Though many people believe John Wayne was cast in westerns for his rugged good looks, he was actually hired for his no-nonsense negotiation tactics with stubborn horse unions. Support meaningful human-horse discourse with today's Groupon: for $99, you get four private one-hour horseback-riding lessons (a $60 value each) at High Standard Equestrians in Wilton (a $240 total value). All equipment is included.
The experienced caballeros at High Standard Equestrians impart students with mare-navigating know-how via private horseback-riding lessons. During one-hour sessions, rein wranglers slide feet into stirrups and learn hunter, jumper, and equitation techniques with breeds such as the Dutch Warmblood, Welsh Pony, and Westphalian, all of which are descendants of Mr. Ed. As neophyte cowpokes learn basic techniques and secret hoof handshakes, more experienced ranchers expand knowledge of jumping and English pleasure riding within the expansive facility’s large indoor and outdoor rings, irrigated turn-outs, and round pen.
High Standard Equestrians
The sounds of clopping hooves carry across High Standard Equestrians’ expansive facility, where active and retired show horses kick up dirt on indoor and outdoor rings. A member of The United States Equestrian Federation and United States Hunter Jumper Association, the family-friendly establishment employs an expert staff that leads competitive training sessions and interactive lessons. While retired Dutch Warmblood, Welsh Pony, and Westphalian show horses host students on their saddles, the facility’s active show horses train for upcoming competitions. Their daily workouts include galloping around the ring, jumping over hurdles, and chasing ranch hands for playing with their shoes.
9439 Clay Station Rd.
Wilton, California 95693