Horse Riding Lessons

This page was last updated on April 23rd, 2021.

CRE will be only be offering lessons for our dedicated riders (own/lease a horse) for the month of May. We are going to give our lesson horse herd a much deserved break for the month before our busy summer schedule begins in June.

CRE is also going to be transitioning into primarily offering lessons for our dedicated rider's that own/lease their own horse this summer. Our horse herd is aging and in order to keep them happy and healthy we will be utilizing them in our beginner/intermediate/advanced horsemanship camp program for riders that do not own their own horse and limiting their use in lessons. We will have very limited availability for use of our lesson horses in our weekly group classes at CRE.

We are excited to announce that Kaitlyn Hoyt will be offering weekly beginner & general group lessons as well as private lessons at the beautiful Gallatin River Ranch.

About Our Equine Riding Programs

Our goal for our students is for them to develop confidence in their horsemanship skills in a fun, friendly, safe and educational environment!
- All ages of riders welcome! (Generally at least 5 years old)
- All levels of riders accepted! (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Students are welcome to bring their own horse or may use one of our lesson horses.

Offering riding instruction in a variety of disciplines:

- Basic Horsemanship
- On the Ground Horsemanship
- English (basic English equitation, introductory dressage and jumping, hunt seat equitation/pleasure)
- Western (Equitation, Pleasure, Trail: competition & recreational)
- Western Dressage
- Speed Events (barrels, poles, intro. roping, goat tying)
- Halter & Showmanship


Lesson Pricing - Cedar Ridge Equine (CRE):

- Private 1 Hour Lessons = $75 per student per lesson

- Semi-Private Group 1 Hour Lessons = $53 per student per lesson - 2 to 3 riders

- Weekly Scheduled Group 1.5 Hour Lessons = $53 per student per lesson - 5 to 6 riders

- Purchase four or more lessons in advance and receive $5 off of each lesson

Lesson Pricing - Gallatin River Ranch (GRR):

- Private 1 Hour Lessons = $70 per student per lesson - Your Horse
- Private 1 Hour Lessons = $80 per student per lesson - Provided Horse

- Group 1.5 Hour Lessons = $50 per student per lesson - 3 to 6 riders

- Purchase four or more lessons in advance and receive a discount off of each lesson

2021 Payments & Policies:

- No cancellation fee for canceling when sick for lessons!
- We accept checks, cash and all major credits for payment
- All payments are due at beginning of each lesson
- We have a 24 hour cancellation policy, failure to notify will result in full charge of the lesson!
- Lessons will be cancelled if it is below 20 degrees, we will notify you, but feel free to contact us if weather is questionable.
- All riders must sign a release of liability waiver or a parent must sign if student is a minor.
- All rider's under age 18 must wear an equine certified riding helmet whenever they are mounted on a horse.
- Rider's over age of 18 have the option to wear an equine certified riding helment, however they must sign an acknowledgement stating that they are choosing not to wear.
- All rider's should wear long pants, boots with a heel (preferably no laces). Gloves are recommended for winter riding months.
- Pre-purchased lessons expire one year after purchase date.
- All pre-purchased lessons are non-refundable.

Visit Our Store to Purchase Lessons Online

2021 CRE Summer Riding Lesson Schedule:

Monday
1:30pm Adult Horsemanship Class
4:15pm Equine Husbandry Class (on the ground only no riding)

Tuesday
3:00pm Intermediate Horsemanship Class (begins 6/8/21)
4:30pm Barrel/Speed Event Horse Fitness Class (must have your own/leased horse to participate) (begins 5/5/21)

Wednesday
3:00pm Intermediate Horsemanship Class (begins 6/9/21)
4:30pm Barrel Racing class (must have your own horse to participate)
5:00pm Beginner Horsemanship Class begins 5/5/21

Thursday
4:30pm Advanced Horsemanship and Groundwork Class (begins 5/6/21)
5:00pm General Horsemanship Class begins 5/6/21

Friday
4:30pm Roping Class (Heelomatic or live cattle) begins 5/7/21
5:30pm Ladies Night (every other friday alternating locations between GRR and CRE)

Select Saturdays:
No weekly lessons at CRE (set aside for special clinics, 4H groups/Girl Scout troups/Bday parties and Dedidcated riders). We will have monthly beginner group classes on some select Saturdays at CRE.

Sundays:
No Lessons


2021 GRR Summer Riding Lesson Schedule:

Wednesday
5:00pm Beginner Horsemanship Class

Thursday
5:00pm General Horsemanship Class

Friday
5:00pm Ladies Night (every other Friday, alternating locations between CRE and GRR)

Select Saturdays:
Call/Text to Schedule - Currently have very limited availability - 530-913-7666


Additional Group Lessons:

Additional group classes may be scheduled upon request. Please check the Group Riding Lesson Schedule.
Group Riding Lesson Schedule


We DO NOT offer guided trail rides. Thank you.


Private Lessons available:

Please check the Private Lesson Calendars to also understand when Semi-Private Lessons are available.

Amy Prechter Schedule
Call/Text to Schedule - Currently have very limited availability - 530-263-3433

Sue VanGalder Schedule
Call/Text to Schedule - Currently have very limited availability - 530-559-4058

Brianna Willey Schedule
Call/Text to Schedule - Currently have very limited availability - 406-581-0260

Kaitlyn Hoyt Schedule
Call/Text to Schedule - Currently have very limited availability - 530-913-7666
Gallatin River Ranch Lesson Schedule

Serious equestrian? Please read about our Dedicated Rider Program.

Students - Want to learn what it's like to own a horse, without actually buying one? Check out our lease program.

Bozeman, Montana Group Class Descriptions:

Heelomatic Roping Practice
This a fun team roping practice evening in which we will pull the Heelomatic machine around the arena. It is open to boarders, leasers, and individuals with their own horse, which are welcome to haul in. Great way to tune up your skills, start a young horse on roping or to learn to rope, something for everyone.

Homeschool Youth Horsemanship Class
Students should arrive at schedule started time of lesson to get their horse properly groomed and tacked up for lesson and be ready to ride. We will cover basic aspects of riding: warmup, stretches, rail work and then we will work on a horsemanship patterns.This class is designed for students who are comfortable at a walk and trot, and starting to learn to canter. If class is full and you are interested in participating in class please contact me by phone, as I may have additional lesson horses available that day! Students are welcome to ride English or Western, bring their horse or use one of ours.
Additional class sessions can be added on a weekly basis upon request.

English Equitation Class
This class will cover basic aspects of English riding: warmup, stretches, rail work and then we will work on English Equitation patterns, dressage work and/or introductory jumping.This class is designed for students who are comfortable at a walk and trot, and canter.

'Mom and Me'/ 'Parent and Me' Classes! (These can be scheduled as a semi-private lesson)
This class is designated for 'Mom's/Parents and Children' that are interested in riding together. This is a basic horsemanship class that will cover horse safety, grooming, tacking up and riding. Students will learn warm up stretches, basic rail work and horsemanship patterns.

Youth Beginner Horsemanship Class
In the beginner horsemanship class we will cover basic aspects of horsemanship riding: 1st half hour is safety, grooming, tacking up the horse, followed by riding which includes a warm-up, stretches, rail work and then we will work on a horsemanship patterns. This class is designed for students with no prior to little riding experience. Students will learn how to walk and trot. Students are welcome to ride English or Western. Each student will have a helper available to them until they feel confident to ride independently.

General Horsemanship Class
This class is designated for riders (youth or adult) who are fairly confident in their riding skills, able to walk, trot and starting to canter on a horse. We will do a warm up, rail work and horsemanship patterns. We will work on fine tuning the technique and approach to pattern work, a strong emphasis will be put on developing the rider’s equitation/seat. Riders may ride English or Western.

Advanced Horsemanship Class
We will cover basic aspects of riding: warm up, stretches, rail work and then we will work on a horsemanship patterns.This class is designed for students who are comfortable at a walk and trot, canter and wanting to fine tune their skills. This class is designed for students that have their own horse, leased horse or access to horse approved by instructor. Students are welcome to ride English or Western. All ages welcome to attend, as long as they are confident riders.

Adult Horsemanship Class
In the adult horsemanship class we will cover basic aspects of riding: warmup, stretches, rail work and then we will work on a horsemanship patterns. This class is designed for students who are gaining basic riding skills or perhaps have not ridden for awhile and wanting to build their confidence up in the saddle. Students will basic horsemanship safety and skills and will learn how to walk, trot and eventually canter. Students are welcome to ride English or Western.

All Around Horsemanship Class
This class is reserved for advanced riders that are confident in their horsemanship skills both in the saddle and on the ground. Riders must own or lease a horse to participate, or be approved to ride lesson by instructor (limited lesson horses available).

Students should arrive at schedule started time of 4:00pm to get their horse properly groomed and tacked up for lesson and be ready to ride by 4:30pm.

We will cover basic aspects of riding, problem solving, ground work (lunging, bitting up, head to tailing etc...) and introducing new objects and obstacles to your horse. This class is designed for students who are comfortable at a walk, trot, canter and will begin learning the basics of ground work and teaching your horse maneuvers on the ground the the importance of them.

Barrel Racing Class
This class is designed for the competitive horse/rider in almost any discipline to help keep your equine athlete tuned and conditioned. Exercises that teach proper balance and flex through turns, extension, collection, precision movements and understanding control over your mounts entire body are some of the aspects covered in this class. This class maintains controlled gates and does not include speed drills. Must have your own horse/leased horse or prior arrangement for use of a lesson horse.

Speed Event Class
Each week this class will focus on a different rodeo event (Barrels, Poles, Roping, Goat Tying) We will work on warm up exercises, style and technique for each event. We will work with you at your level from introductory to more experienced. Students should be fairly independent in their riding, able to walk, trot comfortably. Bring your horse or use one of ours. Ropes/other equipment will be provided but if you have your own feel free to bring it.

Horse Sense Class Series
Open to all ages, who are serious horse enthusiasts. This class is all on the ground, no riding. This is a 4 series class developed to teach all aspects of horse husbandry. Class will cover feeding/nutrition, first aid/TPR's, traveling/trailering with your horse, horse management practices, horse conformation/anatomy/breed types. This is an ideal class for anyone considering purchasing a horse or new to owning a horse. Each student will receive a journal. This class can be scheduled on request. A minimum of 5 participants required.

Equine Husbandry Class
This is an on the ground horsemanship class geared towards teaching students all about horse care including but not limited to: safety, grooming, leading, groundwork, knot tying, tack up/untacking, tack care, horse anatomy, traveling with your horse, winter care, farrier care, and first aid. Open to all ages that are eager to learn about all aspects of horse care beyond riding.


Additional Classes can be scheduled by request!

For information on lessons PLEASE contact us!

Bozeman, Montana - Amy Prechter (406) 282-3355

Grass Valley, California - Jose Mendoza (530) 368-4771