Individual Riding Lessons
All of our riding lessons have horsemanship and safety at their center. Our one-on-one English and Western riding lessons are personalized for you, whatever your age and riding experience. Individual lessons are a great way for novice riders to get a leg up on the right fundamentals, and for intermediate and advanced riders to develop more subtle skills in dressage, jumping, eventing, trail riding, and working equitation.
Our instructors are certified through the Certified Horsemanship Association and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding.
Our riding season typically begins in March and runs through November, weather permitting.
Group Riding Sessions
We also offer a series of group lessons for 6 to 8 weeks each spring, summer and fall. These Group Sessions let you ride once a week at a reduced rate with other riders at a similar level during that session. Our small class size – a maximum of four riders each lesson – gives riders of all ages and interests plenty of personal attention. During the winter, we offer equine anatomy, rider conditioning, and other unmounted horsemanship classes.
Registration and dates for the next Group Session can be found on our registration page.
Please note: Spring Session 2017 is now open. Registration deadline is March 24th, 2017.
Kids’ Summer Horse Camps
Little Star Horse Camps for kids ages 5 to 8, in partnership with Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop, WA, offer a unique opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem, and responsibility while learning the basics of riding and horsemanship. Registration and dates for the next Summer Horse Camps can be found on the Little Star School website.
MVRU’s 3-Day Camp, for kids ages 9 to 13, gives kids a fun, hands-on learning experience and introduction to horses, riding, and barn safety in just a few days. Registration and dates for the next 3-Day Camp will be posted soon.
Winter Horsemanship Classes (unmounted)
Designed to complement our mounted horsemanship classes by providing learning time related to healthy horse-keeping practices, general knowledge of horses and related subjects, these classes are intended for a broad audience ranging from complete beginners to experienced horse owners, both children and adults. Class content will vary depending upon the age, experience level and desires of the participants in the group.
Wonderful World of Horses (6-9 year olds): This 6 week class is designed for both younger children and folks with little or no knowledge of horses but with a strong desire to learn more. This is a great introductory class for kids with a love of horses. The class follows the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) curriculum and covers a variety of topics such as basic safety, grooming, parts of the horse, types and parts of the tack, colors and breeds, types of equestrian sports, feeds and feeding, signs of illness, parts of the horse, hoof care & shoeing, gaits, and trail safety.
Healthy Horse-Keeping I (8-13 year olds): Following the Certified Horsemanship Association Level One Curriculum, provides a basic understanding of horse care and covers a variety of topics such as basic safety, grooming, parts of the horse, types and parts of the tack, colors and breeds, types of equestrian sports, feeds and feeding, signs of illness, parts of the horse, hoof care & shoeing, gaits, and trail safety.
Healthy Horse Keeping II (8-13 year olds): This 6 week course of study is for those with some pre-existing, good knowledge about horses, who have already completed a HHK I class and/or passed CHA Level One. Students will have the opportunity to work towards their CHA Level Two certification through this course.
Healthy Horse Keeping III (13-adult): This 8 week class is intended for those who have already completed HHK II and had a good introduction to horse health care, dental care, disease and parasite prevention, types of lameness - detection and treatment. Course study will include Equine Anatomy and Physiology, and how to meet horses’ conditioning demands based on this knowledge. Additional topics may include understanding vital signs, first aid kits & emergency care, bandaging, transportation safety, special tack and training tools.
Cub Horse Club
An after-school enrichment program held at the Methow Valley Elementary School, Cub Horse Club introduces children to the wonderful world of horses. Designed for younger kids (K-4th grade), the club meets once a week for 5 weeks in early winter (Nov) and again for 5 weeks in late winter (Feb) to learn all about horses through games, crafts, and other fun activities!