Stonelea Farm


Serving Northern Virginia

Horse riding lessons for all ages in a fun, safe, friendly atmosphere.

horse riding classes

Now in our 32nd year!


Horse Riding Lessons, Classes, Camps

Best Summer Camps Northern Virginia Magazine Award


Please read these important notes:

  • Please note that we are closed on Sundays. Text 703-475–8711 for an appointment.
  • All equine activities provided are governed by the Virginia Equine Activity Liability Act.
  • ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) helmets and boots are provided free of charge for students to use while deciding if they will continue riding!
  • There will be a $75 processing fee for any cancellations up to four weeks before camp begins. No refunds 4 weeks prior to camp date if spot cannot be filled. Funds can potentially be transferred to lessons.
  • Due to the unforeseen circumstances of Covid and the economic impact it has had on the farm, there will be no refunds for camps. However, the value may be transferred to another camp, or you may choose to turn the value into private lessons.
  • There will be a $35 fee per child for scheduled lessons if you are a "no-show" and/or you fail to give 48 hours notice. No further lessons will be scheduled until the fee is paid first.
  • A 30-day notice is required if you intend to discontinue lessons. Without a 30-day notice, payment will be forfeited.
  • If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, you will first be given the option of a private lesson at another time. If this is not desired, then a refund will be sent by check, not PayPal. For those who insist on a PayPal refund, there will be a $30 service fee, regardless of how or why the class was canceled.
  • We require a signed Release form.
  • We require a signed COVID Attestation form.

Horse Riding Lessons

New state-of-the art indoor arena! We never have to worry about rain or wind or terribly cold temperatures! (see video in sidebar)

first horseback riding lesson

  First horseback riding lesson for pony!

We offer private and semi-private riding lessons for all ages on super horses and ponies by a certified instructor. Fees range from $60 - $80.
Please call or email to sign up.

Comparison Shopping? Parents, when shopping for lessons, please note that Stonelea's prices reflect the individual attention your child will probably require when coming for their first lessons. After all – every child comes in totally in love with horses but then sometimes hesitate when they see how big they are! We have wonderful working students ready to guide your child through the grooming and tacking up of their mount, proper leading, final tack check before mounting and starting your child out with the lesson they will be joining, explaining the basics one-on-one until Ms. Lucia takes him/her for the beginning trot work. Your child will be assisted in this way until he/she is ready to join the lesson in progress. In other words, your child will receive a private lesson within the lesson until ready to go out on his/her own! Your child will build confidence while learning many riding skills and horsemanship in a safe and knowledgeable environment. Your child will be practicing that day's skills the entire time, not sitting and waiting for their 1 minute turn around the ring if they were in a typical group lesson. Progression is much faster at Stonelea, where one of our lessons equals up to 5 group lessons at another barn! Now, do the math! Your child will learn true horsemanship, not just putting time in --sitting in the saddle.

Visit Middleburg while your child is at camp - see note here.


Please note that we are closed on Sundays. Text 703-475–8711 for an appointment.

Hello Pony    Ages 2-6
Introduce your child to the wonder of horses! Participants and guardian will learn horse safety and grooming. Child will receive a ride and a souvenir. 1 hour. Limited to 8 students. The class will be cancelled if less than 4 riders sign up. If cancelled by Stonelea Farm, monies will be used toward another date. If rider cancels within 5 days of date, no refunds. $35 per rider per session

Due to Covid, we strongly encourage only one family member come with each child. We also ask that you stay at least 6 feet from other participants, when possible. Children will be given their own bucket with two grooming utensils in it. It has been sanitized and is for their use during the program. We will collect them after and sanitize them again. After each child rides, the saddles will be sanitized.

2021 Dates: 4/17 (FULL), 5/15, 6/5    11-noon
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Held only during the school year; additional dates to be determined.

**You can form your own group of four or more riders and call Lucia to set up a time during the summer. We are closed on Sundays.
2021 Dates: TBD
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Neighborhood Hello Pony
Same as above but you put together your own neighborhood or pre-school group, then contact Lucia for a mutual date. Minimum 5 students to hold class ($35 each per session), with one check as payment. May only be re-scheduled by Lucia due to foul weather.

From a parent:
"My daughter, Amelia, attended camp at Stonelea this week and had the time of her life. I just wanted to say thank you to you and all your helpers for making it such an amazing week for her. Thank you also for taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy."

Mini-Camps    Ages 5 and up
Mini camps to try horseback riding! If your child has been bugging you to let them ride a horse, this is a great introduction for them. On the ground, children will learn safety, proper riding position, grooming, and leading their horse/pony. Under tack, children will learn steering, safety issues, how horses think, and will play games to help them achieve effective riding positions and control of their mount. Helmets and boots provided (this is a savings of $80!). Wear long pants and bring a snack. Held only during the school year.
Saturdays 12:00-1:30pm    $70 per camper per session

2021 Dates:   Currently no mini-camp dates are being planned for 2021, however we are holding Summer Camps - see below.

**You can form your own group of four or more riders and call Lucia to set up a time during the summer. We are closed on Sundays.

Visit Middleburg while your child is at camp - see note here.

Spring Break Camp at Stonelea Farm!    Ages 5 and up
Pack snacks, water, and lunch and come hang out with the horses! Enjoy riding in the morning and barn management after lunch! Come and be part of the fun! See summer camp description below. $300
9-2pm Bring Lunch  
2021 Date: 3/29, 3/30, 3/31 Closed/Full as of noon on 2/28/21

Print and sign the required COVID Attestation form

Summer Camp 2021    Ages 5 and up
For those horse-crazy kids who really want to try riding a horse, but the family budget doesn’t allow for the weekly lesson commitment! Time will be spent learning how horses think, why they react to things the way they do, safety in handling, grooming and riding, proper riding position and control while mounted (through games), caring and keeping of horses.
If camp time listed ends after 12:00, please send lunch. The additional time will be spent helping with horse care, playing horse games and doing arts and crafts related to horses.
Do you have a boy? Well, parents, it's a fact that there are more girls in this sport than boys – in the lower levels. However, the other fact is, the higher up they get, the more the demographic evens out! Let your son try it. They'll have a good time and they will love their time with the horses. Once a boy gets it, they tend to stick with it; give them the chance!
Helmets and boots provided (this is a savings of $80!). Wear long pants and bring a snack.

6/21-6/25   9-3pm   $450 (bring lunch)
6/28-7/2     9-3pm   $450 (bring lunch)
7/12-7/16   9-1:30pm  $375
7/26-7/30   9-12pm   $350
8/2-8/6       9-12pm   $350

Closing date: one week before the start of camp. Registrations received after that date, if a spot is available, must include an additional $25 late registration fee.

Print and sign the required COVID Attestation form
Register now

Visit Middleburg while your child is at camp - see note here.

Student-only Camp

The student-only camp is only open to current students. This camp is intense and very hands-on. Includes two rides and a field trip per day plus stable management, arts and crafts and fun activities. This is a 4-day camp, Monday through Thursday. There will be two overnights because the kids will love waking up with the horses!
9:00am - 4:00pm (except for the overnights)   $500
2021 Date: 7/19 - 22

Print and sign the required COVID Attestation form
Register now

Girl Scout Programs

Remaining date available 6/5/21

A visit to the farm will help scouts attain their “Horse Fan” badge or a Brownie “try-it”. We love hosting Girls and Boy Scouts! They will have a blast riding, learning about body parts, breeds and colors and other horse knowledge, and doing some of the barn chores – the cleanup! They will experience everything from the beginning to the end of taking care of and riding horses and be excited to come back sometime in the future!
Please call or email for rates.
Print and sign the required COVID Attestation form

Homeschool Programs

New this year, Stonelea Farm will be offering special group pricing for all homeschooled children. Lessons must be taken during the school day hours and consist of a group of at least 3 to 4 students. Students will learn some basic barn management skills as well as enjoy a lesson on a quiet, patient school mount. Ms. Lucia will focus on safety while riding and students will practice valuable skills and improve their riding position and communication with their horse as they progress through the different skill levels. Limited riding times remain.
Please call or email Ms. Lucia for more information.

2021 Dates: 5/22, 6/5
Print and sign the required COVID Attestation form

Working Student Program

If your child is passionate about horses and would love to spend more time at the barn in addition to their lesson time this may be your answer! Students must be 10 and older, currently in the lesson program, and must be responsible and independent workers. Student must interview for the job and show maturity and responsibility. A written agreement is required between parent, child, and Miss Lucia for this privilege. Working students do any of the barn chores necessary to the smooth running of the barn—grooming, leading horses in, helping prepare horses for a lesson, mucking, haying, feeding, being a camp counselor, etc. Students work 5 hrs. in return for a supervised ride on a horse or pony; plus other bonus benefits from Ms. Lucia when opportunities present themselves!
Please call or email for more information.

Visit Middleburg

Live more than 20 minutes away? Do you want something to do while your child is in camp? Visit our quaint village of Middleburg – where we do all our shopping without the traffic congestion! It's just 12 miles away, passing beautiful country and going through the quaint village of Aldie on Route 50 west. Middleburg boasts a library--with an attached field and playground and a community center right next door with a pool and playground. It's so peaceful to stroll through town. If you're hungry, stop at the Upper Crust Bakery, which faces the side of the Safeway parking lot. There you will find homemade sandwiches, soups, cookies, and pies; plus ice cream! There are other restaurants or eateries, some with outside seating similar to the Bakery. For a list of all businesses: www.visitmiddleburgva.com. There is metered street parking (quarters) but also a metered lot if you take a left one block after the light. It's directly behind the church. You will have fun!

Limited Liability

Pursuant to Virginia Code Section 3.1-796.132 A. An equine activity sponsor, an equine professional, or any other person, which shall include a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company, shall not be liable for an injury to or death of a participant resulting from the intrinsic dangers of equine activities and, except as provided in Section 3.1-796.133, no participant nor any participant’s parent, guardian or representative shall have or make any claim against or recovery from any equine activity sponsor, equine professional, or any other person for injury, loss, damage, or death of the participant resulting from any of the intrinsic dangers of equine activities.

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Location & Hours

39953 New Road
Aldie, VA 20105

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Typically open for students Monday - Thursday 12 to 6; Saturdays 9 to 2. Closed on Sundays.

Stonelea Farm is a private property - please be respectful. If you're not a paying student and would like to visit, we are happy to host you by appointment. Please call or text the number listed above.

New Indoor Ring!

What we offer

Private lessons
Semi-private lessons
Riding classes
Summer camp
Extended summer camp
Student-only camp
Homeschool Programs
Girl Scout Programs
Riding To Recovery


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"Lucia is an excellent teacher, realizing and understanding the different styles of learning which has greatly benefited our son. We highly recommend her!" - K.B.
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horse riding

The kids have fun taking care of the gentle horses.

horse riding cantering


horse science

Science of horsemanship -
Students examining droppings for undigested food and/or worms.

horse riding jumping


learning to vault

Learning to vault

ring and sword game

Gross and fine motor skills learned while playing the ring and sword game

camp helpers

Camp helpers coming back from a hike

horse camp session

Unmounted session

girl scouts

Girl Scouts

girl scouts

Scouts learn breeds, colors, and more!

girl scouts

Scouts learn about chores, including cleanup

girl scouts

Boy Scout Troops are welcome too!

girl scouts

Indoor class with scouts

"Wonderful training barn for adults or child beginners. 9 yr old granddaughter became a confident and proud rider. Thank you Lucia! Highly recommend." - P.G., April 2013
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