Lessons / Activities

  1. My Little Pony


    Introduction to horses for children. Parents must be present on facility grounds for duration of the lesson. One-hour class includes basic safety, grooming, leading and saddling techniques. Ponies and helmets provided. Class may be repeated.

    AGE
    4-8 yrs. with parent/guardian
    DATE
    By appointment
    TIME
    Varies, call for details
    FEE
    $30/child

     
  2. Adult HorseSHOE I and II

    For adults who always wanted a horse or just want to get back into riding. Teaches basic horsemanship skills, including safely approaching, haltering, leading, grooming and saddling. Horses and helmets provided. Eight students/class.



    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    By appointment
    TIME
    Varies, call for details
    FEE
    $100/4 Group Lessons; $180/4 Private lessons

     
  3. Riding Lessons

    Private, semi-private and group instruction with your horse or one of ours. Beginning to advanced riders focus on a specific skill set including balance, seat, effective leg aids and control. Completion of HorseSHOE I and II required.



    AGE
    7 yrs. and up
    DATE
    By appointment
    TIME
    Varies, call for details
    FEE
    $140/4 group lesosns; $160/4 semi-private lessons; $180/4 private lessons

     
  4. Horse-Themed Birthday Parties

    Give your little or big “buckaroo” a birthday party to remember. Party is held in the meeting room followed by lead line horseback rides and/or petting and grooming miniature horses in the indoor arena. Each horse can give 10 rides/hour. Limited availability due to COVID prevention.



    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Wed.-Sun.
    TIME
    Varies, call for details
    FEE
    $90/Room Rental; $50/Hr. Each Lead Line Horse; $35/Hr. Miniature Horse Grooming

     
  1. Scammer Alert! 

    Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center has been made aware of a scam where parties are using our name to ask for down payments on horses. We are not selling horses. As a division of the City of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, we follow strict financial guidelines, and we do not sell property in private transactions. Do NOT send money or give personal financial information to sellers using our name or address at 4007 N. Farm Rd. 171, Springfield, Mo.

  2. Winter Weather Alert:

    Due to extreme winter weather, all staffed Parks facilities will close at noon today, Thursday, Dec. 22, and remain closed all day Friday, Dec. 23. All scheduled classes and programs are canceled Dec. 22-23. Facilities are currently scheduled to reopen for holiday hours Saturday, Dec. 24. Follow our Facebook for updates and stay safe out there!