Timbermist Farm has a variety of options for horse riding! 


All students begin with private lessons.  When learning to ride, it is extremely important that the rider have the undividied attention of the instructor.  Safety is paramount!  A rider needs to develop confidence, physical strength and coordination.  Private lessons allow this to occur and minimize risks.

Kids Riding Horses

Proper attire for riding lessons consists of a flat, hard-soled boot with a short heel, long pants, gloves and a helmet.  We provide helmets but encourage riders to purchase their own and instruction on riding apparel.


To participate in academy classes, the rider will need to have kentucky jodhpurs, boots, shirt, tie, vest and gloves; which are considered appropriate attire. Helmets are required for those under 18. Full show ring attre is not needed. The instructors will help the rider locate the proper clothing.  We suggest that you ask for Lou and have the inseam measurement of the rider and order the pants 'long'.

Timbermist Farm hosts one of the largest and most successful riding programs in the Kansas City area.  Our instructors and trainers combine their expertise to offer the beginner through advanced riders individual instruction that tailors lessons to each rider's unique learning characteristics while taking into consideration their goals.  Timbermist Farm provides a variety of lesson horses so that the rider is challenged at every level of skill development!

Cancellation policy requires notice at least 24 hours in advance of the event cancellation.  We allow a makeup lesson to be rescheduled within the same week.  Unless illness or other emergencies arise and we are not notified 24 hours in advance, the student will be charged for the lesson.

Academy showing is an option where riders can take their newly learned skills and apply them in a show setting. Academy classes allow the rider to experience showing horses without having to own a show horse. When a rider is ready to participate in the academy show, practice on the lesson horses will be geared towards the show ring experience. The rider will be taught not only how to improve their riding skills, but also the skills of showing a horse in competition. Only lesson horses are used in academy classes. In preparation for a show, the horse will be groomed, clipped, shipped to the show and cared for at the show. The riders will be coached in the ring by the instructors. Timbermist riders have been very successful in the academy program, always bringing home many blue ribbons. We stress the positive, and always try to keep riders mindful of the effort that they put in, and not always the color of the ribbon. These shows are meant to be a learning experience and an enjoyment for the rider.