The Riding Academy offers English riding lessons in the heart of downtown Toronto. Conveniently located by old Fort York, just minutes from the Lakeshore on the Exhibition grounds, The Riding Academy is fully accessible by TTC.
The Riding Academy’s portion of the Horse Palace has been substantially remodeled, providing a warm and pleasant atmosphere for the school’s clients, miniature farm animals and horses. The Academy is first and foremost a teaching facility. We offer English riding instruction in both Jumping and Dressage on well-schooled and talented horses, ranging from novice to advanced levels, as well as introductory courses for clients interested in learning to ride.
Find out more about our introductory classes.
Riders with previous riding experience who wish to register for riding lessons must first take an assessment in which they must demonstrate the ability to safely walk, trot and canter.
Assessments are held every Saturday at 12:50 pm. There is no charge, and no appointment is necessary. Riders are asked to meet at the main office about 20 minutes prior to the assessment time, and should arrive ready to ride, wearing long pants, boots with a low heel and an ASTM safety-approved riding helmet. All riders under the age of 18 must also wear a vest. For assessments, we do have helmets and vests available onsite.
Please note that the stables will be closed in August for the CNE, and also for the first half of November for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Riders wishing to participate in any of our programmes at The Riding Academy must be a minimum of 8 years of age and weigh between 30 kg and 90 kg. To ride in a semi-private or group lesson, students must demonstrate their ability to safely and competently perform the following tasks:
Students who are unable to meet these criteria do not need to come down for an assessment ride as they will commence lessons in one of our Introductory Level Courses or in private lessons.
Lessons are 50 minutes in duration and commence on the hour. Students are asked to arrive 20 minutes prior to their lesson time in order to properly groom and tack up their assigned mounts. It is the student’s responsibility to be in the ring, ready for their class, at the start of the hour.
In the interest of safety, lessons will not be conducted during thunderstorms. Please call the stable to check the status of your lesson on days when inclement weather is threatening.
Jumping lessons are conducted every other week (for those classes that are deemed ready for jump-work). However, in the interest of the well-being of the horses, lesson content will always be subject to the discretion of the instructor/school and in some instances jumping lessons may need to be substituted by instruction on the flat (i.e. the day after a schooling show).
After the lesson, students are responsible for making sure their horses are completely cooled out before returning them to their stalls. Horses should be groomed after the lesson, hooves should be picked, and tack should be returned (with the bit rinsed off) in a neat and orderly fashion to the tack room.
Treats for horses are always welcome. However, in the interest of the safety and welfare of our horses and clients, we ask that you leave treats in the wicker basket in the tack room for staff to share.