Lesson Horses



Jack Frost
Jack Frost




Canterberry Acres offers lessons to people of all ages and levels. All lessons are taught by a Massachusetts Licensed Riding Instructor. We specialize in Centered Riding Instruction, Dressage, Hunt Seat, and jumping. We have both horses and ponies in our lesson program. Lessons are taught seven days a week, and schedules are flexible and do not require multi-week commitments. Riding Lessons are mostly private. Please wear proper riding gear and clothing. This should include a helmet and footwear with a heel. We also offer a variety of day programs, horsemaship classes, special clinics.
Half Hour Private Lesson: $35.00
Full Hour Private Lesson: $65.00
Special Needs - Half Hour Private Lesson: $50.00
Our Boarders are always welcome to work with their own trainers/instructors.


Carol Kurland, Owner

Canterberry Acres is Carol’s way of giving children and adults of all ages and abilities a safe and non-threatening environment where they can learn and pursue their wishes and dreams, and explore the basic joy of being a part of the natural and animal worlds. Carol invites riders to get back to the basics of life without stress, pressure and the unneeded expectations of others and believes that growth and knowledge should come at one’s own pace and ability without judgment or harsh criticism. The Special Needs program is a continuation of work she has pursued since college working with adults and children of all needs in communication skills.

Carol’s philosophy is an integral part of her lesson program. Her goal is to foster a solid, strong knowledge base and feel for the horse both on the ground and under saddle as a way to build confidence, promote continuous learning, and provide appropriate challenges for each of her students.

Carol Kurland has been a MA licensed riding instructor for over 25 years. She is a speech and audio pathologist with a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree from NYU. She was a Becker College Equestrian Riding Instructor for 6-7 years and studied equine nutrition at Tufts. Carol has trained with such noted instructors as Gordon Wright (Hunter Jumper), Paul Balasic the famed riding instructor and author of Riding Towards The Light, John Lyons (training from the ground up), and a large number of other instructors with expertise in Hunt Seat, Dressage and Jumping.

Michelle Drake

Michelle is a MA licensed riding instructor experienced in teaching beginner and intermediate children and adult students. Horse care, grooming, tacking, and introduction to basic horsemanship skills are incorporated into each lesson program. This balanced approach to care and riding is a wonderful confidence builder for new students and important refresher for riders getting back into the saddle. Michelle’s calm, soft spoken yet confident demeanor puts her students at ease and encourages them to really get in tune with their horse.

Katy Cassano

Katy is a MA Licensed and Centered Riding® Instructor who provides quality lessons and training. Using visual imagery and analogies to guide understanding, she helps create a cohesive bond between horse and rider. Katy uses alternative methods such as groundwork training and bodywork to help build trust and understanding. Katy enjoys teaching a variety of students, and has over fifteen years experience teaching children through adults, beginner through advanced-intermediate riders, as well as individuals returning to riding. Many of her students came to her with fear and confidence issues and have made vast improvements in their riding. Katy specializes in Dressage and English Pleasure; however Centered Riding can be applied to any discipline. She creates a relaxed atmosphere to learn and have fun!

Julia Westwell

Julia is a MA licensed and certified Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) riding instructor. She is CPR/First Aid certified. Julia specializes in lessons for beginner children and adults, including those with various physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. Majoring in Equine Science with a concentration in Therapeutic Riding at University of New Hampshire, she has been riding for over 10 years and currently competes with the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team. Julia's teaching philosophy is that each rider has their own learning style and pace and she adjusts her lesson plans to fit each student's needs and abilities. Patience with rider and horse results in a successful partnership. Julia strives to make each lesson fun and positive! She will be teaching from May - August 2017.

In Memory
When we remember them, they live forever in our hearts.
Monty - June 9, 1982 - January 27, 2017

Monty "Banbury Montgomery" was peacefully laid to rest this morning. Many who knew him called him “the unicorn horse”. His large soft eyes and long white lashes along with his sweet personality gave him a mystical quality and it was not unusual to see visitors walk by and then stop and stare. Monty's natural presence and energy was magnetic and irresistable. A gentle stallion, 12 of Monty's foals are currently registered with International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA). His daughter, Azucara aka Cara, is his last offspring at the farm. Monty was Carol's heart horse and spent all of his 34 years at Canterberry Acres. There will never be another horse like Monty and we mourn his loss. Carol, we send our love and sympathy. Rest in peace, Monty.
Our CBA family is sad to share the news that Keg passed away on November 3, 2016.

Keg was the quintessential lesson pony teaching hundreds of children the joy of riding. Carol trailered him home as a foal and he has been a fixture at the farm for over 30 years. Keg was loved by many and he will sorely missed. RIP Keg.
In Memory of One of the Best!