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Palmer River Equestrian Center - A place to ride near the East Side

After meeting Dawn Cook, owner of the Palmer River Equestrian Center, you gain a sense of how much she loves horses. She began learning to ride at 5 years of age, and because of her early start, she knows from experience that kids are very capable of acquiring this skill.

Her facility sits on a idyllic 28 acres in nearby Rehoboth, consisting of a large outdoor ring with jumps, an enormous indoor facility for inclement weather and a 20 acre cross country course.

The facility is open seven days a week and is used for a variety of purposes. Dawn explains, “Some people ride just for pleasure and other come to improve their skills, be it dressage or eventing. Young kids are here to learn how to ride.”  For busy college students who bring their horses to the area, they can board their horses at Palmer River and know that they will receive the utmost top quality care in their absense. Dawn sees many adults who come because they used to ride as children and now are looking to get back into it.

Coming up in December there is a horsemanship camp available for kids ages 7 to 16. Sign up before November 30 and you will get a 10% discount. Each week long camp is set around the holiday break, so call the center to secure a spot. What’s great about Palmer River is that Dawn makes sure kids are educated about taking care of horses in addition to riding. There is a schooling barn housing ponies, where children are instructed in grooming, tacking and becoming familiar with all the equipment.

Parents have reported that children with learning challenges gain a real sense of confidence and mastery with this type of experience, which then translates into better focus at school.

Whether you are looking to learn how to ride, improve your own skills or want your child to experience horseback riding, Palmer River Equestrian Center is a quick drive away.