Welcome to the Windy Ridge Ranch
Since 1979

The Windy Ridge Ranch, east of St. Paul, in Woodbury, Minnesota, offers group riding lesson, a leasing program, and other fun riding activities for our students. WRR is home to 40-some well-mannered schooling horses. Learn more about the ranch.

Group Riding Lessons
Focus is on solid equitation skills and horsemanship as well as having fun with horses. We offer regularly-scheduled group lessons for beginners to advanced riders for ages 9 to adult. We also have twice-monthly "Pee Wee" lessons for ages 7-11. Group lessons may include English or Western equitation, jumping, dressage, games, horsemanship, and trail riding (for WRR students only). Feel free to visit one of our lessons. Learn more about group lessons.

Mark Ward started the Windy Ridge Ranch in 1979 and has been having fun teaching riding lessons and horsemanship ever since. It's a family-run operation, with Mark and his wife, Katie, as well as Mark's son and his family, taking care of the horses.


Mark and Juniper


The Ward Family 2011


Mark and Katie at Otter Creek Horse Trial


Mark with Juniper at Roebke's Run Horse Trial



Lessons take place in one of our two outdoor arenas, inside our insulated arena, and on trails through our pastures and nearby fields.


Riding Lesson Session Information

2018 Calendar

1-6 2018


Session 4 begins June 4. Register now.

Feel free to visit a lesson to see what it's like.

See the 2018 Calendar

Learn more about our Lessons and how to register and then come visit a lesson to see what it's all about.




Session 3 Roster

Makeup Spaces For Session 3




News & Events

Welcome "Springer" to the WRR!

Sage had her foal on May 18, 2018. Katie was at the WRR and helped make sure the foal was safe and sound upon delivery.

Amanda Plucker has taken a great photo of the foal on his second day.

Springer needed a little help getting up at first, but as you can see in the video taken on day five, he's ready to run!

Sage has all the right maternal instincts and it's going to be fun to watch the little colt grow up.

And little Springer might end up being pretty big.

Springer's sire is a 17.5 hand Irish Draught, Beeston Laird, standing at Blackshire Equestrian Center in Randolf, MN.



May 18-20 2018 Otter Creek Spring Horse Trial

Five riders from the Windy Ridge Ranch competed in Dressage, Cross-Country, and Stadium Jumping.

Training Level: Mark on Juniper, Novice Level: Molly on Meeko, Louisa on Wonder Girl, Aleka on Dr. Watson, Beginner Novice: Stella on Kestrel.

Directions and more info about the show venue.

Results: Mark - 4th place. Molly - 5th place. Louisa - 7th place. Aleka - 8th place. Stella - 3rd place.

Congratulations to all these riders. This is a major regional show and a lot of serious training effort preceded these rides.


TrailRide Trail Ride Schedule and Sign Up Info

The first trail ride of the year will be Friday, May 25. See the schedule of summer & fall rides and the sign up info here: Trail Rides 2018. WRR Trail Rides are for our students only. We don't do trail rides for the public

Bella demonstrates smooth vault-on mount.

Light as a feather swing-up. How does she do that (you should ask)?!

See Video.


JETs for 2018

Our team will be performing at WRRHC fun shows and at the Washington County Fair again this year!

Team members

JETs Handbook

2018 Practice Dates

2018 Drill Pattern


New X-Country jumps are heading to the WRR.

We have added 11 new jumps.

These study obstacles have all been purchased from the Roebke's Run X-Country course.


Drill Team for 2018

The team will perform at the 2018 Washington County Fair on August 2nd at 7:00 pm.

Here are videos of our last performance.

2018 Practice Dates



More News and Events


See more stories, photos, and videos of Windy Ridge Ranch activities.


Fractal Movie (Mark at play on his computer)

Fractal movie -2


Lesson video link escher-cube Leg yield video leg-yield and counter-canter bending

10 meter circles in serpentines

Connecting half halt with corners

Connecting half halt with leg yielding to larger circle

Leg yield on loops of serpentine



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