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We have three ways for you to pay for lessons: Check, Cash, or PayPal. Receive a $10 discount if you purchase four weeks of consecutive lessons.
Experience Rider Custom Plan
Starter Plan for Beginners
Family Plan - Ride Together
Ride With Friends
Camp and Adventures
Full Camp Day: $ 475
Half Camp Day: $ 250
Pony Party: Let's Talk
Riding Adventure: Let's Talk
About Debbie Craig
Debbie Craig, Certified Riding Instructor, was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre in West Virginia. Debbie entered school as a western major; however it was her experience at Meredith Manor that opened up the world of dressage. Before settling on a career in dressage, she gained experience showing and training horses in western riding and reining, hunter-jumper, and low levels of eventing. The driving force in Debbie’s equestrian career has always been to be an excellent instructor and a sympathetic and knowledgeable trainer. The last thirty years Debbie has been totally dedicated to continuing her education in order to fulfill her goal. Debbie opened Lantern Lane Farm so that riders could enjoy a training center that would perpetuate the growth of riding and give riders a family oriented place to learn and enjoy.
The riding vacation program is designed to give you as much riding as you wish to have while visiting the beautiful horse country area of Virginia. Longer lessons are great for getting to the bottom of riding problems that may need great detail and discussion to resolve, when an hour just isn’t enough. The longer lessons will allow you to ride in the morning and explore other activities in the area in the afternoon.
After your ride, there are beautiful wineries and tasting rooms in the neighboring towns and counties. For history buffs, we are close to several major Civil War Battlefields. The shopping enthusiast will enjoy country shops available throughout the area. Middleburg, Upperville, Leesburg areas offer wonderful restaurants and charming bed and breakfast accommodations.
Lantern Lane Farm (LLF) is centrally located in the Loudoun, Prince Williams, Fairfax and Fauquier Counties region. While your family member rides at LLF, enjoy a day of biking, hiking, wine or beer tasting, historical sightseeing, restaurants, antiquing, or shopping. The region largest shopping mall, Leesburg Outlet Mall attracts regional visitors. In addition, many Civil War sites to include both the First and Second Battle of Bull Run are within minutes of LLF. Old Town Manassas, Leesburg, and Middleburg are known for its historic churches, gift shops, artist studios, and restaurants. From LLF, head north on Route 15 to Aldie,Virginia. Continue west on Route 50 to see the Aldie Mill in action. Keep west on Route 50 for another five miles to the Red Fox Inn & Tavern in the town of Middleburg established in 1728. The Red Fox is the oldest continually operating inn in the United States. Enjoy the Northern Virginia Vineyards with tasting and live music. In the area there are more than 40 award-winning wineries, wine tasting rooms and over 30 craft breweries for those who want to enjoy a unique local taste.
LLF New Student Enrollment
We will all check the weather prior to the scheduled training. If the forecast predicts inclement weather, please call to see what the weather is like at LLF or if you have any questions or doubts about your lesson. If the lesson needs to be rescheduled, we will contact you. We will accommodate your schedule in order to make-up any missed lessons within a 30 day time limit. LLF offers under the lights for evening lessons.
Un-mounted Lessons: During the course of the year, there are six to eight subjects on riding that we like to cover with our students in lieu of actual riding. Instructors spend time with students on stable management in the barn or going through books on a variety of topics from riding maneuvers to horse anatomy, covering such subjects that would be easier to introduce on the ground as opposed to on the horse. Subject matter may be exploring new material or reinforcing learned material through the use of DVDs, discussion, personal interaction, hands on experience with materials and horses, visual aids.
Arrival and Tack Up
Please arrive at least 20 to 30 minutes before each lesson to help get your horse ready. The horse you will be riding will have been brought down to the barn and someone will be available to assist you most of the time. Occasionally you might have to tack the horse by yourself, but every horse person should know how to safely tack their riding horse. We would also appreciate your help in untacking and grooming your horse after your lesson. (The horses would appreciate cookies and apples for their hard work!) If your schedule is extremely tight or if you travel a long distance, special arrangements can be made with Debbie regarding tack up.
Farm and Barn Rules
Client and guest agrees that he/she and all family members, agents employees, servants or guests brought onto the property of Debbie Craig/Lantern Lane Farm shall abide by all rules of Debbie Craig/Lantern Lane Farm or that are posted on the premises, whether now in effect or as later adopted. In addition, Client shall treat other clients, guests and staff of Debbie Craig/Lantern Lane Farm with common courtesy and respect. For example, and without limitation, Client shall not move, handle or use the tack and/or possessions of another client or that client’s animal without first obtaining permission from that owner.
If you must cancel your scheduled lesson, please give us twenty-four hour notice, unless it is an emergency. This is required so that we may attempt to fill your vacancy. If you fail to show up for a lesson, or to notify us in advance, we must charge you for that lesson. If you show up late for your lesson without notifying us, you will still finish your lesson at your allotted time as the schedule for lessons and training horses demands rigidity. Please call if you wish to cancel your lesson; you may text Debbie after you call or leave a message. However you need to call Debbie or Jim before an appointment is considered cancelled.
Proper riding attire is required for all students, including:
* Boots with heels- no sneakers!
* Tall boots or paddock boots with half chaps.
* ASTM approved helmet (There are extra helmets available for initial lessons until you can purchase your own).
* Stretch type jeans or pants, jodhpurs, or breeches.
* Riding whip- 47, 49, or 51 inches; jumping bat or crop for beginner children and jumping students.
* Climate appropriate outerwear. Light weight moisture locking material for hot weather. Avoid jersey knits.
* Cold weather, good wicking base layer under garment.
* Turtle neck top layer recommended. Neck gaitor or head covering that fits under helmet and gathers around neck. Zip up polar fleece or equine lent type jacket with wind proof top jacket with wind proof gloves.
Rest Room and Parking
The bathroom is located in the basement of the house.
Please park in the area in front of the barn on the side of the driveway leaving enough room for someone to pull around the circle. If there is not enough parking spaces, drive to the house and park on the house circle.
Lantern Lane Farm Coronavirus COVID-19 Ride Safe Procedure
Lantern Lane Farm continues to follow the common sense practices to ‘keep us healthy’.
Wear your mask as we show respect for each other.
Stay home if you are sick or if a family member is sick. Missed lessons will be rescheduled without monetary loss.
All use of the barn and arena must be scheduled. Expanded evening riding hours under the arena lights are available for lessons to reduce the number of riders at a given time.
We will not schedule more than five riders in the arena at a time. Contact us to learn the number of riders at the scheduled time.
Wash our hands often with soap and water provided in the tack room for at least one minute and wear protective gloves. Please watch the video on World Health Organization, www.who.int
Instead of handshaking, use other noncontact methods of greeting.
Wash our tack after being used. Soap, hot water, paper towels are always readily available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people in the barn or arena. Try to keep six feet distance.
Tissues are readily available in the tack room. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash outside the tack room. If you cannot reach a tissue in time, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
After you ride and groom your horse, please wash your hands again.
More stringent instructions provided to our barn staff and volunteers.
We clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces multiple times daily. This includes tack, doorknobs, light switches, handles, and countertops.
Please accept reminders provided to you by our barn staff. They work to keep us safe and healthy.
Let Debbie, Jim, or the barn staff know of any unsafe condition.