Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $100, you get a two-hour horsemanship introduction and riding session for two people (a $240 value) at Blue Moon Riding School in Half Moon Bay.
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. 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. 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.
Though reviews on the business are still growing, six Yelpers give Blue Moon Riding School a perfect five-star rating:
- Cheryl is a gifted teacher. She knows what you need to work on most, explains things in a way that you "get" it and can practice it and get the same results when schooling by yourself. – Cynthia C.
- …you can see the ocean while you're cantering around the ring learning how to ride. I can't recommend this school highly enough -- Cheryl and her team are great instructors and simply good people. – Jen A.
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.
Half Moon Bay, California 94038Get Directions