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Riding Lessons

See Also: Children's Program; College Program and Horses in the Hood

Lindsay Smith prepares a student for a lesson

At Mill Creek Equestrian Center, our goal is to create conscientious, safe riders. We teach English riding lessons to all levels of riders. We encourage students to start off in private lessons, so an instructor can place them into an appropriate group lesson when they are ready. Our group riding lessons usually have five to ten riders and meet weekly. Most of our group lessons comprise ½ flat work and ½ jumping. We have a few groups that are Dressage or flat-work only (no jumping). Students may also schedule private or semi-private lessons in either jumping or Dressage.  Lessons are available Tuesday through Sunday; we are closed on Mondays and specified holidays.  For the competitive rider we specialize in Combined Training (Eventing) and Dressage and attend most of the Horse Trials in Area VI (California) as well as many of the local Dressage shows. Several times a year, our competitive riders have the opportunity to go out and school at some of the facilities where we compete.

Our most current lesson prices and riding lesson schedule are listed below. Check our Policies page for information on appropriate riding attire, general safety rules, etc.

Special Riding Programs

Mill Creek also runs several special riding programs. We have a Children's Horse Program on the weekends throughout the year and daily during the the Summer; complete information is provided on our Children's Horse Program page. We also host a number of camps for Horses in the Hood, Los Angeles, a fabulous organization that gives inner-city children an opportunity to ride and learn about horses.

Please note: We no longer have the horseback riding program through UCLA Recreation, but we have developed a very similar program in place of it. Visit the College Riding Program page for details.

Lesson Prices

Printable Price List (PDF file)

Note to Non-Boarders: Lesson payment is due when turning in your monthly lesson schedule; if you do not pay at that time, your lesson will be entered into the book, but you will not be assigned a school horse until payment is received.
If we need to bill you for a lesson, a bookkeeeping fee applies (see below)

Group Lessons (One Hour; 5 or more in class)
Private Horse
School Horse
Private Lessons
45 minutes w/ private horse
45 minutes w/ school horse
30 minutes w/ private horse
30 minutes w/ school horse
Semi-Private Lessons (45 minutes; 2 - 4 people)
Private horse
$60.00 each
School horse
$70.00 each
Children's Horse Program Pricing
Children's Program (private horse)
Children's Program (school horse)
½ Day Children's Program (private horse)*
½ Day Children's Program (school horse)*
*½ Day Children's Program price is whether or not the rider participates in activities
Monthly School Horse Lease Rates
Tu, We, Th, Fri (3 days)
1 weekday, 2 weekend days
2 weekdays, 1 weekend day
4 weekdays
2 weekdays, 2 weekend days
5 Days
Full Lease (6 days)
Practice Ride
$30.00 / ride

Lesson Schedule

Printable version of Mill Creek Group Lesson Schedule (PDF)

Lesson Time Lesson Level Instructor
5:00 p.m. (Fall - Spring) 2nd Level
5:00 p.m. (Fall - Spring) 4th Level
6:00 p.m. Adult Equitation
6:00 p.m. Training Jumping
7:00 p.m. Adult Jumping
4:30 p.m. Novice Jumping
5:00 p.m. 3rd Level
5:00 p.m. Advanced Dressage (Semi-Private)
6:00 p.m. Beginning Adult Jumping (& College Advanced Beginner)
7:00 p.m. Beginning Adult Jumping
4:30 p.m. 1st Level
4:30 p.m. 4th Level/Beginning Novice Jumping
6:00 p.m. Adult Dressage
7:00 p.m. Adult Jumping
9:30 a.m. Adult Dressage
9:00 a.m. Training Jumping
10:00 a.m. 2nd Level - Flat
10:00 a.m. Novice Jumping
11:00 a.m. 3rd Level - Flat
12:00 p.m. Children's Program Activities
Various Instructors
11:00 a.m. Beg. Novice Jumping
1:00 p.m. 2nd Level - Jumping
2:00 p.m. 3rd Level - Jumping
10:00 a.m. Novice Jumping
Various Instructors
10:00 a.m. Advanced Beginning Adults Jumping
11:00 a.m. 4th Level - Flat
12:00 p.m. Beg. Novice Jumping
Various Instructors
12:00 p.m. 1st Level
12:00 p.m. 4th Level Activities
Various Instructors
1:00 p.m. 1st Level Activities
Various Instructors
2:00 p.m. 4th Level - Jumping



1881 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, CA  90290 (310) 455-1116
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