Jamaica Bay Riding Academy 

 Family-owned Equestrian Facility Since 1972
 

About Us

Jamaica Bay Riding Academy is a family-owned equestrian facility since 1972. We offer some of the best horseback riding on the east coast. We are located in the Gateway National Wildlife Preserve, this park encompasses over 400 acres of manicured wooded trails and three miles of beachfront riding specifically designated for horse enthusiasts. 

 

Jamaica Bay is a full-service boarding facility and additionally offers a vast variety of guided instructional rides, horseback riding lessons, horse leasing, horse shows, summer camps, therapeutic riding, hunter paces, and more. Whether you are just becoming interested in horseback riding or have been an experienced rider for years,  Jamaica Bay has something for everyone.

 

Some of our amenities are a 160’ x 325’ outdoor arena, and a heated and air conditioned lounge with a view of our 200’ x 100’ indoor riding arena. We also offer an intermediate cross country course, an Olympic size dressage arena, 500 acres of beaches and trails, and a full tack and apparel tack shop.  We are an authorized dealer for Ariat, DerDau, Charles Owen, Collegiate, Weatherbeeta, HDR, Simco, IRH, Vogel, and much more. We take great pride in our facilities and it is our goal to serve our customers the best way possible. Contact us if you’re looking for great horseback riding in NY.

Hours Of Operations For The General Public

Mons/Weds/Fri: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Tues/Thurs: 10:00am - 8:00pm

After 5:00 pm is by appointment only.

Sat/Sun/Holidays: 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

Boarders/Private Owners

 

Mon/Weds/Fri: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Tues/Thurs: 7:00am - 10:00pm

Sat/Sun/Holidays: 7:00am - 6:00pm

We are closed for the following holidays:

-New Year's Day

-Easter Sunday

-July 4th

-Thanksgiving Day

-Christmas Day

-For more information you can call us at: 
*CPR COURSES AVAILABLE AT JBRA!*
 

General Public Riding

 PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL RIDES *(Highly recommended ride)*  8 years and older.

Take advantage of some of the most scenic horseback riding New York has to offer. A scenic pleasurable ride through our beautiful wooded trails with breathtaking views of our private beaches. 

Enjoy a private ride with one of our professional riding instructors for approximately 50 minutes. There is a minimum of 2 people required. More then 4 people can be split into two groups. This is designed to cater to families or groups who would like more personal attention. Packages are available for discounts and the minimum age is 8 years old.

Evening rides are available by appointment only Tuesday and Thursday until 8:00 pm.

 

Proper attire is required (Example: ALLOWED: Jeans, Leggings, or any other long pants, close toe shoes such as sneakers and boots. NOT ALLOWED: Flip Flops, Sandals, Shorts) Bring bug repellent during the summer season.  (Helmets are recommended).  First come first serve- 7 days a week.

Pony Rides - 7 years and younger

Have your child a walk on one of our ponies handled by our staff for the great price of $25 for 5 laps in the outdoor coral.  The child must be 7 years of age or younger. For children 8 years and older, lessons are recommended.  Proper attire is required and helmets are required. (Example: ALLOWED: Jeans, Leggings, or any other long pants, close toe shoes such as sneakers and boots. NOT ALLOWED: Flip Flops, Sandals, Shorts) Bring bug repellent during the summer season.  (Helmets are recommended). 

Membership/Leasing  - Short/Long term leasing

Members of the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy have the option to lease a horse to ride at their leisure. Certification is mandatory (Inquire with management).  Proper attire is required (Example: ALLOWED: Jeans, Leggings, or any other long pants, close toe shoes such as sneakers and boots. NOT ALLOWED: Flip Flops, Sandals, Shorts) Bring bug repellent during the summer season.  (Helmets are recommended). 

Lessons By Appointment Only

If you’re interested in horseback riding in NY, Jamaica Bay Riding Academy offers professional instructors for every level and discipline. We offer expert horseback riding lessons for children and adults of all levels. For beginners, we have a nice selection of safe school horses and ponies. Our advanced riders compete at horse shows throughout the year. Whether your aspiration is to compete on the "A" circuit or the local schooling shows, our trainers will consult with you and evaluate your riding to determine the best program to bring out the full potential of your riding experience.  Proper attire is required (Example: ALLOWED: Jeans, Leggings, or any other long pants, close toe shoes such as sneakers and boots. NOT ALLOWED: Flip Flops, Sandals, Shorts) Bring bug repellent during the summer season.  (Helmets are required). 

Summer Camp 

Birthday Parties – 12 years old and under

•Minimum of 12 children. 

•Pony rides are approximately 45 minutes (4 ponies to 12 children ratio)

•Total party time is 1 ½ hours. 

•Hamburgers, hot dogs, or pizza with French fries and soda. 

•No noise making toys please! 

•Food and beverages are available for all guests (NO OUTSIDE FOOD PLEASE)

 

Birthday Parties – 13 and older

•Minimum of 12 children 

•30 minute guided instructional ride through the preserve. 

•Total party time is 1 ½ hours. 

•Hamburgers, hot dogs, or pizza with French fries and soda. 

•No noise making toys please! 

•Food and beverages are available for all guests (NO OUTSIDE FOOD PLEASE)

 

Employment & Volunteers

Jamaica Bay Riding Academy had many employment and volunteer opportunities.  For more information please call: 

 

Boarding

Jamaica Bay is a full service boarding facility, offering many different types of service to fit your individual needs. All of our boarding box stalls have an automatic drinker and the stalls are cleaned thoroughly twice per day. Horses staying at our facility can be fed between 4 and 5 times per day. Individual turnout is available in 10 large paddocks. 

 

The daily care provided at our boarding facility consists of daily grooming and sheets or blankets put on and taken off as needed. Laundry services are also available upon request and any other equipment may be stored in a personal locker available at our facility. Nutritional supplements and/or medicine is administered as necessary. Our boarding services provide 2 in-house farriers, 2 veterinarians on 24 hour call, and daily on site management.

 

All of the health care records of the horses in our facility are carefully maintained. For the safety of all horses, a mandatory health program is administered by the house veterinarian, including dietary recommendations, worming, general health maintenance, as well as spring and fall inoculations. In addition, your horse can be exercised and/or lunged by our professional staff any day of the week as requested. Jamaica Bay will provide customized training for your horse based on the horse's experience, abilities, and your goals as a team. 

At Jamaica Bay Riding Academy horseback riding in NY, our utmost goal is to keep the horses happy and healthy while catering to the needs of our valued clients. Contact us today to find out more about the best boarding and horseback riding New York has to offer. 

 

Boarding Services are also available such as: 

  • Equine Show Preparation

  • Full body clip 

  • Veterinary medical treatment follow-up

  • Rehabilitation program

  • Invitational riding clinics

  • Hunter Paces

  • BBQ Rides

  • Christmas Parties

  • Horse Shows

  • Dinner Dances

  • Veterinary Clinics

  • Lay-ups

  • Shipping Services

Summer Camp

 

For a fun filled summer of excitement, Jamaica Bay's Summer Camp program provides a safe enjoyable experience for both boys and girls from the ages of 5 to the age of 15. Our daily activities include interacting with horses which promotes important values, daily riding instruction which builds confidence in the rider as well in the horses, daily horse care which develops compassion for horses, grooming and tacking the horses to build responsibility and respect for the art of horsemanship, arts and crafts, and much more. In addition, full time students (Monday - Friday full day Sessions for 4 consecutive weeks) will have the opportunity to obtain certification for instruction utilizing the curriculum of the United States Pony Club (USPC). 

 

Certified Therapeutic Riding 

Summer camp consists of daily lessons, beach riding, arts, crafts, and animal care. Our Camp meets Monday – Friday. Summer camp starts June 17th, 2019 and ends August 30th, 2019.  Sessions are as follows:

 

Session 1: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Session 2: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Session 3: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Session 4: 10:00am – 5:30pm

Extended hours can be arranged. Daily lunches are included for all sessions. Riders must complete at least 5 lessons prior to enrollment. Full summer price discounts can be arranged. Click here for a camp application.

Horseback Riding Day Trips for NY/NJ/CT School Groups and Day Camp Specials

 

Here is a unique experience for all Summer Day Camps in the NY/NJ/CT area. Jamaica Bay offers a safe enjoyable experience for both boys and girls for all ages.  Our daily activities include Pony Rides, Guided Instructional Rides, Nature Walks, Horsemanship care instruction, and much more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This program is developed for individuals with special needs.  With the help of skilled horses, a team of certified instructors and volunteers, students are taught the foundations of equine behavior.  Riders can experience increased balance, muscle control and strength while working in a positive atmosphere.  Please contact www.s4tr.org  for further information or call                         Ask for Gerry Shoemaker – Program Director.

 

Children's Competitive Teams

 A non-profit organization committed to cultivating young, aspiring athletes by developing their talents through training and exposure in various local and national competitions. 

For more information go to 

 

Trainers

Jane DaCosta

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation

Instructor

Jane is a graduate of St. Leo University (B.A., 2006), and an Electronic Warfare Technician Third Class Veteran of the United States Navy. As a competitor, Jane was an undergraduate rider for Long Island University/C.W. Post IHSA Equestrian Team. Jane was also an undergraduate and alumni rider for St. John’s University IHSA Equestrian Team. Jane has competed and shown successfully in United States Equestrian Federation Horse Shows ranging from “C” to “AA” rated shows for 29 years in Equitation, Hunters and Jumpers. Most recently, she was the College Preparatory Invitational Alumni Challenge Champion (2011). Jane’s education as a trainer also includes the United States Hunter Jumper Association Trainer Certification Program, where she took part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic with the renowned Olympian George Morris in September 2011. Jane passed the USHJA Trainer Certification Exam in 2012. 

 

Jane was the Coach of the Columbia University IHSA Team in Spring 2004. Jane is the Founder, Executive Director, and Head Coach of the Metropolitan Equestrian Team which is a NYS 501c3 Non Profit Organization for Elementary, Middle School and High School students to compete locally and nationally in the Athletic Equestrian League and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. In September of 2017, Jane became the Coach of the Pratt Institute Equestrian Team.

 

Jane served as City Council Appointee/Vice Chairperson of the New York City Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Advisory Board from 2003 – 2008. 

Maria Danza

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation

Instructor

Emerging from a strong lineage of horsemen, Maria’s admiration for the sport began at a very young age. She brings a wealth of experience to her role as a Hunter/Jumper and Equitation trainer. She has over 20 years of experience around horses and the sport, making her an accommodating and essential asset to Jamaica Bay Riding Academy.

 

Maria is our lesson program manager, as well as one of our head trainers for clients competing at the beginner, amateur and junior riding level. Her students have successfully shown at quality recognized horse shows throughout the tri state area. Her passion is schooling horses of all ages, and levels. Maria aids clients in the process of buying and selling horses. Maria is also a Coach for the Metropolitan Equestrian AEL Team, where her students have qualified for National Finals. Her students have also received scholarships from colleges to compete at the collegiate level.

 

Maria is a graduate student of Molloy College. As a competitor, Maria rode as an undergraduate for the Molloy College Equestrian Team within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Maria has competed and shown successfully in United States Equestrian Federation Horse Shows ranging from “C” to “AA” rated shows since the age of 5.When Maria was in High School, she successfully competed in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association on the Metropolitan Equestrian Team.

 

Horses are Maria’s passion. Her strong determination, patience, consistency, and reliability for the sport has a major influence on her students, encouraging them to achieve their goals and continuing to love and respect the sport. Maria prides herself in carrying on her family’s tradition to keep the horse industry flourishing.

Serafino Danza

Dressage Instructor

Serafino brings an enormous amount of knowledge to Jamaica Bay Riding Academy. 

 

Having a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Rutgers University, coupled with over 20 years of experience around horses; we are proud to introduce Serafino as our newest trainer here at Jamaica Bay Riding Academy.  Just prior to taking this position, Serafino worked as a Veterinary Technician at New England Equine Practice where he was not only exposed to state of the art medical technology, but also highly involved in many surgeries, diagnostic differentials, surgery prep and post care, and much more. 

Along with his medical knowledge of the horse, Serafino has also spent his life in the saddle. Starting at a young age of 3 years old he has had many years to develop into the rider he is today. Serafino has competed in multiple disciplines over the 20+ years in the saddle, showing in multiple levels including but not limited to: hunter/jumpers, equitation, dressage, reining, western pleasure etc.. and specializes in working and training the younger, green horses and bringing them up the levels. 

Serafino is the Metropolitan Equestrian Team Dressage Coach, and is the Assistant Coach of the Pratt Institute Equestrian Team.

Jessica Longo

Equitation Instructor

Jessica is a graduate student frpm Macaulay Honors College (CUNY). Jessica developed a passion for horses and riding here at Jamaica Bay Riding Academy when she began her riding career here in 2002, and has grown under the wealth of knowledge provided to her by the instructors at the facility. Jessica has competed at horse shows throughout various levels. Jessica has also served as the JBRA United States Pony Club coach by developing a hands-on curriculum for students to learn about horseback riding, horsemanship skills, and all of the important components of becoming a successful rider and horsewoman. 

Equitation Instructor 

Ellen grew up on her parent's farm outside of Flemington, NJ. Her parents had many horses over the years, and rode their Western horses around the farm. Although she began riding Western, through the influence of her parents, she began taking English, Hunt Seat riding lessons at the age of 5. Ellen trained and showed under Kathy Kuntzman, winning in both Equitation and Hunter. At the age of 11, Ellen bought her Half-Arabian "Change of Heart" and became a member of the Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club. She trained with Barbara Hay and Richard Lamb, and credits Pony Club with teaching her a huge portion of her equine knowledge. She showed her Arabian at both local and Pony Club shows/rallies, but also showed her mother's Quarter Horse and her brother's Shetland pony, as well. 

 

Ellen worked for John and Christine Ryan at Springwater Farms Arabians, LLC, before coming to Jamaica Bay Riding Academy. She has been an instructor at Jamaica Bay for 8 years, and has trained horses that have won in equitation, hunter, and jumper divisions. Her students include many Grand and Reserve Champions, of all ages and riding levels. 

Ellen K.

 

Boy/Girl Scouts Merit Badge Curriculum

Jamaica Bay Riding Academy is a registered merit badge facility for the Boy/Girl Scouts of America. In addition to learning how to safely ride and care for horses, Boy/Girl Scouts can now earn their Horsemanship Merit Badge at Jamaica Bay Riding Academy. Scouts who earn this merit badge will gain an understanding of the instincts and behaviors of horses, humane and effective methods for training horses, and much more. We also have a full service restaurant on premises for your enjoyment.  No outside food is permitted.  

 

Special Events & Photography

 Jamaica Bay Riding Academy offers to hold special events including weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, etc. We can provide you with photographers to capture footage of the moments shared right here at our facilities.  Jamaica Bay Riding Academy has a unique service for it's customers where we can help you with video creation/editing for movies,television and well as photography services for magazines. To schedule your next event or to have us answer any questions or concerns, please contact us at 

Packages & Pricing

 

 

PRIVATE GUIDED INST. RIDE (APPROX. 50 MINUTES)

$75.00 PP

8 YEARS OR OLDER (MINIMUM OF 2 PEOPLE, MORE THAN 4 PEOPLE CAN BE SPLIT INTO 2 GROUPS ) 

PONY RIDES (5 LAPS)

$25.00 PP

7 YEARS AND YOUNGER

PRIVATE LESSONS (APPROX. 50 MINUTES)

$98.00

4 YEARS OLD AND UP

PRIVATE LESSONS (APPROX. 25 MINUTES) 

$55.00

13 YEARS AND OLDER

PRIVATE LESSONS (CHILD) (APPROX. 25 MINUTES)

$50.00

UP TO THE AGE OF 12

Lesson Packages

10 LESSON PACKAGE

11TH LESSON FREE (APPROX. 50 MINUTES)

$980.00 PP

ALL AGES

10 LESSON PACKAGE

11TH LESSON FREE (APPROX. 25 MINUTES)

$550.00 PP

13 YEARS AND OLDER

                                                                              

10 LESSON PACKAGE

11TH LESSON FREE (APPROX. 25 MINUTES) 

$500.00 PP

UP TO THE AGE OF 12

15 LESSON FAMILY PACKAGE 

(MIN. OF 2 RIDERS PER FAMILY)

2 ADDITIONAL LESSONS FREE

(APPROX. 50 MINUTES)

$1470.00 PP

ALL AGES

(TOTAL OF 17 LESSONS)

15 LESSON FAMILY PACKAGE 

(MIN. OF 2 RIDERS PER FAMILY)

2 ADDITIONAL LESSONS FREE

(APPROX. 25 MINUTES)

$825.00

13 YEARS AND OLDER

(TOTAL OF 17 LESSONS)

MEMBERS/SHORT TERM/LONG TERM LEASING

INQUIRE WITH MANAGEMENT

CERTIFICATION IS MANDATORY

BIRTHDAY PARTIES (up to age 12) (APPROX. 1 1/2 HOURS)

$40.00 PP

MINIMUM OF 12

CHILDREN, DEPOSIT REQ. (+TAX & GRATUITY)

BIRTHDAY PARTIES (age 13 and up) (1 1/2 HOURS)

$55.00 PP

13 YEARS OLD AND UP, MINIMUM OF 12

DEPOSIT REQ. (+TAX & GRATUITY)

**Custom Birthday Packages can be designed for less than 12 children**

SUMMER CAMP (SESSION 1)  8:30AM- 5:30PM 

(BREAKFAST & LUNCH INCL.)

$775.00 PP

 WEEKLY, FULL SUMMER SESSION PACKAGES

CAN BE ARRANGED

SUMMER CAMP (SESSION 2) 10:00AM - 3:00PM

(LUNCH INCL.)

 $525.00 PP 

​WEEKLY, FULL SUMMER SESSION PACKAGES

CAN BE ARRANGED

SUMMER CAMP (SESSION 3) 8:30AM - 3:00PM

(BREAKFAST & LUNCH INCL.)

$640.00 PP

 WEEKLY, FULL SUMMER SESSION PACKAGES

CAN BE ARRANGED

SUMMER CAMP (SESSION 4) 10:00AM - 5:30PM

(LUNCH INCL.)

$640.00 PP

WEEKLY, FULL SUMMER SESSION PACKAGES

CAN BE ARRANGED

SCHOOL/DAY CAMP SPECIALS (AGES 4-12)

$20.00 PP (PLUS TAX & GRATUITY)

WEEKDAY BOOKINGS ONLY - MINIMUM OF 15 STUDENTS

PONY RIDES THROUGHOUT TRAILS​

TOUR OF FACILITIES

NATURE WALKS

HORSE CARE INTRODUCTION

A TOTAL OF 1 1/2 HOURS OF ADVENTURE

SCHOOL/DAY CAMP SPECIALS (AGES 13 YEARS & OLDER)

$40.00 PP (PLUS TAX & GRATUITY)

WEEKDAY BOOKINGS ONLY - MINIMUM OF 15 STUDENTS

30 MINUTE TRAIL RIDE ON PRESERVE​

TOUR OF FACILITIES

NATURE WALKS

HORSE CARE INTRODUCTION

A TOTAL OF 1 1/2 HOURS OF ADVENTURE

BOY/GIRL SCOUTS BADGE ACCOMMODATIONS

 AGES 4-12

$20.00 PP PLUS TAXES AND GRATUITIES

MINIMUM OF 12 CHILDREN

AGES 13 AND UP

$40.00 PP PLUS TAXES AND GRATUITIES

MINIMUM OF 12 CHILDREN

WEDDING/PHOTO-VIDEO SHOOT

$ 250.00 P/ HORSE - 1 HOUR

OR

$120.00 P/ HORSE - 1/2 HR TRAILS ONLY ​

OR

$315 P/ HORSE - BOTH BEACH & TRAIL COMBINED - 1 1/2 HOURS

CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION

** PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE **

                     

                         

 

CONTACT & DIRECTIONS

Jamaica Bay Riding Academy

7000 Shore Parkway

Brooklyn, New York 11234

Tel:

 

 

Public Transportation:

Option 1: Take the B or Q Train to Sheepshead Bay Station.  Take a 5 minute taxi ride onto the Belt Parkway East to the Riding Academy exit. 

 

Option 2: Take the L train to the Rockaway Parkway Station.  Take a five minute taxi ride onto the Belt Parkway West, exit at 11s.  Get back onto the Belt Parkway heading east, exit at the Riding Academy. 

 

 

By Car:

 

GPS Directions: 7000 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11234

 

From Manhattan:  Take the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and continue eastbound towards the belt parkway and exit at the Riding Academy.

 

From Staten Island:  Take the Verrazano Bridge, continue eastbound onto the belt parkway, and exit at the Riding Academy. 

 

From Long Island:  Take Southern State to the belt parkway, exit at 11S, get back onto the Belt Parkway heading east, and exit at the Riding Academy.

Look for the horse statue to find our entrance area.