Riding lessons are available from 8 am until 8 pm seven days a week.
Each lesson includes one hour of private instruction unless semi-private lessons are requested.
Private lessons start at $50.00 per hour, semi-private lessons (2 to 3 riders) per instructor start at $40.00 per hour.
Eligibility for Semi-Private lessons will be determined by the instructor.
Payment by cash or check only (made out to Saddletree Stables)
Cancellation Policy: Lessons not cancelled 24 hours in advance are subject to a $20.00 fee.
Horseback riding lessons:
Lessons taught at Saddletree Stables in Willow Spring.
Donnie Stephenson (Owner / Operator)
English, western, or saddleseat riding lessons available by appointment with Donnie. Donnie has had a lifetime of experience with a love for horses, having bred and trained Tennessee Walking Horses and American Saddlebreds for many years at Saddletree.
Contact Donnie at (919) 345-8422
Hannah grew up riding in the mountains of North Carolina. At the age of 8, she started taking dressage lessons, but quickly discovered her passion for the hunter/equitation ring. Through barn chores and helping at summer camps, she always found a way to be in the saddle. After purchasing her own horse and helping her dad build a small barn at her house, she discovered the importance of horsemanship beyond the saddle and found her soft spot for off-track thoroughbreds. Throughout high school, Hannah competed in the open division in the International Equestrian Association (IEA). She enjoys sharing her passion with others and stresses the importance of safety and respect when working with horses.
Barrett Diehl is an accomplished certified instructor and rider and has been assessed and certified by the United States Eventing Association through their Instructor Certification Program. She’s been riding since she was 7 years old after a birthday gift allowed her to get riding lessons. Experiencing the true magic of horse riding led her to pursue horse riding passionately and has now over 20 years of riding experience. Barrett rides competitively in Eventing and teaches all phases of the sport with a Dressage focus and has trained with some of the best in the industry such as Phillip Dutton (Olympic gold medalist), Boyd Martin (Olympian), Jennie Brannigan (International Eventer), Holly Hudspeth (4-star Eventer), and Bobby Costello (Olympian and Pan-American Gold medalist). In 2018, Barrett will also be a Certified Instructor as sanctioned by the United Eventing Association. Additionally, she is a graduate C-3 Pony Clubber and has worked extensively with other Pony Clubs giving back and developing the next generation of riders and horsemen and women. Barrett also has a Bachelors in Psychology which she feels gives her an edge in training her students. Barrett’s mission is introducing everyone, young or old, to the joy of riding and whether it’s to simply have a wonderful experience learning and bonding with a horse for leisure, or to learn how to truly advance your abilities as a rider, there’s a customized lesson that’s right for you. For more information about Barrett you can visit her website TFEquestrian.com.
Megan has been working with horses for 15 years. Her riding background includes 4-H, Hunt Seat under saddle and over Fences, as well as Showmanship. She excels at teaching children how to ride, by instilling confidence in a fun, encouraging way. She loves watching kids grow into confident riders and enjoys watching them excel at learning and perfecting new skills. For more information, check out her Facebook page.
Sara's love and compassion for horses developed at a young age, so her father enrolled her in Western Pleasure lessons which lead to showing. After a friend's birthday party, Sara realized that she wanted more from her riding career; this is when she developed a love for Hunter/Jumpers. She spent her middle and high school years training & showing only Hunter/Jumpers in North Carolina.
During college at Campbell University, Sara took a hiatus from showing to focus on her studies and begin her family. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Applied Sciences with a minor in History, as well as, a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction and a K-6 NC Teacher Licensure, Sara began working.
Coming from a teaching background, Sara feels this gives her an advantage to connect and instruct students of all ages and abilities, using a variety of teaching methods. This coupled with her love and knowledge of horses promotes a productive learning environment for students.
Charlene discovered her love for horses at the early age of four when her parents would take her for weekly pony rides. She spent her early teen years working at local farms learning a lot of horsemanship skills and riding whenever possible. She realized her longtime dream of owning a horse when she rescued her gelding after graduating from Nursing school with a Bachelor’s degree. She spent her early adult years working as a nurse, volunteering her time at her barns’ pony club and participating in hunt seat shows around New England. She feels her experience working as a pediatric nurse in the ICU setting, and as a Mom, helps her better relate to children. Charlene moved to North Carolina from Massachusetts seven years ago. She discovered a love for teaching when she began teaching her own children the art of riding at an early age. Her goal is to teach the fundamentals of riding in a fun and safe atmosphere. In addition to spending time in the saddle, Charlene loves anything to do with Boston, country music and spending time with her family.
Gianna has adored horses all her life, having started her riding career at the age of 6. She always found ways to be around them, even when not in the saddle. Whether it be helping around the barn or volunteering her time at Horse Ability, a therapeutic riding program. She attended high school at St. John the Baptist DHS and was on their Varsity Equestrian team for all four years. The team competed in zone 2 of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), she showed at the intermediate level in the hunt seat division. While riding with her school team, she still took lessons at another facility where she competed all across Long Island in hunt seat, equitation and jumper divisions with an off track thoroughbred. Here she found her passion for off track horses.
Gianna was fortunate enough to be at a barn that helped horses from auction find new homes, through making them pleasurable under-saddle horses. Having worked with many of these horses helping them onto their next career, she learned how to properly restart horses. Coupled with a desire to excel in riding and her love for thoroughbreds, she decided it was time to get her own horse. In 2016 she adopted an off track thoroughbred and has since restarted him as a jumper. After having moved to NC in 2019, they have started to compete. It was in her new home where she found a love for sharing her passion with others. She teaches her students horsemanship, safety and how to effectively communicate with their horse. Gianna specializes in jumper, hunt seat and equitation divisions.