Dal Porto Ranch | (925) 625-4535 | M-F: 9-6 25 irrigated acres in beautiful Brentwood California

Horseback riding lessons for kidsin Brentwood, Oakley and Antioch

Dal Porto Ranch offers a full lesson program open to all levels of horseback riders in the greater San Francisco area from Oakley to Brentwood to Antioch. We welcome beginners who have never been on a horse before to kids who have been riding for years. 

Advance programs and equestrian show teams are run by Carol Dal Porto and are available for those students who want more opportunities in riding.


Riding lesson options

We have introductory and monthly riding lesson packages that include a combination of group and individual lessons. You can also add lessons to your monthly package to suit your needs.

For students who are new to Dal Porto Ranch but not new to riding, an evaluation lesson will help us decide the proper placement and best lesson option for you. Our lessons “start where you are” so they are tailored to each student’s skill level.

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Introductory Package

  • 2 lessons-$120
  • Any riding level

Appropriate for riders of any level and a great way for new students to sample the Dal Porto Ranch experience.


Monthly Package

  • One weekly lesson
  • Combination of group and individual instruction

Additional lessons may be added to the monthly package to create a custom riding schedule. Call for pricing.

Riding Lesson Details

  • Gentle lesson horses available
  • Advanced programs and teams offered

Join us as we exercise, learn the art of riding and explore the horse. Students wanting more opportunities can participate in our advanced programs or teams.

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Our riding philosophy

As riders progress in our programs, they learn about the care and well-being of the horse. We recognize that the best riders have learned an understanding of the horse’s nature and develop strong partnerships with the horses through this understanding. Through knowledge of the horse and understanding of its nature, a relationship is developed. 

At Dal Porto Ranch, we have witnessed that as each student’s riding skills improve and self-awareness increases, they learn to recognize how their own actions affect other beings.  As a result, we see our students become more mindful of their actions in their riding and in their daily lives. 

We promote an atmosphere of support that fosters a student's natural self-confidence. We encourage individual growth and the development of friendships that will last a lifetime.

What makes Dal Porto different?

Students can discover the world of horses here trusting that their first horse lesson will be in a professional and qualified program.  All are welcome to remain a member of our barn family as a recreational rider for as long as they want. 

If they desire, we have more opportunities to grow because of our advanced programs and teams.  Even going as far as the world show and still knowing our program is qualified to take them there and be successful.

Specialty areas of riding instruction

Dal Porto’s riding program was designed and developed by Carol Dal Porto.  It “starts where you are” so lessons are tailored to the student’s skill level.  Carol’s goal is to teach each rider the skills needed to become responsible, compassionate and effective riders.

  • Equitation
  • Western
  • Huntseat

Do I need my own horse?

No, we have gentle lesson horses available.  If you are a beginner, we have quality lesson horses that are well trained and perfectly suitable for those just learning to ride.  We also have more advanced horses for riders as they continue to progress in their riding skills.  

Our gentle well-trained lesson horses play an essential role in the process of learning to ride as you can only learn to ride as well as the horse is trained.

Haul-in lessons available

If you have a horse and are interested in bringing your horse to the ranch for lessons, contact Carol for more information and availability.

Student-teacher ratio

In group lessons comprised of 3 or 4 students, Carol teaches the class with an assistant to ensure that each student gets the attention needed for a rewarding experience.


Payment is due before your first lesson of the new month and no later than the 7th.

Cancellation and Makeup Policy

We understand that sometimes cancellations are unavoidable, but unless an actual emergency is involved, it should be understood that we require at least a 24-hour notice of any cancellation. 

When we do receive a 24-hour notice, we will give you a credit towards a make-up lesson.

“Thank you Carol for having a very good eye and looking out for the best interest of my children. Thank you for being part of the upbringing of my children and teaching them discipline, self-respect and motivation. In reality you are a huge part of our life because what you do for my children is irreplaceable. We are a team and that is why I drive two hours for them to ride in your program.”

- Kristin F.