Lessons and Programs

CEC offers instruction in beginner and advanced equitation, dressage, jumpers, trail, working equitation and versatility. We welcome all potential riders, beginners through advanced, regardless of age or ability. Our professional instructors are friendly, kind and constructive, and teach lessons every day of the week. We also have instructors who freelance at CEC. 

Meet our team.

In addition to regular lessons, Athene also offers trail lessons, versatility training, and problem-solving for you and your horse.

We have an 70′ x 170′ indoor with LiteStride footing, a fenced 75′ x 200’ sand outdoor arena, a cross-country course and miles of trails. Learn more about our facilities.

We strive to provide expert tuition in a relaxed atmosphere that creates an optimal learning environment for the rider and the horse. We prioritize safety, goal-realization, and having fun! In addition, we have a number of experienced, reliable, versatile, and people-friendly school horses and ponies.

Lessons and Leases

Private Lessons
30 minute - $55, or $50 on your own horse.
45 minute - $65, or $60 on your own horse 
One hour private - $75, or $70 on your own horse

Semi-Private and Group Lessons
Semi-Private: 45 minute - $50 pp
Group: 1 hour - $50 pp

CEC Monthly Horse Lease Prices 
$50 for single lease ride
$180* for a once a week lease
$360* for a twice a week lease
$500* for a three times a week lease

 * A weekly lesson is mandatory for anyone who is leasing

Our Team

Athene von Hirschberg

CEC Owner/Instructor/

USEF "r" H/EQ Judge/

USDF Silver Medallist 

Jumpers, Dressage, Equitation, Versatility, Trail and Working Equitation

Mary Jo Zanolli

CEC Instructor

Beginners of all ages,

General Equitation,


Tailor Carrier


Barn Manager 

In charge of lessons / rides for AirBnB guests

Debbie Murphy


Centered Riding Specialist 


Call us

to learn more

Barn: (860) 742-1900

Athene: (860) 942-3942


220 Talcott Hill Rd.,

Coventry, CT 06238

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