A selection of recent comments from our terrific clients.
Just over a year ago my daughter asked if she could start horseback riding. After lots of research we drove out to Stonewood Academy to "check it out". We were very impressed from the moment we drove onto the property. Within an hour we had made our decision and by the following weekend we were signed up and starting our journey. We couldn't be happier with our choice, from office staff to barn volunteers, right up to and including the coaching staff, everyone has been an absolute joy to be associated with. Definitely one of the best decisions we have made.
My eight-year-old daughter started riding exactly one year ago. She went from clinging to the saddle with both hands while riding a very sweet, slow pony to cantering over low jumps in just ten months. While I'm happy she has learned to ride, I'm more thrilled with the sense of confidence she now has. It is carrying over into other activities. Her teachers (coaches) have been patient and encouraging while offering guidance and instruction. Weekly lessons at Stonewood has been one of the best decisions we made in terms of extra-curricular activities.
I loved horse camp at Stonewood Academy because it was so much fun and the teachers were really nice. I rode two ponies, Buck and Leah many times and loved them both.
My daughter loved camp at Stonewood Academy. It was her first time with one-on-one time with horses and she really enjoyed it. The camp gave her the opportunity to bond with a number of horses and ponies in the barn. She learned how to groom and tack the pony she rode each day, giving her life lessons on caring for a large animal. What was extra special for her was the horse show on the last day of camp where she could demonstrate what she learned for her family.
Stonewood has provided my daughter (age 12) so much more than riding lessons over the last few years. They have created an environment where she has built lasting friendships, confidence, responsibility and a passion for riding. Their staff are unique and truly care for their clients in a much broader context then their riding capabilities. We are truly grateful for Stonewood!
Learning to ride a horse was of secondary importance to us. Our primary requisites for our near-teenage daughter were placing her in a safe and understanding environment; a place that would foster her confidence and give her a framework to grow. After Groupon-ing around at a few stables we found Stonewood and made the easy decision to continue with them once the Groupon period ended (despite the 45 minute drive each way). In addition to beloved healthy horses and an attractive and well-maintained facility, Stonewood’s level of service and organization reliably impresses us.
On site, our daughter always receives grooming help if she needs it through a team of dedicated volunteers, and the terrific coaches provide a thorough, well-planned and on-time program. Her coach reads our daughter so well that she knows exactly when and how to take her to that next skill level. We have seen great changes in our daughter’s confidence, abilities, and passion for riding. Thanks to the whole Stonewood family! We are looking forward to year number three!
Colette & Howie
Sophie's 6th birthday party was a dream! We were looking for a new venue, something unusual, that offered a memorable experience for all Sophie's guests. Play-gyms and crafting studios are great, but none of them spoke to us. Like most young girls, Sophie is horse crazy and when I saw that Stonewood offered birthday parties, I knew it was the place for her. The Stonewood staff were wonderful from start to finish. Kim was very patient and answered all of my questions leading up to the date. The instructors that facilitated the party were kind and patient, and shared their love of horses with eight exuberant kindergartners (and their parents). I can say, without a doubt, that each child had a magical time and it won't soon be forgotten. As for Sophie, she still hasn't stopped smiling!
I started riding lessons at Stonewood Riding Academy a few months ago. I was impressed with the stable right from my first communication with the business office. My initial inquiries were answered promptly and it was clear that customer service is a high priority for Stonewood. The stable did not disappoint. Stonewood has set high standards in all areas including the calibre of horses, quality of instruction, safety, care of the horses, cleanliness of the barn and treatment of the clients. My instructor, Dania, has been wonderful! Her lessons are both interesting and challenging. She is patient and offers encouragement and positive feedback to help improve my riding skills. I look forward each week to my lesson and the time spent at the stable. I would highly recommend Stonewood Riding Academy to future clients.
Beautiful horses, fun but challenging lessons taking me out of my comfort zone. Friendly people and great coaching!
My 11 year old daughter just started weekly beginner lessons at Stonewood in January. The horse she is on has a great temperament and my daughter is always so excited to come. My daughter has ADHD and her coach and stable helpers are all very patient and kind to her. I look forward to her learning more about horses, increasing her riding skill, and just having fun!