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Berkeley Beginner Horse Riding Instructors

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  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I just started riding a little while ago, most trainers that have given me lessons have looked down on me; being a beginner on the older side. I really appreciated how she treated me like the age I am.

St. Francis Riding Club
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Griffin E.
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I started taking lessons at St. Francis Riding Club a few weeks ago and have nothing but positive things to say: the horses are well trained and treated well, the instruction is impeccable, and Oni is awesome. I look forward to going every week.

Graceland Equestrian Center
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robin D.
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Excellent care of horses, and Danielle found me a great teacher for private riding lessons

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Cypress Ridge Equestrian
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Eric C.
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Nessa is a patient and wonderful coach, and she very knowledgeable about horse riding. As a working professional, flexible sessions made it convenient for me and also a dream come true. I can now enjoy this rewarding activity while traveling abroad and a good coach makes a difference. I'm very proud to have learned proper horse riding from her.

Vescera Show Stables
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Lena C.
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I have been training with Dina for 10 years. She is a phenomenal teacher. Dina learns each of her students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailors her lessons accordingly. She always talks with her students to find out each of their goals and develops a program to help them reach it. I am always telling her she has the patience of a saint. My riding skills would not be where they are today if it weren’t for her teaching me over the years. Dina always gives the horses the best care and training. I never worried about my horse when I had to leave town because I knew he would be cared for like he was her own. Dina incorporates many different activities (shows, trail rides, cross country schooling, horse camping) to make her students’ riding experience the best it can be. If you are looking to advance your riding skills and have a good time doing it, I highly recommend training with Dina.

Bill Baehr Horsemanship
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Lauren M.
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I highly recommend this trainer and his methods. This past summer it was my job to take an untrained headstrong 3 year old mare (July) and turn her into a sound riding horse. I soon learned that I was in way over my head and needed help from someone with extensive training experience and past knowledge. That person was Bill Baehr. Bill worked with July and I from start to finish, first teaching excellent ground manners and respect of personal space, desensitization and trust, and finally the lesson that being ridden can be fun. July progressed quickly and before I knew it, it was time to lope her across open country. Amazing! I never would have thought that you could take an untrained, barely handled mare and have her learn so much so fast. Bill was not only extremely thorough and comprehensive, but he was unhurried and made sure we had the results we wanted before moving on to the next task. Riding an inexperienced horse can be scary, but I knew that Bill and I had done the necessary groundwork and I trusted him completely. By using proven training methods, Bill ensured the safest environment possible for me and my horse. Bill was also kind to the horse and very patient. The best part of the training was my direct involvement, and Bill’s belief that the rider/owner must have a hands –on role. I pestered him with many questions about how and why things were done, and Bill patiently explained everything I needed to know. He would show me what to do and I would take over and do them, while he coached me every step of the way. Learning how to train from Bill was a privilege and I would love the opportunity to work with him again. I truely believe in his methods and would recommend him to any rider, trainer, or horse enthusiast.

Four Star Farm
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Debra C.
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I started riding with Natalie Rooney at Four Star Farm to improve my riding, primarily for dressage. Her lessons are consistently positive, and I come away feeling both myself and horse are iable to enjoy each other more fully. Natalie practices what I call compassionate candor—providing feedback that helps you to do your best and learn while not making you feel incompetent. She has a passion for horses and riding that is infectious and makes learning fun! If you have competitive goals--at any level--she works with you to develop a plan for accomplishing them. I am constantly astonished at the extent of her overall horsemanship knowledge, which she willingly shares. I also appreciate that Natalie invites stellar clinicians, such as Greg Best, Axel Steiner and Alfredo Hernandez, to Four Star Farm and encourages her clients to take advantage of their expertise. I can't imagine having a better experience and am so glad for me and my horse that I found her.

Down Centerline Dressage
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Melissa W.
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I've worked with a number of riding instructors over the years but never one that works so incredibly hard for every student. Emily has great skill for evaluating each horse and each rider and adjusting every lesson to fit that day & that moment in time. She is enthusastic & encouraging. You will leave each lesson with great tools & more knowledge and understanding of your horse and of riding then with most riding instructors. Emily works to create independent riders who can continue their training during practice rides and feel confident to do so. If you don't quite have that confidence yet, she will get you there. Under Emily's watchful eye I have grown so much as a rider and my horse is happier and more fit then ever before.

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Emmelie S.
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Kelly Maddox Training is a wonderful program for riders of all abilities - from the beginner to the advanced rider. The trainers are wonderful teachers with a wealth of experience. They understand both the rider and the horses they are working with so that the training is individualized and productive. Everyone has fun and learns good horsemanship in a friendly and supportive environment.

Jessica Miller Dressage
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carl K.
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We had gone to several barns/ranches trying to find a good fit for my 9 year old daughter. Jessica has been by far the best fit in terms of teaching about the basics of horse care, basic horse riding, and now training for shows. She is able to balance just the right amount of demands for my daughter to achieve success and mixing in praise where needed. My daughter's love of horses and riding has grown tremendously. As an added benefit my daughter general confidence in life has grown along the way. We owe a special thanks to Jessica.

Skye Valley Training LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Dede L.
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I started riding as an adult and looked for a program that encouraged the horse experience from the ground up. The trainers at Skye Valley Training gave me a strong foundation for my horse journey by helping me get to know how to properly care for a horse, learn how to ride it and appreciate horsemanship and the joyful relationship that comes with spending time on a horse. Ten years later I am riding on my own special equine partner and spending amazing times with my kids who are also riding and eventing throughout Northern California. Watching my kids grow and learn empathy and compassion as well as responsibility for their horse has been such a wonderful experience. All of us have acquire poise and confidence during our horse journey and it has been so much fun to spend horse filled weekends camping with the horses, watching my kids compete as a team, not only with their horse but with the other eventers or dressage riders showing alongside us. I didn't know when I started on that first riding lesson ten years ago that it would become such a passion and fulfilling part of my family's life. Skye Valley Training gave us the foundation by providing quality lessons, strong mentorship, fantastic lesson horses and a great barn atmosphere and friendly clientele. Adults and children alike will get riding lessons suited to the absolute beginner or to more advanced riders. The trainers also have experience in working with young horses, training you and your horse to the next level and provide a varied and extensive training program if you have a horse. World class clinicians come to our barn on a regular basis and our home barn schooling shows offer all riders show experience at any level. Our barn is fantastic as well, offering miles of trails, 2 indoor and 2 outdoor arenas for year round riding. You will not be disappointed if you start your horse journey with Skye Valley Training!

Riddle Horse Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

We have over twenty years of experience. Our goal is a well-rounded, soft and responsive horse that is a joy to ride. We specialize in quality horses with good minds. All breed training, centered riding, ranch horse training, trail, western pleasure, English, and fitting programs are available. We also offer lessons to both adults and children. In addition to on-site work, I can provide email and/or phone instruction and support to clients. Additionally, video can be submitted and suggestions/training provided via email and phone.

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Clay Jackson Stables offers coaching from fundamental equitation to the advanced technical aspects of showjumping. Set in a private, quiet setting surrounded by vineyards, Clay Jackson teaches the American forward seat system for hunters, jumpers and equitation riders. With over 35 years of training many hundreds of horses, not only starting them, but also taking them through the upper level competitive circuit programs. Clay Jackson can provide you a wealth of information as a rider and/or horse owner well beyond the average "trainer" (riding coaches) so plentiful today! Clay Jackson derived his knowledge from a real "lifetime" of participation in the equestrian life. Born into a breeding, training and show family, it came natural to follow the business of horses! Showing and placing in 1965 as young 5-year old in "equitation" classes, later in the hunters and continuing now to compete in showjumping. Having trained extensively with some of the best in the world such as "Rich Fellers" 2012 Showjumping World Cup champion and Olympic team member, George Morris the hunter/jumper icon of this century to several of the world's elite jumper and dressage riders and clinicians of this century, Clay Jackson passes on this wealth of information in well-executed training program. For those wishing to compete, there are several local "A" circuit to international shows available to participate in. Come join 'Team Jackson" and succeed!

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We offer horseback riding lessons, horse training, boarding, summer camps, and trail rides. We are a full-boarding facility.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I am teaching horseback riding and equestrian knowledge. I have over 30 years of experience. I teach all ages and disciplines of riding. I have experienced teaching handicapped riders to ride with confidence.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I train riders from beginner to advanced. I have worked with many amazing trainers. Also, I train horses and ponies.

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