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.

Cancellation Policy: Lessons not cancelled 24 hours in advance are subject to a $20.00 fee.

Horseback riding lessons:

  • Huntseat

  • Saddleseat

  • Horsemanship

  • Jumping

  • Western Pleasure

Lessons taught at Saddletree Stables in Willow Spring. 

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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




Juliann Gilchrist

Juliann is experienced in both hunt seat and western riding. While in college, she competed on Mount Holyoke College’s equestrian teams. She is available for hunt seat lessons as well as western lessons.



Hannah McDonald

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

Barrett Diehl is an accomplished certified trainer and rider. 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.