Horseback Riding: A Sport for Everyone to Enjoy
1133 Deer Antler Road
Clayton, DE 19938
Phone (302) 659-1366 Riding Lessons
Horse Shows and Clinics
Horse Sales and Leasing
Deer Antler Equestrian Center
Riding is great exercise for all ages and Deer Antler makes it fun. It offers classes for children, teens, and adults, and lead-line sessions for young children.
English Riding Instruction instills more than just riding skills. Riders also learn self-discipline, responsibility, organization, and safety awareness for themselves and others.
Deer Antler trainers use encouragement and positive teaching methods to build self-confidence. They want students to enjoy their experiences in a family friendly environment.
Programs for advanced riders provide techniques to strengthen their skills, and assist them toward personal goals of riding for pleasure or for competition.
Gift certificates are available for any amount.
Private, semi-private and small group lessons are scheduled around school and work hours. Young children are instructed individually until they are ready to join a class. Fun and safety are emphasized. Prices are $30/group hour, $50/private hour, $20/twenty minute leadline for ages three to five. Some beginners prefer to start with a few private lessons and then switch to a group but that is entirely optional.
Week-long camps for children and teens during school vacation periods provide fun and games, as well as daily riding and stable activities. Go to Summer Camps for description, dates, and price. (Link at top of page)
Riders who enjoy competition will benefit from special instruction which covers all aspects of showing, including preparation of horse and rider, fine-tuned riding skills, and horse transportation.
Boarding / Leasing
Deer Antler, a Delaware certified facility, is situated on 20 plus acres with indoor and outdoor riding arenas. Horses are given quality care and proper nutrition, with daily turnout. Veterinary and farrier services are accommodated. There are several boarding plans for horse owners to choose from. Prices begin at $340/month. Boarding space is currently available.
Riders may lease a horse under several plans, ranging from long-term to a few hours of riding.
Location & Directions
Deer Antler Equestrian Center is in Clayton, Delaware, located south of Townsend and west of Smyrna, at 1133 Deer Antler Road.
From the North: Rte 13 south, turn right at blinking light onto Blackbird Forest Rd. (becomes Holletts Corner Rd.), turn left onto Deer Antler Rd.
From the South: Rte 13 north, turn left onto Rte 42 west. Continue through Kenton and cross over Rte 6 (Blackiston- blinking light) onto Longridge Rd., turn right onto Deer Antler Rd. The stable is located beyond the curve in the road.
From Smyrna: Follow Rte 6 west to Blackiston (blinking light), turn right onto Longridge Rd., turn right onto Deer Antler Rd. and proceed beyond the curve in the road.
Laura Lesky Blevins, owner, is an award winning rider and trainer, qualified in hunt seat equitation, basic dressage, and equine management. She has earned many riding awards including the 1992 Adult Equitation Championship for the Chester County, PA Horse Show Association Series. Prior to opening the Deer Antler Stables, she taught in West Grove, PA and at the University of Delaware in the Equine Studies Department while earning a BS in Animal Science. She opened the Deer Antler Equestrian Center in Clayton in 1999 and expanded to a Middletown facility from 2002 to 2008. In August of 2008 she consolidated all services back to the Clayton stable.
The staff keeps current by attending seminars and clinics, including some given by US Olympic Equestrian Team coach, George H. Morris, and Olympic riders, Ann Kurzinski and Michael Matz. Staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR. Junior counselors assist with camps.
Thank you, Everyone, for voting us a finalist for horseback riding in the News Journal Readers' Choice '08 Awards.