Riding Lessons

Our goal at Carousel is to teach you not only to be a safe and confident rider but to also teach you all aspects of good horsemanship. We start all of our beginners out in private lessons until they are able to groom, tack, and ride to a proficient level. Quality time spent on riding basics and horse care will allow you to become a well-rounded horse person. There is always something new to learn in our quest to become true partners and (as they say) dance with a horse.

Lessons are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays. You may start at any time during the year. After eight weeks of lessons, there will be a down week so that make-ups can be scheduled. Payment is to be made at the beginning of each four-week time period.

NEW Holiday Riding Camps


The excitement of the holidays is almost over . . . what can you do with the kids to extend their fun? Bring your child to one of Carousel Park’s Winter Camps! The holiday camp program emphasizes horse safety, education, fun and, of course, riding. Make a craft to remember your holiday camp experience, along with “treat time” for our horses. Camp is outside, so dress appropriately. It may be cold out, but the fun never stops at Carousel! Call (302) 995-7670 for more information.

Holiday Riding Camps
December 27-29

Full-Day Camp
$300, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 8-16. Bring lunch and a snack.

Half-Day Pony Pals
$150, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Ages 4-7. Bring a snack.

Pony Pals Riding Lessons

Introduce horse riding to your child. Learn how to groom, tack and ride a horse.

Lesson Rates

  • $100, 4-1 hour weekly sessions.

Group Lessons

Lesson Rates

  • $140.00 per session

Lessons Format

  • 2-4 people, 90 minutes

Types of Lessons

  • One half hour of riding and one half hour of horsemanship instruction, grooming, and tacking with your instructor

Private Lessons

Lesson Rates

  • $200

Types of Lessons

  • One hour of one on one with instructor.

Rating Levels

  • B: Beginner
  • I: Intermediate
  • A: Advanced
  • DRS: Dressage
  • GRM/SHOW: Grooming and showmanship
  • TR: Therapeutic riding

Open Enrollment is for riding lessons is held at the Carousel Office located at 3700 Limestone Road in Pike Creek. If you are interested in riding lessons at Carousel but cannot make the open enrollment, please call the park office at 302-995-7670 the day after open enrollment to see what times are available.


New Castle County Carousel Park is looking for qualified riding lesson instructors for beginner and intermediate in both English and Western riding styles.  Lessons are taught Tuesday thru Sunday. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Please contact Audrey Saunders at 302-995-7670 for more information.