Ridgefield Riding Academy Lesson Program

Welcome to Ridgefield's lesson program. We are proud to offer instruction in English, Western, and Jumping. We are here to make riding enjoyable; so come join the fun and learn how to ride effectively! Our main goals are teaching students the basics in horsemanship, horse care and riding skills.

Ridgefield's riding program includes students of ALL ages, from beginners to advanced. We strive to teach all students to achieve their horseback riding goals. Whether you are just learning to ride or want to show on the jumping A circuit, Ridgefield Riding Academy can help you.

Riding Camps

Summer Horseback Riding Camps for Kids
If you don't have a horse or pony of your own, you should try one of our 4 camps and you'll get to enjoy being around horses all day, for 4 days
Riding Lessons

Lesson Packages
Discounted monthly lesson packages are available. Packages include weekly lessons and is payable by the first of the month. For more details on the lesson policy, please call Ridgefield Arena at (636) 527-3624.

Lesson Prices
  • Group Lessons: $45
    • 60 mins, please arrive 15 minutes before your lesson time for tacking up. Lessons are 1 hr including mounting, adjusting and safety checks.
  • Discounted Monthly Lesson Package: $35 (per lesson)
    • entire package must be paid in full before the first lesson of the month.
    • 60 mins, please arrive 15 minutes before your lesson time for tacking up. Lessons are 1 hr including mounting, adjusting and safety checks.
  • Private Lessons: $55
    • 30 mins, please arrive 15 minutes before your lesson time for tacking up.

Please Note:
  • Lesson checks should be made out to "Ridgefield Riding Academy" and are due on the first of the month.
  • A late fee of $20 is applied if the group package payment is received after the 1st lesson of the month. A Courtesy deposit of $50 is required to receive the discounted Monthly Package rate.  If a cancellation notice is received 30 days prior to that package month, and the final month package is paid in full, the $50 deposit will be refunded.  Otherwise, the deposit is surrendered.

Available Lesson Times
  • Group Lessons: Monday through Friday from 4-8pm
  • Private Lessons: can be scheduled according to instructor availability
  • Not all times and dates are open, please call for availability.  Preference for open slots will be given to those on our waiting list

Riding Lesson Policies

Cancellations and make-ups
When unable to attend a lesson, please give seven (7) days notice. A message must be received 24 hours before the start of your lesson time to be eligible for a make up lesson. Make up lessons will be given during the group lesson times and must be completed before the end of the month. One make up lesson is permitted per rider per month. Make up lessons can not be carried over to the following month. Lessons may be cancelled due to extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  If this should happen we will attempt to contact you as soon as possible. We reserve the right to cancel lessons 4 days per year without crediting or making up lessons. Please check the barn answering machine for any lesson updates. A 30 day notice is required when dropping out of the monthly lesson package. This is necessary for our scheduling and staffing.

A hard hat, long pants and boots with a 1" heel are required. Dress should be appropriate for the weather.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your lesson. A list of horses and riders will be provided. If your horse is available you may start grooming and tacking up. A lesson assistant will be in the barn to help the students groom both before and after their lessons. When finished tacking up, wait for the assistant or the instructor to tell you when to head to the ring.

Visitor Safety
Ridgefield has an outdoor patio as well as a heated / air conditioned lounge that are to be used by family and friends to watch lessons. Please do not stand at the rings or in the tack up areas. Please wear appropriate footwear when around the horses and follow any guidelines given by the assistants and instructors.

Riding Instructors


Annie Vibbert - Barn Manager and Instructor
FLASH - Annie is the recipient of the MOHJO 2016 Nomination for Professional Sportsmanship in the USHJA!
FLASH - Annie is the recipient of the MOHJO 2016 Nomination for Professional Sportsmanship in the USHJA!

Annie Vibbert has over 25 years of riding experience and an extensive background in dressage, equitation, and show jumping. After having ridden at Hunterdon, Inc. with George Morris, Chris Kappler, and Jeff Cook for many years she was asked to join them as an assistant barn manager. This opportunity allowed her to travel to "A" rated shows all across the east coast and learn from many of the top trainers on the circuit. After leaving Hunterdon, she decided to broaden her knowledge by working at a private show barn, first as a groom, then an instructor, and later an assistant trainer. Her knowledge and skills have added to her management of Ridgefield Arena and the Riding Academy.

Mary Gardner - Instructor

Mary Gardner and Dolly

Mary began her professional career over 30 years ago breeding and training young horses. She brought many of them into the show ring and is credited with State and Regional Championships. Early on, she became known for helping owners with "problem horses". Mainly horses that were fearful of trailering, had developed dangerous habits, or had bad manners. She then faced the task of rebuilding an owner's trust and confidence in their equine partner. Her training has included the disciplines of dressage, saddleseat, fox hunting, western and her favorite, hunter/ jumpers. She has worked with girl scouts, 4H'ers and pony club. She's a clinician and a judge. Over the years, Mary has ridden or participated in clinics with some of the most respected horsemen and women in the industry. Sally Swift was a favorite. Most recently, she participated at a USHJA trainer's certification. Mary is known for her ponies. She gave "Roma" an important job when she donated her to Therapeutic Horsemanship as a cart pony. Her beloved "Tinker Toy" has taught hundreds of lessons and is happy to teach another. "Dolly" is a rising star! If you think Mary is proud of her ponies, just ask her about her 5 children! She enthusiastically brings vast experience and knowledge to the riding academy. Mary places an emphasis on safety, horsemanship, and correct equitation during each and every lesson. Mary has taught at some of the loveliest barns in St. Louis but she is honored to call Ridgefield her home.