Darenth Farm offers lessons for all levels of riders from complete beginners to advanced competitors. There are two trained riding instructors on staff who offer individual and group lessons for all ages. Lesson horses are available for instruction, or you can bring your own horse to Darenth Farm for a lesson. Winter riding times vary due to the weather, however, we are very lucky to have our new indoor arena so lessons can continue year round!
Sharon Dawson is the owner of Darenth Farm, and has been teaching riding instruction for over fourty years. Originally from the County of Kent’s Darenth Valley in England, Sharon studied under the British Horse Society’s Instruction program and has personally trained almost all of the school horses.
Countless young riders have learned to ride under Sharon’s patient but no-nonsense approach to equestrian teaching, where student and horse learn mutual respect and understanding. Sharon looks for every opportunity to ride, whether it be a trail ride with friends, or a morning of hunting, Sharon is happiest in the saddle. She is currently the Field Master of the Carrollton Hounds Hunt Club.
Katie Reed is a riding instructor at Darenth Farm. Katie is originally from Eldersburg, Maryland but pursued her degree from Ohio University in Equine Studies where she focused on Riding Instruction. She is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) instructor in the English and Western disciplines. Katie loves to teach beginners and see how much they grow; not only in their riding abilities, but also in their confidence.
Katie has always loved horses since she was little but became seriously involved in high school when she worked and volunteered at Days End Farm Horse Rescue. From there, Katie’s passion only grew for horses and she decided to take her education further and complete an internship with Mendoza Dressage. Katie loves to ride both disciplines but is focused on Western Dressage and plans to compete with her horses in the near future.