Merrie-Meade Farm is a working livestock farm, and a semi-private horse barn. We are once again offering lessons for incoming beginner/novice riders. Boarding is not currently available, though there are many horses at the farm of various sizes and experience levels to suit a variety of riders. Because of our nearly private nature, riders are able to enjoy a quiet, relaxed atmosphere, with little pressure, and lots of time with the horses. Private lessons are available for $35/45 minutes, however, your first lesson here with us is only $25. We also offer discounts for "packages" of lessons paid for, and scheduled in advance.
Our instructor here at Merrie-Meade is Amanda Dionne. She has spent her life working around horses, and grew up participating in both 4-H and Pony Club. She has competed on local, AQHA, and USEF AAA rated circuits, trained many young/green animals, and specializes in working with timid riders.
For kids: we are still involved in local 4-H, so it's easy for us to make those programs available to interested kids
For the showman: we compete at shows in many different organizations, so the option is always available to compete, if that's what floats your boat
For the pleasure rider: lessons are a way to keep up with important horseback safety, even if you never plan to show, and we offer partial on-farm leases, for those that would like to get in some extra "fun" time with the horse of their choice, outside of the lesson program
Due to insurance liabilities, children must be 6 years of age before their first lesson, and all riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet, regardless of age. Helmets can be provided (though it is recommended that you have your own if you plan to ride often), however, all riders must wear their own well heeled riding shoes.