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Lessons at Highland Riding***

Private Lessons Recommended for all beginners and regularly for riders eager to improve their riding with a goal of horse ownership, participating in Pony Club or competitions.

Group Lessons Great for students of similar ability levels, as well as friends and families who want to ride together.

We offer both half-hour private and one-hour group lessons. We schedule pre-paid lessons in eight week sessions. To receive current registration forms please email: info@highlandriding.com

New students are assessed in private lessons before they can be placed in a group, if a group is desired. Until a new session starts, new riders can ride during individual open times, which are listed on the lesson availability schedule in the office.

Activities:At various time of the year we offer Camps, Teen Rider Sessions and Advanced Rider Clinics. All three are great days of fun and education.

Horses: We currently have school horses, of various sizes and abilities, to accommodate multiple levels of riders. Our horses also help students to stay challenged and to prepare for a horse of their own.

Riding Attire: Helmets are required at Highland Riding and are provided in a variety of sizes at the stable for students' use. For safety, we require all our students to ride in a true low heeled riding boot. For comfort, we recommend that our students ride in a pair of well fitted breeches. Breeches or tight fitting leggings or pants are recommended, as loose fitted jeans, sweats or other pants can cause knee rubs. We recommend that our students, especially our younger riders, wear riding gloves. See our list of local and online retailers of equestrian attire.

Don't hesitate to ask your instructor for advice when selecting riding attire. There are numerous catalogs offering equestrian attire. We have listed our online favorites on our Links page. Local equestrian attire and equipment retailers are: Western Saddlery in Pleasanton, Christesen's in Pleasanton and Livermore.

First Lessons at Highland Riding: Students are required to tack and untack their horses. Instructors and working students will assist newcomers to learn rules and safety procedures for grooming and tacking. A portion of instruction time in the first few lessons is spent teaching horsemanship. We recommend that additional time outside of class is spent reading books on horsemanship and grooming, some of which are available for loan from our office.

Advanced and Adult instruction w/Sarah Vernlund:

Sarah Vernlund, owner of Highland Stable offers Dressage and Jumping lessons by appointment. 

Sarah is a USEA Certified Instructor and a USDF Bronze Medalist. She has thirty years experience in competitive dressage and eventing and has a Masters Degree with a minor in Adult and Extension Education.
When pursuit of horses and riding becomes more than a serious recreation, Sarah can direct you to opportunities local and national.

*** Highland weight limit: due to the size, age and strength capabilities of our horses we have a riders' weight limit of 180 pounds. Thank you for working with us to help keep our horses as comfortable as possible.