Our riding instruction is tailored to the specifics and details of riding while ensuring our lessons are fun and educational. We wish to share our love of riding with everyone from beginner to advanced and keep safety as the primary goal. Everyone is welcome whether they ride competitively or just for pleasure.
What to Expect
At RMF, we believe knowledge on caring for and working with horses is just as important as knowing how to ride. Every student is taught how to catch their horse or pony in the field and how to groom it before and after each ride. Over time, students will be able to do this independently, but to begin, an instructor will accompany each student to the field and oversee grooming. When these tasks are complete, the student will head to the ring with the instructor for their riding lesson.
What You Will Need
For safety reasons, all students and guests working around the horses are required to wear closed-toe shoes. We recommend boots or tennis shoes. We also recommend riders wear long pants to protect their legs and tall socks (over the ankle at least). Helmets are required at all times when mounted. If you or your child do not own one, don’t worry! We have helmets in all sizes for you to borrow.
Meet Our Experts
David Sherrer has owned and operated Ridge Meadow Horse farm for 26 years and in this time, he has had at least four riding horses for his personal needs and some are hand painted on the front of the barn for all to view. Over the course of these years he has grown the farm to include: individual and small group English Hunter/Jumpers, Summer Camps for the past 15 years and probably the best run ones. Expansion into showing on a local level at intrastate events and trail rides have also been goals. Birthday horse related parties are the best around with the offered facilities on his vast farm of 200 acres. Ridge Meadow Farm has always had the goal to be a friendly place and more family oriented, where all people are treated with respect. David ensures all lesson instructors and managers have full four-year college degrees in order to uphold a higher standard of operation.
English Lesson Instructor
Alyssa is an experienced equestrian who has been riding for 16 years. She has been trained in both Hunters and Jumpers while competing locally at Harford Horse Show Association (HHSA) and more abroad at shows such as the Maryland State Fair and the Colonial Classic. Recently, she adopted a wild mustang filly which she will be using to learn and practice natural horsemanship along with Western gaming and endurance trail riding. Fox hunting and trail riding are a few of her favorite equestrian pastimes because of the bond they help form between horse and rider under new and extreme conditions.
Alyssa is a firm believer in building a rider from the ground up by establishing his or her ability to understand and communicate with the horse. Once this teamwork is established, she works to build the core of technical riding: balance, strength, and resilience. All three skills are needed to become a well-rounded equestrian. Alyssa works to practice these beliefs with her off-the-track thoroughbred gelding, Rummy, and her adopted mustang filly, Pocket. She firmly believes in teaching by example to help students see both the process and the end results of her lessons. Alyssa strives to encourage her students to test their limits and push toward new goals with each and every ride so that the experience is enjoyable for both horse and rider.
Lessons are scheduled directly with the instructor. We require that you give the instructor 24 hours notice of cancellation when possible. All lessons are 1 hour in length and you may either ride one of our horses or trailer in your own. We ask all students to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time for catching, grooming, and tacking up their horses.
*Age minimum for lessons: 3 years if child is ready
**Age minimum for trail rides: 11 years
***Maximum rider weight is 200 lbs.
- Private Lessons
- Trail Ride