The Horse Lover's Guide to the East End: Where to Ride, the Hampton Classic, and More
Whether you are an experienced equestrian or have a special bond with horses, our curated guide below includes where to head for horseback riding lessons for children and adults, riding excursions and tours, and visiting and interacting with rescue horses. These stables, ranches, and equine rescue centers are located throughout the North and South Forks.
Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue, Bridgehampton
Amaryllis Farm’s main sanctuary is located on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. This non-profit organization provides a safe haven for horses and ponies and offers horsemanship care, and foundational riding lesson workshops. Visiting hours are on Saturdays beginning at 11:15am via reservation, pre-paid in advance. Volunteer opportunities are available for adopters.
Amaryllis also offers a Gentle Pony Camp on Mondays and Fridays for children ages 5-12. Horsemanship and riding workshops are available for children and teens ages 6-14. More workshops are also available throughout the summer and fall.
Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk
Deep Hollow Ranch off of Montauk Highway is home to a backdrop of thousands of acres of nature preserve, miles of scenic ocean, and miles of stunning trails. Deep Hollow Ranch works closely with many of the local campgrounds to offer horseback riding experiences for everyone of all ages. For example, if visitors are camping on the Montauk County Park property, Deep Hollow Ranch has popular horseback rides available to the beach for park visitors.
Some of the most popular booking options include group or private horsebacking riding tours along the trails and ocean. They also offer a Summer Pony Camp for children ages 7-12. Campers are required to bring their own boots, helmet, jeans, and a snack. Please note that Deep Hollow Ranch only accepts cash or Venmo for horseback riding excursions and lessons.
Reference link: Deep Hollow Ranch – Home
East End Stables, East Hampton
East End Stables on Oakview Highway in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods is a popular horseback riding center for children and adults looking to perfect their horsemanship. The stables also offers horseback riding lessons year round as well as semi private lessons.
Reference link: Home | East End Stables | Horse Riding Camp | East Hampton
Gray Horse Farm, Bridgehampton
Gray Horse Farm on Hayground Road in Bridgehampton was originally founded in 2001 and offers horseback riding lessons for children and adults as well as a Summer Pony Camp from mid June to August. This Hamptons based camp is for children ages five and up and is scheduled from Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm. All riding levels are welcome. Private and semi private lessons are also available, including private lessons after camp hours.
Gray Horse Farm also has horse shows as well as lessons for polo riders. The ponies and horses are also available on long-term leases and for sale. The Farm is open every day of the week, except Wednesday, from 8am-5pm.
Reference link: Gray Horse Farm Hamptons: Bridgehampton (ghfhamptons.com)
Silver Tide Stable, Bridgehampton
Silver Tide Stable on Meadow Court in Bridgehampton specializes in training riders of all ages from hunters and jumpers to those on horseback for the first time. In addition to a range of horseback riding lessons, Silver Tide Stables offers a spacious indoor ring as well as an expansive outdoor area. These are both ideal for year round, all-weather rides.
Their Grand Prix field is adjacent to the outdoor arena. This field is perfect for horseback riding lessons or leisurely rides across the fields to exercise their horses. STS also offers a Pony Camp during the summer months.
Reference link: Welcome to Silver Tide Stable
Stony Hill Stables, Amagansett
Stony Hill Stables on Town Lane is a popular horseback riding destination for everyone of all ages and experience levels. This stable was founded over fifty years ago and is considered to be one of Long Island’s premier riding facilities.
Stony Hill Stables offers state of the art riding amenities including five indoor and outdoor riding areas, professionally designed jump courses, and grass paddocks. They also have a 21 stall barn and a custom finished tack room.
In addition, they offer Summer Camp that is offered in five-day weekly sessions from 9am-12:30pm, with the option of an extended day program. They offer different camps for different equestrian riding levels and skills. Lastly, Stony Hill Stables offers private horseback riding lessons and boarding/leasing opportunities.
Reference link: Stony Hill Stables | Amagansett, NY
The Hampton Classic
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is a popular, week-long event that takes place annually the week before and including Labor Day weekend in Bridgehampton. It is one of the largest outdoor Horse shows in the United States and the premier destination for equestrians and horse lovers alike. The Hampton Classic traditionally takes place over eight days during the last full week of the Hamptons summer season, ending the Sunday before Labor Day.
In addition to a week-long event of riding competitions, the Classic has plenty of onsite shopping opportunities, food and drink vendors, an interactive petting zoo and play area for children, and much more.
Reference link: https://www.hamptonclassic.com
Hedgewood Farms, Laurel
Hedgewood Farms on Main Road in Laurel offers English riding lessons as well as boarding, showing, leasing, and camps for all ages and skill levels. The Farm is home to two rings, an indoor and outdoor ring, for year-round riding opportunities. Full-service boarding options are available.
Hedgewood Farms hosts a summer camp during the month of August. Hours for the five-day per week camp are 8:30am-12pm. Camps are limited to ten children per session. Year-round half hour and hour lessons are also available.
Starting just before fall or in mid-September, visit Hedgewood Farms for their ‘FRIYAYS on the Farm’. They host fun barn experiences for children ages five and up from 6-8pm every Friday. The cost is $20 per person for the drop-off program. A packaged snack and beverage will be served. Plenty of activities are scheduled for the fall including a movie night, ice cream social, and Halloween Party.
Reference link: Hedgewood Farm
Highwind Farm, Mattituck
Highwind Farm on Old Main Road in Mattituck is situated on 60 lush acres close to Peconic Bay. The horseback riding farm offers a well-lit indoor ring, heating during the winter, and a round pen with all-weather footing just outside the indoor barn. Highwind Farm is also home to a 24-stall barn, a carpeted tack room, and plenty of riding trails for boarders. For those who wish to perfect their equestrian skills, Highwind Farm offers customized training programs for every rider from beginner to advanced competitor. Year round youth riding programs are scheduled each season as well as multidisciplinary clinics, and a summer and holiday mini-camp.
Highwind Farm is available for lease for special events.
Horses are available for sale and lease as well.
Reference link: HIGWIND FARM | MATTITUCK, NY (wixsite.com)
North Fork Equestrian, Riverhead
North Fork Equestrian off of Roanoke Avenue is a picturesque riding complex home to over 21 acres of farmland and is perfect for everyone of all skill levels, including the casual rider to the Grand Prix athlete. The facility offers an expansive, insulated indoor riding area and several outdoor riding rings. Equestrians can visit year round for riding, lessons, and boarding.
Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, Baiting Hollow
Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation’s mission is to rescue horses who have been abused, neglected, or unwanted. Their rescue center off of Sound Avenue offers tours and clinics throughout the year. They also offer counseling and support services in tandem with their rescue horses. The rescue center is home to several beautiful, rehabilitated horses, goats, cows, and even a friendly turkey named Larry that has been at the center since birth.
Spirit’s Promise is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm by appointment only.
Reference link: Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue (spiritspromiserescue.org)