Though lacking in 20-inch rims and subwoofers, horses reward faithful owners by leaping over traffic gates and neighing their favorite Jock Jams. Earn the respect of your steed with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a 90-minute horse-riding lesson at RHC Riding Academy in Pleasureville (a $35 value). Riders must be at least five years old and weigh less than 210 pounds to partake in the extended private lesson.
Owner, trainer, and fourth-generation horsewoman Erin Reid heads a stable of nine mannerly, intelligent gallopers capable of instruction, whether you aspire to ride area trails or kick-start a career in future blue-ribbon showings. Strap on the provided helmet for a comprehensive lesson that engenders respect and reverence for the animal and an understanding of various styles of horseback riding, such as Western, hunt seat, saddle seat, dressage, and while holding a hot dog in each hand. Aspirant passengers also receive instruction on grooming, tacking, general horse care, and basic horse whispering.
For many years, the friendly Reid family has saddled up steed-starved riders of all disciplines and ages in individualized training programs that stress sportsmanship, fun, and the adoration of horses. The family prides itself on an unpretentious approach to the creatures and clients. Many of the lesson horses are intelligent, beautiful Arabians, facilitating an instant connection with new riders and long, wistful gazes.
New clients only. If desired, two Groupons may be put toward a two-person 90-minute lesson.
RHC Riding Academy head trainer Erin Reid was featured in Shelby County Life magazine:
- At RHC Riding Academy…learn not just how to ride for pleasure or show, but also how to respect horses and care for them. – James Mulcahy, Shelby County Life
RHC Riding Academy
As RHC Riding Academy’s head trainer, Erin Reid shares a passion for horses that began when her family founded RHC in 1985. A devotee to all things equine since age 5, Erin quickly caught onto the finer points of riding and has instructed students for the past 19 years. Barn manager Debra Reid, who discovered her life’s passion while growing up in Kentucky, managed 70 horses at a breeding facility in Southern California and unites her experience with Erin's. Together they oversee nine horses, several of which are Arabians—prized for their distinctive beauty and superior intellects.
Students come to the facility from all backgrounds to learn proper saddling and riding techniques. Erin supplements her technical training with lessons in horse psychology, helping students bond with steeds or to get them to open up about complex relationships with their mothers. Horses in need of discipline or a hay-filled couch on which to crash can be boarded and trained at the facility, which boasts box stalls, an indoor riding arena, and a large outdoor arena.