Stone Pine Stables
Stone Pine Stables

Stone Pine Stables

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Introduction: Stone Pine Stables is a boutique hunter/jumper barn offering top class tuition. With over 20 years experience, we offer horse riding lessons for all levels from the A circuit competitor to those who have never ridden before, with a focus on safety and fun. Our fantastic lesson horses are top quality to ensure that you have all the tools you need to succeed. We will discuss your goals, whether it be to learn to canter, or win the NORCAL Champs, we will develop a plan to get you there. :-) If it is time to fulfil those equestrian dreams, I'm your person! Book your lesson today!

Serves Portola Valley, CA

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1 employee

6 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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    Private Horseback Riding Lessons


Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.


2 reviews


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Ina D.
Sep 26, 2021
Karen is a fabulous instructor, she is a joy to work with: genuine, easy going, professional, firm but tactful in her teaching style. My daughter, 13, started lessons with her about a month ago. She feels since then her riding has improved as much as, or more than, in a whole year of lessons at her previous barn. She is taking English riding lessons, focusing on hunter jumper riding, as her goal is to compete in show jumping. Karen is "on" for the entire lesson, watching her every move and posture details, providing a running commentary on technique, with instructions and feedback. She is very supportive, making sure there's a good balance between improvement feedback and praise, so that she encourages her student and builds her confidence. Highly recommend Karen, she is the absolute best instructor my daughter has had since starting riding at 5, having taken lessons at six different barns here in the Bay Area. The quality of training she is now getting is outstanding. We both love love love Karen and feel so lucky to have found her!
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Mimi W.
Sep 14, 2021
Top horses and instruction. I've been to several 'riding academies' around the Bay and this one is top tier. Other places have horses who are overworked and barely want to trot. It is obvious the horses here are treated well, responsive off the leg, and eager to work. Karen is a very kind and educated teacher. She's the one who taught me how to rise on the right diagonal and how to keep a bend in my horse when circling using different inside and outside rein aids!
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Karen Van Der Burgh


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    We do have monthly discounted packages available if you book weekly or semi weekly lessons.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We are always excited to welcome new customers. A few things to note: It can get hot, please bring water! Wear comfortable clothing, stretchy pants (everyone should have these during COVID lol!) ie yoga pants, tights etc are all good options. Long(er) socks are good too so that no skin is exposed. Shoes with small heels are ideal (ie boots) for safety reasons. Helmets are paramount for safety, if you don't have your own, we will provide you with one. Carrots and apples are always a very welcome treat for your training partner/horse!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I am a member of the United States Equestrian Federation. I have represented my country, South Africa in international competitions and have qualified for the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in 2002.

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