Enjoy the sweet comforts and amenities that await when you return from your ride. From the rolling hills of Vermont to the open meadows of Boston’s North Shore, New England has destinations for all equestrians.
Whether you desire to compete, spectate or ride on the miles of trails surrounding many properties, you can find the perfect setting in New England. Landless’s equestrian team, a group of luxury brokers with extensive experience in riding and real estate, shares some of its favorite areas and highlights what makes them special.
Spectate, compete, or volunteer at events including the Festival of Evening, 100-mile ride, Sleighing Rally, Connemara Show and Western Dressage Ride with the North Country Hounds on beautiful trails with spectacular views, recap the ride over hunt breakfast at a beautiful farm Hack on the elegant carriage paths at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park at the edge of Woodstock village Be part of a welcoming community with a rich tradition of equestrian sports Shop the boutiques in Woodstock, grab a bite to eat around a shared table at a country store, visit the farmers’ markets, or stock up at Stafford Saddlery, one of our favorite tack shops anywhere The Charlotte Pony Club, begun in 1955, continues to be a vibrant epicenter for youths 7-21 years of age to learn about horsemanship and evening Green Mountain Hounds, with a large, active membership, celebrates riding out over the rolling meadows of the Champlain Valley and Western New York with a working pack of hounds.
This all-levels adventure takes you from a woodsy overview of the bay down to the beach! Nothing is more New England than being surrounded by trees with changing leaves of yellow, red, orange, and more.
A blue sky with some crisp air to match will help put all the colors into perspective, and this all-levels ride will be quite relaxing. We’ll also send you other ideas to pair your autumnal adventure with when you sign up using the button below.
But we’ve decided to buck tradition and bring more ranches into our herd of favorites. There are several dude ranches on the East Coast, all with fabulous horseback riding programs and activities, petting zoos, pools, campfires, family-style meals, and all the traditional experiences you’d expect on a dude ranch family vacation.
There is a petting zoo, fishing pond, kids’ club, indoor and outdoor pools with waterslides, a climbing wall, daily activities, additional horsemanship programs, and so much more. Open year-round, this East Coast dude ranch features an outdoor pool, kayaking and pontoon boating on the lake, fishing, clay shooting, golf, and sand volleyball in the warmer months.
Mountain Top is the only Vermont resort that offers a full equestrian program. With a full-service spa and guest houses (some with as many as seven bedrooms), this East Coast dude ranch is ideal for families looking for a luxury retreat among nature.
There is an indoor water park, mini bowling, soft play structures, a kids’ club, outdoor mountain tubing (in the winter and summer! Located in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Riding Ranch Resort keeps things simple.
Plus there are banana boat rides, kayaking, water skiing, beachside campfires, an indoor pool, fishing, archery and more in the warmer months. The cabins are simple, but can accommodate families of five or more, and are all within walking distance to the beach, pool, horses and main lodge.
This East Coast dude ranch is great for all equestrian skill levels and all horseback riding is covered in the all-inclusive packages. When the family isn’t horseback riding, there are wagon rides, ducks and chickens to feed, fishing, and campfires.
This smaller, working ranch is situated a little more than an hour from Columbus and offers tons of hands-on horse experience. Along with trail rides across 800 acres, guests will learn how the horses are trained, groomed, cared for and saddled.
While there are lots of other activities like tractor rides, berry picking, fishing, swimming and more, this dude ranch definitely centers on the horses. Located just one hour south of Orlando, the West gate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo offers families tons of cowboy-themed activities and accommodations.
Enjoy the spectacular property as you walk, trot or canter through mountain pastures, over miles of trails. Experienced rider or new in the saddle, our professional instructors will help you to improve your riding ability, English or Western, on your horse or one of ours.
Bring your horse for the day and ride our miles of scenic trails, use our rings and cross-country course. An ATM approved helmet is required and available and smooth soled boots with a heel are recommended to ride at the Resort.
There are a variety of options for East Coast riding vacations for both English and Western riders, ranging from historic BBS to resorts to ranches. You'll trek the pretty Mad River Valley and the Sugar bush resort area an hour south of Burlington.
Kayaking, swimming, clay bird shooting, hiking, tennis, and sand volleyball are a few of the other resort activities when guests aren't in the saddle. Locally sourced ingredients make up menu items at the Highlands Dining Room, where everything from French Dip and Shepherd's Pie to Pan Seared Elk Loin and Roasted Salmon is served.
Located outside Cooperstown and 90 minutes from Albany in New York State, B & B Ranch welcomes English or Western riders for equestrian training and trail riding vacations. Open year-round, this equestrian vacation destination has indoor and outdoor paddocks, a lighted arena and eight miles of seeded trails.
Riding trails lead into some Central New York's most inviting private land, with forests, pastures and plenty of space to explore. This riding vacation destination also features a full spa, indoor swimming pool and an observation deck for the horse training areas.
This historic and picturesque farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great pick for riders looking for diverse, short Western riding vacations and city folks who want a rural weekend escape. Guests may stay at the Inn at Fairfield Farm, a historic bed & breakfast located near the center of the Marriott Ranch's 4,200 acres.
This Virginia retreat, only an hour from Raleigh, North Carolina, offers year-round all-inclusive horseback riding vacation packages and day trail rides. Special Cowgirl Retreats include horseback riding, wine tasting, fishing, shooting, archery, wagon rides and relaxing massages.
You may choose from varied accommodations, including the log cabin, historic pack house or clamping tents for groups. At only one hour East of Atlanta, Southern Cross Guest Ranch lets riders, who are accomplished enough trail, ride unguided from their stables through Central Georgia's Historic Heartland.
The latest update for The Best Spots for HorsebackRiding in NJ is written by Lindsay Popular. Learning to horseback ride teaches kids to respect animals, conquer fears and promotes a love of the outdoors.
Here are some stables that you can take advantage of in our state, many of which offer riding lessons and summer camps. Location: 55 Blakely Lane, Newfoundland Details: Echo Lake is known for its beautiful and scenic trails, stunning horses, friendly trail guides, clean facilities and fun birthday parties.
You’ll take a 90-minute trail ride, indulge in a 90-minute barbecue, hear live entertainment and enjoy a hayride. Horseback riding lessons are given in a private ring where even seasoned riders can receive helpful riding tips.
Why I like it: Echo Lake Stables is open all year long for trail rides, making this a fun family adventure in any season. Location: 12-22 Woodland Avenue, West Orange Details: EEC has over 35 horses and ponies and offers three types of lessons year-round in its Olympic-sized indoor arena.
Location: 672 Fort Plains Road, Howell Details: This scenic farm offers English riding instruction for everyone from beginners to advanced riders. Hunter Brook Horse Farm recommends that new riders start with a few individual lessons.
They also host birthday parties featuring a petting zoo, mini riding lesson, an arts and crafts table and more. Camps feature riding lessons, grooming sessions, instructions in bridling and saddling a horse, games, picnics and more.
Kafka Farms offers private and group lessons for all skill levels, ranging from age 4 to adult. They also host a summer camp where riders take daily group lessons, play fun games on horseback and learn all about horse care.
Owner Harold Kafka is an experienced animal handler, his wife Debbie is the barn’s lead English riding trainer and children Rachel and Robbie assist with lessons at the farm. Location: 153 State Route 94, Vernon Details: The stable has about 350 acres and miles of woods on its Sussex County property.
Kids who are old enough to sit up and hold the saddle without help can ride on a pony or small gentle horse. Location: 134 North Grove Street, Berlin Details: Miller Farms originally started out by offering horse trail rides.
Now, it also features an annual Father’s Day monster truck show, a haunted hayride and Winter Wonderland. They have horseback riding each weekend of every month, with rides leaving at the top of the hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Location: 440 South Street, Morristown Details: These stables are part of the Morris County Park Commission. Instructors specialize in all levels of riding in an array of disciplines including English, Western and cross-country.
Enroll your child in private and semi-private lessons where instructors work closely with students, adjusting and advancing sessions based on each rider’s needs. Why I like it: Season Hackney’s Squishier Program is a sensible alternative to horse-ownership in which riders are allowed to ride a specific horse on certain days of the week.
Location: 1160 Summit Lane, Mountainside Details: Enjoy the stable’s 26 miles of bridle paths that weave through Watching Reservation, a 2,000-acre forest preserve.