414 Huguenot Trail, Midliothian, VA 23113 (804) 594-0760


The Riding School at James River Equestrian Center offers English horseback riding lessons to those who do not own a horse. We teach beginner through intermediate horseback riding lessons. We have ponies and horses that are appropriate (very quiet) for the beginner as well as animals that can challenge and accommodate the more advanced rider. In our horse riding program, each rider is developed at his or her own pace. We limit the size of each of our horse riding lessons to a maximum of five riders. This approach allows our riders to learn from each other as well as enjoying the social aspect of horse riding.
The James River Equestrian Center is located on the historical Keswick Plantation in Powhatan County. Located near the Chesterfield County line, the property dates back to the early 1700’s. Keswick is a registered Virginia Historic Landmark, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. JREC consists of approximately 75 acres and three barns on the plantation. The Riding School is run at the first two barns as you enter the plantation.
Vicki Phillips has owned The James River Equestrian Center since 1996. Vicki’s passion for teaching began as a Riding Instructor in 1991. Over the years, Vicki has enjoyed her various equestrian roles, from competing herself, seeing her students and her own children grow through their experiences with horses, to owning her own animals and learning the business of running an Equestrian Center. Vicki is most proud of the unique family environment that has developed at the James River Equestrian Center.