Riding Lessons

indoor arena


Yonahlossee Stables offers lessons for students of all ages and experience levels. Our excellent staff has extensive experience working with riders and horses as a team, building confidence in order to improve skills. There is much to learn about Horsemanship. Riding is only one facet. We teach safety, care, anatomy along with grooming and riding. Whether you or your child are just starting out, or you are an experienced rider preparing for shows, we can help you meet your goals.

Collette McNell runs our lesson program. She formerly ran the prestigious private Elk River Club nearby as well as the Broyhill Equestrian Center in Blowing Rock. She comes from a family of Equestrians spanning three generations and has the experience and knowledge to instruct the beginner rider to very experienced riders who wish to hone their skills or prepare for showing. Our goal is to provide the best English riding experience in the High Country. We offer the best instruction in hunter jumper, dressage and english pleasure. 

Lessons are $60.00 per lesson        

We also offer a discounted rate of $50.00 per  lesson if lessons are taken on a regular weekly schedule at the same time and day each week. This price would be paid on the first lesson of the month for the entire month for every month throughout the year. This does not mean you are committed for an entire year, but paying on a monthly basis. We ask for a months notice if you wish to cancel lessons in this manner or go back to pay as you go rate.

We take check or cash and ask if you pay cash, to please put it in an envelope marked with the riders name. We have a drop box for payments located next to the tack room.

We want our riders to have an enjoyable and productive lesson so we ask that you show up with enough time to be ready for your appointed lesson time. For beginner riders, your lesson time will include tack up and tack down within the lesson time for the first ten lessons. So if your lesson is from 3-4, you can expect to be at the barn for that hour. After ten lessons, and for more advanced riders, your lesson time will not include tack up and tack down so we ask that you show up approximately 20 minutes prior to your lesson time and expect to stay approximately 20 minutes after your lesson time to adequately attend to your horse. Please keep this in mind when scheduling your lessons. If you cant be there before 3 say, please do not schedule a lesson for 3 as you need to be ready to be in the arena at the actual lesson time. We want our riders to have a complete horse experience while learning to ride  at our stables and that can include spending extra time at the barn when your schedule allows to just enjoy being around the horses and the barn. We welcome you to stay after your lesson is over to enjoy time at the barn outside your lesson. Learning to ride is so much more than being on the horse so we encourage all our riders to be part of our barn family.

For beginner riders, all you need to start off with is are appropriate boots. They must have a low heel. No sneakers, sandals or shoes that are flat on the bottom. We provide helmets. You do not need to have "riding" clothes,but long pants are required. No shorts. 

We focus on safety and so we do have rules. Horses are spooked quite easily, so please show caution when the horses are out out of their stalls and tied up in the cross ties. Always have your helmet on when riding. Please no running around the barn,inside or out. 

Our goal is to provide riders a first rate experience in learning to ride and to enjoy and have a great time, while becoming proficeint at the sport. Always feel free to talk to us about concerns.