The Equest Farm Riding Academy provides a safe and wholesome environment for beginner through advanced riders. The riding program has been carefully designed to progress riders through a structured curriculum, providing consistent step-by-step instruction across the program. An ongoing evaluation of the student’s abilities allows for advancement at an individualized pace. Through this program students are able to develop into competitive riders, building confidence, motivation, discipline, coordination, focus and camaraderie, while still having fun and developing a compassionate bond with horses.
Along with riding skills, the riding school program incorporates safety procedures throughout the lessons. Safety at all times is our first priority.
Factors such as age, coordination, strength, frequency of lessons and attention span will impact students’ advancement. Progress is best achieved through riding consistently; we recommend riding at least once a week regularly for best results.
Regular lessons are offered for ages 6 and up. For children ages 4 to 6, we offer the Lil Bits early horsemanship program, detailed below.
All students of age or parents must read and sign the new Equest Policies and Procedures document as of May 1, 2013. To access, Click Here. Please bring the signed document to the Equest farm office.
For specific details that pertain to our riding levels, please Click Here.
Lessons are offered Tuesday through Sunday.
Equest Farm Riding School Program
The first step to entering our riding school program is to take an “Evaluation Lesson”. Riders must be 6 years or older to be eligible. This half-hour private lesson is designed to have one of our instructors assess the individual riding skills of the new student to properly place them in a “Group Lesson” according to their riding level. ( see Program Levels) If the student is not skilled enough to comfortably enter a group, they will be offered the opportunity to enroll in our “New Rider Package”. For those of you who are younger than 6 years of age, we offer the “Lil’ Bits” program for riders who have reached the age of 4 by June 1 of that year. ( No exceptions) “PrivateLessons” and” Semi-Private lessons” are available to those who are trying to advance quickly to a higher level group and must be recommended by the instructor.
Evaluation Lesson: $50
This is a half-hour private lesson is designed to evaluate the riding skills of a new rider entering our riding academy to properly place them in a group lesson with students of a similar age and ability.
Group Lesson: $45 Package of 5: $202.50 Package of 10: $405
Group lessons are one hour long and include between three and six riders. Riders are placed in groups based on age and ability. Riders must be able to control their horse at a walk and/or trot to enter a group. Once placed in a group, riders must purchase a package of 5 or 10 to maintain their weekly group reservation.
New Rider Package $200
This package is designed to jump start a new riders to our program with one-on-one instruction in a private lesson with the goal of entering a group at the end of the package. It consists of 4 private- 30 minute lessons and one 30 minute tack lesson.
Lil’ Bits I $320
This program is designed for boys and girls who are not quite ready to enter the riding school but are interested in horseback riding. They must have reached 4 years of age by June 1. It is a comprehensive two month program which will teach young children the basics of riding with the skills they need to groom, tack-up and take care of a horse/pony. It is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 8-2 beginning on the first Saturday or Sunday of the month. There are 8 sessions and each session lasts a ½ hour with a maximum of two children. Upon completion of Li’Bits I, students should be able to continue with Lil’ Bits II or enter a group lesson in the riding school. To see program outline please Click Here.
Lil’ Bits II $360
This program is designed for boys and girls who have completed Lil’Bits I and are not quite ready to enter the regular riding school program. It is a progressive and comprehensive two month program which will teach young children the basics of riding independently and how to tack and groom their horse/pony. It is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 8-2 beginning on the first Saturday or Sunday of the month. There are 8 sessions and each session lasts a ½ hour with a maximum of two children. The children will be matched to participate by age and ability for the sessions. Upon completion of Lil’ Bits II, students should be able to enter the riding school either in semi-private or group lessons. To see program outline please Click Here.
Semi-Private Lesson $50 Package of 5: $225 Package of 10: $450
Semi-Private lessons are designed for students not quite ready to enter a group lesson. The student is placed in a ½ hour lesson with another student of similar age and ability.
Private Lesson $70 Package of 5: $315 Package of 10: $630
Private lessons are designed for students who are not yet ready for group lessons or who wish to intensively hone skills to move up to a more advanced group or prepare for competition. Private lessons must be recommended by the Riding School Director.