Students learn the basics of horsemanship, love of the horse, proper care, and riding skills. Riders develop confidence grooming and handling the horses in the barn as well as tenacity in the saddle. Whether it be a riders first time swinging a leg over a horse or their first time jumping a course, students establish the skills they need to become knowledgeable, positive horsemen. 


Great horses are the foundation of great riders, and Matchmaker students have the privilege of learning on some of the best in the business. Lesson horses are safe, sound, and happy, receiving unparalleled care. Many of these kind souls have successful show records longer than their riders are tall! 

CALLING ALL PONY LOVERS... PONY CAMP 2019 IS AROUND THE CORNER! 

If you are interested in setting up a riding lesson, learning more about program packages, joining us for summer camp, and/or have any questions, please call Hannah at 847-644-6188.

Camp is open to riders ages 6 to 12 with no prior riding experience required. Campers will learn first hand horsemanship as well as spend 45 minutes in the saddle each day in a semi-private riding lesson. Beginning riders will be learn to walk and trot as well as navigate poles while more advanced students will hone their skills at the walk, trot and canter as well as small jumps if appropriate. Campers will be under constant supervision as they develop their horsemanship skills, bond with their ponies and make lasting friendships! 

Each day campers will also partake in fun, educational sessions in our clubroom and barn aisle, focusing on learning more about horses and their care. Students can express their creativity through pony-related arts and crafts, as well as fun and games!

At the end of each week, we will host a camp show for riders to demonstrate all they have learned!


CAMP WILL RUN MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 8:30AM TO 1:30PM.

4 GREAT WEEKS TO CHOOSE FROM! â€‹

JUNE 10 - 14 

JUNE 17 - 21 

JULY 8 - 12 

JULY 15 - 19


PONY CAMP

Lesson Program

Matchmaker Ltd. offers a comprehensive lesson program for new students of all ages and levels. 

      Frequently asked questions 


​How old does a student need to be to begin riding lessons?


Typically by age 5 or 6 students are able to begin riding lessons depending on the individual. 


What should riders wear?


For students just beginning with their first lesson, it is not necessary to purchase all the attire. Riders should come with jeans or long pants (preferably not baggy or loose) as well as a shoe with a low heel (1 inch). Proper, approved ATSM/SEI riding helmets must be worn at all times. Long hair should be pulled back and clothing tucked in. 


For riders that are progressing past their first couple lessons, we encourage more formal attire including paddock boots, half chaps and riding breeches or jodhpurs. Apparel can be purchased at local tack shops including Dover Saddlery in Libertyville, Saddlers Row in Deer Park, and Barrington Saddlery, or online. 



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How long should students expect to be at the barn?


Students should arrive 15 to 20 minutes before their lesson to begin grooming their horse with an instructor. After the lesson (half-hour or hour depending on the package/level) students can expect to spend about 15 to 20 minutes finishing up horse-care. Parents are welcome to stay and watch their child's riding lesson in the viewing lounge or explore beautiful downtown Barrington.