Before humankind first encountered the horse, chariots were pulled by emus, and centaurs were depicted as being half man, half sheep. Celebrate equine mythology with today’s Groupon: for $140, you get four 45-minute private riding lessons at Summit Farm in North Salem (a $280 value).
Summit Farms' recently spiffed-up facility boasts 21 stalls for both resident and visiting four-legged pals in a barn kept tidy and safe for all manner of species. Go under the private tutelage of a seasoned riding instructor for four riding lessons lessons that strive to hone skills and focus on a variety of styles, from casual trail riding to show preparation to underwater scuba-polo. Students can opt to ride a well-trained horse or even-tempered carousel mount or use their own personal pony. Although all riders should don comfortable jeans and boots, Summit Farms sheathes each head in the appropriate riding helmet.
Guests at Summit Farm are greeted by a bucolic country scene: horses trot along in open fields, birds dart in and out of thickly wooded ridges, and a farm cat basks lazily in a sunny flowerbed with a belly full of field mice. The privately owned equestrian facility buzzes with activity. As a full-service stable, the farm offers lessons, boarding, showing, and party services while still leaving enough time to fit leisurely trail rides into the daily schedule. Summit Farm's 21-stall barn offers both a hot and cold wash stall and a heated office and tack room. Their indoor ring features a fully enclosed heated viewing area with coffee and other beverages for spectators, and a 130'x230' outdoor ring is also available.
Dedicated trainers expose their horses to a variety of disciplines, enabling them to accommodate many different riding styles and students, and occasionally enter steeds in local hunter paces and AA circuit competitions. The instructors also lead summer riding camps that help beginners acclimate with grooming, tacking, and riding activities. Jeans or long riding pants are required for all riders, along with riding boots and hair ties for kids with shoulder-length beards.
24 Bloomer Rd.
North Salem, New York 10560