Riding School

Riding Programs for All Levels of Riders

Far West Farms prides itself on being able to give all its riders an opportunity to build upon their equestrian skills and develop new confidence in a safe and supportive environment.  Although Far West Farms is widely recognized as one of the top hunter, jumper, and equitation training facilities on the West Coast, we also provide instruction for beginner and intermediate riders in our riding school program.

At FWF you will learn under the watchful eye of our certified trainers who are able to teach riders the correct skills needed to build a solid foundation.  If you don’t have your own horse, you can learn on one of our much loved and well-cared for school horses.

Conveniently located in Calabasas with easy access from the 101, students come from all over Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to take advantage of our quality programs and expertise.


Packages (Beginner Ring)

  • 3 Lessons – $210
  • 6 Lessons – $420
  • 12 Lessons – $840

Packages (Intermediate Ring)

  • 3 Lessons – $270
  • 6 Lessons – $540
  • 12 Lessons – $1080

About Our Programs

Rachel kissing a school horse named Red.
For students who wish to get more involved in caring for the horse, we welcome you to come early before your lesson and learn how to groom and tack up the horse.We believe the horsemanship part of horses not only involves the riding but, the care and welfare of the animal as well.

FWF’s training program ensures student growth. First, basic riding skills are taught on our lesson horses in the Riding School’s “Downstairs Ring”. Good horsemanship is nurtured in Summer Camp and Horsemanship Clinics. When ready, riders finesse their skills in our “Middle Ring” and start to show. By the time they’re ready to ride in the “Upstairs Ring,” students have their own horse and are beginning to negotiate solid, technical courses. In our proven system, young enthusiasts become riders and riders become champions.

Book Your Lessons Today!

Give us a call or email us and schedule a visit to the barn so you can see for yourself what we’re about. We’d be happy to give you a tour and introduce you to our Riding School instructors and our lesson horses.

Contact us for more information about our riding school programs or to schedule a visit to our property to talk with a trainer.


Can I ride my own horse?

Yes.  We offer full-care boarding with a wide range of services to ensure your horse is well cared for.  Please call our office or email us to arrange a visit to tour our property and inquire about specific services.

I don't own my own horse, can I still take lessons?

Yes.  For students who do not own their own horse, our riding school program gives riders the opportunity to still enhance their skills on a regular basis and, on a variety of school horses.  How often you choose to ride is up to you. 

When are lessons offered?

Lessons are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday; mornings, afternoons, and evenings.  Our arena is lighted so that we have the ability to offer lessons in the morning before work/school as well as into the evening.

I am a beginner. What can I expect during my first few lessons?

Unless otherwise previously arranged, all new students at Far West will start with a 30-minute riding evaluation. Our trainers will evaluate the students riding, listening, and coordination skills on the horse. We start our students as young as seven years old.

Generally, a first-time riding student will begin in half-hour long private lessons until they can comfortably walk, trot, and steer and then may join one of our one-hour beginner groups.

After signing up for lessons students will be provided with a list of basic riding essentials needed before starting their lessons.

Can I take group lessons?

We offer group lessons for all level of riders. Your trainer will evaluate your riding level so that you can ride with others of a similar level. Our groups are small, usually from three to five riders, and all students get plenty of attention and jump time.   Our beginning rider lessons are held in the “downstairs arena” where we can keep group lessons small so that we can provide great individual attention to each rider in the group.

We offer group (as well as private) riding lessons six days a week. Everyone works at their own pace in a group and our flexibility allows for private lessons when needed as well.

When the student is ready the rider may be invited into the “middle ring” where more advanced training is conducted.   Riders are not required to own their own horse in order to advance to the middle ring.

Speak with the trainer to come up with the best riding program that suits your needs.

Can I lease a horse?

Yes.  Students in our riding program often fall in love with a particular horse or pony and some of our school horses are available for full leasing or on a half lease.

We can also work with riders to help them locate and lease a horse that they may want to bring to the barn.  Leasing offers all riders an affordable opportunity to form a special bond with their own horse, or to start showing without the long-term financial commitment of fully owning your own horse.

Do you only offer lessons to kids and 'show' people?

We offer lessons to children age 7 and older through adult. We have many adult first-time riders, and adults who are just returning to riding. We do have an outstanding reputation of being one of the top training barns on the West Coast, but we also have a great riding school program for those riders who are not necessarily interested in showing.

I don't have a saddle or helmet, can I still take lessons?

Yes!  We teach riders in our Stuebben saddles specially fitted to put students in the correct riding position; or you are welcome to bring your own saddle.  Helmets are also required for all riders.  We have a limited number helmets available for riders so please call our office in advance if you have any questions about what riding attired and type of helmet you will need for your lessons.

After signing up for lessons students will be provided with a list of basic riding essentials needed before starting their lessons.

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At Far West Farms (FWF), there is a place for everyone at every riding level, and all have an opportunity to excel. On any given day, you may see a first-time student trotting around the ring, then watch a high-powered jumper loft over a 4’ fence. The excitement is the same for both riders!

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