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Darz Castle Farm is owned by Rachel Heffner Mains and Christopher Mains. We offer horseback riding lessons, boarding and training. Our mission is to assist riders and horses to reach their goals through excellence in horsemanship, classical and practical techniques, skills, practice, while remaining kind to horse and rider. Rachel started teaching lessons in 1993 in Malvern, Pa., Chester County. Darz Castle opened in Gettysburg, Pa. in July 1996, serving riders and horses with interest in pleasure, show, intercollegiate, reenactor, and trail rides. We currently offer lessons for riders of all ages and abilities.  Competitive training is available for Dressage, Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation. 

Th-e barn is a small, private farm located in Dillsburg, Pa and is an easy commute for aspiring equestrians and trailer in lessons.  Please call my cell -to discuss your needs, 717-586-6964.

I successfully passed the testing to certify me for teaching, Hunt Seat, in the ARIA(American Riding Instructors Association.  I also competed in local and some rated shows from 1974 -2005.    Presently, I continue to teach and train as needed for clients.

Take a moment to get to know us and let us know how we can help.

"There is something about the outside of horse that is good for the inside of a man." - I am not sure who said this, many debate who actually said it.

Here are some pictures of riders in lessons, schooling and having fun.  We have horses and ponies of different sizes to accomindate almost any student. 


Mon - Sat: 09:00 AM 07:00 PM
Open By Appointment ONLY