Lessons and Training

DHEC's lesson program is world class. Our philosophy is to provide quality instruction by an experienced trainer with a focus on safety, horsemanship and fun. We offer lessons Tuesday - Sunday, from 9am to 5:30pm for both boarders and non-boarders alike. We require all riders to have a introductory lesson, which allows our staff to evaluate a rider's level of experience and skill. After this lesson, we will attempt to place you into a private or group lesson where you will ride with other students at a similar skill level.

For the beginner, DHEC teaches how to tack up and basic horse care and grooming. We believe that taking care of your horse is an important part of the lesson program. Caring for your horse before and after each lesson makes each rider feel more comfortable around horses, teaches responsibility and allows the rider to feel closer to their mount.  We start at the very beginning teaching balance as a number one priority.

For the more advanced riders, we offer an extensive lesson program focusing on safety and horsemanship so you can move up to that next level. The program features many school horses, group instruction, and frequent participation in local shows. DHEC provides additional services for the equestrian community, including offering horses both for sale and for lease.

Because the safety of our riders is extremely important, ALL riders must wear
a helmet. We provide helmets for riders who do not have their own. Please wear long pants or breeches (jeans are ok). Paddock boots are ideal or a hard-soled boot with a small heel is acceptable. (no tennis shoes)


About the Trainer

Javier “Beto” Gamboa has worked with horses for over 30 years and comes from a family of successful equestrians. He is the youngest of five brothers all involved in the equine industry - four (including himself) are trainers and one is an equine veterinarian. His father began training horses in 1948, so it’s safe to say, this is more than just a hobby. To date- three Gamboa’s have been to the Olympics – one in dressage, one in jumpers and one riding in the Junior Olympics. Javier has competed both nationally and internationally since the age of 10 and began teaching and training in Colombia, South America at the age of 18. He later moved to the United States in 1986, where he has continued his equine career. His love for dressage started later in life thanks to eventing and has blossomed in to a passion like no other. Javier is striving to obtain his bronze medal in the near future, and doesn’t seem to be stopping there. He still manages to maintain a professional career training horses and giving approximately 40 lessons per week to his students.

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