At Skyland Stables we have created a program that caters to all levels and ages. Whether you have never ridden, or you are just coming back to riding as an adult, we can help you learn and have fun while doing it!
All of our school horses are carefully selected for their temperament and abilities so that you are able to learn correctly and safely. Our coaches are very experienced and can help you achieve any goal that you have, whether you would like to learn to jump or to compete at the prestigious Royal Agricultural Winter Fair!
We believe that a strong foundation is key to any riders success. Our coaching style is focussed on traditional equitation. We always make sure that every rider has the fundamental skills required before attempting to learn more complicated technical skills. We also realize that not every rider learns in the same way. Because of this we have a wide range of teaching tools and styles to help you learn the way YOU learn best!
Here is a list of our lesson options:
The assessment lesson is designed to introduce the rider to the facility, the horses and the coaches. This 1 hour private lesson gives Skyland the chance to get to know the rider and their current abilities as well as assess where they would best fit within our lesson program.
With groups no larger than 4, students at Skyland get to take part in a more one-on-one style of a program where lessons are focused on individual goals and needs.
Part-Baording options are available for riders of all levels at Skyland. We believe our students should have every opportunity possible to spend more time riding and taking care of their mounts. Part-Boarding includes two lessons a week within our lesson program and one additional practice ride per week. The practice ride allows riders to practice skills they have learned in lessons on their own time. Part-boarding is the perfect option for riders looking for more saddle time!
Learn to Ride Program (7 and Under)
The Learn to Ride Program is for riders who have never ridden before or are under the age of 7. This one month package of 1 hour private lessons will go through the basics of tacking and untacking a horse, proper horse care and barn etiquette as well as the foundations of riding. This program is the perfect way to get started in the sport.
Beginner/Novice Adult Riding Program
At Skyland Stables we love our adult riders! Riding is not just for kids or for experienced adults. It’s never too late to pursue a passion. Many of our current Show Team riders started with us as adult beginners. No matter your age or ability we will work with you to create a program just for you.
Lesson Program students may be presented with opportunities to transition into the Skyland Stables Show Team. This program offers riders the opportunity to compete on the Trillium Circuit (Provincial) or the “A” Circuit (National/International) with mounts scouted specifically to suit each riders needs and abilities. The students are put into a professional program to allow the horse and rider combination to develop together in order to be prepared for the level of competition the Provincial and National/International Circuits present. This program is perfect for any rider looking to take the next step in their riding career.