We are a private and professional facility that focuses on safety, fun, and learning. We use internationally recognized standards of training for both riders and horses to help create a harmonious partnership between the two.
We specialize in 3-Day Eventing, Classical Dressage, and Jumping training students from those who have never even touched a horse, all of the way through international competitors.
We work with horses of various breeds and levels of training to help the horses and riders achieve their goals and work to their best ability in a happy and harmonious partnership.
Utmost knowledge in horse health as an athlete. Lisa spends a lot of time and effort on equine body conditioning and staying up to date with nutritional needs of the maturing, performance, and geriatric horse. I have also never met a trainer with more attention to rider safety. She attends and hosts Landsafe clinics as well as maintains her property in a way that is safest for both equine athlete and rider athlete alike. I especially appreciate her teaching style that promotes learning at various levels: she will instruct a change and tell you WHY, so that you can feel the change in the horse. She is excellent at tailoring her coaching to a specific rider, regardless of the horse's experience. I have ridden both green and advanced horses under her instruction and each lesson has resulted in a lot of growth by me.
She is open to working with all levels and horses and has a great facility down the street to work XC on.
Lisa is very a knowledgable and proffesional horsewoman. She communicates clearly and is a very patiant teacher with all ages and abilities of students.
New students arrange their lesson time on the following website:
Students who do not own their own horses arrive 1 hour early for their first lesson, with their own boots and long pants, and a riding helmet (if they own one). This first hour is used for orientation to the facility and preparation for the lesson.
Students haulinng in their own horse for a lesson are expeccted at least 30 mintues early for orientation, with all of their own equipment for riding, including tack for the horse and apparely for the rider.
Lessons are all individual and private.
Ralph Hill is a "A" graduate pony clubber, a 4th placed world champion, and a record holder in the sport of eventing. Lisa Murphy is a former POny Club DC, formerly an international competitor, and a consumate student of "Equestrian-ism."
Other instructors on premises are guided under the watchful eyes of Ralph Hill and Lisa Murphy to ensure a proper and safe educationn for horse and rider.
Pricing ranges from $25-$125 per lesson depending upon you level of training, who you are riding with and whether or not you pre-pay monthly for training packages.
As an example:
-a "one-time" introductory lesson with Alexa Murphy is $35 with use of a lesson horse.
-a "one-time" dressage lesson with Lisa Murphy on your own horse that you board at the facility is $50.
-a "one-time" jumping lesson with Ralph Hill on a lesson horse is $115.
As with any good instructor, we began as students ourselves and as we developed as professional riders, we began to share our experiences with others in a effort to help education horses and riders as a team.
We have worked with students of ALL levels, abilities, dreams, ambitions, and skill - from never have touched a horse to international and Olympic competitors.
We attend both recognized and unrecognized events with studetns and horses to offer the greatest opportunities for success both now and in the future, and to help our students realize their dreams.
Safety should be the first concern, and time should be the second. Trainers and Instructors who let you konw that expertise takes time and patience are being honest with you. Horseback riding is a sport that requires two creatures of differing mindsets to come together as a team - that kind of true partnership development takes time.
Dream big, but be realistic with your timelines. If you aren't sure, just ask. Understand that when you hire a professional, you are hiring someone because of their extetnsive knowledge and experience. If you don't or can't believe in your intstructor, you should find someone who will tell you the honest truth, even if it is not what you "want" to hear, and then trust that they always have your best interst and safety in mind. It is OK to try a few different instructors and facilities when you first start...find a good match.