Horseback-riding lessons came into vogue during Hollywood's Golden Age, when producers of Westerns realized that John Wayne was too heavy to be supported by a tapir. Make "The Duke" proud with today's Groupon: for $28, you get a single riding lesson (a $57.50 value) at Gold Creek Equestrian Center, located one mile outside downtown Woodinville. Gold Creek Equestrian Center boasts nine instructors and 30 training horses to help get former riders back in the saddle, put new ones there for the first time, and keep riders from the future out of the way. Each one-hour private lesson dedicates 15 minutes to tacking up and learning the basics of horsemanship, grooming, and horse/cart placement order before you're hoisted up into the cockpit. Should you choose to continue your equine education, you'll get a 20% discount off your sophomore class. Though helmets are provided free of charge, students must provide their own heeled, stirrup-ready boots.
Gold Creek Equestrian Center has a three-star average from Yahoo! Locals:
- I have been riding at this facility for two years. And can't say enough good things about my experiences here. I have a wonderful trainer who has been at this barn for at least a decade. – Yahoo! Local user who posted on 11/5/2010
- I ride at Gold Creek, and I love it. It's got pretty good facilities, three arenas all with awesome footing, and three barns, two of which are huge. – hunterjumperlovee
Gold Creek Equestrian Center
Situated on 10 glorious acres, Gold Creek Equestrian Center's two barns house nearly 100 stalls—each comfortable quarters for private boarding and the horse haven's own 30 steeds, which are available for lessons. Outside on the 135'x240' sand arena, equestrians can conquer an Olympic PVC jump course or practice kicking up a sandstorm worthy of a John Wayne reenactment. Meanwhile, two indoor arenas host trotters as they rehearse dressage routines during the cooler months. Private and semiprivate lessons can be tailored to each student's age, skill level, and favored style of riding, including English and American Western flavors.
16528 148th Ave. NE
Woodinville, Washington 98072Get Directions