Columbia Horse Center

10 Places to Learn to Ride Horses

By Jim Meyer

Maryland’s riding tradition is now in its fifth century, making the Old Line state a great place to get out on horseback. 

Columbia Horse Center

If you’ve never ridden a horse before, don’t let that stop you! With thousands of acres dedicated to riding in Maryland, and dozens of certified barns and stables fully equipped to teach you to ride, it’s time to get out and into the saddle. These ten Horse Discovery Centers, certified by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, make a great place to start! 

There are 40+ Horse Discovery Centers across Maryland, check out the entire list here. 

Full Moon Farm, Finksburg
Full Moon Farm
Full Moon Farm

Situated on 200 gorgeous acres of Carroll County farmland, and just a short hack from Liberty Reservoir, Full Moon Farm offers group and private lessons as well as classes on Evaluation. Full Moon’s Pony Club is a great way to get young riders into the sport.

Graham Equestrian Center, Glen Arm
Graham Equestrian Center property with a rainbow overhead

Just two miles north of the Baltimore Beltway, the Graham Equestrian Center is a convenient spot to finally realize your riding dreams. The Graham Center is a non-profit dedicated to education and the enrichment of Maryland horses and horse culture. Countless riders have learned here, and the Graham Equestrian Center continues to offer regular classes for all ages and skill levels. A highlight of their educational mission is trainer Jim McDonald’s twice weekly “Natural Horsemanship” class.

En-Tice-Ment Stables at Obligation Farm, Harwood
A young rider at En-Tice-Ment-Stables

En-Tice-Ment Stables offers courses in Balanced Seat Equitation, Hunter-Jumper, Dressage & Western instruction by a knowledgeable and insightful staff. Centrally located in Harwood between Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C., En-Tice-Ment even offers small group clinics taught by Hall of Fame and Olympic trainers!

Reddemeade Equestrian Center, Silver Spring
A young rider at Reddemeade Equestrian Center
Reddemeade Equestrian Center

Located right in Silver Spring, Reddemeade teaches children as young as five to ride. Reddemeade focuses on English riding, and adult classes are available to enter the thrilling world of jumping and cross country. Reddemeade has kids camps almost year round and even offers an adult riding camp!

Rolling Hills Ranch, Port Deposit
A rider on a white horse at Rolling Hill Ranch
Rolling Hill Ranch

With a Bed & Breakfast for your learn-to-ride retreat and camps for intensive learning, Rolling Hills Ranch in beautiful Port Deposit is a perfect spot to get into the saddle. The countryside is beautiful and the indoor barn makes Rolling Hills a true year-round, all-weather instructional facility.

New World Stables, Frederick
A smiling rider with a horse at New World Stables
New World Stables

With an owner who has taught riding across the globe, New World Stables offers world-class instruction for riders looking to learn from scratch, get back in the saddle or just build their confidence. New World emphasizes Dressage and Balanced Seat Equitation and is also home of the Maryland Equine Education Center, which hosts free seminars the second Thursday of every month.

Columbia Horse Center, Columbia
Columbia Horse Center

With lessons focusing on Hunt Seat, Dressage and Balanced Seat riding for kids and adults, the Columbia Horse Center is a nurturing environment for new riders. The center’s 88 beautiful acres are just 10 minutes from the heart of Columbia. The center even offers courses in Evaluation and, with their in-house shows, lessons in Eventing.

A Moment In Time Farm, Leonardtown
A young boy feeds a horse at A Moment in Time Farm
A Moment in Time Farm

This Southern Maryland farm has built a true equine community. With 45 school horses, 20 boarders and seasoned, horse-loving instructors, A Moment in Time Farm teaches the art of riding in a fun, family environment with an emphasis on safety.

Worthmore Equestrian Center, Worton
Worthmore Equestrian Center

Open to all rider styles and skill levels, Worthmore Equestrian Center’s 50 acres is a great place to learn. Mini-classes for children five to seven are a great introduction, and the school offers three levels of beginner education and two more for novices providing an ideal, graduated learning model.

Holly Ridge Farm Equestrian Center
Horse back riding lessons
Holly Ridge

Visit scenic farm country just minutes from Ocean City, Maryland. Lessons and year-round trail riding through woods filled with all kinds of wildlife, including deer, fox, and bald eagles.