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San Francisco 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.

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St. Francis Riding Club
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

  • 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.

KEL Equestrian
from 10 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Ellie R.
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Kate Little was extremely helpful and took my needs into consideration during my lesson. I got a full hour lesson if not more, and she was solely focused on me and my riding. I will definitely take more lessons in the future with Kate.

Graceland Equestrian Center
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

Cypress Ridge Equestrian
from 8 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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.

Jessica Miller Dressage
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.

Vescera Show Stables
from 4 reviews
    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.

    Down Centerline Dressage
    from 2 reviews
    • 21 years in business
    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.

    Skye Valley Training LLC
    from 1 review
      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!

      Connie N.
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      My daughter has learned so much from her experience with Robyn! Not only has her confidence grown but she had become a confident rider and can ride almost any horse she rides. I cannot say enough. If you have the opportunity to get a lesson with Robyn it will be money well spent.


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

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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.

        Marla Amormino

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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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