Welcome to Willow Ridge: a place where the care and comfort of the horse is first and foremost. Where you'll find a community of welcoming adult riders who have gone beyond simply barn-mates to dear friends and family. To our knowledge, we are the only exclusively adult program currently in West Michigan! We cater specifically towards the enjoyment and success of the Adult Amateur rider (with a few professionals tossed in!)
Riders of any breed of horse and ability are welcome and encouraged; you can study and immerse in the principles of classical dressage, biomechanics, and horsemanship. We work first for the preservation, enhancement, and improved soundness of the equine mind and body, and customize care to each individual.
We strive for a holistic approach to development; one that balances training with nutrition, the highest standards in daily care, correctly fitting tack, and mental and emotional health. Where competition is encouraged but never demanded, and that success in the show ring is trumped only by the successful cultivation of a deeper connection with our equine partners.
Established in 2012, Willow Ridge is located on 23 picturesque acres near Hudsonville, MI. Here you will find a truly private retreat – close to town but worlds away.
Willow Ridge is owned and operated by Brian & USDF Bronze Medalist Kimberly Dunlap.
We offer lessons, virtual (video) lessons, clinics, showing, and horse training from green/young horse starting through Prix St. George. Showing is optional, never mandatory, and both local and national level showing opportunities are offered. We currently have a group of riders showing from Intro to 4th Level (as well as some Recreational, Ranch/Reining & Western Dressage riders, too!) If you love to learn and enjoy a positive, encouraging all-adult environment, this is the place for you!
We welcome riders and horses off all levels. The only requirement is that you are excited to learn!