​​​​​​​​2018 Summer Riding Lessons​​

Riding lessons at the UF Western Farm

westernforwardfacing.jpgThe University of Findlay is offering riding lessons for riders 6 years of age or older and all skill levels this summer. The lessons are scheduled on an individual basis with a University student rider. 

Lessons start in May and run through August at UF's Western Equestrian and Animal Science Complex at 14700 US 68, Findlay, Ohio 45840.


  • $35 per hour for community members, $30 per hour for UF faculty and staff

  • $25 per half hour for community member, $20  per half hour for UF faculty and staff

Lessons will need to be paid in advance. All students will use a university-owned horse and tack.

Lessons for students 6-12 years of age will be given on a lunge line at the instructor’s discretion.  Children 12 and under MUST wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet.  Bicycle helmets are not acceptable.  Persons over 12 years of age are encouraged to wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet.  Smooth-soled boots with a heel are required.  No tennis shoes or shorts may be worn for lessons. 

Registration Information

To sign up, download and complete the UF Riding Lesson Packet  and mail it along with the Waiver of Liability included in the packet and payment for the first lesson to:

The University of Findlay-Western Farm

14700 US 68

Findlay  OH  45840


Call 419-434-4656 for more information. 

​​Riding lessons through the Hancock Park District

The Hancock Park District is partnering with the University of Findlay to offer a 15-hour hands-on horseback riding program for beginners over the course of five consecutive days. 

This program will take place at the James L. Child, Jr. Equestrian Complex at 11178 Township Highway 201 Findlay, OH 45840.

Instructor Information:

The head instructor for this horseback riding program will be Mark Smith. Mark is an instructor in University of Findlay's western equestrian program. He has been a professional horseman for over 35 years. He has trained and coached multiple world and national champions and is a carded judge with six national breed organizations.

In addition to riding time, basic horse care will be covered, including, but not limited to:

  • Feeding

  • Catching a horse in the stall

  • Putting on a halter

  • Leading a horse

  • Grooming

  • Bathing the horse

  • Cleaning the saddle

Basic tacking up and riding skills that will be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Mounting and dismounting

  • Walking

  • Stopping

  • Guiding

  • Jogging

  • Loping


  • Recommended dress is long pants and boots with a sturdy heel or sturdy shoes

  • Participants must sign an assumption of risk/liability release/waiver and parental consent form, if applicable, from The University of Findlay and Hancock Park District

For additional information and costs, please click the button below.

Questions? Contact the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.