Riding Lessons

Girl riding a pony during her riding lesson at Carousel Park. Call (302) 995-7670 for details.

A message from Elyssa Doner:

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, all riding programs and services at Carousel Park are suspended until further notice for the safety of public health due to the Coronavirus. While Carousel Park will remain open to the public, all Equestrian Center facilities - the barns, the offices, bathrooms and the areas immediately surrounding the equestrian buildings, and the cross-country course - will be closed to the public for the duration of this suspension.

Carousel Park & Equestrian Center is prepared to give current students a credit towards next session for the lessons that will be missed as a result of this suspension. For families that would prefer to be refunded, please call the office at 302-995-7670, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm or email elyssa.doner@newcastlede.gov.

We are taking every safety precaution to protect Carousel families and our community. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing everyone get back in the saddle!

Take care -


Elyssa Doner
Equestrian Program Supervisor
Carousel Park & Equestrian Center
3700 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Phone: 302-995-7670
Fax: 302-995-5785

Contact Us

  1. Elyssa Doner

    Equestrian Director

    3700 Limestone Rd.
    Wilmington, DE 19808
    (302) 995-7670

    Park Hours

    Open daily, dawn until dusk

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 seven days a week. You may start at any time during the year. After six 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 6-week time period.

Military Discounts:

If you are a member of the armed forces or a veteran you will receive a $10 dollar discount per lesson. $300 per six week session.

Multi-Family Member Discount:

If more than one member of your immediate family, living in the same household sign up at the same time, you will receive a $10 dollar discount per lesson for each student. $300 per student per six week session.

Pony Pals Riding Lessons

Introduce horse riding to your child (age 4-6). Learn how to groom, tack and ride a horse.

Lesson Rates

  • $300 per 6-week session

Group Lessons

Lesson Rates

  • $300 per 6-week 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

  • $360 for 6-week session

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


Please call the Carousel Park office at 302-995-7670.

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