LESSONS AT WOODEDGE
SUMMER 2021 UPDATE FROM OWNER BOB ALLEN ON WOODEDGE COVID-19 POLICIES CAN BE ACCESSED HERE
for Summer 2021 riding lesson information.
Horseback riding is rapidly growing in popularity as a sport, as it combines the elemental pleasures of vigorous outdoor exercise with the satisfying feeling that comes from the relationship with an animal.
Woodedge, which is primarily a teaching facility, is an exceptional place for children and adults to learn to ride or to enhance their skills. Our instructors help students progress at their own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.
Bob Allen, owner and director of Woodedge, is a nationally recognized riding instructor, judge, and trainer. In addition to having earned the title of Master Instructor, in 2007 he was named one of the top fifty U.S. riding instructors by the American Riding Instructors Association. He has served as chair of the ARIA national convention several times.
Bob and the entire teaching staff are experienced horsepersons who possess the knowledge, skill, and patience to help riders learn at a safe pace comfortable for each individual.
Woodedge is situated on twenty-eight acres on the eastern edge of Moorestown, New Jersey. We have five riding rings, including a lighted show ring, allowing night-time riding, and an indoor arena, providing escape from inclement weather. Trails though nearby woods and field provide additional pleasant areas for riding.
Woodedge maintains a stable of about twenty-five horses and ponies, specially trained for use in teaching. Students may also bring their own mounts for lessons. Boarding is available, but only to horses in training. Occasionally, select horses are available for sale or lease.
At Woodedge, students gain:
Group lessons are generally an hour long and consist of three to five riders of similar age and skill level. Private lessons are available for special show preparation or for additional practice to resolve riding issues. Riders are expected to allow enough time prior to the lesson for grooming and tacking the horse. Occasionally an unmounted horsemanship lesson is provided as part of the program.
Approved riding helmets are required for all students, as are long pants and hard-soled shoes or boots with at least a one-inch heel (no sneakers or loafers). Although riding boots and breeches/jodhpurs are not required, they are highly recommended. Loose or baggy clothing, which could become a safety issue, must be avoided.
In addition to regular training "semesters," Woodedge offers Summer Equine programs for girls and boys aged eight to fifteen years. Each summer five, two-week sessions are held from June through August, on Mondays through Thursdays. Daily activities include two riding lessons, theory, physiology, and complete care. Students should be enrolled by Mid-March, as demand is high and slots fill quickly.
Woodedge hosts several horse shows annually, both on the property and at the Gloucester County Dream Park, which has one of the largest and one of the few climate-controlled indoor arenas on the East Coast. Special events are The Woodedge Winter Series (six shows from December through March at the Dream Park) and the Moorestown Horse show held each fall at Woodedge.
Woodedge schedules lessons on a year-round, four-semester basis:
Application for enrollment is made several weeks prior to the start of each semester. If space is available, students may join a class during the semester.
Private lessons should be scheduled through the office at least four days in advance.
A family discount is provided for multiple enrollments and gift certificates are available.