Sugar Magnolia Farm


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In a Nutshell

Kids learn basics of horseback riding with friendly animals on a scenic farm

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Promotional value expires Aug 7, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Valid only for children ages 7-14. Campers must provide a packed lunch. Must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose between Two Options

  • $165 for one-week kids’ horseback riding camp (up to a $350 value)
  • $329 for one-week of kids’ horseback riding camp for two (up to a $700 value)

Camp operates from 9:30am to 2:00pm, campers must provide a packed lunch. Must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Camp times run from 9:00am - 2:00pm from July 7th - 11th, July 14th - 18th, July 21st - 25th, July 28th - August 1st , August 4th - 8th, and August 11th - 15th.

English Horseback Riding: From Cavalry to Country Club

Horseback-riding lessons can focus on the English style. Read on to learn more about the style’s unique qualities and history.

Though practiced in competition and for pleasure all over the world today, English-style horseback riding originates with the traditions of the European military cavalry. As such, english riders tend to ride horses that are larger than their American counterparts (who mostly practice a style known as Western riding) and trained to be much more obedient—invaluable traits on the battlefield and in the competition arena. Riders traditionally don a hunting cap or helmet, a fitted jacket, breeches, and tall boots before clambering into the saddle—built smaller and lighter than Western saddles to give the horse more freedom of movement and closer contact with the person. Textbook english equestrians sit tall and straight, directly keeping firm control of the horse with the reins. English riders also “post the trot,” rising from the saddle slightly to avoid the gait’s often uncomfortable bounces.

The English style appears on the world stage in both judged and nonjudged competition. Depending on the event, riders negotiate a series of balletic movements or obstacles while judges assess the horse’s obedience, responsiveness to the rider’s cues, and agility—attributes that complement the sport’s time-honored emphasis on elegance and decorum. Nonjudged sports include classic horse racing and polo, which uses english tacking and features some elements of the style

Sugar Magnolia Farm

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2–10 people

Philosophy: We believe in safe, sound, and healthy horses

Pro Tip: Our farm believes in treating each customer as an individual to make every experience memorable

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: All Ages


Customer Reviews

Very worth it! Really good lessons, great instructors, nice horses. My young kids (girl 6 and boy 9) learned a lot and loved it!
Sarah B. · July 29, 2016
Great facility. Really nice horses, great teachers. The lessons were really good, the instructors really teach the kids a lot!
Sarah B. · July 29, 2016
My daughter loves the summer camp and riding lessons with Allie!
Michelle M. · July 25, 2016
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    111 Crane Hill Road

    Mansfield, CT 06269


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