Riding Lessons

Girl riding a pony during her riding lesson at Carousel Park. Call (302) 995-7670 for details.

A Message from Elyssa Doner:

The trails at Carousel Park are open to the public, so please come out and enjoy our sweeping meadows, ponds and a lake, miles of tranquil walking trails, and a one of a kind bark park. We are open daily from dawn until dusk.

While the Equestrian Center facilities - the barns, the offices, bathrooms and the areas immediately surrounding the equestrian buildings - continue to be closed to the public. Carousel Park and Equestrian Center is offering limited programming. Please call the office at 302-995-7670 or email me at elyssa.doner@newcastlede.gov for details.

I will continue to provide you with updates as we wrap up 2020 and move into 2021. Please take care, and feel free to call the office with any questions.

Stay healthy!


Elyssa Doner
Equestrian Program Supervisor
Carousel Park & Equestrian Center

Contact Us

  1. Carly Thompson

    Equestrian Center & Park Director 

    3700 Limestone Rd.
    Wilmington, DE 19808
    (302) 995-7670

    Park Hours

    Open daily, dawn until dusk

Our goal at Carousel is to teach you not only to be a safe and confident rider but to also teach you all aspects of good horsemanship. We start all of our beginners out in private lessons until they are able to groom, tack, and ride to a proficient level. Quality time spent on riding basics and horse care will allow you to become a well-rounded horse person. There is always something new to learn in our quest to become true partners and (as they say) dance with a horse.

Lessons are scheduled seven days a week. You may start at any time during the year. After six weeks of lessons, there will be a down week so that make-ups can be scheduled. Payment is to be made at the beginning of each 6-week time period.

Military Discounts:

If you are a member of the armed forces or a veteran you will receive a $10 dollar discount per lesson. $300 per six week session.

Multi-Family Member Discount:

If more than one member of your immediate family, living in the same household sign up at the same time, you will receive a $10 dollar discount per lesson for each student. $300 per student per six week session.

Pony Pals Riding Lessons: For children ages 4-7

Lesson Rates: $300 per 6-week session

Lessons Format: Private only, 60 minutes 

Private Lessons: For riders 8-years-old and up

Lesson Rates: $360 for 6-week session

Lesson Format: One-on-one with instructor, 60 minutes

Group Lessons: For riders 8-years-old and up with basic riding proficiency (walk, trot, steer, stop)

Lesson Rates: $300 per 6-week session

Lessons Format: 2-4 people, 90 minutes

Rating Levels

PP: Pony Pal

B: Beginner

I: Intermediate

A: Advanced

W: Western

DRS: Dressage

TX: Therapeutic Riding


Please call the Carousel Park office at 302-995-7670.

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