At Cape Cod Equestrian Center we offer English Saddle Seat horseback riding lessons for ages 3 to adults. you are never too young or too old to enjoy a horse! Our one-on-one instruction and New Rider Classes are a great way to get introduced to the horse world. We have a tremendous group of over 20 lesson horses that can teach from the very beginner riders all the way through World Champion level riders, and instructors that can do the same.
We cater to all types of interests - whether it is riding just for fun, exercise, love of horses, or the desire to compete at a Local, National, or World level. Many of our Show Team riders began in our Riding Academy, learning the basics and then moving on to Select Academy Team and Show Team. Whatever your desire, Cape Cod Equestrian Center can take you there!
We offer a variety of lesson options for both children and adults to cater to our students' needs.
All Monday and Wednesday lessons are scheduled 3:30 PM or later, and Fridays 4:00 PM or later (No morning lessons). Sunday lessons are scheduled from 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM.
Tiny Tot Lessons
Tiny Tot Lessons are a great way to get your young horse lover in the saddle and introduce them to the skills of horseback riding in a fun and nurturing environment!
Private Riding Lessons
Private lessons are a great way to begin your riding career, or perfect the skills you have been working on in your group or semi-private lesson.
Semi-Private lessons are available once the instructor feels the student is comfortable controlling the horse at a walk and trot. Riders are matched with other CCEC students with similar skill level. Semi-Private lessons are also available for siblings or friends that are 8 years of age or older and would like to begin lessons together.
Group lessons are a great way to make new friends at the barn and get a little extra saddle time! Group lessons are scheduled over an hour time slot, which allows our students to ride for at least 45 minutes, and have some hands-on time in the barn with their horse as well. Please contact your instructor for available group lesson times.
New Rider Classes
New Rider Classes allow our new students to receive the full horseback riding experience! These one hour classes include 20-30 minutes of hands on learning in the barn grooming and tacking the horses, and 30-40 minutes of riding time. Please Contact Us if you are interested in signing up for our upcoming New Rider Classes.
One of our favorite teaching tools is our Freedman Double Saddle. This saddle allows the instructor to be on the horse's back with the student. With the double saddle, riders are able to rapidly develop new riding skills and muscle memory. Our Tiny Tots and Lesson students alike benefit greatly from the use of the double saddle!
The time for lessons indicates actual on-horse riding time (Except New Rider Classes).
Because we have multiple instructors teaching at the same time, please keep in mind that lesson types are based on the number of students per instructor. Private riding lessons are one student with one instructor, but there may be multiple lessons being held in the riding arena simultaneously.
Want more hands-on time with our wonderful lesson horses? Check out our Training Days
All students are scheduled in standing appointments on a weekly ongoing basis.
Individually scheduled lessons and One-Time-Only lessons are subject to availability.
Special Request lessons may be scheduled outside of normal lesson hours depending upon availability for a flat rate of $350.
Attire: Long pants and flat hard-soled close- toed shoe with a 1 inch or less heel is required for riding. Rain boots, Uggs, Crocs, etc are not appropriate for riding. Students enrolled on a reoccurring basis are responsible for providing their own ASTM/SEI certified helmet, gloves, and paddock boots. Helmets are available to borrow for the initial lessons, and all items are available to purchase on site.
Cancellations: All scheduled riding lessons must be cancelled prior to 24 hours to the scheduled appointment. Lessons not cancelled prior to 24 hours before the scheduled appointment will be subject to charge. We understand that unforeseen circumstances such as illness, mechanical issues, and family emergencies do occur, and will be taken into consideration if lessons must be cancelled within 24 hours, but please let us know as soon as possible. If you fail to attend your scheduled lesson without any notice to CCEC staff, you will be charged for the lesson.
Rescheduling: Lessons that are cancelled within our Cancellation Policy guidelines (24 hours) may be rescheduled dependent upon availability with our riding instructors. Payment for cancelled lessons will roll-over to the next appointment if the cancelled lesson is unable to be rescheduled.
Tardiness: All lessons begin at the scheduled time. If you are late to your lesson, the time will be deducted from the total time of the lesson. Keep in mind when working with horses, lessons may not always run exactly as scheduled. Please plan for 15 minute leeway at the beginning and end of the lesson. If CCEC is running more than 20 minutes behind schedule, we will contact you by phone or text as quickly as possible to inform you, and the total time if your lesson will not be affected. If CCEC is running more than 20 minutes behind schedule and you are unable to attend your lesson because of this, you may cancel without penalty.
Weather: CCEC retains the right to cancel lessons at any time due to weather if we feel it is unsafe for our horses and riders, or may be unsafe to travel. If there is inclement weather, we will do our best to contact you at least 1 hour prior to your scheduled lesson to inform you of cancellation.
General Guidelines for Weather Cancellations
Summer: Above 95° and/or extreme humidity or Thunder and Lightening audible/visible from the stables.
Winter: Below 20° and/or snow/ice on roads create unsafe travel.
Wind: Strong winds that create an unsafe environment for riding.
Payment: All Lessons must be pre-paid, or paid at the time of the lesson. Lessons accumulated and billed will be charged a 5% late fee per lesson (unless you have a signed Credit Card Authorization Form on file with our office). Lesson package discounts are only available for pre-paid lessons scheduled on a weekly basis. Lesson packages must be used within 30 days of purchase (per 4 lesson package), unless lessons are cancelled within our Cancellation Policy guidelines. Individually scheduled lessons (Lessons not scheduled on a weekly basis) and Tiny Tot lessons are not subject to discount.
CCEC accepts Cash, Checks (Made payable to CCEC), or Credit Card (All major cards accepted) as methods of payment only.
Non-Refundable Payment in full for One-Time only lessons is required at the time of scheduling.
Equipment: As with any sport, proper equipment is imperative for the safety of the participant. CCEC Requires that all students provide their own ASTM/SEI Certified Riding Helmet, Paddock Boots, and Riding Gloves when enrolled on a weekly basis. Links and information about these items are available on our website HERE and are Available to purchase on-site at All Things Equine. We do understand that equipment may not be able to be obtained prior to the first scheduled appointment, and do have protective headgear available for the initial lesson.
Gift Cards: CCEC has gift cards available for purchase in our office for any dollar amount. Gift cards must be used within 1 year of purchase or will no longer be valid. Gift cards for multiple lessons must be completed within 30 days of the first scheduled lesson. Scheduling is dependent upon availability. If CCEC does not have availability at the time of scheduling, the expiration of the gift card will be extended accordingly.
All payments are final. CCEC will not issue refunds.
**As our riding academy utilizes light-breed horses, the maximum weight capacity for our horses is 200 pounds**