Lesson Horses

Mister
Mister

Cosmo
Cosmo

Jack Frost
Jack Frost


Alley

Moonshine
Moonshine

Angie
Angie

Lessons

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. $40 for riders requiring an assistant.
Full Hour Private Lesson: $65.00
Some fees may vary by instructor

All Riders must sign: CBA Release of Liability
Instructors/Trainers:

Carol Kurland, Owner
508-335-1080

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 28 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. Please call 508-335-1080 to schedule a lesson.

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.

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. Julia holds a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science with a concentration in Therapeutic Riding from the University of New Hampshire. She has been riding for over 11 years and competed on the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team, going to Nationals her Junior year. 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!

Chris Wzorek

Chris Wzorek is a MA licensed riding instructor who specializes in training, and instructing in a way that promotes confidence in clients, both horse and human. Chris believes each horse is an individual and needs to be trained in the way that works best for that individual. Using patience, consistency, and years of experience, she can help you learn how to have a partnership with your horse based on mutual respect, trust, and understanding. A willing, respectful, and confident horse is a horse that is versatile and can accomplish anything from jumping to reining. A willing, respectful, and confident horse can be your horse, with the right training.

Chris offers individualized lessons and training for both beginner and advanced riders. Ensuring each student has a solid foundation and encouraging them to challenge themselves and their horses. With years of experience in teaching various disciplines, she gives her students the tools they need to succeed both in recreational and competitive riding.

Anna Phillips
774-289-3085

Anna Phillips is a MA licensed riding instructor experienced in teaching dressage and hunter/jumper, as well as some eventing. Anna's goal is to share her knowledge with students so they may progress continuously and become safe, independent and knowledgeable riders. Anna teaches calmly and in a way that riders of all ages understand. Proper communication between instructor and student as well as student and horse is essential to learning.

Anna's passion for horses started at a young age and steadily turned into her career. Anna has had the privilege to be a working student at several reputable barns in the area. She has competed at USDF shows as well as successfully competed at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival in 2011 and 2013.

Anna moved to Ohio in 2013 and attended the University of Findlay where she was fortunate to be able to ride many different breeds and calibers of horses in both Dressage and eventing. Anna was able to compete at USEA events in Kentucky and Michigan as well as clinic with Carol Kozlowski. In 2015, Anna left UF to begin working for Yenour Performance Horses as their head instructor and barn manager.

Anna has returned to Massachusetts and is currently riding and competing her own Thoroughbred mare in Dressage with goals to complete her USDF Bronze Medal. Anna is actively continuing her own riding education, as you can never learn enough in this sport! If interested in lessons with Anna, please call or text 774-289-3085

Bobbie Bigelow
508-450-8173

Bobbie is a MA licensed riding instructor. Bobbie has 19 plus years of experience working with horses. Primarily focused in the hunter/jumper and huntseat equitation disciplines. Bobbie has competed and ribboned at SEHA, MHJ, MHC and NEEC medal finals as a junior and adult rider, as well as the ASPCA Medal Maclay equitation finals under instruction largely by Kristen Bumpus. In addition to the individual circuit, Bobbie also has experience with horseback riding as a team sport. As a member of the Mount Holyoke College IEA team, she competed in two national competitions, placing 1st in the Individual Open O/F as a sophomore and then 8th as a junior in high school, she was also a captain of her team. Bobbie attended Mount Holyoke College and rode for their IHSA team under the renowned CJ Law where she traveled and competed at various tournaments, zones and National competitions before transferring to the University of Connecticut.

Bobbie received Bachelor Degrees in both Pathobiology and Animal Science at UConn. She gained experience in animal diseases, genetics, nutrition, breeding, and training. She has worked with young horses teaching them to be cart driven before ridden undersaddle. Bobbie also played polo at UConn and was on their JV womens polo team. She has experience with Thoroughbred race horses on and off the track. Working for Windstar Farm in Kentucky only added to her knowledge, experience and talent. Bobbie has a vast history of working with young, green, rehab, and other unique horses.

Bobbie likes goal-oriented clients and works to achieve those goals in a way that is most beneficial to both the horse and the rider. Bobbie is now accepting all novice-advanced level riders. Bobbie does attend local horse shows for those that may be interested; all of her current students are qualified for their perspective medal finals taking place in the fall. Bobbie is also available for training rides of personal horses, and runs the adult cavaletti lessons that take place every other Friday evening at CBA. Please inquire for personal rates 508-450-8173