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.



Meagan Greygor

Meagan Greygor grew up riding and showing hunter/jumpers in western Pennsylvania. While she dabbled in dressage, combined training, team penning and barrel racing, she always came back to the hunter ring. She studied equine science at Otterbein College and was fortunate to work for a few top professionals in the hunter/jumper world, traveling to shows up and down the east coast. With 25 years of experience, Meagan stresses good horsemanship and classic equitation in her riding lessons, and strives to build camaraderie amongst her students on the farm and away at shows. She believes you can never stop learning. She has continued learning in this industry by becoming certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Equine Cruelty Investigation, and Open Horse Show Judging. Please visit her website www.nonpareilequineservices.com for more information and to follow her blog.


Emily Taylor

Emily is a North Carolina native and has been riding for 20 years. She recently moved back from Oregon with her husband and started teaching at Saddletree Stables in January of 2016. Emily specializes in hunter/jumper, but has been learning and teaching intro to dressage for the past few years. She got into teaching when she started at a summer camp almost 8 years ago, and has been doing it ever since. Emily enjoys catering to her students’ individual riding goals. Emily lives in Cary with her husband, French bulldog, three cats and a guniea pig.


Holly Sands

Holly Sands has been riding since she was a child, competing in a variety of English and Western disciplines across the United States and overseas. She showed successfully on the A circuit in Equitation, Hunters , Junior and Open Jumpers and through Prelim in Combined Training.
A 1980 graduate of Meredith Manor International Equestrian School with both Riding Instructor and Riding Master Certifications. Holly has trained with top trainers and riders including Hans Mueller, Kay Meredith, Denis Callin, Jimmy Wofford, Lucinda Greene, Margie Goldstein, Connie Curtis-Willard, Jo Struby, Maj. Jeremy Beale and Jean Luc Cornille. Though she no longer competes, she continues her riding education in regular clinics.
Holly earned her Pony Club B rating as a youth and has continued to coach pony clubs in GA, PA and MD, helping teams to wins in regional rallies and individuals to earn their ratings from the lower levels to their A rating. For the past 36 years, her students have been successful in combined training, dressage, hunters, jumpers and equitation. She teaches clinics to groups such as The Old People’s Riding Club, 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy scouts in riding, safety and in the areas of horse care and management and rider core strength.
Additional education and areas of study include a B.S.in Social Science Education and Study in Personal Training and Biomechanics. The latter studies have been instrumental in the inclusion of rehabilitation work with horses after illness or injury to help correctly rebuild the horses’ physical and mental awareness and help bring them to new success.