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Walker Acres​ 

Riding Academy

Est. 2018

"Safety is not the absence of threat, it is the presence of connection"

-Gabor Mate


1748 Flying W Trl. 

Hillsborough NC 27278

Attn: Julia Walker/Walker Acres

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Rides by appointment only

Normal Hours Monday, Wednesday - Friday 3p-7p
p: (984)215-0023


6525 [A] Schley Rd. 

Hillsborough NC 27278

**Stay left at the fork in the drive and follow the W.A signs**

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Weather & Cancelations

W.A puts the safety of our guests, staff, and horses before our paycheck & want you to know what to expect from us.

Class will be cancelled in the following circumstances:

Frozen precipitation, ice accumulation, power outage, Thunderstorms, Thunder, heat index, air quality alerts, damaging winds, tropical storm/depression, hurricane conditions, (in temps below 50) Rain, & flood conditions.

weather updates are also posted to our Facebook Page.

These special guys and gals make every day possible at W.A.

Meet the W.A Wonder Ponies



I'm Julia and I'm the lead instructor and program director here at Walker Acres! 

I've been riding since the tender age of 5(1996) and I've never stopped loving it! My early career was a swirl of hunter jumper, fences, and ribbons. As I got older, I dabbled in the world of miniature horses, driving, Western Pleasure, rescue, and finally ended up with my current love, team-roping. I've been at it long enough to know that I will always be a student & that is probably my favorite part! I love being the pupil as much as I love being the tutor which is why I have never stopped taking lessons & trying new things. 

I love horses as much as I love the ocean and see breezes. I like fuzzy noses & swishy tails as much as I like my coffee with lots of cream and my chocolate dark. I'm a boy-mom & a dog-mom which means my life is full of excitement. Like everyone else, I take my truck to the local mechanic's for servicing, I visit the local speedway, I shop at the same stores, and love being actively involved in charity events especially during the holidays. I come from a long line of U.S Military men & women so it's my greatest pleasure to honor the stars and stripes and gift saddle time to both active-duty and retired veterans. It takes courage to ride a horse, but it takes true bravery to hold the line. 

Like every other part of me, my job is an extension of my heart and passion.  I have spent a lifetime learning from highly accomplished instructors and champions and carry their lessons with me every day. Today, I proudly own and operate a riding school that has roots in both the English and Western cultures that welcomes riders from all walks & I can't wait to share my dream job with you!



Stall of Fame

These special ponies have retired from our program and have earned a place in all our hearts. Meet the honorable retired W.A Wonder Ponies!


To the one who started it all...

The Stupendous Pepper Pony

In loving memory of the very first W.A Wonder Pony! She carried the Walker Acres name all by herself for 2 years before we took the leap and opened our gates under our own brand. This little unicorn made the dream a reality and we will be forever grateful for this little girl. 

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