Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. — Kevin Durant

In riding a horse, we borrow freedom. — Helen Thompson

You're always schooling or unschooling the horse. — George Morris

At Poplar Ridge Equestrian

We believe that that through compassionate connections with horses we gain a deeper sense of self.

We offer training for both the rider and the horse, as well as boarding. Our focus is in the hunter/jumper discipline with an emphasis on horsemanship. We also travel to local horse shows in the Asheville and Tryon areas.

We begin with the fundamentals of horsemanship such as tack, care and grooming of the horse. As lessons progress they become more in-depth, and we tailor each program to the person based on

their unique attributes. Through time and experience we guide our students to become true horsemen and riders.

We teach a fundamental understanding of the horse and how to read them, which enables the student to feel free and have fun on the horse. As students evolve, our foundation of respect builds — both on the ground and in the saddle.

Through intuition, patience, and experience we provide an environment that cultivates relationships with horses.


Our horseback riding lessons are tailored to each individual. We start where you are and give you the tools to grow.


With our combined boarding and lesson plan, your horse becomes a part of our family.

Our Approach

We teach a fundamental understanding of the horse, which enables the student to feel free and have fun.