Private & Semi-private lessons
All lessons are either private or semi-private as that allows us to pay special attention to each rider in our program. Private lessons are 30 minutes in length with the expectation that capable riders will be groomed, tacked, and warmed up and ready for the start of the lesson. Semi-private lessons are 60 minutes in length with the same expectation for capable riders. Our goal is to give riders a good base to build their skills on while focusing on having a fun, yet safe, experience.
Single rider: $195.00 per month (includes one lesson per week)
Single lesson (if starting mid-month)/extra lessons: $45 per lesson
Off-site lessons: $60/30 minute private lesson or 45 minute semi-private
$75/45 minute private lesson or 60 minute semi-private
Pony ride: $30/20 minute session (reserved for small children ages 3-4)
Students will be held responsible for paying for their lesson unless we receive 24 hours notice of cancellation. In the event that the student is sick and cannot ride, we require a make up lesson be scheduled by the student for the next week. We will not carry make up lessons over into the next month unless it occurs in the last week of the prior month. Students are allowed one make up lesson per month.
If roads are bad, we will use our best judgement as to whether or not to reschedule lessons. We will make a decision at least one hour before the scheduled lesson time and contact each student. If the road conditions are questionable and you have not been contacted or are not sure, please contact Steph for a decision.
At Heavenwood Farm, we take care to provide our students high quality instruction and attention. Here is a list of our services and prices.
Steph has been riding and training horses for over 30 years. She started out competing in the Hunter ring but made the switch to Eventing shortly after moving her first horse, Junior, to Westwynd Farm in 1997 when she joined Pony Club and started training with Mary Schwentker. She was a member of Manada Creek Pony Club until she started college. Steph has ridden and trained with well known riders/trainers such as Mary Schwentker (4* event rider and USDF medalist), Sally Cousins (holds the leading lady event rider title in the US for 6 consecutive years), Lucinda Green (British eventing Olympian), Steuart Pittman (Advanced level event rider), and Alexa Derr (Grand Prix Dressage rider). She has also audited clinics by well known eventer Jimmy Wofford and upper level dressage riders/trainers, Julio Mendoza and Betsy Steiner. She has competed up to the Preliminary level and rides regularly with Sally Cousins. She is currently teaching intermediate+ lessons here at Heavenwood and training some of the farm's younger horses. Steph really enjoys teaching riders how to bring out the best in their horses, but also has a particular passion for training off-track Thoroughbreds for their second careers.
Steph Spiece - Head Instructor
Kristen Vigliano - Assistant Instructor
Kristen started riding as horse crazy kid more than 25 years ago and has never looked back. Though she started out in 4-H and local hunters, Kristen eventually joined Pony Club which was the start of a lifelong love of the sport of Eventing. Over the years Kristen has been fortunate to train with many top eventing professionals including Lucinda Green, Denny Emerson, Jimmy Wofford, Mary Schwentker and Stuart Pittman. Kristen was also a member of The Beaufort Hunt and enjoyed many memorable hunts aboard the fabulous thoroughbred mare, Roxy Balboa. Constantly striving to better herself as a rider, Kristen is always looking for opportunities to develop greater skill and understanding of the horse and the sport of riding. Kristen loves to teach and especially enjoys introducing the newest of riders, both child and adult, to the amazing world of horseback riding. Kristen currently owns 2 retired thoroughbreds, a pony, a miniature horse, and a very cheeky thoroughbred/Connemara yearling. Recently, Kristen has been focusing more on Dressage and currently rides and trains with Jutta Ruckgaber at Deerfield Farm.
Photo Credit: Amanda Smith