“The Esperanza Riding Company was a wonderful experience for my father’s 65th birthday.  With dreams of cowboys (and girls) dancing in our heads, the family saddled up for a beautiful 9am trail ride with Elizabeth.  Knowledgeable about the island as well as delightful, Elizabeth showehappyhorsesd us some fantastic views of the sprawling MV ocean vistas and lush landscape.  Additionally, the horses were extremely well behaved, friendly, and compliant (if you look closely at the attached pic, you can see the horses’ smiles!).

The entire experience was fantastic as the birthday boy as well as everyone else had a great time.  Thanks again Elizabeth and Esperanza Riding Company for making my father’s 65th birthday so special!” ~Cheers, Ben


“My friend Erin and I had a great time on our ride with Krissy yesterday. The horses are wonderful and it was fun to ride through some of the areas I have walked. Also great fun to feel the paso fino gait and try it out a bit in the ring. Erin was only visiting but I will be back for another ride. Happy Trails!” ~ Karin Stanley



“Thank you so much for a wonderful morning, we all had such a great time and I couldn’t have asked for a better first riding experience for the girls! You were a great leader and having Krissy in the back with the girls was ideal; I knew they were safe and I didn’t worry for a minute. The horses are beautiful and so well behaved. It is obvious they are very well cared for. I hope to see you again next summer. Thank you again.”

~ Liz Lopes

“I wanted to thank you and Krissy for a wonderful horseback riding experience the other day. You all are fantastic, your horses are beautiful and kind and spirited and the trail was scenic and fun. What an unforgettable ride we had and what good hands we were in. Have a great end to your summer!” ~Michele Falvo

ReviewMV1 “What a blast we had this morning with all of you at ERC. For a bunch of first-timers, we all felt very comfortable and learned a lot about these beautiful Spanish horses. Riding along the quiet trails is a memorable way to experience MV, for sure. Thanks again. Looking forward to riding that stallion some day!” – Sally, Tim, Bea, Josie & Frankie Lynch, West Hartford, CT


“I went on a ride with Elizabeth on the morning of August 15, along with a father and his two older children. It was an incredible experience. I had a well-behaved horse named Bombi. We went for a ride around the stables, then Elizabeth took us on a great ride around the area. The ride was smooth the whole time, even when we were going like the wind. These horses are obviously well trained and Bombi was very responsive and did not make me nervous at all. I would highly recommend this riding company to anyone – experienced or not – to have the experience of riding on Martha’s Vineyard, which I have always wanted to do. I will definitely visit again next year.” – Heidi J. Barter

Review1Terry“My husband and I were more than delighted to have the opportunity to have a private trail ride with Esperanza’s lovely Paso Fino horses. We had a wonderful 4 mile journey with lovely mounts, Max and Apollo, and Krissy as our guide. The horses were so sweet – and I couldn’t help noticing that they have a genuine caring and gentleness for the rider. My only reference to riding is English style, so the gaited ride of a Paso Fino was an experience that I thoroughly enjoyed; giving us a chance to ride from a different point of view. The horses are beautiful and so obviously loved. The trail was equally beautiful, giving us a chance to explore the oak forest ridge, which we could never have seen otherwise. We’ll definitely ride again when we visit MV. We may even have to plan a trip to Vieques, PR someday — just to ride! Our hats are off to these talented young women for their first season on the Vineyard. It made our first visit to MV so much more memorable.” – Terry Bohling & Sid Reedhead,Rochester, NY


“Carly, my friend Joe and I had a marvelous time at your stables; trail riding, having private lessons, et al. You taught us wonderful lessons about horses, their temperament, their likes, what to do and what not to do. Carly came away with a feeling of confidence that led to a few weeks at horse camp and eventually to jumping; most likely due to the lessons learned at your hand. In a nutshell, your stables are the only ones we will ever go to when we’re on Martha’s Vineyard. Your stables are clean, your horses are happy, and you all were very cordial and friendly. You made us feel like family! I would recommend you to everyone and anyone I see and meet on MV and where I live who wants lessons or to have a great time trail riding!” – Lindalee, Carly & Uncle Joe

“While our time on the Vineyard for 2012 has since past, we continue to talk about our trail ride on the Paso Finos! The horseback tour by Esperanza Riding Company was a top notch experience, and a wonderful new way to see the island. We felt very lucky to have such a knowledgeable and friendly guide, and highly recommend you and your company to others. We look forward to more guided tours with you in the future! We are keenly interested in riding horseback on more trails and potentially on one of the island’s beaches, just as the Wampanoag tribe members surely must have done in the past. Our group of gals have hiked about every trail on the island over the years, but after experiencing our ride on the private trails and briefly on the nature trails open to the public, we thought what a wonderful new experience and what an amazing new perspective it is to ride those familiar trails by horseback!! It was a joy to experience our beloved island in this manner – riding high on majestic horses.”

“Your equestrian talents are certainly evident and shine through in the operations of the riding company. The quality of horses and the overall operations are unsurpassed!! We certainly made the right decision in choosing Esperanza Riding Company for our riding experience and look forward to many more adventures with you in years to come. Until next year, we want to say THANK YOU ELIZABETH!!” – Janet Rapose, Margaret Coutts, Elizabeth McNeer, Ohio

“Thank you for the wonderful time, this was the highlight of our vacation!!!!” ~ Jessica SiscoWP_001263