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Horseback Riding Programs


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

Our riding programs are based on the Long Term Equestrian Development Guidelines offered by Equestrian Canada. Storybook riders become knowledeable, skilled members of the equestrian community. Training focuses on the disciplines of hunter, jumper and equitation, providing a sound base for every rider, whether they ride competitively or for fun.
 

Learn to Ride (LTR) 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.  Lessons run all year round in eight week sessions. 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. Price list below. 

High Performance Program


For riders who aspire to take their knowledge and training to higher levels, we offer our High Performance Program (HPP). Riders take part in a minimum of two lessons per week, and have access to additonal learning opportunities on subjects that range from ground work, horsemanship and stable management to mental performance, goal setting, healthy living and personal excellence.  

Storybook Stables also 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 a High Performance Competitive Program (HPCP). Riders take a minimum of two lessons/week, must lease (or own) a horse/pony and are required to participate in a number of our training clinics, show preparation seminars and other workshops as they continue on their path towards excellence. 





 

Equine-Assisted (unmounted) Programs


Horses can play a powerful role in growth, healing and skills development. They have the gift of intervening on an emotional and somatic (body) level which makes them excellent partners for helping us meet the challenges that lay before us. Our Equine-assisted programs help people take charge of their lives and their health in order to become their most authentic & inspired selves. We can tailor programs to suit an individual or group based on your desired outcome. Popular themes range from: Team Building; Leadership; Self esteem to Wellness.
 

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. 
 

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)


INTRO TO HORSES - $480 + HST = $552 (or two payments $276)  
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).  
  
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]). Please note if riders require assistance/instruction with grooming and tacking up, then it becomes a 75 minute lesson (30 mins in barn/45 minutes mounted) and the fee is $480 + HST = $552 (or two payments of $276) 

PAYMENT POLICY: 

Payment is due at the FRIDAY BEFORE the start of each session. PLEASE note: For insurance reasons, students will NOT be permitted to MOUNT a horse until payment has been made. We accept cash, cheque and e-transfer. Payments can be made in full, or split into two with half up front along with a post-dated cheque dated for no later than 4 weeks. Post-dated cheques MUST BE RECEIVED AT OR BEFORE REGISTRATION (first day of lessons). There is a $30 service fee for NSF cheques.

Please direct INTERAC email transfers to storybookstables1@hotmail.com. Fees are non-refundable. A lesson credit will be given when accompanied by a medical certificate. We also take credit card payments but note: there is a 3 percent admin fee added to the lesson fee - Credit Card can be done online at www.paypal.me/storybook .
  
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 

WHAT TO WEAR:

Brand new riders - 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).

After the first 8 lessons, riders will begin performing more complicated skills and at higher speeds. For maximum comfort and safety, we ask students to have their own ASTM approved Helmet and proper riding boots - either field/dress boots or paddock boots with half chaps (we have a tack shop on site with new and gently used items!). 

Intermediate/Advanced riders are asked 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.  

During cold weather, layering (long underwear/under armor) is essential. Gloves (as opposed to mittens) and warm boots are also required. For beginners, winter boots (not too wide) with a slight heel will do the job. For more advanced riders, winter riding boots are STRONGLY encouraged. We have winter riding boots, breeches, gloves, helmet covers, hot pockets and more available in the tack shop. 

PARENTS & VISITORS:
  
  • Please wear proper footwear in and around the barns - NO sandals, high heels, or open-toed shoes.
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  • Siblings/friends are welcome to watch lessons but for everyone's safety (including the animals) we ask that they stay with parents/adults and do not wander around the farm. 



 

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