Equestrian and Barnyard Program
The best Equestrian Program for kids in Pinellas County is at Country Day Largo’s Campus!
Country Day Stables, affiliated with Country Day School, is located in central Pinellas Country, Florida near Largo, Seminole, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. Established in 1975, the equestrian facility includes three barns and lighted riding arenas, and is home to horses of many breeds, farm animals, and riders of all ages.
At Country Day Stables, riding students are given the opportunity to master the basics of riding. Students learn to become confident and independent riders. Lessons are available for the beginner through the advanced rider. We provide dependable schooling horses, and instruction is available in both English & Western Horsemanship.
For beginners, no prior horse experience is necessary. Introduce your child to the joy of horses in our safe and comfortable learning environment. Already know how to ride? Continue your horsemanship skills with intermediate to advanced lessons at Country Day Stables. Riding Lessons are designed for ages eight and older.
Country Day students eight and older have the opportunity to take riding lessons during their regularly scheduled PE classes!
Contact our head trainer to schedule your lesson today!
- Ms. Judi Hicklin • Head Trainer • 515-778-8843
- Ms. Lindsey Gillette • Animal Sciences Program Director • firstname.lastname@example.org
Leasing & Showing Program
Is your horse rider ready for the next level? Country Day’s leasing programs allow students to experience the joys of horse ownership. Your family can see what it is like to own a horse (without the ownership commitments!). Students are able to build a bond with the leased horse through lessons, showing and Sunday barn time.
Click for additional information and pricing on our Horse Leasing & Showing Program.
Ms. Lindsey Gillette, M.Ed • Animal Sciences Program Director
Ms. Gillette found her passion for horses and animals as a primary student at Country Day, participating in Pony Club and riding lessons. After learning the foundations of horsemanship and horse care at Country Day, Ms. Gillette began showing Quarter Horses at the state and national level. Ms. Gillette’s top achievements include a 2014 World Championship title in Hunter Under Saddle, 5 top ten World Show finishes, a national year end high point title, and multiple futurity wins.
Ms. Judi Hicklin • Head Trainer
Judi entered into the equine industry breeding, raising and showing Appaloosa horses. Her vast career in the industry ranged from running a boarder barn and lesson program to competing in a variety of events. The pinnacle of Judi’s career in the hunter/jumper arena includes a World Championship Title in Hunter Hack. Judi then ventured into a 20-year career in the racing industry amassing over 6 million dollars in money earned. In 2009 Judi retired from the racing industry and moved to Florida. She now is committed to sharing her passion of horses and vast knowledge with children.
Ms. Abigail Whitaker • Trainer
Abby began riding at the age of 6 moving through the divisions with many grand champions in hunter, equitation, and medal classes. After competing in the 3’6/3’9 hunter and equitation, Abby moved into the Jumper arena competing at HITS and WEF. After traveling long and far to compete with the best, and training many young horses, Abby has switched her focus to teaching young riders. The equine sport is her true passion and she appreciates every young mind interested in becoming an equestrian.
Pony Birthday Parties
If you have horse-loving children, then we can help to give them a party they won’t forget!
- A horse ride for party guests
- Barnyard farm animals
- Covered picnic tables, available for you to decorate and serve your food & cake!
- The facility is available for two-hours of party time!
Call the office for information: 727-596-1902