Our weekly group lesson program is geared towards beginner to intermediate level english, western, and jumping for ages 8 through adult. Lessons run year round in our HEATED indoor arena. We don't cancel due to temperature in the winter. We teach in the outdoor arena when the weather permits.
You may submit a registration form for any session in 2014, but we will not confirm your spot until one month prior to the session start date, as those currently in the session have the opportunity to re-register and keep their current spot up to 1 month prior to the next session start date.
We recommend registering for all Sessions in 2014 you plan to take, so you are keep your spot.
If you need to cancel a session, please just let us know at least 1 month prior to Session start date.
2014 Lesson Rates
Group lessons are $300 per session on one of our lesson horses, or $160 per session on your own horse boarded at Colchester Stables.
Private and Drop-In Flat, Dressage or Jumping Lessons for boarders only (sorry no lesson horses can be used).
- Private lessons are $35/half hour, $40/45 minutes, $45/1 hour.
- Semi-private lessons are 2 people for 45 minutes for $35 each.
- Drop In lessons are available to boarders at $25/lesson and haul ins at $35/lesson, only if there is space available in a class, so contact instructors for available days and times once each session has started.
*Please note that GST is not included in the above prices.
Leasing Lesson Horses
We offer part leases on some of our lesson horses. This is an opportunity for lesson students to do an additional day or two of riding each week, on their own. Lease rides must be done while an instructor is in the arena, and must follow all the same rules as the boarders (no jumping, stay out of the way of lessons, etc.)
Lease rides are on Tuesdays at 5:30 and 6:30, Thursdays at 1:30 or Sundays at 4:30. Makeup lease rides must be done within a week of missed ride, but are not guaranteed. Students interested in leasing must be approved by their instructor as being capable of catching, grooming and tacking up safely on your own.
Intro Lease $160 + $300 for lessons + GST. There are also often boarded horses available for full or part lease. Please note that the lease cost may vary on boarded horses, as the costs are determined by the owner of the horse, not Colchester Stables.
See our Lesson Horses
Frequently Asked Questions:
DO YOU HAVE LESSON HORSES?
We have over 20 well trained lesson horses for different levels of riders and many of our students have their own horses boarded at the stable. Most of the horses are kept outside, clipped and blanketed in the winter, to speed up the cooling out process for students after their ride.
CAN LESSON STUDENTS GO TO SHOWS IF THEY DON'T HAVE THEIR OWN HORSE?
Experienced students will be invited to attend English, Western and Jumping schooling horse shows with our lesson horses.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS?
Private dressage & jumping lessons are available if you have your own horse.
DO PARENTS NEED TO STAY?
Parents are not required, but are welcome to stay and watch on our bleachers. There is a radiant heater above the bleachers to keep specators warm.
WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE FOR MY LESSON & HOW LONG DO I STAY?
Students must arrive at least 1/2 an hour before the lesson to get horse caught, groomed and tacked up. Tacking Assistants help beginner 8-14 classes. Lessons are 1 hour in the arena, and run back to back, so if you are late, your lesson will be shorter. You must also plan on staying after the lesson 20-40 minutes to cool horses out, untack, groom, blanket & turnout.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
All students must have their own properly fitted ASTM approved riding helmet and boots with a minimum 1/2" heel (paddock boots, ropers or cowboy boots are preferred, but rubber boots with a heel are acceptable -- its difficult to put your heel down in rubber boots). Hiking boots or winter boots are also acceptable, provided they don't get stuck in stirrup and have a heel. The arena is heated to the freezing point in the winter so horses don't overheat, so wear warm layers in the winter, including gloves and headbands. The spectator area is warmer.
CHILDREN'S FITNESS TAX CREDIT
Our lessons and summer camps qualify for the $500 annual tax credit. The credit applies to all children under the age of 16. For more information, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness.
Lisa HarrisonLisa manages the barn and lesson program. She teaches english, jumping, western and reining lessons. Lisa has a diploma in Equine Science, and has her CEF Coaching Level One certification. www.paints-plus.com
Iris RauIris teaches english, jumping, western and dressage lessons. Iris has a diploma in Equine Science, and has her CHA Coaching Level 3 certification in English and Western.