Summer Riding Program

Registration for our 2018 Summer Riding Camp will open in early 2018. Please check back then!



The Southlands Summer Riding Program, started in the early 1940’s, combines qualified staff, experienced horses, and impressive facilities to create an experience of a lifetime.

We offer sessions for beginners through advanced riders of varying ages. Through each rider’s daily responsibilities,  participants learn the basics of good horsemanship, make lasting friendships, and gain invaluable independence and confidence.

The mission of The Southlands Foundation is to provide a historical and agrarian connection to the community, and cultivate a respect and love for the land and its animals through education, conservation and outdoor recreation.  Our summer riding programs arms our students with these tools in a number of ways:

  • Lessons and mounted activities teach children the ins and outs of safe, centered, and balanced riding.
  • Un-mounted lessons provide participants with endless amounts of equine knowledge.
  • Guest speakers teach children the importance of Southlands and share its unique history.
  • Participation is geared toward teaching children respect, love, and appreciation for their equine partners and the land that they live on.

The Southlands Foundation encompasses nearly 200 acres overlooking the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, NY. Its unique history spans three hundred years. The property dates back to the original King’s grant to the Livingston and Beekman families from which Deborah Dows, our founder, is a descendant.

Throughout its history, Southlands’ extraordinary landscape has been open to the public. Since December 1987, a conservation easement donated to Scenic Hudson protects the farm so that it will remain forever green.

“Some tell of their riding, but more tell about learning to love the land and the creatures on it – to understand growing things – to learn to live and let live – and how their time spent on Southlands helped them cope better with the problems in their individual lives.”

-Deborah Dows, founder of Southlands