Do you Dream of Learning to Ride a Horse? We have your Ticket to Ride!


The Island Horse Council is pleased to introduce the Ticket to Ride program! This offers FREE introductory riding lessons or introduction to horses at participating IHC member Riding Facilities.

One of the most important factors when choosing a place to ride is to look for a safe environment that uses horses that are suitable for new riders. The Island Horse Council’s member Riding Facilities are a great place to start. This voluntary program is made up of member stables that agree to keep their property in amazing condition, make safety a top priority in their riding programs and ensure their horses and ponies are in great health and are suitable and safe for partnering in riding lessons.

To help riders get the best possible first experience, we have reached out to these facilities and they are offering a FREE assessment lesson, discounted lesson package, FREE “introduction to horses” barn tour, or another special offer, offers differ per facility. This is your Ticket to Ride.

You can get your ticket at the IHC office or directly from participating Riding Facilities. Please click on the links below for more information about the Riding Facilities and their tickets.


Riding Facilities and Coaches:


Coach:  Alexandra Armstrong

Facility: Penny Lane Stables  (Long Creek)


Offer: FREE 1/2 hour Introductory Riding Lesson.


Coach: Alison McEwen

Facility: Baybreeze Stables

Contact: 902-439-9056

Offer: FREE  tour of Baybreeze stables, explain my programs, and/or watch a lesson (if scheduling allows).


Coach: Anna Osinga-Bouma

Facility: Black Bounty Friesians (South Granville)



Willing to travel to your location. Specialized in classical dressage, enjoy working on improving students’ communication with their  horses, to improve both rider and horse. Experienced with a large variety of breeds.

Offer rider level prep, stable management and horsemanship.

Added opportunity to get to know the Friesian horse. Introductory lesson at half price, fee depends on location. Please contact for more information.


Coach: Chantal Newton

Facility: Penny Lane Stables  (Long Creek)

Contact: 902-213-9841

Offer: FREE introductory 1/2 hour Beginner lessons. By appointment.


Coach:  Jasmine Bastarache

Facility: Venture Stables

Contact:   (902)247-0195

Offer: FREE first riding lesson.


Coach: Michelle Smith

Facility: Bonwell Park

Contact: 902-626-8376

Offer: FREE introduction to Stable Management and Barn Tour sessions. By appointment.


Coach: Sharon Churchill

Facility: Travel to your location

Contact:  Home (902)-621-2082      Cell (902)-393-4641

Offer: One FREE assessment lesson.