Equestrian Center Community Riding Program


Community Riding Lessons for experienced riders meet on Saturdays and/or Sundays when the College schedule allows. 

Lessons are scheduled each week via email.

Community riding group lessons for experienced riders are $50 for 1 hour.  A fee of $10 is due for no shows or cancellations within 24 hours.  

Lessons are hunter seat/jumping or flat/dressage based with content to be determined by weekly horse availability.  Riders must be at least 10 years old and competent at the walk, trot and canter. At this time, beginner level lessons are by private appointment only and are available on a limited basis at only certain times of the year as the schedule permits.   Private lessons are $80 for 45 minutes.

Riders should arrive ½ hour before their assigned lesson time to groom and tack up and will be expected to untack and cool out their horse properly after their lesson

We are a community program. Riders may be asked to help set jumps, move equipment, longe horses, hack, clean tack, bathe horses, provide basic medical care and above all else - give lots of love to our hard working school horses.

Riders are to wear proper riding attire for community lessons including an ASTM-SEI approved helmet, breeches, tall boots or paddock boots with half chaps, tucked in polo shirt or neat similar, belt and gloves. No tanktops or flip flops when riding or in the stable area.

Showing/clinic/special event opportunities:  Some special opportunities may be available.  Communication will be made through the Riding Program Manager to the Community Lesson Group.

IEA TEAM RIDERS :  Riders of High School and Junior High School age who would like to ride on the Mount Holyoke IEA Team should contact the team coach, Bobbie Bigelow at bobbie.bigelow@mtholyoke.edu.  All members of the Mount Holyoke IEA Team will practice with the team coach on a regular basis and will pay for a season’s worth of lessons in three installments. Horse shows and special events take place throughout the school year for an additional cost.