DHEC's lesson program is world class. Our philosophy is to provide quality instruction by an experienced trainer with a focus on safety, horsemanship and fun. We offer lessons Tuesday - Sunday, from 9am to 5:30pm for both boarders and non-boarders alike. We require all riders to have an introductory lesson, which allows our staff to evaluate a rider's level of experience and skill. After this lesson, we will attempt to place you into a private or group lesson where you will ride with other students at a similar skill level.
We offer hunter/jumper and dressage lessons plus have a 5-acre cross-country schooling field for eventing. We go to local hunter/jumper and eventing shows on a regular basis. Some of the shows we attend are the Silver Sands h/j shows, MSC, POP, Rocking Horse, and Majestic Oaks 3-phase cross-country, dressage & stadium schooling shows and the HSITP Hunt Country shows at Grand Oaks in Weirsdale. We also attend rated dressage shows and eventing horse trials
For the beginner, DHEC teaches how to tack up and basic horse care and grooming. We believe that taking care of your horse is an important part of the lesson program. Caring for your horse before and after each lesson makes each rider feel more comfortable around horses, teaches responsibility and allows the rider to feel closer to their mount. We start at the very beginning teaching balance as a number one priority.
For the more advanced riders, we offer an extensive lesson program focusing on safety and horsemanship so you can move up to that next level. The program features many school horses, group instruction, and frequent participation in local shows. DHEC provides additional services for the equestrian community, including offering horses both for sale and for lease.
Because the safety of our riders is extremely important, ALL riders must wear a helmet. We provide helmets for riders who do not have their own. Please wear long pants or breeches (jeans are ok). Paddock boots are ideal or a hard-soled boot with a small heel is acceptable (no tennis shoes).
Lesson packages, horse camps and gift certificates are available. Please call us to schedule a time to come out to the farm to see the facility, meet the horses and enjoy your first lesson.