Hunter/Jumper Lesson Program at Whitehedge Farm
Under the guidance of Anne Hedge, Whitehedge Farm Lesson Programs are developed to build confidence in both horse and rider. Anne's training philosophy is classically based on the American System of forward riding, emphasizing proper flatwork with correct dressage basics. Her motto is always safety, horsemanship, and empathy for the horse.
Proper horsemanship and care is always stressed in a positive and nurturing environment for both horse and rider.
We teach lessons on your own horse if you already own one. If not - our farm owned lesson horses are wonderful teachers! They are all extremely high quality, some semi-retired A show horses and other horses still suitable as show mounts. We also have several sweet and safe ponies for the littlest riders! If you are ready to try out horse ownership or leasing, we have a great list of horses available both here and throughout our extensive sales network. Anne will find the right horse for you!
Show Experience and Opportunities
Anne has been training, showing and teaching Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation for over 25 years. She has primarily been involved with private training and sales of show hunters and jumpers, but has a great love of starting young horses under saddle and also teaching children and adults great basics with a solid foundation. Horses coming out of her breeding and training program at Whitehedge Farm have gone on to Championships at all major horse shows in both the hunters and jumpers. Students under her tutelage have succeeded as well from cross rails up to the junior hunters and equitation. Anne believes training should happen at home, and horse shows are where the horses and students can go to show off their skills and compete against peers in their same ability level. The Whitehedge Farm show team will be attending a mix shows according to ability level, from the numerous local shows up to A and B rated THJA shows located across Texas, and US Equestrian AA shows around the country.
Every rider is required to wear a properly fitted ASTM-certified riding helmet during lessons and anytime when mounted with hair neatly contained either up in helmet or in a braid. Proper attire consists of riding breeches, paddock boots and half chaps or tall riding boots. We also recommend riding gloves for every age rider. A properly fitting collared polo shirt tucked into your riding pants is ideal along with a belt.
Where to buy
While there are many options online, it is always a good idea to go to a local tack store where you will find just what you need along with plenty of knowledge and advice. We recommend Quail Hollow Tack in Flower Mound or Dover Saddlery in Dallas.
Please contact us with any pricing questions and we will be happy to email you a current rate sheet. Our monthly lessons start at $350/month for once a week riding lessons which also includes a monthly unmounted horsemanship class.
Meet our carefully selected lesson horses and ponies:
Reggie is a 20 Year old Oldenburg gelding who has had a super successful show career with his former owner in the adult hunters with wins and championships at all major horse show across the US . He is now enjoying retirement from his show career and is an awesome lesson horse for us!
Maverick is a 17 Year old Thoroughbred Gelding who had a successful career in the 2'6-3' hunters. He is now enjoying life as a lesson horse who still attends some horse shows in the lower level hunter and jumpers with lots of success.
Max is a 9 year old welsh pony mix he loves little kids and is the best walk trot pony
Mystic is a 13 year old POA pony who has shown a little as a western pleasure pony and has also had success in the short stirrup and poles .
Mia is a 16 Year old
POA pony who showed for 10 years on the POA circuit acquiring along the way multiple would championships and is now a successful hunter and lesson pony.
Tex is a 11 Year old Chincoteague pony
(yes he is from the island made famous by the Misty of Chincoteague books!) He is proving to be an amazing jumping pony as well as a super fun lesson pony !
Telynau Falcon is a 25 year old chestnut pony gelding
He is an amazing small pony who used to be a stallion (and is Maggie's dad) but he is gelded now and enjoying his days eating grass and teaching the little ones how to ride ! Falcon loves the littlest riders and teaches them with care!
Mossy is a 8 year old POA Pony