Small-Group Riding Lessons or Riding Camp at Willow Pond Ranch (Up to 54% Off). Five Options Available.

Santa Cruz

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Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this Groupon.

Choose from Five Options

$130 for four one-hour small-group riding lessons, held over four consecutive weeks (a $260 value)
$300 for five days of riding camp for ages 6–16 on April 1–5 (a $650 value)
$325 for five days of summer riding camp for ages 6–16 (a $650 value). Choose from the following dates:

  • June 24–28
  • July 8–12
  • July 22–26

Camp days for ages 6–16 begin with morning lectures, followed by grooming and tacking instruction. Next, a one-hour group riding lesson warms up saddles, after which riders untack their horses and return them to their stalls. Campers then participate in a horse-centric arts-and-crafts session and eat their lunches before munching on provided snacks and participating in nature activities and a horse-skills lesson. Camps take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The four weekly classes, on the other hand, teach a merry band of two to five adult or child saddle sitters aged 6 and older to build a partnership with their mounts. Participating students learn to communicate, pick up essential riding techniques, and discover how to tack and care for the horses.

Fox Equine at Willow Pond Ranch

Founded by equine enthusiasts Jordan and Valerie Fox, who draw on more than 15 years of experience in training and rescuing horses, Fox Equine at Willow Pond Ranch's trainers provide rich educational experiences during lessons and day camps. At the redwood-ensconced ranch’s riding school, students are matched with one of 12 gentle horses and ponies after instructors consider skill level, personality, and quality of whinny. The covered riding arena enables educational trotting even when rabid snowflakes are on the prowl in the scenic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the horse-rescuing ranch nestles its stables.


Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “This is a wonderful place for beginners and advanced to have a great experience with horses.”

  • “This is a cool place that is a part of the Willow Pond Ranch Horse Rescue effort. A great learning experience for my young daughter.”

  • “Valerie was amazing. I'm taking lessons with my sister, who has developmental disabilities, and Valerie was very patient, kind, and understanding... Thank you...”

    “Valerie was amazing. I'm taking lessons with my sister, who has developmental disabilities, and Valerie was very patient, kind, and understanding... Thank you Valerie!!!”

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    Santa Cruz

    505 Alfadel Ln.

    Soquel, California 95073

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In a Nutshell

Equestrian experts teach two to five pupils in weekly lessons; camps welcome youths daily to learn horsemanship and riding skills

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 1 per person, may buy multliple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required 10 days in advance; subject to weather. 48hr cancellation notice required. Must sign waiver; under 18 must have parent sign waiver. Classes must be used by the same person. Must be 6 or older. Not valid for customers who have used services in the past 12 months. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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