If a dog is man’s best friend, then a horse is man’s best ride for escaping man’s greatest enemy, hot dogs. Flee with today’s Groupon to Blue Moons Riding School in Half Moon Bay.
- For $89, you get a two-hour introduction to horsemanship and riding session for two, plus a complimentary glass of wine or a nonalcoholic beverage (a $240 value).
- For $159, you get a two-hour introduction to horsemanship and riding session for four, plus a complimentary glass of wine or a nonalcoholic beverage (a $480 value).<p>
Blue Moons’ experienced instructors, Cheryl Maloney and Sara Williams, train up new riders in a safe and encouraging environment. Students can climb aboard the school’s four-legged riding machines as they learn the art of English-style riding, from sitting in a basic balancing position to standing while singing the horse anthem. The two-hour lessons, which also include grooming and tacking instructions, take place in Blue Moons’ all-weather back sand arena, where picturesque ocean views frame a colorful jumping course. Afterward, pupils can toast to the day’s hard work and newfound gift of horse whispering with a complimentary glass of wine; riders under 21 years old can indulge in a nonalcoholic beverage. Though lessons are offered at various times every day of the week, Blue Moons recommends calling ahead to ensure availability and to schedule lessons.
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.