Riding lessons at the barn include basic and intermediate Western horsemanship, as well as specialty classes like roping, barrel racing and cattle handling.

C Bracket riding lessons cover all aspects of basic and intermediate Western horsemanship.

Our ultimate goal is the safety of all of our riders, followed closely by confidence and fun! Weekly riding lessons at the barn are an ideal kids’ activity any time of the year to build confidence and independence and are available for ages 2 through adult, beginning with our leadline class for Rainbow Riders ages 2-5 years old and continuing through our Adult Western Horsemanship class.

Classes run year-round. Scheduling options include a monthly barn membership for students, which includes four horseback lessons and one unmounted class each month (except through the summer), or a one-time payment for each session. There is one make-up class per month for students who miss a regularly scheduled class.
  • Monthly Barn Membership: $150/month
  • Winter Session: January/February – 10 classes – $300/student
  • Spring Session: March/April/May – 15 classes – $450/student
  • Summer Session: June/July/August – 12 classes (no unmounted) – $450/student
  • Fall Session: September/October/November – 15 classes – $450/student

All students have the opportunity to participate in our goal-oriented C Bracket Riding School Learning Levels.

These learning levels give students a concrete plan for building their skills and succeeding in our riding classes. There are six learning levels in our curriculum, beginning with the Rainbow Riders toddler class, and moving through Level 6 Advanced for older students and adults. Skills in these levels move students incrementally toward safely and independently working with their horses.

As a rule, beginner classes (for kids and adults) start with the safety and handling of the horses on the ground and build up to safely mount and dismount, balance and steer a horse, basic patterns, etc. Intermediate classes cover posting, leg cues, loping and leads, obstacles, etc.

After mastering the fundamentals, all students can ride out of the arena on trail rides through the pastures. Students also receive primary equine education, such as horse parts, colors and markings, hoof care, tack and tacking up, quick-release knots, etc. Adult riding hour is for those who don’t need instruction and want to enjoy some ‘horsehair therapy.’

Our group classes are divided by the age of the riders and skill level – beginners, intermediate, adult, etc. On average, group classes have from eight to 12 students. These classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and additional courses are opened as others fill. Most lessons occur on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. through the summer. Specific class times will be determined by the number of registrants, age, and skill levels of riders.

We have three rates for group horseback riding lessons:

Full Session Group Class

  • Full session group class rate is $450 for Spring/Summer/Fall sessions (12 weeks/session)
  • Winter session is $300 (eight weeks)
  • Pay for the whole session in advance, or pay $150 monthly with a barn membership
  • There is one make-up class scheduled for each month of a session, and bonus once-monthly unmounted horsemanship classes during the Fall/Winter/Spring sessions

Private Lessons

  • Rate is $65 per one-hour lesson
  • Private lessons are ideal for first-time students, intensive skill building and one-time riders.
  • Private lessons can have one or two riders.

With a sheltered saddle barn and an indoor arena, we do not cancel for weather.

C Bracket Horse Barn provides the following

  • Lesson horses
  • Tack
  • All other horseback riding equipment and tack.

Riding students need to wear jeans or leggings and a boot with a heel. Shoelaces on footwear are not recommended. Riding helmets are not required, though students are encouraged to bring their own or borrow one from the barn.

Bike helmets do not qualify as approved headgear.


Meet Your Instructors

Christy and Scott Martinez

Scott and Christy Martinez have owned and operated the C Bracket Horse Barn since 2014. They have both been horseback since they were kids, and Scott’s Wyoming ranching background and Christy’s Midwestern farming background has given them a variety of horseback experience between the two of them.

After growing up riding horses for her entire life, Christy Martinez has spent the last seven years teaching students to ride. She enjoys spending time learning new skills herself that she can then pass on to students, and she finds that pairing students with the perfect horses to build their confidence and skills is one of her favorite parts of the job. She also enjoys colt starting, problem solving with project horses, training and driving harness horses and gathering cattle.

Scott Martinez was raised on ranches in Wyoming, and now passes his practical horsemanship skills on to students in the arena. His favorite subject to teach to students is the roping class, and he is known for being a reassuring presence for new students who might feel insecure during their first few classes horseback. His background with horses includes starting colts, ranch roping, ranch rodeo and managing cattle horseback.

In addition to C Bracket’s instructors, qualified wranglers will be on hand to help ensure that each student receives the one-on-one attention they need.

When scheduling allows, we will bring in guest instructors for the equine education sessions, featuring those involved in the farrier, equine dentistry, equine massage, and veterinary fields.