Due to visibility and sartorial concerns, the Kentucky Derby no longer requires horses to wear the round, brimmed hats that gave the race its name. Make other choices based on horse sense with today’s Groupon to Tammy McDonald Training in Newcastle. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get a one-hour group horseback-riding lesson (a $35 value).
- For $12, you get a half-hour group horseback-riding lesson (a $25 value).
A family-friendly horseback-riding institution, Tammy McDonald Training has been schooling prospective jockeys for more than 40 years with group lessons. Students can mount up on one of the ranch's pedagogically sound lesson horses or take advantage of their BYOH policy.
Group lessons in both English and Western styles can cover everything from basic riding skills to advanced topics in equitation and reign-grip calculus. Nestled in the foothills of Placer County, Willow Lake Ranch, the home of Tammy McDonald Training, boasts a large indoor riding arena as well as picturesque views of the countryside to enjoy while practicing horseback heroics.
Tammy McDonald Training
Six-year-old Tammy McDonald fearlessly hops into the saddle for her first horseback lesson, excited to finally follow in her family’s equestrian footsteps with this foray into riding. Fast-forward to 1988, as Tammy––by now an experienced competitive rider and horse trainer–– takes over Willow Lake Ranch from her family and converts it into a horse-training facility of her own. Intent on fully transforming the facility, Tammy has since dappled the rolling ranch’s lush pastures and clusters of evergreens with horse-centric amenities including a covered riding arena, tack rooms, and a wash rack replete with pony-sized shower caps. Over the course of any given week, Tammy and her crew of instructors can be found imparting their sizeable know-how to pupils of all ages and abilities during riding lessons or helping experienced riders hone their skills via intensive clinics held periodically throughout the year. As summer unfurls, full-day riding camps introduce young steed riders to horses via activities such as basic tacking skills and games of MASH with the stallion of their choice.