We are looking forward to offering a Bay area riding lesson program that will seamlessly integrate with the training program. Our goal is to have a full schedule that meets the needs of all riders. We have designed a Bay Area riding school that will accommodate riders from beginning to intermediate levels. We will offer small shows and clinics to give a taste of what our training program offers. The riding school is a smaller more relaxed version of the training program. At this time we have a full time school Program Instructor, Natalie MacMahon as well as Stephanie Whitworth who works both as an instructor in the lesson program as well as a working student in the training program. Our lesson program will be tiered to accommodate all levels of riding. Each tier will have specialized lessons, horses, programs and prices. Instructors will let riders know when they are ready to move up but there is no obligation to do so.
There are beginners learning to walk, trot and canter. These riders may also do some pole work. This time is the most crucial time in a rider's career as this is when they learn the basics and the proper base position that will serve them for the rest of their riding careers. These lessons will mostly be private lessons until the rider can walk and trot on their own. Horses and ponies in this category tend to be older and smoother. It is imperative that these riders have the following skill sets before moving on: solid leg position and strength, knowledge of correct diagonals and leads, proper position in all three gates and ability to groom their horses proficiently.
These are novice riders that have the basic position down and are ready to move on to jumping. They will participate in group lessons with other riders that match their skill level. These lessons focus on the proper position of the legs, hands and upper body while jumping. Riders will learn to count strides and execute small courses of 4-5 jumps. Riders will also learn more about grooming, handling horses, anatomy, and general horsemanship.
These riders and considered intermediate. They have mastered the walk, trot and canter. They can lengthen and shorten their horses stride and have a solid position and control over the horse. The tier three program will introduce riders to showing at local one and two day shows. Weekend lessons will be held in the main arena over more difficult courses and colorful jumps. These riders will learn advanced horsemanship such as feeding, equine first aid, different bits and their functions and stable management criteria. Riders have the options to stay at this level or advance into the training program. In the training program these riders will be able to ride more often and lease or own their own horse.