You don’t have to be a seasoned equestrian to enjoy horseback riding. With the amplitude of stables offering lessons to children and adults of all abilities, the sport makes for a perfect outdoor activity. If you or someone else in your family would like to saddle up, these five New Jersey farms are the perfect place to learn more about horseback riding.
1. Crewe Hill Stables – Morristown, NJ
Located in the scenic area of Morris County, Crewe Hill offers lessons to individuals of all abilities. For the less experienced rider, you can ride well-trained lesson horses that you will feel comfortable and secure on; lesson ponies are also offered for children. For the seasoned rider, Crewe Hill is equipped with horses that can accommodate a more advanced skill set, this includes horses that you can jump and train on. Crewe Hill has four riding rings on its property, this includes a large indoor ring and three outdoor rings. Crewe Hill also offers a summer camp for children ages five through 15, and trails that anyone can ride on. Horse Tack (saddles, bridles, stirrups) is provided for lessons if needed.
2. Seaton Hackney Stables – Morristown, NJ
Seaton Hackney is a decades-old establishment that many New Jersey equestrians and horse lovers are familiar with. They offer lessons for all levels, summer camps for children ages five through 17, events, and volunteer opportunities. Their lessons come in all forms including private, semi-private, and group lessons. Seaton Hackney is also a perfect venue for birthday parties and corporate events if you are looking for a fun and unique way to gather and celebrate.
3. Bleecker Street Stables – Randolph, NJ
Bleecker Street Stables is a full-service horse farm that offers lessons, training for both riders and horses, horse showing and transportation, as well as horse leasing and horse sales. They offer expert instruction and are perfect for an individual looking to be a competitive rider. Bleecker Street attends around 25 shows a year and gives an opportunity for riders of all ages and levels to show. Visit their website to learn more about their programs.
4. Rocking Horse Farm – Bedminster, NJ
Situated on 55 acres, Rocking Horse Farm offers a full-service lesson, boarding, and training facility. They offer specialized programs to fit the needs of each rider. For beginner riders, they offer quality lesson horses to ride on and are taught valuable horsemanship skills that allow the rider to get comfortable around horses and ponies. For advanced riders, they offer expert instruction and an opportunity to compete in United States Equestrian Federation shows around the east coast and Florida. The farm offers horse leasing and horse buying for those interested. Their facilities include 30 stalls, two tack rooms, a heated lounge and office, a large riding arena, a grass jumping field, and miles of riding trails on the property.
5. Dapple Hill Farm – Chester Township, NJ
Dapple Hill offers a nurturing and comfortable riding experience for both horses and riders. This farm offers private and semi-private instruction for children and adults of all ages. They also have horses that riders can lease or buy along with spacious and well-maintained boarding facilities. Amenities include a large outdoor and indoor arena, a heated viewing room, show-quality jumps in all rings, riding trails, and a custom tack room. They also offer pony camps for children as well as specialized horse and pony training.
Photo by Arthur Krijgsman
If you’ve visited any of the New Jersey farms to learn horseback riding, let us know in the comments below.