Question: Riding Lesson Coaches - How Do I Find a Riding Instructor or Coach?
There are many ways to find good riding instructors. The best way is by word-of-mouth. Do you have a horseback riding friend? They may already know just the right coach for you. If not, here are other resources.
You can start looking for a riding instructor by:
- Looking in your phone directory. The business directory or yellow pages may have listings under categories like 'riding stables' or 'horseback riding'.
- Going to a horse show.
- Check bulletin boards of feed and tack stores.
- The same organizations that offer accreditation for coaches and instructors keep directories of the coaches they've qualified. I've listed many of them in What Makes a Good Coach?. Pony Clubs in the area will also have a good idea where you can find a good coach. You can also contact breed associations, and other local horse clubs.
- Ask at the stable you drive by on the way to the farmer's market or work. Perhaps they don’t give lessons, but they’ll probably know someone that does.