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Lessons from beginner to advanced

Hillcrest is known for their reputation of a great family atmosphere where riders of all ages can gain knowledge and experience while in the barn. We customize both lessons and training programs to accommodate each unique need whether it is for the horse or rider. We offer a range of services including competitive showing, sales, lessoning and training.


Lessons run daily: Monday through Sunday. All lessons are by appointment only. We offer lessons to riders 6+ in age. Hillcrest offers lessons to help each of the riders grow in a safe and fun environment. Whether a beginner or competitive rider we customize our lesson and gear them towards any level rider. Lessons are generally 45-60 minutes depending on age and skill level.

Lesson information
and attire

Lesson Pricing:

  • Entry Level private- lesson for new riders are 45 minutes including learning how to tack and groom:

$55.00 each​

  • Private lesson no matter what level at 45 minutes each $55.00

  • Semi-Private lesson with one other rider at the same level $50.00 for a 45-60 minute lesson

  • Group lesson 3+ riders of all the same level $45.00 each  

Payment Options: Lesson fees must be paid at the time of the service.

**A discounted rate of $5.00 per lesson will apply to boarders and individuals that lease**

When your ready to buy gear check out:

The Trunk Show II

Dover Saddlery

Stateline Tack


Schneiders Tack

Please keep in mind the nature of the sport and come wearing appropriate attire.


What is the best thing to wear to my riding lesson?


Jeans and hard sole shoes with no more than a ½ inch heel (no sneakers). Rain boots or lace or zipper boot preferred.

A helmet will be provided if needed. A good brand to start with is Ovation or IRH (Black) .



Riding pants (Ovation, Kerrits Tuffrider)

Paddock Boots (Ovation, Saxon and Ariat)

Helmet (OneK or Charles Owen) Best to be fitted by professional



Riding Pants (Tailored Sportsman’s, RJ Classics & Pikeur)

Paddock/Tall Boots (Ariat, Moutain Horse, Tredstep)

Helmet (Samshield , GPA, OneK)

Crop Preferred for showing clients


Proper riding gear is required/ A Certified ASTM helmet is required


All riders depending on lesson that is scheduled should plan anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours from start to finish of the lesson. Arriving 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the lesson will allow for you to get your horse, groom your horse and tack your horse prior to your lesson starting. Stall will be there to assist you on how to start and where to begin. Lessons are scheduled one after another so riders achieve more riding time if they are able to mount their horse at the start of their 30 to a 1 hour time slot. Riders will need 15-20 minutes after their lesson for grooming and care of horse and to put and clean tack.


How do I schedule a lesson?

  • Call or text Hillcrest stables at 315-663-5255 to schedule a lesson

  • A cancellation policy does apply for all lessons

  • All students must fill out liability release and wavier before any service will begin

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