DWF Riding School

Tentative Group Schedule

Horsemanship for Beginners

Dunham Woods has taught thousands to ride horses over the last 50+ years. We believe that the importance of laying a solid foundation of horse care is essential to the growth and progression as an equestrian and rider.

These 6-week courses are offered through several local Park District offices. If your Park District does not offer our programming, direct sign up through Dunham Woods offices is available.

Feel free to call us for more information and to see which Park Districts we partner with!

Dunham Woods offers those who consistently take lessons with us, the opportunity to become a working student. It’s a great way to gain knowledge and grow as a horseman, as well as learn about the responsibilities of being on and around the farm. See instructor for details. This also counts as credit towards National Honors Society hours!

Dunham Woods Farm offers riders of all ages and ability levels a uniquely specialized and individualized training program. We provide a fun, positive environment, while ensuring maximum safety and success. Directed by a professional, knowledgeable and skilled staff, our riding lesson program is designed to assist our horseback riders in accomplishing all of their Equestrian goals and dreams.

Dunham Woods Farms offers private, semi-private and group riding lessons for students ages 9 & over. We have lessons for adults too; Make friends, relieve some stress and get in a good work out!
For our younger riders aged 8 and under, we offer lead line lessons. Please call or email us for lesson pricing information.

Sorry, we do not offer trail rides or horse rentals.

Dunham Woods Farms
Lesson Program

Backed by years of tremendous achievements both in and out of the show ring, Dunham Woods Farms’ method is proven and translates to success for our students. We are available to meet with our students and clients to establish and discuss both short and long term goals. We provide a variety of safe, proven school horses and ponies for our lesson students to learn on. Our skilled
and professional staff strives to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for both horse and riders.

For those clients interested in pursuing a purchase, we assist
with the selection process and help to identify the specific
qualities which are in alignment with the riders individual needs and objectives.

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Horsemanship Clinic Series

Dunham Woods Farms offers several clinics throughout the year that focus on the care or horses, equipment and more. We believe that a well rounded horseman should not only be confident and well-trained on horseback, but on the ground as well.



Monday 7pm

Novice Walk/Trot

Tuesday 6:30pm

Novice Jump

Wednesday 7:00pm

Horsemanship for Adults

Thursday 6:30 pm

Beginner Adults W/T/C

Friday 1:00pm

Novice Adults

Friday 4:30 pm

Novice Walk/Trot

Friday 5:30 pm

Beg/Novice Jump

Saturday 10:00 am

Adv. Flat/Nov Jump

Instructor approval needed

Saturday 1:30 pm

Horsemanship for Kids

Saturday 2:30 pm

Novice Walk/Trot

Saturday 3:30 pm

Beginner Jump

Saturday 4:30 pm

Beginner/Novice Canter


No Group Lessons

Additional Activities

Seasonal Horse Camps

DWF offers several sessions of Horse Camp throughout the year during summer, fall and winter breaks. Appropriate for the beginning rider or the student looking to expand their horsemanship knowledge!
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School Show for Students

Dunham Woods offers 3 school shows throughout the year for our riding school riders. It is a great and fun learning tool! There are classes for all levels and ages of rider.

Families Riding Together

We have several students whose parents have joined in the fun at Dunham Woods Farms! We have daytime and after work lesson slots available. Make some new friends and have a blast in the saddle! Join our clinics too!

Dunham Woods Farms proudly suggests the following tack shops for all of your apparel and equipment needs!

Be sure to mention Dunham Woods Farms referred you!

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Dunham Woods Farms, Inc.

9N755 Nesler Road

Elgin, Illinois 60124

T:  847-628-6339

E:  dunhamwoodsfarm@gmail.com

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