About US

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Largely as a result of Pamela’s personal dedication, Serene Acres has been nominated 3 times as Agricultural/Rural Business of the Year’ with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards. 

Pamela has also achieved the distinguished honor of being voted top equine coach and number 3 county wide coach in the Leesburg Today People Awards.


Pamela Smith ABRS - ITA, BHS - Proprietor of Serene Acres Riding Center: “I have a wealth of practical horse experience - both riding and stable management. Having lived and worked in Great Britain for 15 years, I am accredited with the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools. We have delightful ponies from Scotland suitable for children’s lessons. Learning should be fun and above all else, I stress the importance of enjoying your horse.”


Miss Olivia (ARIA) is a family member and has the same passion for horses as her mother, Pamela. She now helps manage all activities at Serene Acres and is accredited with the American Riders Instructors Association. Olivia is active in Pony Club and achieved her certification within both Pony Club and ARIA. Olivia loves to teach all ages of riders and is very helpful at events and shows. She has more energy than most and yet displays a humble approach at all times - evidenced by her distinguished 'sportsmanlike' behavior awards.

Olivia also instructs and mentors the younger WSPs (working student program). The WSP offers the many young faces who come each week to learn and help in the barn. They keep the ponies exercised, cobwebs down and make what we do a real joy! 

Junior Instructors

We have over the years been blessed to have several other qualified instructors who have assisted us at Serene Acres. We have only qualified instructors in our lesson program. We strive for positive encouragement in lessons with knowledge that riders all learn at their pace and level. Each rider and each horse or pony is unique so the combination of these two elements allows the riders to continually improve at a pace commensurate with their own ability.