Parents and Students have shared their thoughts...
Our daughter eagerly looked forward all year to her Pony Pals camp. It was the highlight of her
summer. She loves the riding, the friendly counselors, and the friends she makes there every year.
~ Adi R.
We loved Pony Pals camp! Our son had a blast, and as parents, we couldn't believe how much he
learned in one week! The group of kids was small, and they did so many fun activities each day,
including getting a real riding lesson twice each day, which I think is fantastic. I promised him we'd be
back next summer! ~ Wendy B.
My then 5 year old daughter participated in pony pals camp at Woodlands for two weeks the summer
of 2018. I was impressed with how much she learned in such a short time. Our family enjoyed the
information she shared about horses every evening. She had a wonderful time and misses the
horses dearly. After this experience, she will be a horse lover for ever. She has already asked if she
can come back next year. The staff is wonderful, friendly and helpful. The program is well run and
organized. I highly recommend it. Thanks for a great two weeks! ~ Meredith W.
As always, Jordan loved summer camp at Woodland, and as always, we parents did, too! It was great
fun, great physical activity, great learning about responsibility. And the staff are completely low key
and flexible to our family's needs. It's such a pleasure to be there!
~ Joey R.
My daughter has been riding weekly at Woodland for two and a half years and there has never been
a day that we were not excited to go - even in the coldest and hottest weather. We love the horses,
the instructors with their friendly approach, and the open space where kids can play. ~ Sarah S.
Of all the barns at which I've ridden, Woodland has the nicest, most caring staff and volunteers.
They truly care about the horses and it shows in the temperament of the horses. ~ Susan C.
One of the things I like best about Equi-lease is that I get to ride the same horse every time I ride. I
like having a relationship with the horse. ~ Bryan P.
My daughter calls Woodland her "happy place". The animals always look clean and healthy,
surrounded by people who truly love, understand and appreciate them. Woodland offers so many
exciting opportunities for all levels and ages that the only challenge is finding the time to participate in
all the activities. My favorite part as a parent, though, is the supportive and caring staff: I have the
peace of mind knowing that my child is always taken care of in the most warm and nurturing way. ~
Saddle Club is a terrific program with great instructors, wonderful horses, in a professional and safe
environment. My 8-year old is living her dream! And for this parent, it's satisfying to watch her
child's confidence and skills grow. ~ Christina L.
One summer I went to camp and I haven't left since then. My friends and great instructors keep me
coming back. I have so many great memories here. ~ Therese C.
I have been riding at Woodland for 20 years. It is a great place to learn the proper way to ride. ~
My daughter Sophia loves taking care of the Woodland horses. She knows a lot about horses, thanks
to the Saddle Club.
Thank you Saddle Club! ~ Joanna J.
Shae says she loves riding in the Saddle Club van and she loves getting to know the horses and
spending time with them. She especially loves Sox! The lessons are fun and she has made friends
with the other kids. She loves cantering and jumping. ~ Jim R.
My 11-year-old daughter loves Saddle Club and looks forward to it all week. She has learned skills
and confidence. And I love the convenience of after-school pickup! ~ Naomi B.
Imagine starting each weekend with a Friday horseback riding lesson after school. This is pure
heaven for a child who loves horses!
~ Kathy D.
Thoughts shared about our $20 Introductory Lesson...
"Your instructor, Michelle, is wonderful. She has a great demeanour and was very informative.
Thank you for a wonderful experience."
"I liked the lecture provided and the opportunity to ride."
"I really enjoyed my lesson. I have never been on a horse before but was made very comfortable by
both the instructor and helper."
"It was great. The instructor and the learning lesson was very informative. Thank you Woodland for
the wonderful experience."
"Very welcoming staff and instructor! Warm, friendly atmosphere. Emphasis on safety - great."
"The instructor was very helpful and attentive. She gave clear, concise instructions. The assistant
for my horse was very encouraging."
"We had a great introductory lesson! I can't believe how much we learned! The instructors were so
"Very educational, great patience from instructors and great place for kids. Thank you very much."
|Woodland Horse Center
16301 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905
301-421-9156 fax: 301-421-9049