Riding Lesson Rates

Private 1/2 hour lesson                                           $40

Private 45 min. lesson                                              $60

1 hour semi-private lesson (2-4 people)           $35 per person

Please download a release form, if possible, and bring it to your first lesson. If you are unable to do so we can provide you with one at the farm…thank you!

Download A Release Form Here


Horse Riding Lesson Equipment

There is no need to have any special equipment to get started in our riding lessons program. If you are just starting lessons all you need are long pants to protect your legs from being pinched by the stirrup leathers and a shoe or boot with at least a 1/2 inch heel…not a flat sole.

You are also required to wear an ASTM certified equestrian helmet while riding. We provide helmets for students to use when they are starting out, so you don’t need to make any special purchases to begin riding lessons! However, if you wish to purchase your own just click here.

There are many styles of riding helmets, but all are required to be ASTM approved. If you are planning on horse showing you may wish to purchase a velvet covered helmet. For everyday riding and schooling plastic helmets are perfectly fine!

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Meet Our Riding Instructors

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Karla enjoying a ride on Chip.

Karla Deacon is the owner of Spruce Meadow Farm. She has been riding since childhood and has over 20 years of teaching and horse show experience.

Karla has a strong background in classical riding principles, on which Spruce Meadow Farm bases it’s riding lessons program.

She has had the good fortune to ride for many years with Walter Zettl. Walter’s emphasis on riding with harmony, softness and respect for your horse has had a huge impact on her riding and teaching.

Overseeing the riding program and training of the horses is Karla’s favorite part of farm life!

Erin Cox has been riding at Spruce Meadow Farm for the past 13 years. She is the head instructor and trainer at the farm.


Erin has had great success taking both green, and rescue horses, and training them to be pleasurable riding horses and successful competitors.In her past three seasons in the South Towns Summer Series she has trained the Jumper Horse of the year.

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Erin riding Baraque at the Erie County Fair.

In her first year at the series she rode a horse, Baraque, that she trained for just two years to win the top jumper award. The past two seasons she has trained the Reserve Jumper Horse of the Year as well.

In 2011 and 2012 Jumper Horse of the Year was won by students that Erin has trained, on horses that she trained. Both years she also took Reserve Jumper Horse of the Year on horses that she had in training.

Erin competes successfully at Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage and Eventing.


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Nicki and her “special partner”, Sage.

A recent addition to our team of instructors, but not to the farm, is Nicole (known as “Nicki”) Tarbell. Nicki started riding at Spruce Meadow Farm over 15 years ago and has served in a variety of capacities over the years.

She has competed successfully in Hunters, Jumpers and Eventing on many of our horses, although her particular favorite and “special Partner” is Sage!

Nicki graduated from Morrisville College in 2012 with a B.S. in Equine Studies and plans to continue her education at Medaille College as a Veterinary Technician. While at Morrisville, Nicki was also an active member of their riding team.

In the past, Nicki has filled in for us when we have needed her and has been the head instructor at Spruce Meadow Farm’s Summer Horse Camp. It is a position she will be taking on again this summer. She will also be our regular Monday instructor for lessons. We are thrilled to have her as part of our teaching team!