Waterford Stables
1139 Pelote Cemetery Road
Lithia, FL  33547
(813) 220-6056
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Lessons & Camp
Here at Waterford Stables, we train with an emphasis on the show pen.  But that doesn't mean our students only learn how to show ... they also learn day to day care, veterinary care, farrier care, etc.  

We specialize in beginner to advanced riders, both children and adults. We teach Western Pleasure & Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation, Dressage, Hunter Hack, Trail, Ranch Classes and Showmanship.  

We have a number of horses for various different levels of riders, most whom are available for lease.

Some of our lesson horses:

Cocoa and his admirers
Cocoa is a miniature horse who is used for leadline lessons

Shannon & Disney are high point hunter and grand champions!
Disney is an Appendix Quarter Horse who is used for Hunt Seat and Dressage

Princess and Alex winning Reining
Princess is an all-around horse (although she prefers Western).

2 high points and 1 reserve high point ... all in one show!
Left to right - Princess, Whiskey, and Mandi (who has since been retired)

Kisses & Juliana - "patiently" waiting for their class
Kisses is pretty much the foundation of our young beginner's lesson program.  She rides both English & Western.

Whiskey and yet another set of blue ribbons!!
Whiskey was our daughter's show horse.  She is now used for Saddleseat and beginners.

Ms. Kate, Shannon & Disney at an AQHA show

Faith & Alex
Faith has now been retired as a broodmare due to a past injury.

Preston and Trudi are so proud of Ben at 4-H State!
Ben is a Paso Fino.  He loves the littlest kids and is very gentle.  He rides ... well ... any discipline you want!

Ms. Kate & Gracie at a recent Paint/Pinto show

A little about us ....

Kate Waterford has been riding for most of her life. She grew up around horses on a large cattle ranch in Western Washington State. In doing so, she brought her love of horses to her family.  She came up competing in 4H in Washington State on her one-eyed AQHA gelding Senior Dia.  She started over with horses after her kids were in middle school.  She helped them learn about horses and soon became known for teaching young kids and doing lots of fun summer camps.  There are many riders who got there start here!  Now, she has become known for teaching great horse "skills" - one of her riders was recently named the Southeast Region Hunt Seat Equitation Champion of all riders 18 & under!  She prides herself on teaching a balanced seat: teaching riders why what you do in the saddle effects the horse and how to affect changes simply by moving your body.  She also trains horses and have been excelling in yearlings recently, bringing several to championships in in-hand trail and lunge line.  She hopes to continue this tradition long into the future!

Rates and Contact Info

$45 per hour group rate.  
$35 for half an hour Little Riders. 
call for price of private lessons. 

   Partial lease: $450 which includes: 4 lessons a month and 2 hours free ride time each week. (This is a savings of $210 a month which it would cost if you just bought each hour individually). 

**NOTE: it is recommended that if a student becomes seriously interested in showing horses that they at least obtain a partial lease OR take 3 lessons per week.**

   Show leasing:

  • Use of horse for the day, $75.  Please understand that you may be sharing a horse with someone who shows in a different division than you.  You will each pay $75.  If you show two horses, you will still only pay $75.  This also includes use of my tack.  (If the show is more than one day, each additional day is $50)
  • Transportation: the transportation fee is pro rated depending on the number of horses in the trailer.  1 horse in the trailer - $2 per mile; 2 horses - $1; 3 horses - $0.65; 4 horses - $0.50; 5 horses - $0.40; 6 horses - $0.35.  Fee is based on mileage round trip.  (Sorry - this has gone up due to the cost of diesel these days.  Yikes!)  **Minimum of $25 per trip charged.
  • Coaching fees: if you come with me from my stable, this is required.  It is $75 a day. This includes me helping tack the horse up and get it ready for classes, making sure you are signed up for the correct classes, making sure you get in the gate at the right time, helping you understand the patterns, as well as being there in case of an emergency.  This is something that is required of my insurance company.  This is a per person fee, not per horse and not split.  (If the show is more than one day, each additional day is $50).  Also, if the show is out of town, you will be responsible for my hotel and meals.  And no, we do not coach people who are not our students.  This is too difficult as we do not know how you ride with your instructor.
  • Grooming fees: General grooming is $50.  If you want to come out the day before the show and get your horse prepped, you are more than welcome and you will not be charged the grooming fees.  The preparations will include bathing, clipping and sheeting/hooding.  There are other fees associated with showing that you may be subject to. 

Please see Kate for more details and a list of all associated show fees.

PLEASE NOTE: These leases are intended for Waterford Stables students only. We do not lease horses to non-students.


English - You are required to wear breeches and a fitted, tucked in shirt (or jeans and half chaps).  You must have boots with a heel and a helmet. We do have some helmets to borrow if you are not sure riding is what you want to pursue. However, we do suggest that you buy your own helmet if you continue with riding lessons. No tennis shoes.

Western - Jeans that fit (no baggy jeans) or breeches/leggins and a fitted tucked in shirt.  I can't tell if you are sitting up properly if your shirt is billowing out behind you!  You must wear boots and a helmet.  No tennis shoes.

For more information, please contact us at 813-220-6056 or e-mail us.

We will not be doing regular camp this year.  Camp will be like it was in 2015 - it will be for our regular students and it will be an intense day of working toward upcoming shows.