We offer recreational riding programs and also western riding level programs through EC/NCCP. We aim to provide professional instruction in riding and also horsemanship. We strive to help students and riders understand the value of working with safe well trained horses and the value of professional horse care as well as sportsmanship and horse responsibility in proper stable management methods.

The equestrian sport is based on a partnership between horse and human athlete. And are our goal to obtain high standards for the importance for the welfare of our horses and student riders.

We have lessons programs available for children and adults.

Private and semi private lessons are also avaliable.

Kids can start at age seven, if interested to learn about horses...

Fee: $50 per lesson plus HST ( includes hour in saddle and 1/2 hour for horse handle and care)



After having a few years experience from various barns around the Maritime; teaching me a few things here and there about horses. I have just recently become a new student at EE. Already after only a few lessons. I am feeling my riding and horsemanship skills improving tenfold. As an instructor, Amanda Lyons has true and amazing teaching skills that really helps you visualize, feel and understand how and why you do everything around horses. She has made me feel welcome since the begining and I leave every lesson with a smile on my face.

Not only does she excel as a teacher but as a horse owner. The respect, love and true understanding that she has with each of her horses is inspiring and a perfect picture of true horsemanship. I have only rdden Doll as of yet but this horse especially has the sweetest personality and has been trained well by Amanda, making her an ideal horse to learn how to make good connections with your mount!

I can't wait to continue on with my learning curve here at EE. During pervious experiences. I have always been nervous and anxious at the thought of competition or any kind of testing. But with all there is to offer at this barn, I am gaining the confidence in my riding and horsemanship skills that I feel that I will be able to meet future challenges. And I would hightly recommend this barn and Amanda to anyone who has a love of horses and is looking to explore further into their own riding!

Ashley Campbell, Halifax

To ride Western saddle and do it well has always been on my "bucket list". Having ridden English saddle for 25 years or so I scouted the area for operations that offered qualified instruction in western riding. I wanted more than the trial ride experience. I found Equine Excellence at Equine Estates and set up an appointment to meet Amanda and see the operation. Right from that first meeting I got a "good" feeling and so began the weekly ride/lesson. Amanda provides the finer points of western riding and and is a very patient instructor. The barn is "very: clean, functional and well maintained. Should also mention that it's great "fun" Check it out and you will find it "great" too.

Bob Webber, Dartmouth

"I have been riding at Equine Excellence with Amanda Lyons as my instructor for the past year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my riding experience here. The facility is spotless, organized and safe; Amanda is responsible, caring and very knowleged with horses. I loved riding here because Amanda made me feel confident; she could break down aspects of my riding so that we could focus on areas of the ride that needed improvement. Amanda is a talented rider! Thank you Amanda for preparing me for my upcoming riding adventure!"

Ramona Joseph, Bedford

" I have spent many years standing ring side while my daughter rode, always planning to take up riding myself but never finding the time. Recently retired from full time work, I decided it was time to learn to ride, and I wanted to take up western. Amanda Lyons was recommended to me as a very experienced and talented rider and instructor with some excellent horses for novice riders.

She has since then proven that statement and has already helped me gain a very solid base for riding. I have found that Amanda's teaching method is to explain to me what the goal is, how to get there, and why. This allows me to see the whole picture clearly. Amanda's school horses are so well trained that they instill confidence and allow me to concentrate on learning to ride. I've made a lot of progress in my three months and someday I will even master the posting trot, a skill that looks so easy but has eluded me so far.

Located in Mount Uniacke, her barn is only a 25 minute drive from the city, making it an easy commute. Amanda runs a clean orderly stable with an indoor arena and further improvements to the facility are ongoing.

My Wednesday afternoon trips to the barn are quickly becoming the highlight of my week, and I recommend it to anyone, any age, who has been thinking about giving riding a try.

Betsy Landva, Dartmouth

“When I came to Equine Estates, I was quite nervous of riding. My love for horses still motivated me to go. As soon as I met Amanda I knew I was in good hands. Her utmost concern for safety, not only for the riders but the horses too. She has so much patience and offers very quiet horses. The experience is in a relaxed setting but very professional.”

Marilyn Andrews, Halifax

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