Heatherwood’s goal is not only to teach horsemanship to our students, but to foster a bond between the rider and horse in order to develop a sense of awareness and sensitivity to the special attributes of their relationship. Every animal and guest at Heatherwood is treated with respect and kindness. In working with horses, children often gain self-confidence and independence in their abilities to care for themselves and our animal friends.
The Academy teaches safety around horses, horse anatomy, proper grooming, feeding and housing, equipment use and learning to “tack up” a horse. Riding covers proper seat, leg and hand position as well as learning to walk, trot and canter using correct diagonals, leads and gait. Each rider will be assessed to determine the pace at which they will advance to the next level.
We welcome riders of all levels from beginners to those ready to advance to jumping. Whether you want to learn to ride for pleasure, advance to horse shows or ride for an excellent way to relax & exercise -Heatherwood will tailor a program for your interests.
Heatherwood Equestrian Academy is available for both adults & children to be involved with horses in a variety of ways. Many of our clients take small group lessons, private lessons as space permits or children may join us for one of our week-long summer day camps.
Heatherwood’s services include : Horseback Riding Lessons, Equestrian Camps, Birthday Parties, Family Outings, Pleasure & Trail Riding, Horse Boarding, Horse Leases, Corporate Outings, Educational Programs, Boy & Girl Scout Programs, Interscholastic Equestrian Team, Horse Showing & Competitions, Ladies & Gent Riding Club & Interactive Farm Animal Area.
Please refer to our service pages for more information on opportunities to participate with our wonderful horses & animals.
Boy & Girl Scout Troops – Individuals or the whole troop may come to Heatherwood to work on and earn merit badges.
Horseback Riding Camps-Total Horsemanship Summer Camps- Available to ages 5 – 15 years old -beginner through advanced riders welcome. Campers will “own” a horse for the week.
Educational Programs – Offered to schools & special groups, in the classroom or outdoors (weather permitting) or visit Heatherwood for an educational field trip.
Interscholastic Equestrian Team – Available to Heatherwood riders in the 4th through 12th grades. Riders do not need to own a horse in order to be on our team..
Horse Shows & Competitions- Heatherwood has a horse show each year for all our riders. This show allows any Heatherwood rider to experience a horse show for the 1st time & they may do so on a horse they have been riding in lessons. The show offers classes for our more advanced riders as well. There are classes available for every age & level of rider. Each class is awarded ribbons.