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The Lesson Program
Ridgemark Farm North is 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 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.

Lesson Days
Lessons are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays, with occasional Sunday and Monday openings.

Lesson Rates
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.

Summer Camps
We offer beginner level camps each summer, 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.

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

Ridgemark Farm South offers an afternoon kids Cowpoke Club several afternoons per week at the Nunes Road location in La Selva Beach.

Find the Cowpoke Club info here.