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Youth Riding Lessons

For over 40 years Deerfield has offered lessons to children in Seattle and the Eastside, from Bellevue to Issaquah to Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Students of all riding levels are welcome as we adapt our lessons to meet your skill level. Through weekly instruction on horse care and riding, students build a strong relationship with their horse, instructor and others while developing skills like commitment, hard work, leadership and confidence.

Students don't need to own their own horse to learn the classical art of riding. Deerfield has gentle, trained lesson horses for all to enjoy safely.

Riding lessons through our Youth Riding Academy (YRA) give them the opportunity to experience harmony, balance, courage and accomplishment. Our dedication to creating not just horsepeople, but extraordinary human beings is what sets our program apart.

Practices to keep our students safe

  • Masks are required.
  • Handwashing station on site
  • Outdoor learning space for camps, clinics & workshops
  • Students & staff get temperature taken upon arrival at the farm.
  • Equipment is disinfected upon each use.
  • Common surfaces disinfected multiple times a day.
  • All students required to have their own boots & helmet (we are not loaning ANY helmets at this time).
  • Social Distancing practices in place whenever possible.

Approved helmets and riding boots are required whenever the rider is on the horse.

Policies for riding lessons

  • 24 hour cancellation policy needed to be eligible for a make-up
  • Payment due at the beginning of the month (no later than the 7th)

Semi-Private Lessons

$851 Hour
  • 1 hour, 2 students
  • Monday – Friday: 3-7pm, Sunday: 9-6pm

Semi-private lessons are the ultimate goal for our students. These lessons are for riders who can safely handle their horses.

These lessons offers more ride time and interaction as the level of intensity rises (age appropriate). Students can tack-up effectively with help if needed. Ride time is about 50 minutes.

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Private Lessons

$9545 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • Monday – Friday: 3-7pm, Sunday: 9-6pm

Depending on age, skill level and ability, riding time is usually 30 minutes.

If you are new to Deerfield, a private evaluation lesson will help us determine which lesson option is best for your child.

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Message from Katie

My students and horses are hands-down the biggest source of inspiration and pride for me. All students have the unbelievable potential for greatness in their life and the life of their horse.

My hope is that through coaching and many hours of practice, they can learn to have compassion for their horse, instead of anger. Learning to stay calm and centered when you are faced with difficulty is one of the greatest lessons I believe the horse has to share.

My hope (for the students I interact with) is that out of riding horses, they are able to make a positive change in the world because of the self-discipline, integrity and compassion they learn from their horse.

- Katie