Adult Group Riding Lessons

            Riding horses isn't just for kids!

Pinewood Stable will be offering summer horseback riding lessons for adults who have little or no experience with horses and have always wanted to learn how to ride a horse, or just to see what all the excitement is about!  Horseback riding offers so many benefits for everyone.  It improves your overall physical fitness by increasing your strength and endurance, it increases your body’s ability to balance, and is a wonderful stress reducer. 

 Our classes are relaxed with the emphasis on learning and having fun.  We will cover all the basics of horsemanship including horse care, grooming, how to saddle, ground work and beginner riding.  Each student will be assigned their own gentle, friendly horse to create a partnership that is built on communication and mutual understanding. 

Sess 1: June 2, 9, 16 & 23.  6:30pm - 7:30pm

Sess 2: August 4, 11,18 & 25.  6:30pm - 7:30pm

Contact the St. Peter Recreation and  

Leisure Department at 507-934-0667 for


   Private Riding Lessons....

   ....are offered Monday through Friday as early as

   2:30 pm and as late as 7:00 pm.  Please call to

   check availability and schedule your lesson date

   and time.  

Our Story......

Pinewood Stable is now OPEN for 

the season!  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be offering large group lessons until further notice.  We will still schedule private lessons.

   Click         to go to the lessons page

Pinewood Stables was started by the Hilligoss Family in 2000. Our name came from a fond memory of the owner/founder's parents' hometown of Pinewood, Ontario. We started out as a small hobby farm just for our own few horses, then we grew into something bigger as the family got involved in 4-H and Saddle Club. As the family's interest and knowledge grew, they became involved in more horse-related activities  such as showing in different disciplines, gaming and other competitions; and training.   

      The Armstrong Equine Massage

  4-Day Certification Program is over!        We would like to congratulate Pinewood Stable's own    Riding Instructor, Beth Retzlaff, for becoming certified    in equine massage!  To become certified, Beth had to not only         pass the written portion of the testing procedure, but she also had to

    correctly demonstrate the techniques and skills she learned during   

    the intensive clinic. We are so proud of her!

  ​                        Congratulations Beth!! 

         ​​​       HORSE CAMPS !

       Summer Horse Camps always fill up fast

       so don't delay and register today!

       Dates for Summer 2020:

      Mankato YMCA 

          June 8 - 11   8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Grades 2-5

          July 6 - 9:   8:00 am -  12:00 pm. Grades 2-5

          July 20 - 23:  8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Grades 2-5

          July 27 - 30:  1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Grades 6-9

          Aug 10 - 13:  8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Grades 2-5 

          Aug 17 - 20:  8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Grades 2-5 

            To register,  click here -> Mankato YMCA, 

​        St. Peter Rec and Leisure

​           July 27 - 30:  8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Grades 2-6

              To register, click here -> St. Peter Recreation and Leisure

     Pinewood Horse  Camp           

     This is our very own camp and is different than the other

     camps in its length and content.  During this camp, campers    

     will be assigned their own horse for their exclusive use for  

     lessons, to ride, feed, groom and take care of.   The camp runs

     from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day from June 22 - 26, 2020

     and will also includes classroom, ground work, practical skills,

     crafts and games.  The final day will include a trail ride and cook

     out.  Snacks and water provided.  This camp is limited to 6

     campers.  Grades 5 - 9    $350/week

      To register, download and complete the registration form.

       Return information is on the registration form.

     Questions?  Call  507-995-6390.





The wind of heaven is that which blows between

a horse's ears.  ~Arabian Proverb

​          Upcoming Events​

  2020 SUMMER

Postponed until further notice

Group Lessons

Group Riding Lessons are available for discounted rates with a minimum of four students and a maximum of six.  If you are interested in taking this class, we will add your name to the list for the next class.  Contact us for more information and availability. 

Pinewood Stables has been in business for over 15 years. We have been boarding horses, giving lessons and/or training horses for 15 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of care every horse receives while at Pinewood Stables; all horses are treated as if they are our own. Our instructors provide quality instruction in different disciplines at  reasonable rates.  We are proud supporters of the local 4H Horse Project, 4H Horse Bowl Team, and Saddle Clubs because we believe in the future of kids and these amazing animals.