Youth Horseback Riding Lessons

riding lessonsDeerfield offers lessons to children in Seattle and the Eastside area, from Bellevue to Issaquah to Snoqualmie and North Bend.

All youths can benefit from the Deerfield riding program. Horseback riding lessons through our Youth Riding Academy (YRA) give students the opportunity to experience harmony, balance, courage and accomplishment in a unique way.

Horse riding Lessons offered 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 will help our head YRA instructor determine which lesson option is best for your child. Please call us today to set up your evaluation lesson.

Pricing and Riding 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.

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

Young riders academy

Each month, from September-May we host a themed overnight event. Your child will spend three hours in the barn riding, playing games and learning something new.

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

Please check with us for available overnights each month. Flyers for new overnights are emailed and kept in the barn so be on the lookout for new information!

Please understand we have only 10 spots, many of which are reserved in advance.
Please reserve your spot today by calling us at (425) 222-7639.

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.

For over 40 years Deerfield Farm has been offering students from the Greater Seattle area the opportunity to be a part of a riding program that offers more than just lessons.

Through weekly instruction on horse care and horse riding, our students build a strong relationship with their horse, instructor, and others at Deerfield.

We have discovered that through this relationship students develop skills such as commitment, hard work, leadership, confidence and awareness.

Our dedication to creating not just horsepeople, but extraordinary human beings is what sets our program apart.

Deerfield Farm specializes in these horseback riding styles:

  • Dressage
  • Equitation
  • Hunt Seat
  • Western

Under the direction of our well educated instructors you can become the best rider you can be.

With hundreds of World and National titles, as well as a nationally acclaimed program, we think it’s safe to say our program works!

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From our head trainer Katie

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.

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