Youth Horseback Riding Lessons

riding lessonsAll youths can benefit from our riding programs. Deerfield offers lessons to children in Seattle and the Eastside area, from Bothell to Bellevue to Snoqualmie Ridge. Our lessons give students the opportunity to experience harmony, balance, courage, and accomplishment in a unique way.

Horses offer us the ability to look inside ourselves and experience a whole new level of being. Deerfield Farm encourages you to come out and discover the power these magnificent animals hold.

Lessons offered all year-round

  • Monday - Friday: 3-6pm
  • Saturday- 2-6pm
  • Sunday- 9am-6pm

Special note for new students

If you are new to Deerfield, a private evaluation lesson with Head YRA Instructor, Stephanie Welch, will help the Deerfield Farm Staff figure out which lesson option is best for your child. Give us a call today to set up an evaluation lesson!

Pricing and Lesson options

Beginner Group Lessons ($50)
  • 1 hour, 4 students
  • Saturday: 3:30-4:30pm, Sunday 2-3pm

Given to any beginning rider not yet ready to ride in a semi-private lesson.

The goal for our students that participate in this riding option is to develop an independent and balanced seat, master grooming and tacking up and gain confidence and ability in steering at the walk and trot. Once the instructor believes these goals have been met, the student will be moved to a semi-private or private lesson during the week.

Semi-Private Lessons ($65)
  • 1 hour, 2 students
  • Monday – Friday: 3-7pm, Sunday: 9-6pm

Semi-private lessons are the ultimate goal for our students. These lessons are for riders who can safely handle their horses.

These lessons offers more ride time and interaction as the level of intensity rises (age appropriate). Students can tack-up effectively with help if needed. Ride time is about 50 minutes.

Private Lessons ($75)
  • 45 minutes
  • Monday – Friday: 3-7pm, Sunday: 9-6pm

Depending on age, skill level and ability, riding time is usually 30 minutes.

From our head trainer Katie

Young riders academy

My students and horses are hands-down the biggest source of inspiration and pride for me. All students have the unbelievable potential for greatness in their life and the life of their horse.

My hope is that through coaching and many hours of practice, they can learn to have compassion for their horse, instead of anger. Learning to stay calm and centered when you are faced with difficulty is one of the greatest lessons I believe the horse has to share.

My hope (for the students I interact with) is that out of riding hourses, they are able to make a positive change in the world because of the self-discipline, integrity and compassion they learn from their horse.

Pre-team Riding Program

The opportunity to increase your child’s commitment to their riding and to learn barn management, riding skills, showmanship skills and horse facts.

The Deerfield Pre-Team is a place for young riders to increase skills and ability in working with and riding horses. All students interested in participating in the Regional or World riding team will increase their eligibility of team selection, and they will receive excellent coaching that will enable them to become confident riders.

Team members will learn to work with horses in a dynamic and fun environment while learning principles such as teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, responsibility, and the value of hard work.

Riding Lessons

Young Riders Academy Lesson Program for Seattle and Eastside students

Deerfield Farm offers Seattle and Eastside area students the opportunity to become a part of our riding academy lesson program and offers more than just riding lessons.

For over 40 years, we have taught students from Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Snoqualmie Ridge and beyond.

We have discovered that through a relationship with horses, students discover skills such as commitment, hard work, leadership, confidence and awareness.

Our dedication to creating extraordinary human beings as well as extraordinary equestrians is what sets us apart.

Deerfield Farm specializes in these horseback riding styles:

  • Hunt Seat
  • Western
  • Equitation
  • Dressage

You can make new friends and become the best rider you can under the direction of well-educated instructors who have been perfecting our program over 40 years.

With hundreds of World and National titles and a nationally acclaimed program, I think it's safe to say our program works!

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Seattle Young Riders Academy Overnights (Y.R.A.O.)

Every month (September - May) we host a themed overnight event. Your child will be spending 3 hours in the barn riding, playing games and learning something new.

We then move up to the log house where we will eat healthy food, play games and more. Deerfield provides comfortable bunk beds, clean sheets and lots of fun for our students.

YRA overnights are scheduled frequently during the fall, winter and spring so check with your instructor for available nights. Flyers are emailed and handed out in the barn so keep a look out for more information!

Please understand we only have 10 spots, many of which are reserved in advance,
so call now (425) 222-7639

Policies for riding lessons

  • 24 hour cancellation policy needed to be eligible for a make-up
  • Payment due at the beginning of the month (no later than the 7th)

To me, Deerfield farm is a home away from home. It is the place where I ride with dignity, and every time I walk into the barn, I am proud to call Deerfield my barn. Deerfield is not just a barn though. It is a leadership program. I am understanding that Deerfield is not all about riding the horse, but learning how to be calm in the face of adversity, through horses.

I can honestly say that if I didn’t have Deerfield in my life, I would be a mediocre person living an ordinary life. But Deerfield has taught me how to be a person of excellence and live an extraordinary life. Deerfield farm has changed my life and will continue to do so.

- Josie