Connecticut's premier equestrian center -- a traditional English-style riding stable with a modern philosophy--anyone can learn to ride our quality school horses and enjoy all of the activities we offer without hidden additional costs. You will feel among friends, that the horses are safe and well cared-for, and that you can progress at your own pace. We offer group lessons for adults, young adults, children and we even have a special program called Mini-Mights for kids age 5-8. You will ride in our large outdoor arena next to a spring-fed pond graced by a weeping willow, or in inclement weather, in our Indoor arena. Friends and family can watch from our amphitheater hillside or snuggle-up in our heated observation area.
Our lessons are structured so that you will never be disappointed. Mini-Mights ride for a half-hour in a group of three on our oldest and quietest horses. Children and young adults ride for an hour in a group no larger than five. Adult lessons are in the mornings and at 7 p.m. and are usually smaller. Please see our Current Program page for specifics. Our staff will have your horse tacked and ready for you when you arrive; our experienced and talented instructors will help you to enjoy your lessons while you learn.
We welcome beginners, those with some experience and advanced riders. Our instructors and top riders form the GRS Eventing Team --they compete in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. Six of our twelve school horses event at Novice level in New England's USEA Area One.
GRS In the News
The New Haven Register sent a reporter to the Guilford Riding School for a trial lesson and to quote her "I decided to go horsin’ around in the Wild West — er, South — of Guilford recently. What an adventure. I’ve been on a horse maybe twice in my life, making me the ideal test subject for this type of gift." Read the whole story on the New Haven Register web site.