Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the feeling of a beautiful ride. Carriage Farm offers lessons for all, whether you have never seen a horse in real life or are an expert rider.

Carriage Farm offers private and semi-private lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders of all ages. Riders can take lessons with our horses, bring their own, or lease.

Riding Levels

All Carriage Farm riders begin with an evaluation lesson so our trainers can discover your abilities and guide you to the next level as an equestrian.

Our ponies and horses are gentle and can handle even the most nervous riders. Beginners will acquire a basic understanding of horses and the sport of riding along with important safety information for both you and the animal. In early lessons you’ll learn mounting, stopping, steering, balance, and control. Other lessons include everything from walking, trotting, and canter to circles, figures, the training scale, transitions, riding tests, training skills, and jumping.

Our more experienced students are invited to join us at local shows monthly to demonstrate their skills, build confidence, and continue to improve. We can help you prepare for and attend C to A-rated away shows as well as Congress events. We also offer showmanship clinics both at Carriage Farm and in conjunction with other horse farms.

Private Lessons

Practice your skills one-on-one with a trainer during a private lesson with our expert trainers. During an hour-long lesson, you’ll start or continue to work on your riding skills based on your level of expertise.

Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-private lessons are limited to up to 10 people. Group lessons can accommodate a range of abilities. During group lessons, participants are divided to focus on a particular skill and rotated so each set has the opportunity to practice all aspects of riding.

Our Trainers

Dawn Kingsley
Dawson Kingsley – Dawson grew up riding in Darien, CT, where she showed on the local circuit and was active in New Cannon Mounted Troop. As she realized her dream of teaching and training,Dawson began building a wide range of skills in the horse industry. She was asked to be a working student for one of her trainers Rory Scallon, a professional at Millbrook Equestrian Center in Millbrook New York. There,Dawson rode and showed for Rory and started the young horses he brought in from Europe. In 1990, she was hired by John Williams and Joanne Kovacs at Show Horses Inc, in Darien Connecticut.Dawson rode and worked on the AAA hunter/jumper circuit traveling from New York to Wellington, FL and had the privilege of learning from some of the best Grand Prix riders including Joanne Kovacs, Jeffery Wells, John Williams, and Jean Kovacs. She worked and trained for 10 years until she felt the need to settle down in one spot and pursue her passion of teaching. In 2000,Dawson was asked to join Rory Scallon again, now at Moss Creek Stables in Hilton Head, SC, where she was involved in training and schooling riders from beginners to advance.

Since moving to North Carolina in 2003, Dawson has gotten married and has an amazing daughter, Grace, who is 6 and would rather pet a chicken then ride a pony.Dawson took some time off the horse industry and received her real estate license working for a large national builder. But the pull to get back into horses was strong and four years ago she returned to horsing at Whispering Hope Stables as their head trainer. Two years ago,Dawson made the decision to lighten her load and only train a handful of dedicated riders under MDK Training at Carriage Farm. When not training and riding, Dawson enjoys time spent with her family.

Loralyn Dimuro
Loralyn DiMuro — Loralyn grew up in upstate New York where she started riding at the age of five and competing at the rated B-AA hunter shows at the age of 8 years old.  She and her family moved to North Carolina in 1994, but not before spending two summers working and competing for a Tennessee Walking Horse Farm outside Bellbuckle, TN. Upon moving to NC, she began competing at the local and breed shows. Loralyn and her mother showed at the Appaloosa breed shows with their 6-time ACAAP National Champion mare, Obvious Debutante and Loralyn jumped for clients in the local Quarter Horse circuit. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill where she rode and held a board position on their equestrian team from 1997-2000.

Loralyn now operates TEAM LORALYN, a riding program catering to beginner walk-trot to “C” rated hunter show clients of all ages, all while competing in ranch riding on the local circuit. She specializes in equitation all while emphasizing function to form riding. Loralyn works full –time in sales for Coastal Carolina Pumping and operates Team Loralyn in her spare time.  She is an avid Shar Pei lover and a rescue, transporter and foster parent for the Shar Pei Rescue of Virginia.  She resides in Angier, NC with her three Shar Pei dogs, Satchel, Kiebler, and Cupcake.

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