Linden Riding Academy - Class Information

At Linden Farm, the riding program is intended to introduce young people and adults to the wonderful world of horsemanship. It is our hope that the program will enable those who might not otherwise ever have the opportunity to ride or to work with horses to develop an interest in and knowledge of these beautiful and benign creatures.



Class Schedule

Classes are taught year round and consist of 50 minute lessons.  This includes riding instruction and including lecture and hands-on work. Classes are offered throughout the week including many adults-only classes.  Each group class is approximately one hour.  Private lessons are 30 minutes.  Time outside of lessons is allowed for tacking up and grooming.

Sunday classes:  12 - 5 p.m.

Monday - Friday 4 - 7

Homeschooling your children?  We offer classes for homeschool children during the week in the mornings and early afternoons.  Call to schedule a class.


Consult our schedule of fees for details as well as our policy on missed classes.

Linden Facilities

  • Two barns comprising 32 stalls
  • Three well-lit outdoor arenas
  • Main barn has an indoor arena, a wash stall for bathing and grooming and two well-equipped tack rooms
  • 45-foot round pen for training and for beginner classes
  • 20-acre turn-out field with easy access to trails
  • Fenced paddocks
  • Set of professional jumps from post and rail to coops and a wall
  • Climate-controlled classroom/parent waiting area
  • Our trailer, with room for nine horses, has plenty of headroom and includes a tack/dressing room


All students are asked to wear:

  • Leather-soled shoes or boots with a heel. 
    Note: Tennis or running shoes are not appropriate around horses. If shoes are worn, they should lace-up, not slip-on
  • SEI-approved helmet or hard-hat.  

Liability Waiver

All students (parents in the case of a minor) will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

Parent Participation

Parents are welcome to observe classes and lectures and to attend special events, but will be asked to limit their participation to support of their students during non-class time.  Learning to ride is not difficult, but depending upon individual athletic skill and confidence, learning rates differ.

Competitive Sport

When students (and their parents) develop confidence and an interest in competition, we offer the opportunity to participate in small local shows.  Students pay for their individual entry fees and food. There is a small trailer fee for transportation to and from the show, but no charge for supervision by the riding instructor.

Other Optional Activities

As students develop their skills and confidence, we offer trail rides and the opportunity to attend special events such as local foxhunts, shows, competitive endurance rides, and demonstrations.  Some of these events will be free, for some a ticket or entry fee will be required.  These are optional activities and participation is not required.

Ready to Take Lessons?

To get started, complete the on-line application form and a representative from Linden Farm will contact you.

For more information about Linden Farm, contact Karen Altieri (
301-934-9003 Phone
301-392-9643 Fax
301-266-9220 Cell 

or Paula Linneman  530-415-3980

Our Location

We are located in Charles County's historic Port Tobacco Valley, next to the College of Southern Maryland at:

8530 Mitchell Road
La Plata, MD 20646

Licensed by:
Maryland Horse Industry Board
Maryland Department of Health

Instructors Certified by:
American Riding Instructor Association 
International Side Saddle Organization