Riding Experiences 2018-07-09T07:02:48+00:00
Riding Experiences

Sweetwater Farms Riding School

Established in 1985, Sweetwater Farms Riding School is known as one of the largest riding schools in Southern California including a H/J lesson program and western riding. We are dedicated to personal attention and quality instruction.

Roberta Jackson - Sweetwater Farms

“We hope our lessons can offer you a FUN recreation that not only teaches you the skill of riding, but also offers you great life lessons such as confidence in yourself, compassion, patience, and goal-oriented solutions. For young people, being involved in riding horses is unlike any other activity or sport.

They are teamed with an animal of massive size and strength which they learn to understand and respect. They learn to become a team. It’s the same with adults. There really is no difference. The relationship between a horse and rider is ageless. For example, I look at any adult woman caring for her horse and beaming with joy after completing her first jump, and I see a happy little girl. Horses can bring out the kid in all of us. Not only are they fun, they are mindful teachers.”

~ Owner, Roberta Jackson

School Lessons… Customized to your individual needs!

  • Whether you are a brand new, casual or goal oriented rider, we have a program for you! Our lessons are for riders age four years old to adult. Prices include the use of one of our wonderful horses, saddle and equipment. You will need boots with a flat sole and low heel. We have helmets available to borrow in your first month.
  • Check out our variety of packages offered including the “Horses 101” introductory lesson.

Riding Academy Packages + Pricing

Riding Lessons // $75 each

  • Packages *Must be completed within 30 days*

Package One | $260/month | Four lessons

  • One lesson scheduled per week

Package Two | $450/month | Six lessons

  • Two lessons scheduled per week
  • Make all six of your lessons and receive two additional free, making eight total lessons. Student is required to schedule all lessons.

Package Three | $675/month | Nine lessons

  • Three lessons scheduled per week
  • Make all nine of your lessons and receive three additional free, making 12 total lessons. Student is required to schedule all lessons.
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Sweetwater Riding Lessons

Horses 101

One hour introduction and evaluation lesson that includes a horsemanship and mounted lesson.

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Pony Time

Pony Time is designed specifically for beginner children ages four to six years old as an introduction to general horsemanship. Throughout the program your child will learn age appropriate basic horsemanship such as how to lead, groom, tack, horse anatomy, and safety. The riding portion is on a lead line at the walk with and without the saddle. Long pants and closed toed shoes with a slight heel are required. Helmets are provided.

Some lessons may not include riding and are intended to improve overall horsemanship skills. This is a great way to find out if your child is going to be interested in horses before having to purchase any gear and/or commit to serious lessons.

When we feel your little rider is ready and have demonstrated adequate horsemanship skills, they can advance to Advanced Pony Time including independent rides off of the lead line. Advanced Pony Time lessons are one hour long, combining riding and horsemanship.

Pony Time

Pony Time Pricing

Each lesson below is based on a combination of horsemanship and riding. Our students are in the saddle for 30 minutes when participating in private lessons and a minimum of 45 minutes for group lessons.

Pony Time Experience | $55 each or $180 for four Pony Time Lessons Package

  • This experience is for five to six year olds for a 30 minute lead line experience for a 30 day period.

Advanced Pony Time Lessons | $260/month

  • This experience is for four to six year olds who are ready for independent riding within a 30 day period.

Mommy + Me Pony Experience | $20 per pair

  • Six year olds and younger, 10:00 – 11:00 am most Saturdays and includes three times around the ring.
  • Take a cruise through our farm barn with your little one and visit our goats, chickens and bunnies.
  • Afterwards, visit our pony clubhouse for coloring and educational pony worksheets.
  • You can buy a discounted pass for 10 Mommy + Me Pony Times for $175
  • No reservations needed and experience is on a first come first served basis. Please call the week before to confirm our Saturday Mommy + Me schedule. Open to one child and parent per experience. We accept Mommy + Me groups until 10:45 am and close at 11:00 am.

Private Lesson | $100 for 30 minutes

  • Availability is limited, contact us today!
Contact us about Pony Time

Are you interested in riding lessons for a child with special needs?

We would be happy to set up lessons with a specially training instructor and horse. Please contact us directly for more information.
Contact us now: 619.2525544

The Details

All of the above packages may be group or private lessons depending on the schedule, riders ability and instructor’s discretion.

  • Private lessons are one hour and group lessons are one and a half hours.
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your lesson we will need to reschedule to ensure proper attention to the current students in the saddle.
  • Please contact us for more information about payment guidelines and scheduling your lessons to take advantage of the best deal!

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Interscholastic Equestrian Association

Sweetwater Farms Owner, Roberta Jackson is also involved with the local Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Their mission is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools ages 11 to 19 to equestrian sports.

Current Participating Schools:
Sweetwater Farms IEA Middle School and High School Teams
Contact Roberta Jackson for more information
Phone: 619.252.0982

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Training, Leases + Board

Training, Leases + Board

Our Training Barn and Show Team are for the rider who owns or leases their horse. We customize your riding program to meet your personal needs and goals. Many of our riders ride on our Show Team, while other riders choose to only show occasionally or not at all.


Advantages of training at Sweetwater Farms

  • Whether you show or not, your program can be as challenging or casual as you desire it to be.
  • We host five county level GSDHJA shows each year. Our students are able to compete right here at the Sweetwater Farms grounds. By participating in our shows, you are able to accrue points towards year-end awards for GSDHJA. Shows offer classes at the Walk to Trot level to advance classes such as 3′ 6’’ Jumpers. In addition to showing at home, our Show Team attends GSDHJA county level shows.
  • Join us for a great time at the Championship Show with the Sweetwater Farms Team!
Show Team

Box Stalls available for horses in training | 12 x 12 | $700/month

  • Includes bedded stall and feeding and clean two times per day. Feed includes either Alf/Bur cubes and Bermuda and Alfalfa Hay.
  • We included a maximum poundage of feed and shavings in our monthly price.
  • For additional feed and shavings please contact us.

Partial Covered Paddocks available for horses in training | 24 x 24 | $450/month

  • Includes feeding and cleaning two times per day. Feed includes either Alf/Bur cubes and Bermuda and Alfalfa Hay.
  • We included a maximum poundage of feed and shavings in our monthly price.
  • For additional feed and shavings please contact us.

Show Team + Full Training for the Rider Who Owns or Leases a Horse | $600/month

  • Includes five professional services per week which can include any of the following:
    • Lunging
    • Daily Turn-Out Service
    • Schooling Ride
    • Your own lesson on your horse
    • Farrier + Vet Appointments + Assistance

Partial Training with Trainer’s Approval | $450/month

  • Includes two lessons and one professional service per week.
  • Owners are responsible to perform all daily care as provided in full training.

We have horses for lease!

This is a great opportunity for you, as a rider, to progress in your horse experience and as a stepping stone to owning your own horse.

Full Lease

  • If we do not have one that is appropriate for you, we will outsource and find the perfect match for you!
  • Annual fees for leases vary depending on the horse and what you would like to see with expectations.
  • Service includes shoeing, worming, routine vet calls and show fees.
  • You can provide your own saddle or rent one for $75/month.

Partial Lease | $895/month

  • This is available for select Academy Horses
  • Riders receive two lessons per week and have show privileges. The monthly fee includes all other routine care.
  • Lessons will be split between weekdays and weekends and are available with a six month minimum.
  • For an additional $200, you can increase your lessons to three times per week.
  • You can provide your own saddle or rent one for $75/month
Horses for Lease

Jump Start to the Next Level!

Academy Horse Month Lease | $250 in additional to your monthly lesson package

  • Riders practice all month on the the instructors chose horse.
  • Program available to riders for one month.

Show Day Lease | $75 /day for home shows and $100/day for away shows

    • Rent one of our horses for a home or away show!
    • Contact us for more information about travel show fees. info@sweetwaterhorses.com

Box Stalls available for horses in training | 12 x 12 | $700/month

      • Includes bedded stall and feeding and clean two times per day. Feed includes either Alf/Bur cubes and Bermuda and Alfalfa Hay.
      • We included a maximum poundage of feed and shavings in our monthly price.
      • For additional feed and shavings please contact us.

Partial Covered Paddocks available for horses in training | 24 x 24 | $450/month

      • Includes feeding and cleaning two times per day. Feed includes either Alf/Bur cubes and Bermuda and Alfalfa Hay.
      • We included a maximum poundage of feed and shavings in our monthly price.
      • For additional feed and shavings please contact us.

Show Team + Full Training for the Rider Who Owns or Leases a Horse | $600/month

      • Includes five professional services per week which can include any of the following:
        • Lunging
        • Daily Turn-Out Service
        • Schooling Ride
        • Your own lesson on your horse
        • Farrier + Vet Appointments + Assistance

Partial Training with Trainer’s Approval | $450/month

      • Includes two lessons and one professional service per week.
      • Owners are responsible to perform all daily care as provided in full training.
Sweetwater Farms

Camps: It’s all about Horses, Horses + more Horses!

Horse Day Camp | $485 session | $465 for return campers

      • Horse Camp is for Boys + Girls ages 7 – 13 years old who want to ride and learn all about horses. Our camps teach the basic aspects of horsemanship from riding skills to horse care.
      • Camps are from 9:00 am-4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
      • Campers will be scheduled for two riding sessions per day, horse care hands on education including grooming, tack care and proper handling of horses. Additional camp activities include arts and crafts, games and visits from our local horse professionals.
      • For the safety and comfort of riders and horses, riders cannot exceed 6 feet tall and a maximum weight of 175 lbs. Final decisions are at the discretion of the Riding Academy.
      • Registration:
        • There is a nonrefundable $200 deposit to secure your child’s spot for Day Camp.
        • Save $25 for all Spring and Summer registrations accepted with full payment prior to March 1st.
        • Spring Camp: Final balance is due March 15th
        • Summer Camp: Deposits are accepted through May 15th. All registrations submitted after May 15th, full payment is required. Balance is due by June 1st.
        • We offer a daily fee as well of $125 per day.
      • Don’t forget Fridays are our Campers Horse Show!
        • 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm show with Potluck Party to follow. Please bring any kind of snacks or drinks for the party.
        • Horse shows are at 2:00 and 3:00 followed by the Party.
        • Contact us or ask your child’s instructor for your child’s show time.
        • Learn more about how your child can participate in any Sweetwater Farms Programs! Staff will be available for questions about any of our programs.
Contact us for more about the Sweetwater Farms programs

Pony Time Camp | $395 session | $380 sibling discount

      • This camp is for Boys and Girls who LOVE PONIES. This camp is designed to introduce campers to general horsemanship, farm fun and other activities.
      • Camps are from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.
      • Registration:
        • There is a nonrefundable $100 deposit to secure your child’s spot for Pony Time Camp.
        • Save $20 for all registrations accepted prior to March 1st.
        • Final balance is due June 1st for all registrations made prior to May 15th.
        • After May 15th, registrations are required to submit a full payment.

Are you interested in riding lessons for a child with special needs?

We would be happy to set up lessons with a specially training instructor and horse. Please contact us directly for more information.
Contact us now: 619.2525544

The Details

All of the above packages may be group or private lessons depending on the schedule, riders ability and instructor’s discretion.

      • Private lessons are one hour and group lessons are one and a half hours.
      • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your lesson we will need to reschedule to ensure proper attention to the current students in the saddle.
      • Please contact us for more information about payment guidelines and scheduling your lessons to take advantage of the best deal!