Community Lesson Program

Community Lesson Program

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Our community lesson program teaches a variety of equestrian sports and horse care skills in a fun, safe, and inclusive way. As a designated U.S. Pony Club Riding Center, our teaching principles are built around the practices and proficiencies of the U.S. Pony Club curriculum. Traditional education in dressage, eventing, hunter seat equitation and horse management is offered in 30-minute privates (ages 5-11), 45-minute privates (ages 10 and up), or one-hour group lesson formats. Group lessons are only offered to riders who can manage their horse safely and independently. All riding times include a short grooming and tacking up time, with the exception of the 30-minute session which will start with the horse tacked up and ready, then finish with a short brush down at the end. 

Riders of all ages and abilities are eligible to participate in our community lesson program, provided they are able to ride without sidewalking or horse handling support. Beginner riders may start on the lunge line with the instructor as they build their independent skills. Riders who participate in Carlisle’s formal Pony Club or Little Boots Program typically sign up for weekly riding lessons in the community lesson program, although are not required to.

Through our partnership with Kennebunk Parks & Recreation, we also offer an introduction to riding and horse care in a group riding lesson.  Carlisle Academy’s Group Riding Lessons Program encompasses both mounted and unmounted instruction for elementary-aged youth in a fun learning environment. Download the flyer here for more information.

For more information, contact the office at 207-985-0374, or email your inquiry to

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