Ravenwood has capable instructors to help you with your equine endeavors!!!
Ravenwood Farm is proud to offer one of the finest riding instruction programs in the country. We have lessons available ranging from your first steps on horseback to preparation for Indoors, Finals, or the Grand Prix Ring.
Our knowledgable staff is safety conscious, well educated, and FUN! Learning to ride isn't just for the kids! We have a great beginner adult program and encourage our younger crew to invite their parents to participate as well.
Horseback riding is a wholesome outdoor activity that encourages much more than physical activity. It develops coordination, balance, and posture, and serves as a great stress reliever as well! Children who ride learn responsibility, patience, self-discipline and independence. Our program instils RESPECT, EMPATHY, and WORK ETHIC into its participants. Their self-confidence grows as they communicate and work as a team with their horse or pony.
Riding lessons are offered Tuesday through Saturday during business hours. Students have the availability of riding both in private lessons and in small groups to hone their equestrian skills. We teach students from the ages of 5 - 95!, and all beginner students start off with a series of private lessons to ensure they are capable of safely riding in a group prior to joining group lessons. Our lessons focus on developing a classical hunt seat position, with special attention given to the details necessary to compete at hunter/jumper horse shows. While we do not require that our lesson students compete, we teach the skill set necessary to be successful in a hunter/jumper competition venue and encourage our customers to show at whatever level they are able! In addition, we offer seasonal camps and clinics to provide students with the option to learn more about horsemanship and care of our animals.
With 10+ horses and ponies utilized in our program, Ravenwood can easily match your riding ability to a mount that will ensure a safe and fun lesson. Several of our lesson program steeds are retired show horses with storied careers!! Our lesson students reap the benefit of these old campaigners expertise and saavy. We are also one of the few programs in the area that allows students to participate in local horse shows on farm owned horses. Ravenwood offers 1/2 leases of school horses monthly, in addition to horse show leases for local show weekends. This allows you the opportunity to experience horse showing without full leasing or purchasing a horse. In addition to having some amazing lesson animals, we have a FANTASTIC staff! Lauren Wilkins, the head of our lesson program, has been an active part of the Central Florida equestrian community for 20 years! She is articulate, creative, detail oriented, patient, and FUN! Having been a junior and amateur competitor in our area for much of her life, she brings a very unique and insightful perspective to teamRAVE, and can help you reach your goals no matter how big or small!
Our newest addition to the teaching team is Lindsay Cash! Lindsay had a successful junior and amateur career, and has recently decided to make horses her livelihood as well as her passion! Lindsay is mom to Rylee and Royce Cash (8 and 4 years old!), so she understands the importance of patience and consistency! Please take the time to come visit Ravenwood, watch a lesson, and speak with Lauren or Lindsay about becoming part of the RAVE family!
OUR LESSON HORSES:
Our horses range from aged campaigners, to horses that just haven't found a forever home yet... teamRAVE has several quality mounts for all ability levels!!!