The state sport of Maryland is jousting. This is just one example of the long and storied equestrian tradition throughout Maryland history, and at the heart of this tradition lies the county of Baltimore. Baltimore is a location packed with horse farms, horse shows, and every other thing to make horse fans’ hearts go all a-flutter. Jump into the fun by checking out any of the following locations to try out horse riding opportunities. All of these locations have programs for beginners to help you get your footing in the horse-riding game, and horse riding opportunities for the pros who are just looking for some equestrian fun.
Hawks Hollow Farm
7615 Bradshaw Road
Kingsville, MD 21087
(443) 414-8199
www.hawkshollowfarm.com

Hawks Hollow Farm is the first place you should be looking if you have children who are interested in getting into the wide world of horseback riding. Not only does the farm offer children riding lessons, but during the summer, they have week-long horse camps where children will be able to learn about the care of horses and the ins-and-outs of riding, spending lots of time on and around their favorite animal. Look at HHF’s Pony Party package for your youngster’s next event, or breeze by with your Girl or Boy Scout to earn a merit badge. Don’t worry, though. Hawks Hollow has training and riding opportunities for adults, as well.

Featherdown Farm
16301 Cedar Grove Road
Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152
(410) 472-4390
www.featherdownmd.com

Interested in becoming an expert in horse riding? Maybe even rise to the competitive level in one of several equestrian sports? Then Featherdown Farm is your destination of choice! Taking horseback riding students from soup to nuts, Featherdown Farms prepares their clients – ages 6 and up – for the type of horse-riding they would like to do with ongoing lessons tailored to the needs of that individual. Whether you see yourself headed for an exciting path of fox hunts and steeplechase events, trail riding, or just cantering through a meadow somewhere, Featherdown Farm will give you the ongoing training you need, as well as referring you to the opportunities and openings to pursue your horseback riding goals.

All In Stride Equestrian Center
17027 Evna Road
Parkton, MD 21120
(410) 808-8800
www.all-in-stride-equestrian-center.com

Northern Baltimore County is a lush land of greenery, rolling hills, and scenic hedges – the perfect place for a horseback ride. And this is exactly what the All In Stride Equestrian Center offers in their Parkton location, right next to Gunpowder State Park. Like all of the horseback riding facilities on this list, it offers exceptional riding lessons at very reasonable rates. More than that, however, patrons may rent a horse of their choosing for $20 per hour and enjoy riding in one of their trails, arenas, or ring locations.

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Garrison Forest Stables
300 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(410) 363-1500
www.gfs.org

The Garrison Forest Stables are part of Garrison Forest School, which means, in a nutshell, that this is a riding school program entirely focused on training riders for competitions and shows. For riders with any amount of experience who are interested in taking their riding seriously, Garrison Forest Stables will mold them into competitive equestrians for things like horse shows at the local and upper levels, including A shows, Show-Jumping and Eventing.
Riders who attend the classes will learn to become completely independent, doing all of their own tacking up, grooming, and preparation for competition and daily riding.

Amazing Grace Equestrian Center
2642 Mt. Carmel Road
Parkton, MD 21120
(443) 528-7521
www.ridewithamazinggrace.com

Amazing Grace Equestrian Center is over 77 acres worth of pastoral scenery located in the lush northern Baltimore County area, and offers exceptional boarding and riding facilities. Take advantage of their individualized, private, semi-private, or group lessons. The scenery of the farm is not wasted, however, as they have extensive trails for riding. Check out their summer riding program for the kids  – a six hour daily program (with before and after care) for one week in July, where children will learn all about the ins-and-outs of horses, breeding, and riding; doing daily projects and spending plenty of time with the horses themselves.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.