Vermont Horse Riding Lessons

Fall Group Riding Lessons

Group Riding Lessons for Everyone!

Safety is our number one priority and we group riders according to their age and ability level, helping to ensure that riders have fun and build confidence and a strong foundation in and out of the saddle. We have designed a Rider Ability Guide (below) to help you determine the appropriate group level for you or your child.

If your child can’t get enough of horses, also check out our new Saddle Club!

Fall Session

September 12 – October 22 (6 weeks)
Price per session: $345

If you are interested in financial assistance, please email us.

Deposit Required

When you click the REGISTER button, you will be directed to pay a $50 deposit which holds your place until we have reviewed your registration and ensured that you are placed in the best group for your skills and ability, after which we will be in touch regarding the next steps. There are limited spots available in each group, so kindly be sure to register for the lesson group below according to the Rider Ability Guide (below). If registered under an inappropriate level, we cannot guarantee program placement or a refund. If your rider is new to our riding program, they must begin as a Yearling or Grasshopper or Adult Beginner. If you have any questions about identifying the best level for you or your child, please email

Cancellation Policy

Full payment is due two weeks prior to the start date of selected program. A $50 processing fee will be retained if you cancel your reservation and do so two weeks prior to the start date of the program, as long as the spot is able to be filled from the waitlist. There will be no refunds for reservations canceled within two weeks of the first day of lessons, except at the discretion of a program manager. If NCAL needs to cancel a lesson, a make-up lesson will be offered. Partial refunds are not given if you must miss a scheduled lesson.

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Fall Riding Lessons Schedule

NCAL Summer Pony Camp

Ages 5-7

Levels 3-4 (view guide)

Mondays: 3:30 – 4:30 (FULL)
Saturdays: 2:00 – 3:00 (FULL)

For first time young riders and those needing a little one-on-one time to learn how to be independent and confident in the saddle and around horses.

Vermont Summer Horse Riding Lessons

Ages 8+

Levels 1-2 (view guide)

Wednesdays: 3:30 – 4:30 (FULL)
Saturdays: 3:00 – 4:00 (FULL)

For new riders to build foundational skills and work towards independent control while riding.

NCAL Horse riding lessons and camps

Ages 8+

Levels 3-4 view guide

Mondays: 4:30 – 6:00 (FULL)
Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6:00 (FULL)
Saturdays: 10:30 – 12:00 (FULL)

For riders who are independently grooming, walking, trotting and beginning to canter.

Vermont Summer Horse Riding Lessons

Ages 9+

Levels 5-8 (view guide)

Fridays: 5:00 – 6:00
Saturdays (Novice/Intermediate): 1:00 – 2:00 (FULL)

For riders who are independently tacking up, walking, trotting, cantering and beginning to jump.

NCAL Riding Lessons

Ages 10+

Levels 1-4 (view guide)

Fridays: 4:00 – 5:00 (FULL)

For riders who have passed all the novice skills and are starting to jump courses.

Vermont Summer Horse Riding Lessons

Ages 18+

Levels 1-4 (view guide)

Tuesdays: 12:30 – 2:00
Saturdays: 9:00 – 10:30 (FULL)

For adult riders just learning to ride and those wanting to get more comfortable and independent at the walk and trot. Equivalent to Grasshopper and Kimberwick level.

Vermont Summer Horse Riding Lessons

Ages 18+

Levels 5-8 (view guide)

Thursdays: 1:00 – 2:00 (FULL)

For adult riders comfortable at walk, trot and canter who want to ride and learn more while enjoying the company of other adults. Equivalent to Novice and Intermediate level.


Rider Ability Guide

To understand which group is appropriate for you or your child please refer to the following chart. If you or your child seem to be falling in between program levels it’s best to choose the lower level.

Level Program Description of Level
1 Yearling Riders ages 5-7 years old
2 Grasshopper New riders, ages 8+, working on foundational skills at the walk and trot
3 Kimberwicks Must be able to groom independently; walk/trot independently while demonstrating solid fundamental skills and control; learning how to canter
4 Novice Must be able to tack up independently; walk/trot/canter independently while demonstrating solid fundamental skills and control; comfortable trotting without stirrups; learning how to jump*
5 Intermediate Rider has passed all Novice level skills with NCAL Instructor approval! Able to identify canter leads while jumping; starting to ride full jump courses; has an understanding of fundamental lateral work*

*Students are responsible for arriving 30 minutes prior to lesson start time to independently groom & tack their assigned mount.