Silver Spur Riding School

Silver Spur Riding School is a perfect place for you and/or your child to learn the intricacies of riding horses and everything else that goes along with proper horsemanship. Our horses are reliable, safe and easy mounts to learn on. The instructors have many years of experience handling horses, teaching and working with riders of all ages/experience levels. The facility is a 12+ acre ranch with several large arenas to ride in. With year-round temperatures averaging in the 70's, it's hard not to love riding at such a picturesque facility. We teach 6 days a week (Tuesday-Sunday), weekdays from 1pm until Sunset and Weekends from 9am until 4pm.

​At Silver Spur, we emphasize safe and correct handling of the horse from the ground up. You will learn everything from haltering and grooming your horse to the fine details of riding. Safety is our top priority, and to ensure that we spend extra time the first few lessons teaching you all the proper techniques both on the ground and in the saddle.

​We have both English and Western equipment available and our horses are very well trained in both disciplines. All of the horses you will ride are registered Quarter Horses or Paint Horses, breeds known for their calm disposition and forgiving nature. Most of our horses have been in our care since they were very young, so our instructors know them inside and out. Because of their background as nationally ranked show horses, every horse you ride is finely trained. This allows you to focus on becoming a better rider, rather than correcting the horse's mistakes constantly. Read more about our wonderful horses here!

About Us

Silver Spur Riding School was founded in 2014 by Lindsay LaPlante and Liz Place. They wanted to create a program focused on introducing children and adults to the world of horses. Our program is based out of Rancho Cielo Equestrian Facility and situated on 12 beautiful acres in Rancho Santa Fe (Five minutes east of Del Mar). We offer riding lessons for all ages and skill levels, day camps for kids, as well as birthday parties, girl scout programs and other events. We have a team of gentle, well-trained horses for you to ride and our instructors encourage independence, safety, and above all a fun environment to learn about these wonderful animals.

A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.  ~Pam Brown

Thank you all for your continued patience these last couple of months. We have been working hard to solve the delays in scheduling and are very excited to announce that you can now schedule your lesson classes ONLINE! This option is still very new to us but we researched it extensively and think this will work to permanently solve the issue of delays. As of right now we are testing this scheduling option and hope that you guys like it.

Here are some things to know about online scheduling:

  • Right now we only have one hour class times available for online booking. Please text Lindsay for all show team and 30 min lessons.
  • For now, the class times are reserved on a class by class basis. If you want a set time every week please text Lindsay.
  • If you have a set time and want to keep it, there is no need to change anything. All existing time slots will be honored. 
  • As always, pre-payment is required in order to book. If you haven't already, please text a screen shot of your receipt to 760-815-7299. You'll be required to leave a credit card on file when booking, but it will not be charged. If we do not have record of your payment prior to your class, your credit card will be charged for the lesson.
  • We are offering 3 different age groups for our lessons: 6-12(ish) year olds, 13 and up (adults welcome too) and adult only classes. If your child is 11-14 years old you may schedule in either age group. If you fall in between or in two different age groups, choose the group suited for the youngest rider of your party.


  2. Choose the "Classes" tab on our Schedulicity profile
  3. Choose the day/time that suits you best and complete your booking
  4. Text a screenshot of your payment (Groupon voucher, online receipt, etc.) to Lindsay at 760-815-7299 along with the rider's full name
  5. Come on out and enjoy your ride!

A reminder that all new recurring times, 30 minute and Show Team lessons must still be scheduled via text - but hopefully not for much longer. Our goal is to automate all of our scheduling program within the next month! If you have any feedback or questions please text Lindsay! We want to make sure this is something that works for you guys.