Destiny's Ride | Riding Lessons

Destiny's Ride provides a unique and enjoyable equestrian experience for children and adults with special needs. Riders ages five and up are accepted into the Destiny's Ride program. Participants engage in all activities associated with horseback riding, including grooming and care of horses. All lessons are tailored to benefit the riders' individual needs.

About Our Program

Jodie Ponkos a Licensed Massachusetts Instructor and a Registered Therapeutic Instructor through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International)

Our goal is to provide education and encouragement while enhancing and increasing self confidence, self esteem, and dignity through equine-related activities such as basic horse care, proper horse handling, and horseback riding. To ensure you receive maximum benefits from your riding experience, we offer private lessons and small-group lessons with no more than 3 riders. This enables us to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.


Destiny's Ride Equestrian Center LLC is on a private farm in East Chatham, NY, centrally located just 30-40 minutes driving distance from the Berkshires in the Western part of Massachusetts as well as surrounding counties of New York.

Enrollment Process

We offer Private and Semi-Private Riding Lessons scheduled by Appointment Only. Participants must pre-pay for a session and complete all necessary paperwork prior to the first lesson*. Please contact Jodie Ponkos (518) 610.4408 or [email protected] to schedule a lesson or for more information.

Required Documents & Forms

The following documents must be submitted prior to the first riding lesson.

You may send the documents by email to: [email protected] or mail to:

Destiny's Ride
Attention: Enrollment
Liberty Farm
114 Ostrander Rd
Ghent, NY 12075


Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We rely on our volunteers to assist as leaders, side walkers, barn helpers to assist with tacking up, and general upkeep to provide a safe environment, as well as for office work. Everyone plays an important role in the success with our program and we appreciate all the hard work and dedication. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer fill out volunteer application below. For any further information on how you can help support Destiny's Ride please contact Jodie Ponkos at [email protected] or (518) 610.4408.

Volunteer Application
Release Form - Required for all volunteers and riders

You may return your forms by email to [email protected] or mail to:
Destiny's Ride
Liberty Farm
114 Ostrander Rd
Ghent, NY 12075

If you would like us to mail you an application please call
(518) 610-4408

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Under Massachusetts Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Chapter 128, Section 20 of the General Laws.