Western or English beginner riding lessons

Denise Montoya

San Francisco horseback riding lessons

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My name is Denise Montoya, I am a local horseback riding instructor in the San Francisco bay area. My business has grown so much during the past year that I had to move to a bigger facility! It's about 15 mins farther than the last with more amenities. I now have access to  2 fenced in arenas (1 med sized covered and one larger), a real round pen with privacy walls, my own tack room with an office, a 6 stall barn with larger stalls and two turnouts for my lesson horses! 

I started lessonswithdenise.com in January of 2014. I have been teaching private lessons for the last 11 years part time  and decided last year that I was going to start doing it full time.


I believe in teaching horseback riding from the ground up. I think it is important to have a relationship with the horse so that you can both move forward as a team. Both the rider and the horse have to trust each other and have confidence in one another so that both can be safe and have fun.

I follow natural horsemanship methods and teach beginner English and Western styles of riding. I am currently growing my program and offer small summer horse camp sessions for children ages 7-17. 

It's been proven that horses are not only good for the soul but can have many positive benefits including:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • trust building skills
  • responsibility
  • perspective
  • boundaries
  • self-acceptance
  • self-sufficiency
  • communication skills verbal/non verbal

Sylvie at Palomar Stables with Denise of Lessons with Denise



Bekka at with Denise of Lessons with Denise



Emily  with Denise of Lessons with Denise


trust building skills with Stormy