Lesson Program

Are you looking to introduce your child to horses and riding in a friendly, supportive environment? Are you looking for a lesson program without the pressure of a competitive show barn? Look no further – the Bancroft Ranch in Upper Carmel Valley offers basic riding instruction for children along with horsemanship skills and perspectives they’ll take with them everywhere they go. Instruction is tailored to each child’s experience, ability level and confidence. The ranch has a variety of gentle and wise lesson horses available. Individual attention and an emphasis on safety, confidence and fun are the qualities that differentiate our program from others. Set up a weekly lesson now and come out to sunny Carmel Valley to learn more about horses!

Susan teaches most Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Trail & Saddle Club in the Carmel Valley Village, and most Thursday and Fridays at the ranch in Cachagua. Contact her to set up a time slot that works for you.

The Bancroft Ranch is a full-service boarding facility located 1/2 hour east of the Carmel Valley Village. In addition to lessons for children, we offer private and semi-private lessons for adults as well as pony rides and trail rides.


  • $40 for a half-hour beginner lesson, lead line lesson or pony ride
  • $60 per youth for a shared hour lesson
  • $75 for a private one hour lesson or shared trail ride


  • $75 per person for a one hour lesson or trail ride (private or shared)

Call or text: 831-659-4045 or email Susan

Rider Intake Form

Link to release form (minors)

Link to release form (adults)