The Lesson Program at Bonny Doon
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, and has been teaching riders since the 1980's.
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.
New riders are usually 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.
Lessons may be in the arena, the roundpen, or around the property. We incorporate groundwork as a way to gain more understanding of each horse's psyche, and horse care, as well as mounted instruction.
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.
Lessons are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays, with occasional Sunday openings.
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 email@example.com to make an appointment.
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. Camps are full for 2018!
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
Ridgemark Farm Release
Bonny Doon Equestrian Park Release
Boarding and Training
We keep the program small to offer individualized attention
and high quality, personal instruction to our riders and care for
our horses. It is important to us to have a good fit between the
trainers, clients and horses. We have a very closely knit group
who value excellence, sportsmanship and integrity.
Training packages range from 2-5 days per week of lessons and rides. Lessons are taught Tuesday through Sunday.
Ridgemark Farm operates out of Bonny Doon Equestrian Park, a beautiful 80 acre horse facility in Bonny Doon, just 15 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz.
The equestrian center features:
•Large covered jumping arena
•Full sized dressage court
•Trails on property
Boarding prices range from $550 for basic care in the mare motel to $885 for full service board with turnout in the main barn.
Full service boarding includes:
•full cleaning once daily, picked out at night
•forage/alfalfa hay fed three times daily
•turnout 7 days per week
•blanketing and unblanketing
Basic care boarding includes:
•forage/alfalfa hay fed three times daily (no shavings or cleaning)
For more detailed information and rates, download our:
Lesson and Training Rate Sheet
Boarding Rate Sheet