Horsing Around in the Yellowstone Valley – Resources

Horsing Around in the Yellowstone Valley – Resources

-TJ Wierenga


Rocking 5M

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Riding Assisted Philosophy (RAP) are fields in which horses are used as a tool and a  partner for emotional growth and learning. They are experiential in nature and have been compared to the ropes courses, but with the advantage of using horses which are large and powerful.

Lessons for individuals and/or families. Standard riding lessons also available, your horse or ours.

LeslieM@rocking5m.com or 406-425-0605



Montana Quarter Horse Youth Association

If you are interested in Quarter Horses, ride, show, or just plain "luv’ em", and are 18 or younger, then MQHYA is for you. Clinics, shows, convention, scholarship possibilities, lots more.


Rita Church at ritach@itstriangle.com or 406-780-1989




Rimrock Equestrian Center

56,000 sq ft riding facility teaching beginners to advanced riders in areas of Hunter/Jumpers, Dressage, and Western. We provide a safe atmosphere that allows kids to build confidence and have fun.

Kids Activities Offered - horseback riding, special needs, summer riding camp, lessons for Western, English, Hunter/Jumper and dressage for kids, adults and/or families. Also Equine Assisted Therapy.

Summer Riding Camp: July 9-13 - Focus on Equine fundamentals: horse care, basic anatomy, horsemanship, and basic riding. Our main goal is to provide a fun and safe atmosphere for kids to learn about horses. No prior riding experience needed.

$300 for week, limited space available.

7800 Shorey Road, Billings

406-672-4734 or rimrockequestrian@yahoo.com

Laura Usselman at 406-690-8920 for Western/EAP/family lessons.



Big Sky State Games

  • Equestrian Jumping – July 13, 2013 - White Aspen Ranch, 481 S 56th Street West, Billings
  • Equestrian Dressage – July 14, 2013 – White Aspen Ranch, 481 S 56th Street West, Billings
  • Equestrian Pony Show – July 20, 2013 – Super Barn at Metra. Events: Halter, Showmanship, Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Equitation, English Pleasure, English Equitation, Driving, Reining
  • Equestrian Horse Show - July 21, 2013 – Super Barn at Metra. Events: Reining, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunter Seat Equitation, Trail, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Aged Horses, Showmanship, Lead Line


White Aspen Ranch

Riding, jumping, and showing lessons, on your horse or ours. English, Dressage, Hunter/Jumper and Western disciplines. Ages 4 and up. Hosting Dressage and Jumping for Big Sky State Games. Schooling shows, boarding, training, clinics, camps, birthday parties, and more!

481 S 56th Street West, Billings



Equine Dance at Standing Rock Ranch

Creating unity and a natural bond with horses that is truly awe inspiring, using natural horsemanship techniques.

Lessons, clinics and camps!

Jacque at equinedance@yahoo.com or 406-579-3185

Just Horse Play

Therapeutic Western and English riding instruction. Lessons in Trail and Carriage Driving (both pleasure & competitive) as well as and therapeutic lessons for all types of disabilities....physical, mental, emotional and developmental. All ages welcomed.


38 Chestnut Drive, Billings

JustHorsePlay@msn.com or 406-697-2716

4-H Ranch Horse Program, Roundup

Everything from basic anatomy and tack to roping, sorting, and up to reined cow horse competition.

Tim Unzicker 406-323-2255

Tomorrow’s Rodeo Champions

TRC is a non-profit youth rodeo organization promoting responsibility, sportsmanship, and family involvement.

Thursday nights at Miller’s Horse Palace in Laurel, from June 6 through August 8. Registration begins 5PM, rodeo starts 6PM.

Events: Pole bending, barrel racing, flag race, dummy roping, goat tail tying (7 and under), boy’s flag racing, girl’s barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, break-away roping, team roping. Contestants are between the ages of two and eighteen. Spectators welcome!


kladdusaw@pfgworld.com or 406-652-1789


Young Riders Series Rodeo Club

A non-profit youth rodeo club that promotes the love of rodeo and the life long friendships that comes with it.

Tuesday nights at the Billings Saddle Club, from May 29 to August 7. Rodeo starts  6:30PM. Spectators welcome!

Dale Orelup 373-9247 or 672-4663, 406-255-7788 info



Beartooth Pony Club

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports. Teaching kids ages 8-25 responsibility, organization, horsemanship, awareness and safety.


Meeting every Friday evening and Saturday morning during summer. English riding, dressage, stadium jumping, cross-country. Come watch a practice and see what it’s all about! Extremely high focus on safety as well as independent responsibility. Lease or half-lease ponies may be available.

4525 Yellowstone Trail (between Lockwood and Huntley).

President Linda Auch 670-7821 or Stacy Deitz  690-4725



Montana Equine Soccer League

Created for equine lovers all over the state of Montana, MESL combines natural horsemanship training methods with an affordable activity that the entire riding family can do together regardless of the rider's skill level or the equine's riding discipline. MESL promotes natural horsemanship training methods put into practice through a team sport with the focus on fun and fellowship. Individuals or entire teams of any age can join the league. Spectators are welcome!

MTequinesoccerleague@gmail.com or Chelsea 406-861-4550

Eastern Montana Appaloosa Horse Club

You do not have to own an Appaloosa (or even a horse!) to belong to EMApHC; we offer something for every horse lover ~ our purpose is informal, fun fellowship, promoting horses, and to just get out there and enjoy horses. We offer activities for any level, from professionals headed to the World Show, to home folk just enjoying their horsey friends, and all horse lovers in between.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month; summer meetings (weather permitting) The Pond at Rocky Mountain Compost located in Lockwood, 3060 Farley Lane off Johnson Lane.


lesli@rockymountaincompost.com or 405-690-4451

Central Montana Reined Cowhorse Association

New organization to showcase western ranch skills. A true family organization, the youth class was the largest class at the April show.

CentralMontanaARCHA@aol.com or Tim Unzicker 406-323-2255


Miller’s Horse Palace

Weekly team penning, team roping, and open riding practice times. Barrel racing, ropings, clinics, auctions, shows, many more events. Spectators welcome! Group or private lessons, boarding, training.


7215 Mossmain Lane, between Billings and Laurel off I-90 (exit 437) millershorsepalace@yahoo.com Office 406-628-4100, Cell 406-861-2867, 406-861-2064


Laurel Saddle Club

Arena rentals, Cowboy Polo, organized trail rides, clinics, open arena riding, and events for horse enthusiasts, while promoting the fun and sport of horsemanship, encouraging participation in activities we host, providing a safe environment for families, and providing resources to increase equine education and safely.

250 Buffalo Trail, Laurel

Hrmp1984@yahoo.com or 406-633-8534

Keyser Creek Arena 

Ranch sorting, barrel racing, cutting horse competitions, horse shows, training, lessons, clinics, kid’s riding club and kid’s horseless riding club, lots more.


390 Rapelje Road, Columbus

ride@keysercreekarena.com or 406-322-6184

Billings Saddle Club

Founded in 1939, the BSC is home to the Young Riders Rodeo Club, hosts O-Mok-Sees, barrel/pole racing, team roping, cowboy mounted shooting, and more! Promoting family fun with horses.

756 E. Alkali Creek Road, Billings


Creekside Ranch

Dressage and western riding, training, boarding, lessons, shows, clinics, special events.


877 Pryor Creek Road, Huntley



Rocky Mountain College

Undergraduate majors include Equestrian Business, Equine Journalism, Equitation and Training, Riding Instruction, and Therapeutic Riding.

Our program is primarily housed at the Intermountain Equestrian Center at 7256 Highway 3, Billings.

1511 Poly Drive, Billings



Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

YBGR provides quality mental health and education services that promote the emotional, behavioral, spiritual and physical development of children, adolescents and their families.

The public is welcome to attend special events at our indoor arena, including ropings, horse sales, FFA livestock judging, schooling shows, etc.

1732 S 72nd Street West, Billings



Warfield Equestrian Park

A private property equestrian facility available for use through annual membership, featuring a Dressage arena, large jump arena, stabling, on-site water and a Cross country course from Beginner Novice through Preliminary.


Hosting annual Arrowhead Horse Trials, clinics, schooling shows and many other educational opportunities for both riders and spectators.


3651 Alkali Creek Road, Billings

warfield_equestrian_park@yahoo.com or 406-248-2507