Our public lesson program has been designed to accommodate everyone from five years through adult by a certified IBI Instructor/Trainer. Our specialty is the novice, timid or “rusty” rider as well as those advanced riders who aspire to compete in horse shows on or off the farm. Whether you are looking to ride for pleasure and relaxation,or giving serious thought to owning your own horse, we can develop a program for you. Your lesson will cover more than just riding skills. We strive to provide an environment which enhances the rider’s sportsmanship, self-confidence, responsibility, and self-esteem.
Our Day Camp program is designed to teach first time riders through advanced riders how to safely and knowledgeably work around and ride horses and ponies. We instill in our students a solid foundation of riding basics. Our curriculum includes lots of hands-on experience and informal presentations from our local veterinarian, equine dentist, and farrier. In addition, we add arts, crafts, games, and sports activities for all our campers. Since 1994, according to our 1000+ campers, the only complaint has been that the time goes by too quickly!
The IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) is a national organization for middle and high school students modeled after the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) hosted by colleges and universities around the country. Unlike traditional horse shows all riders participate on horses that are unfamiliar to them. The mounts and the tack are all provided by a host Team. Riders have a short orientation period before the show starts to familiarize themselves with the horses gait and tendencies. All scores are based on the horsemanship of the riders rather than on the capability of the horse. High school and middle school riders compete at regional shows with an opportunity for the top performers going on to participate in National competitions. Students can win not only recognition and prizes, but scholarships as well. The IEA is a great stepping stone to collegiate competition. It is also a unique opportunity for riders to participate as a team in what is usually an individual sporting event.