Lessons

  • Home /
  • Lessons

Horseback Riding Programs

Welcome to the wonderful world of horseback riding - a unique sport which combines exercise, the outdoors and a love of horses.

At Storybook Stables, we emphasize correct basics to create a strong foundation, along with a classical approach to understanding the horse and riding with harmony. Whether you are just starting out or are a serious athlete in pursuit of top level equestrian goals, we have a program to meet your needs.

Riding School Program

Our Riding School Program emphasizes a strong foundation to ensure the best pathway for skill development, confidence and progress! Safety, fun and a sense of personal accomplishment are key elements of our system. We feature a large, bright indoor arena with state of the art fibre footing and viewing area (for year-round riding), a 120' x 220' outdoor sand ring, grass ring/cross country field and walking trails.

Competitive Rider Program

Storybook Stables attends an average of 6 -10 horse shows per year - from local training shows to Regional Gold and National 'A' competitions. For riders who aspire to compete, Storybook offers the Competitive Rider Program. Riders take a minimum of two lessons/week and must own or lease a horse/pony.

The higher the level of competition, the higher the level of commitment to training/practice. These requirements reflect the minimum level of commitment and training needed to become a confident, capable, competitive rider.

RIDING SCHOOL PROGRAM (8 week sessions)

Payment can be made by e-transfer cheque, cash, or credit card
NOTE credit card payments accepted through www.paypal.me/storybook please add 3% processing fee. 


ONE LESSON/WEEK (8 lessons per session)
Group lesson (up to 5 riders): $320 + HST = $368 (or 2 payments of $184) 
60-minute ride time. (Riders arrive 30 minutes before ride time and allows up to 30 minutes after their lessons to prepare/put away horse properly)
FOCUS 30: $400 + HST = $460 (or two payments of $230) 
30-minute ride time (rider arrives 30 minutes before and allows 30 minutes after their lessons to prepare/put away horse properly [unassisted]). 
POWER HOUR:  $480 + HST = $552 (or two payments of $276) 
60-minute ride time (rider arrives 30 minutes before and allows 30 minutes after their lessons to prepare/put away horse properly [unassisted]. For those that need assistance this will be included in your 60 minute ride time. See INTRO TO HORSES below for those just starting out.) '
 

TWO LESSONS/WEEK (16 lessons per session)
  • Two group lessons: $560 + HST = $644 (or 2 payments of $322) 
  • Two 30 min private lessons: $720 + HST = $828  (or two payments of $414) 
  • Two 60 minute private lessons: $880 + HST = $1012  (or two payments of  $506) 
  • One group lesson + one 30 min. private lesson each week: $640 + HST = $736 (or 2 payments $368)
  • One group lesson + one 60 minute private lesson each week: $720 + HST =  $828 (or 2 payments of $414) 


THREE LESSONS/WEEK (24 lessons per session)
  • Three group lessons: $840 + HST = $966 (or 2 payments $483)
  • Three 30 min private lessons: 1080 + HST = $1242 (or 2 payments of $621)
  • Three 60 min private lessons: 1320 + HST = $1518  (or 2 payments of $759) 
  • Two group lessons + one 30 min private each week: $920 + HST = $1053 (or 2 payments $526.50)
  • One group + two 30 min private each week:  $1000 + HST = $1150 (or 2 payments of $575) 
  • Two group lessons + one 60 min private each week: $1000 + HST = $1150 (or 2 payments of $575)


SPECIALS!

INTRO TO HORSES - $400 + HST = $460 (or two payments $230)  
For all NEW riders (or those needing additional help preparing the horse for the lesson): This package is designed for new riders just starting out or those returning to the sport after time away. Each lesson is 60 minutes. The first lesson will include instruction in basic horse handling, grooming, tacking up, adjusting stirrups, mounting and dismounting, and how to steer, stop and go. Successive lessons will build upon these skills so that by the end of their first 8 weeks riders are comfortable grooming and saddling unassisted, mounting and dismounting, and proficient in applying the aids to ask the horse to walk, trot, turn, and stop. Work on 2-point, trot diagonals, and steering exercise to include circles, figure 8s and serpentines will round out the first 8-week session (*each individual will progress at their own pace. For those that require ongoing assistance with grooming and tacking up after the first 8 weeks we have our Power Hour 60 minute private lesson (above).  
  
SEMI PRIVATE LESSONS:  $400 + HST = $460 (or two payments of $230) 
Only available when space allows: 45 minute ride time (rider arrives 30 minutes before and allows 30 minutes after their lessons to prepare/put away horse properly [unassisted]).
   
  
MAKE UP POLICY: 

Lessons are progressive in nature, with the building and practicing of new skills from week to week. As such we strongly encourage regular attendance. Of course we recognize that occasionally absences are unavoidable. For this reason we allow ONE make up lesson per 8-week session for emergency or illness PROVIDED we receive at least 24-hours notice. Notice is necessary so we can arrange to fill your vacant spot with a rider waiting for a make up lesson. NO NOTICE - NO LESSON. Please contact Jana at storybookstables1@hotmail.com (for pre-planned travel please contact so we can arrange and alternate schedule) 
 

WHAT TO WEAR:

Beginner  - While equipment and attire designed specifically for riding is recommended for both the comfort and safety of riders, beginners in their first 8 lessons, may start out with any properly fitting boots so long as they have a slight heel (approx 1/4 inch), long comfortable pants and LONG socks. We have ASTM-approved riding helmets on hand, at no extra charge, for the first 8 lessons (for students who do not have their own). All students should be neatly attired, no chewing gum or excessive jewelry, with hair tied away from their face (a low pony tail or braid for those with long hair, hair nets and/or hair bands for short/layers). For maximum comfort and safety, after the first 8 lessons we ask students to have their own ASTM approved Helmet and proper riding boots (we have a tack shop on site and offer discounts for Storybook riders). 

Intermediate/Advanced riders are required to wear appropriate riding attire including breeches or tights (with a belt), paddock boots with half-chaps or field boots, their own ASTM-approved helmets with hair tucked neatly inside. Gloves are strongly recommended (required for showing). All students should be neatly attired (no loose or baggy clothing or 'pajama' pants), no chewing gum or excessive jewelry, with hair tied away from their face.