Heather Mason – Dressage

Twice Monthly Clinics
Heather is based at her own Flying Change Farm innearby Tewksbury, New Jersey, and comes to Raven Hill Farms Monthly. Heather is a USEF ‘S’ Judge and a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist. Her riding career began in England at the young age of six, when she began eventing, driving and dressage. Heather achieved her “H-A” Pony Club rating at the age of 16 and has competed successfully in prestigious competitions including the NAYRC, USEF National Intermediaire I Championships, U.S. Olympic Festival, North American Freestyle Challenge, North American Dressage Championships, the Can-Am Challenge, and the US Dressage Finals. She has won multiple USDF Horse of the Year awards, as well as countless USDF All Breed Awards and Regional Championships.

To attend a clinic please contact Deirdre at 845-987-6965

Tom Noone
Tom NooneUSDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist; Member of US Equestrian Team representing US at both The World Cup and World Equestrian Games
Tom Noone is an integral part of our training program here at Raven Hill Farms. We are lucky to have his expertise and support on a weekly basis.

Tom represented the United States at the World Cup in Denmark in 2001 and more recently, in 2011, he qualified two horses for the Pan Am selection trials. In 2012 he was part of the bonze medal winning team for the US at the Nations Cup. Tom is also the winner of Region 8 GP Championships 2014. During his career Tom has earned awards at every level – Training to Grand Prix – and trained more then a dozen horses to Grand Prix. Tom is an enthusiastic and committed teacher and trainer. He generously shares the knowledge he has gained over years of working with many different horses and riders of all levels. Respectfully encouraging each horse and rider to achieve their full potential.

Jane Wiley
Jane WileyPony Club Coach
Jane Wiley has been involved with horses since early childhood, Winner of the Best Child Rider at Capitol Challenge in 2004 and achieved a C2 rating in Pony Club. She joined Pony Club at the ripe old age of 6, and has been involved with the program ever since. Jane has a great passion for the sport of riding as well as dissemination of equine knowledge.
She continues to volunteer her time to teaching young Pony Clubbers about horses. Jane is a board member of Windy Hollow Hunt and has also received Colors from Windy Hollow in 2002, she strongly believes in the versatility of rider and horse.
Mary Elena Moran
Mary Elena MoranGray Rider Horsemanship, LLC Fully insured for horse training and instruction
My training is based on a foundation in natural horsemanship and I use mounted police training techniques to increase the confidence of the horse. I believe that once confidence and understanding is achieved, there is a solid foundation for any discipline to be built on. My unique approach comes from my background as a police officer and my various experiences in the horse world. I am DCJS (Dept. of Criminal Justice Services) certified as a Mounted Police Officer. I have also completed several other mounted police training courses amounting to several hundred hours of training police horses. I have recently started training mounted police officers. I have been training horses and giving riding instruction for over 10 years, and have been riding competitively for over 20 years. I have managed farms and training programs and have successfully trained and competed in various western riding events, saddle seat, sport horse in-hand/halter, dressage, side saddle, trail obstacles, and hunter/jumpers. Due to my diverse realm of experience, my training methods are adjustable and confidence building. I believe, that to be successful, the rider must learn how to become a good leader and clearly communicate their expectations to the horse, making “doing the right thing” easy.

Raven Hill Farms Riding Lessons

We offer Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Desensitization, and Side Saddle lessons from a variety of trainers.  You can choose from several different packages or single lessons from beginner through experienced and advanced riders.  Our clients range in age from 3 years old to 80!  For a consultation and farm visit please call Deirdre at 845-987-6965 to see how Raven Hill Farms can help meet all your training and riding needs.

Raven Hill Farms also provides top visiting trainers throughout the year either by appointment or in clinics.

Please fill out our Registration and Liability Waiver prior to your visit.


Benefits of Horseback Riding

Dr. Alison Stout, D.O. says horseback riding lessons offer the following health benefits:

Core Strength: “Horseback riding is an isometric exercise, which means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, in this case, keeping balanced on the horse,” Dr. Stout explains. “As a result, postural strength becomes very important in horseback riding.”

Balance and Coordination: “Staying balanced becomes more challenging the faster and more quickly the horse moves,” she says. Cantering or galloping and jumping, for example, are much more difficult than a simple jog or trot. The rider must develop coordination skills to move the body with the horse in order to help the horse stay balanced.

Raven Hill Farms horseback riding lessons

Raven Hill Farms Horseback Riding Program

Raven Hill Farms horseback riding lessons