May 24, 2012

Horse riding lessons available this summer

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Didn’t grow up on a farm with horses?  Don’t let that stop you from fulfilling your dream of learning to ride.

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be offering horseback riding lessons to the public this summer through its Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition.

Beginner and intermediate lessons will start next month, said Stephanie Speiser, senior lecturer. The beginner class is designed for individuals with little or no experience with horses, while the intermediate class is designed for those who can tack a horse and ride at a walk, trot and canter.  Speiser, a Certified Horsemanship Association Instructor, will teach the courses at the SIU Carbondale Equine Center, 2194 Union Hill Road, Carbondale.  Indoor arena riding will also be available in times of inclement weather.

Intermediate riders will meet 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4-27. The beginner lessons will meet 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5-28.

Speiser will emphasize safety, fun and education, with each session limited to six riders age 16 and older. Riders may opt to ride hunt seat or western, but must wear boots and helmets while mounted.

Cost for the series of eight sessions in $250. Rider weight limit is 250 pounds.

To register, contact Speiser at 618/453-1773 or at