Welcome to the Thistledown Equestrian
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We offer a variety of riding and horsemanship programs in a friendly,
supportive, and relaxed atmosphere:
Riding® for all disciplines
- Lessons for beginners to advanced Adults and Children:
- Basic English Riding
- Cross Country
- Quadrille (Musical Ride)
- Thistledown hosts Cross Country Trials and Events
- Day Camps in the Summer and March Break
We are located 15 minutes outside of Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Ellen Redden is the owner and operator of Thistledown Equestrian
Center. Ellen has been riding and teaching for over fifty years in
Ireland, England, USA and Canada and is a certified Centered
Riding® instructor. She has a very open and friendly approach to teaching
all ages and levels of experience.
• Level II Centered Riding Instructor
• British Horse Society Horsemaster
• Pony Club “A”
• Teacher/Trainer of adults and children with over
forty years of teaching horsemanship.
Sarah Redden, Hons. B.A. and B.Ed., with emphasis in Special Education.Sarah
uses her dressage skills and jumping training as well as Centered
Riding techniques to help her riding students excel. Come out and
Naomi Ruston is an assistant instructor who teaches the young riders, Pony Pals
and Trotters. She has a fun and upbeat approach to teaching while
making sure that all of the basics are covered.
Riding and horsemanship programs operate year-round at our facility.
We pride ourselves on the footing in our dust free 62’ x 130’ Cover-All
indoor arena – which is equipped with a sound system for rides
to music. The indoor arena provides a place for winter lessons and
activities such as equestrian soccer, gymkhanas, shows, free jumping
demonstrations, and ground driving.
The large outdoor sand ring houses a full jump course, and our
cross country course provides a variety of obstacles including ditches,
angles and drops for schooling and shows.
Our horses are chosen for their especially quiet natures and well
trained to provide you with an excellent ride at any level from beginner