LESSON AND RIDING OPTIONS
All lessons are taught by the Owner/ Operator, Deborah Colquhoun, who is an Instructor Of Beginner with Jumping Module, with over 28 years of teaching experience.
With 38 years of riding experience in several different disciplines, but hunter being my main passion, I have ridden and shown on many horses, of all different levels of experience, receiving a vast amount of 'on the job training' in my chosen field.
I feel blessed to have been taught by many successful coaches in Nova Scotia, and hope to pass along some of that knowledge to my students.
Uninstructed; but supervised; rides in the ring are offered to experienced riders who partake in regular lessons.
Hacking trips are offered on the Rails To Trails, which is located a short 60 second walk from the property, and are always escorted by the Owner.
Semi-Private lessons are offered to 2 students at a time with similar riding abilities, skills, and goals, which ensures a high student-to-instructor ratio is maintained. This option is available to riders over the age of 16 with a minimum rider level 5 skill level.
Private lessons are mandatory for beginner or young riders who require assistance in preparing their mounts.
This option is also available for experienced riders looking for more focused instruction, or for those who simply prefer the one on one approach.
English lessons are offered in private or semi-private setting, 7 days a week, weather permitting, in the 130 x 220 sand ring.
All riders are required to partake in a minimum of 4 lessons a month, optimally once a week.
Standards and poles are available for hunter style courses.
Lessons are 60 minutes in length and include warm-up and cool-down.
Beginner lessons include grooming and tacking up.
All riders who are new to the farm will complete lessons in a private setting, for a limited length of time depending on the riders ability level, while horse and rider compatibility is worked out.
All beginner riders will have their lessons conducted in a private lesson setting, for the safety of both rider and horse, and for optimal learning opportunities.
All lesson students are strongly encouraged to hold a valid Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation membership.
Please note that a minimum of 4 hours notice -(by text to 902 981-5650)- is required if a rider must cancel a lesson. Failure to supply the required advanced notice will result in the lesson fee being charged.
All missed lessons will be made up on the next available date, within the same month as the missed lesson.
Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, or e-transfer. All lessons must be paid for in advance upon the first lesson of each month.
Appropriate Attire For Riders:
All students are required to wear breeches, paddock boots and half chaps or field boots -rubber boots are not permitted-,a fitted shirt, gloves, and an approved helmet.
Please note that tank tops, hoodies, and oversized tops are never permitted when riding.
Jewellery should be kept to a minimum.
All riders must wear gloves for their personal protection.
Hair must be in a bun, braid, or ponytail.
Shirts are to be tucked into your pants. A belt is highly recommended.
Please park in parking area in front of the barn, which is to the right just after passing the horse paddocks.
Always park in the farthest available spot from the barn.