Horseback Riding Lessons

CHSA Finals Short Stirrup

Riding Instruction

 Leslie's instruction in equitation and hunters is based on the classic principles of  George Morris and  Bernie Traurig   as well as other great masters who teach that position is always the  first building block in a rider and only from proper position and  balance do softness and feel  develop.  In addition good horsemanship  produces a happy, comfortable horse which will always be the best  and  most willing partner. She strives to create proficient students in and  out of the show ring focusing on safety and horsemanship as well as form  and function. Children and adults alike learn the joys of riding and  caring for horses to create educated horsemen and women.  Basic position  and understanding how form affects function are the keys to a solid  foundation and good riding at all levels. From nurturing a first time  beginner rider or young horse, to coaching them to their first blue  ribbon and championship she instills a sense of responsibility and  passion for all aspects of riding and horse care. Her students have  achieved Finals wins and year-end awards at many levels. She brings her  diverse equine background to her students. If you are looking for  horseback riding lessons for yourself or your child call Leslie!  For frequently asked questions:

Training for you and your horse

 Training is offered both in conjunction with lessons when needed and  independent of them.  Leslie  has extensive experience both with  training young horses and retraining problem horses.  She was tasked  with bringing the green horses along when working with Dee Dee Hopper at  Kingsley Farms. These days "made" horses are quite expensive and many  riders start with somewhat less than an experienced show horse. She  brings horses along in accordance with their physical ability and mental  maturity at their own pace. Leslie uses basic horsemanship, education  of the rider as well as conditioning and training of the horse to  produce results.   Training your horse is always an ongoing process,  as  George Morris says  "Every second, you're either schooling or  un-schooling your horse. There's no in-between." 

Association and partner links

Teaching green horses to jump

Young mare being taught to jump through gymnastics




I have been riding with Les for over ten years. She has influenced me on and off of horses in so many ways. I have witnessed Leslie's ability to tailor her instruction to a wide variety of learners. As a collegiate horseback rider and future elementary school teacher there is no one I would recommend more for a beginner looking to get into the horse world, an old pro, or someone who wants to get back into it after a hiatus. She has instilled in me a wealth of knowledge, confidence, and passion and for that I am grateful to have her as a trainer and role model.

Rita Tryon Leslie is an excellent trainer who works with all age groups and levels of experience.  I started riding with Leslie 8 years ago and I always look forward to my lessons with her.  She cares about her students and the horses making sure everyone is safe at all times.  Train with Leslie and you will experience success and enjoyment in the sport of riding horses

Heather Holbrook Leslie has been my daughter's riding instructor for 10 years. She has always held my daughter's safety as top priority, and she has proven to have our best interests at heart. Two years ago when we purchased our first horse, there was no question who I wanted to be in charge of training our new, young mare! Leslie has brought my daughter from a young, careless rider, into a beautiful, capable equestrian. My daughter has been on her IEA team for 4 yrs and has had excellent success in the show ring! I highly recommend her for all your riding needs!

Andi Sheptoff

 Leslie is a gifted horsewoman and Hunter/Jumper Riding Instructor who  concentrates on basic principles and proper horsemanship!  And her  students’ successes in the Show Ring, Finals wins and placings are proof  positive!