About Butler Equestrian Program

Fall Lesson Registration is now open
Fall Lessons will begin Saturday September 7, 2019

About Butler Equestrian

Butler Equestrian is located on Butler Montessori’s campus in Darnestown, Maryland. Our year-round lesson program, which is open to the public, offers english balanced seat riding lessons for riders ages 6 and up. We offer several lesson packages to suit the needs of various ages and levels of experience. For our more advanced riders we also offer on property partial horse lease and lesson packages with opportunities to compete in local horse shows.

In addition to our regular lesson and lease program Butler Equestrian is a certified USPC (United States Pony Club) Riding Center! This allows us to provide our students with the opportunity to be part of a nationwide youth organization and to benefit from the standardized proven curriculum of the USPC. Students that join the Butler Equestrian Pony Club will enjoy the opportunity to participate in Pony Club ratings (standardized levels of proficiency recognized nationwide), rallies (team competitions hosted both regionally and nationally) as well as have access to a broad network of activities and educational programs. Butler Equestrian Pony Club members will also benefit from discounts that can be applied to their regular lesson programs.

Use this link to learn more about what USPC has to offer.

Over the summer months, Butler Equestrian is part of our very popular Butler Camp, providing riders ages 6 – 16 with the opportunity to participate in an intensive daily equestrian program. Riders ages 16 and older can apply to work as Equestrian Counselors through the summer. There is also a limited lesson program that continues through the summer for those riders that are not able to participate in camp.

Our Philosophy

At Butler Equestrian our goal is to foster relationships between horse and rider in a fun and safe environment. Butler Equestrian Program teaches horsemanship, encourages responsibility, and instills the value of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Our students learn to understand equine behavior and basic horse care in addition to riding.

Our Facilities

Butler’s equestrian campus is attached to Seneca Creek State Park and offers both woodlands and open fields for trail riding. Well maintained Indoor and Outdoor Riding Rings along with our 22-acre campus allow for many lesson and training opportunities. There are several barns with tack rooms, a wash stall and several sizes of paddocks and pastures to accommodate the varied housing needs of our horses.

Our Horses

Butler’s horses are carefully screened by our Equestrian Director for use in our program. They are available to current students for lessons and partial on-property leases. Our horses are happy, healthy and loved, leading to happy, successful students!

Lesson Packages/Information

Winter Session is a shorter version for Regular Session Riders. Details for this session will be in the registration portal starting December 1st.

Short Session: Short session lessons are designed for younger riders and riders that want to experience a fun and safe introduction to riding. Groups are limited to a maximum of 4 riders and part of each one-hour lesson will be learning basic horsemanship as well as riding.  When the weather is unsuitable for a mounted lesson riders will have unmounted lessons that will focus on horsemanship skills appropriate for their level. Riding 2x per week allows riders the practice time needed to build the skills required to move to the next level.

This session is 8 lessons that run over a 10 week timeframe which allows for two make-up weeks per session. Make-ups are subject to the Make-up/Cancellation policy.

1x week lessons $440.00 per session

2x week lessons $720.00 per session

Regular Session: Regular session lessons are designed for older and/or more advanced level riders. Groups are limited to a maximum of 6 riders and until a rider is deemed capable to care for their horses unsupervised part of each one-hour lesson will be used to learn basic horsemanship skills. When the weather is unsuitable for a mounted lesson riders will have unmounted lessons that will focus on horsemanship skills appropriate for their level. Riding 2x per week allows riders the practice time needed to build the skills required to move to the next level.

This session is 11 lessons that run over a 14 week timeframe which allows for three make-up weeks per session. Make-ups are subject to the Make-up/Cancellation policy.

1x week lessons $550.00 per session

2x week lessons $895.00 per session

Lease/Lesson Program

For riders that want to experience horse ownership without the purchase of a horse we offer partial on property lease opportunities. Riders in this program have priority use of “their horse” for all of their lessons and any clinics, horse shows or Pony Club activities they choose to participate in. The $500 monthly lease fee includes 2x week group lessons and a 1x week scheduled practice ride.

Butler Equestrian Pony Club

Those wishing to belong to the Butler Equestrian Pony Club may do so by contacting Miki Boulin and completing a USPC membership agreement.

Private Lessons

One hour private lesson. These lessons will be scheduled and paid for on a pay per ride basis. $75.00 per lesson

One hour private lesson to supplement your group lessons. These lessons will be scheduled and paid for on a pay per ride basis. $60.00 per lesson

Evaluation Lesson

This is a one time lesson that may be scheduled within an ongoing group to evaluate the best placement for an incoming rider. $45.00

Additional Make-up Lesson

Riders that are not due a make-up lesson but would like to participate in their groups make-up lesson may pay $20 to ride in their regular lesson space during the make-up week.

Cancellation/Make-up Policy

  • Lessons must be canceled a minimum of 3 hours prior to the scheduled start of the class (by texting or emailing your instructor) to be eligible to ride in one of the pre-scheduled make-up week lessons at no additional charge.
  • Make-up lessons must be taken during the registered session.. No make-up lessons will be carried over to another session.
  • Only two make-up lessons are allotted for short session and three make-ups for regular session per rider/class. Any rider that needs to cancel beyond their make-up allotment will forfeit those lessons.
  • If Butler Equestrian cancels due to weather, etc., you will automatically be eligible for a make-up lesson. If you are not able to participate in a make-up lesson during your session, a refund for this class will be issued.