Learn how to catch, lead, groom, saddle, and ride a horse either English or Western style. Walk, trot/jog and canter/lope safely.
We specialize in English disciplines and Basic Horsemanship
Dressage consists of an exact sequence of movements ridden in an enclosed arena. The test is judged on balance, rhythm, suppleness, and most importantly, obedience of the horse and its harmony with the rider. Dressage is a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an "art" sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery. As an equestrian sport defined by the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is "the highest expression of horse training" where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements."
Hunt seat is a style of forward seat riding. The hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting. Hunt seat competition includes flat and over fences for show hunters, which judge the horse's movement and form, and equitation classes, which judge the rider's ability both on the flat and over fences. Hunters are judged subjectively on the degree to which they meet an ideal standard of manners, style, and way of going.
Jumper classes are held over a course of show jumping obstacles, including verticals, spreads, and double and triple combinations, usually with many turns and changes of direction. The intent is to jump cleanly over a set course within an allotted time. Jumper classes are scored objectively, based entirely on a numerical score determined only by whether the horse attempts the obstacle, clears it, and finishes the course in the allotted time.
Cross Country is an endurance test over varied terrain and multiple fixed and solid obstacles. Obstacles usually are built to look "natural". Obstacles can include all those that might be found if riding across the countryside, including water, trees, logs, ditches, and banks. The object of the endurance test is to prove the speed, endurance and jumping ability of the true cross-country horse when it is well trained and brought to the peak of condition. At the same time, it demonstrates the rider's knowledge of pace and the use of this horse across country.
Eventing is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination competes against other combinations across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Eventing is an equestrian triathlon, in that it combines three different disciplines in one competition set out over one, two, or three days, depending on the length of courses and number of entries. It is the ultimate test of horse and rider.