Horseback riding is the easiest mode of saddled transportation, beating out mounting a cheetah or hitching a piggyback ride on a marathon runner. Sit on an obliging back with today's Groupon to Blue Moon Riding School in Half Moon Bay. Choose between the following options:
- For $89, you get a two-hour introduction to horsemanship and riding session for two with complimentary wine or champagne (a $240 value).
- For $159, you get a two-hour introduction to horsemanship and riding session for four with complimentary wine or champagne (a $480 value).
The expert instructors at Blue Moon Riding School help students of all experience levels kindle their passion for genuine horseplay with careful, comprehensive instruction. Proprietor Cheryl Maloney, a 12-year veteran of running the Stanford Riding School, emphasizes safety and focuses on developing the basic balanced positions of English-style riding, renowned for its freedom of movement and droll sarcasm. In the two-hour group lesson, students will traverse the facility's two all-weather sand arenas atop an experienced school horse that happily accommodates beginners without brutally hazing them first. After mastering your equine engine, you'll get to soak in a gorgeous ocean view from the back arena while sipping on a complimentary glass of wine or champagne. Because sunsets are best savored in the company of a loved one, invite along a date or confused census taker for a lesson at Blue Moon Riding School.
Maloney's Horses and Ponies
At Maloney's Horses and Ponies, majestic steeds graze and buck in open pastures backed by a landscape of picturesque rolling hills and whispering ocean waves. Standing in the sea breeze is Cheryl Maloney, the proprietor and head riding instructor. Before opening her school, Cheryl taught throughout the United States and England, most recently directing the Stanford Riding School for 12 years. She is joined by fellow instructors Sara Williams, Sarah Platshon, and Jack Gosse-Fuchs; together, the team leads lessons in English-style riding for students of all ages and skill levels.
During lessons, students learn the fundamentals of riding—from sitting in a basic balancing position to standing while singing the horse anthem—along with necessary horsemanship skills such as grooming and tacking. The lessons take place in Maloney's all-weather back sand arena, where picturesque ocean views frame a colorful jumping course, and a front arena dedicated to dressage and flat exercises. The school also has access to more than 7 miles of beach trails that lead riders on explorations of the bluffs or trots down to the surf. The school also boards horses, sells and leases new mounts, and holds summer camps for riders up to 15 years old.
Half Moon Bay
1820 N Cabrillo Hwy. N
Half Moon Bay, California 94038