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Lesson Program


We provide horseback riding instruction with the safety, happiness, and well-being of students and horses being of primary concern.

North Country Animal League’s Equine Center provides horseback riding lessons for all ages and abilities. Our lessons are geared towards building strong fundamentals at all levels while fostering a relationship based on respect and trust between horse and rider. With a focus on the English riding discipline, our experienced instructors will work with riders to help them achieve their personal goals.

Riding lessons are offered in 4-week long sessions throughout the year. In the warmer months, lessons will take place either in our outdoor sand arena or large grass riding field, while on inclement days or during the colder-weather months, lessons will take place in or our spacious indoor riding arena.

Please contact riding@ncal.com to learn more or register.


Fall Lesson Program Dates:

Session 1:
Tuesday, September 7 – Monday, October 4 (Registration deadline is September 6th)

Session 2: Tuesday, October 5 – Monday, November 1

Session 3: Tuesday, November 2 – Monday, December 4


Lesson Pricing


1 hour private single lesson (with permission, and for new riders): $65

1 hour private lessons (4-week session): $260 ($65/lesson)

90-min semi-private lessons for 2 riders (4-week session): $260/rider ($65/lesson)

90-min group lessons for 3+ riders (4-week session): $160/rider ($40/lesson)


Lesson Program Structure


All riders are started in 60-minute private weekly lessons, which includes 30 minutes of horsemanship and 30 minutes of riding for safety and proper instruction.

Novice/intermediate riders arrive early to their lesson to groom and tack their horses. If a rider is still learning, our working students will assist or have your horse ready!

Group and semi-private lessons are offered for novice/intermediate to advanced riders. Group lessons are matched based on ability and rider age. Trainer recommendation required.

Riders do need their own ASTM approved riding helmet and proper riding boots. We will loan a helmet for an initial trial lesson.

We offer lessons Monday through Saturday, giving our equine partners a day of their own on Sunday!


Meet Our Instructors:



Mindy Hinsdale
Riding Instructor​

Mindy joins the NCAL team excited to share her love of teaching with the community lesson program. Her teaching experience spans 35 years, from young riders and pony camps to riders competing at regional and national levels.  As a junior rider, Mindy trained under such greats as Gunnar Ostergaard, Denny Emerson and Fran and Joe Dotoli. Under this tutelage she rose to the National level competing in equitation finals, including Madison Square Garden.  Mindy is a founding member of the Vermont Hunter Jumper Association where she served as President for many years.  She has also served on the board of the New England Horsemen’s Council, USEF Zone 1 Committee, and the Vermont Farm Bureau.  Mindy looks forward to seeing you at the barn and helping you reach your horsemanship goals!


Nina Matt
Riding Instructor​

Nina graduated from UVM in fall 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with Equine focus and a minor in English, after going to an agricultural high school where she got her vet tech certificate. She has been riding since she was four and got her first horse when she was 10. Nina spent her younger years as a “barn rat”, riding whoever she could in exchange for mucking stalls and helping out. Nina has had a focus in eventing in the equestrian field and was an avid Pony Clubber and got her C2 before deciding to focus on eventing. She spent a summer as a working student with Denny Emerson when she was 16 and also did a 6-month internship for international event riders, Kylie Lyman and Alexandra Knowles in Florida, Kentucky and Vermont.