Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $50, you get two 30-minute private riding lessons (a $110 value) at Dallas Dream Horse Academy in Wilmer.
Situated on the historic 130-acre BuckBranch Farm, Dallas Dream Horse Academy is a scenic facility where students can fill up their knowledge sacks with advice about riding and caring for nature's automobile. The professional instructors offer private Western riding lessons for riders 5 and older, using their lesson horses to inspire a love for riding and dreams of reviving the Roman equestrian order. Each lesson focuses on strengthening the primal bond between human and horse and lasts 30 minutes, with at least 15 additional minutes before and after each session to allow for proper horse tacking and untacking.
Dallas Dream Horse Academy plays host to a covered riding area as well as a cross-country trail and outdoor horsing grounds, offering guests the chance to enjoy horses even if they aren't fluent in horse. To keep students safe from the sun's heat and the sky's attack clouds, the lecture room provides an air-conditioned atmosphere and a correctly located roof.
Dream Horse Training & Lessons
At Dream Horse Academy, riders of all skill levels study the techniques of Western-style riding with veteran trainers and friendly, hoofed creatures. Head trainer Jenna Wurtele has been riding horses since the age of 5 and spent much of her childhood involved in junior rodeos and various horse associations, such as the National Reining Horse Association. She draws from her experiences working for first-class reining barns and judging open equine shows to build strong bonds between horses and their riders. With an enormous covered arena, Dream Horse Academy’s handlers can practice their craft in any weather. Horse-owners can also enroll their four-legged friends into training programs that prepare equines for upcoming shows and spelling bees.