We offer private lessons for ages 4+ and all riding levels for any discipline (jumping, western pleasure, gymkhana, dressage, etc.). Lessons are offered year-round, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We strive to educate our riders to meet their individual goals, whether pleasure, trail or competition. Not only will we help build this solid foundation, but an emphasis is placed on safety, taking care of the horse and having fun!
Lessons are $40/hour per rider.
Riders must be dressed appropriately with soft, stretchable pants/jeans, boots with a heel and weather appropriate shirt and jacket.
Cancellation Policy: You must give notice 24 hours before your scheduled time or you will be charged for the lesson. Please call or email us during business hours (Mon-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm) to reschedule. Thank you!
From her first encounter at the age of two, Sidney Smith knew she would spend the rest of her life working with horses. With a steady determination and valuable mentorships along the way, Sidney has turned her lifelong passion into a career as farm manager at Meadow Ridge Farms & Supply.
How long have you been working with horses (and what is your earliest memory)?
My earliest encounter with horses was trail riding when I was two years old and started working with horses seriously a few years later.
Talk about your experience in the industry:
Working with horses for most of my life had a large influence on my experience and skillset. When I started, I worked with multiple trainers before establishing a solid relationship with someone who was able to help me hone my skills. Over the years, I started showing in the EMAA circuit and smaller twilight shows over the years, purchasing my own horse and working with many others, and spending countless hours training.
Describe a typical day for you at Meadow Ridge Farms:
A typical day on the farm starts with our daily feeding and turnout routine. There are daily cleaning tasks that are completed throughout the week to keep Meadow Ridge in top condition. Once chores are done, my training schedule begins. Multiple horses are in training at the farm and students come for lessons. The day ends at dinner time when the horses are brought in, fed, and tucked away for the night.
What motivates you to do what you do at the farm?
Being able to be a handler, trainer, and caretaker of these animals is one of my biggest passions. Every day, I come to work and live out my dream. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to raise Friesians. There is something unexplainable about the breed that makes them a magical addition to the farm. The expectations and goals are high for our facility and we want to proudly carry one the Friesian legacy. As we grow, we will be known for breeding the best quality Friesians and expect our horses to represent the true Friesian name.
How has the industry changed since you first became involved?
Whether it is racing, jumping, or gymkhana, what is so great about the industry is that no matter your discipline, every year the expectations and practices change. There is never a dull moment and you’re never done learning about horses. I love it!
Is there anyone in the industry who inspires you?
When it comes to inspiration, I believe everyone can teach you something in their own way. I look up to other trainers and try to take in all the information I can to better myself and my students. My biggest inspirations usually come from athletes and the horses themselves – they’re amazing creatures.
What is one tip you would give to first-time horse owners?
Do not go into this blind. Please do your research before looking into buying for the first time. This is not a cheap hobby and it requires a lot of attention. Horse riding is something everyone should have a chance to experience and try out, which is why there are lease and lesson programs available. Look into leasing a horse first to make sure you are committed. They are a gift and we should do everything we can to give them the best lives they can live. My team and I are here to help guide the way for anyone interested in purchasing.
What are you happiest doing when not working?
When I’m not on the farm, I try to be around three things: music, family, and friends. Music is a huge passion of mine. I have been playing cello since middle school and have picked up many other instruments along the way. I love to incorporate music into riding as much as I can. Doing a dance with an animal that is ten times your size and speaks another language is such a rush!