Welcome to Big Dog Stables
Located on 23 acres in Oregon City, Oregon, Big Dog Stables is a full-service boarding facility that offers a welcoming learning environment for young riders. We specialize in Hunter/Jumper riding and compete in local schooling shows throughout the year. We offer riding lessons to children (age 6 and up) and adults.
Big Dog was started in 1999 by Judy Herson, a lifelong equestrian and former middle school science teacher. It is Judy’s passion for education and the connection between kids and horses that infuses the Big Dog experience. At Big Dog, we believe that work with horses builds healthy, responsible children. Our goal is to provide a family-friendly atmosphere for developing confident, knowledgeable, and safe horsepeople.
At Big Dog, each child gets an opportunity to learn, build friendships, and develop a solid work ethic in a relaxed, encouraging environment. The instruction we offer is not just about how to ride. We take a more holistic approach that also includes safety, anatomy, health, and horse care. We also believe that as kids become more experienced, they benefit from the opportunity to teach and pass their knowledge on to newer students.
Our instructors have decades of riding and teaching experience. Our school horses are safe and provide students with a variety of riding experiences. There are opportunities to go to shows throughout the year with the Big Dog Show Team. But we also cater to the recreational rider as well.