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Summer Camp

June Camp Info: Contact Laura, laura@ridgemarkfarm.com, to register for the June 19-23 Beginner Camp. It's 9am-1pm, $350. No experience neccessary! This is a beginner level camp, with games, crafts, horsemanship and riding. The focus is on kids becoming comfortable around horses and having fun with them in the beautiful redwood setting of Bonny Doon Equestrian Center.

The advanced camp is now full.

The Lesson Program

We are located at the beautiful Bonny Doon Equestrian Park, just 15 minutes from Santa Cruz.

The focus of our English riding lesson program is teaching safety, good horsemanship, professionalism and excellence in horseback riding skill. We value having a close knit, family environment at the barn. Laura is well known for her creative and fun teaching style, which has helped produce many top level hunt seat riders for over 25 years.

We have lesson horses to accomodate the newest beginner through more advanced levels. New riders are usually started in private lessons, and moved into semi private lessons as soon as they are able, and a spot with a rider of their level is available. One on one, personalized instruction is very important to us.

Lessons may be in the arena, the roundpen, or around the property. We love to incorporate groundwork as a way to gain more understanding of each horse's psyche, as well as mounted instruction.

Safety and building a good foundation are extremely important to us at Ridgemark Farm. Riders do not start jumping until they have become proficient riders on the flat.

We are welcoming to all ages and levels of riders. Our riders include children, teenagers, college students, and adults of all levels. We have many adults who are just starting their journey with horses, as well as adults who are resuming a relationship with horses that they had as children.

Lessons are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Lessons are $75.

We have fantastic lesson horses, and many of our riders lease horses in order to further the bond with their horse.

Prospective students are always welcome to come and watch lessons, and to meet us! You can contact Laura Hartwick at (831) 239-8040 or email laura@ridgemarkfarm.com to make an appointment.

Information Sheets and Releases

For more detailed information, download our:
Lesson Info Sheet
Lesson and Training Rate Sheet

Before your first lesson, please bring these forms, filled out and signed:
Ridgemark Farm Release
Bonny Doon Equestrian Park Release