Tara is a CHA Master Instructor that is certified to teach at the highest levels, level 4 in both Western and English, including jumping. She is also an EC Western Coach.
In the lessons students will learn to catch/turn out, groom and tack up their horses. Students will learn about balance and how to communicate effectively. Tara strives to teach in depth in a way that is easy to understand and apply. How, When, Why are very important to get desired results. She wants students to understand all of these. Safety is important. So is having Fun. Students will ride every lesson. Ground lessons to learn about tack, horse behavior, horse markings, feed, etc. will be included in lessons.
We teach lessons to all levels and all ages in both Western and English disciplines, including jumping. Students are eligible, as part of their normal lessons, to complete a written and riding test indicating their completion of CHA accredited levels. Level 1 is often attainable in 16 group lessons. Each of the levels 2 through 4 take a considerable longer time to achieve.
Students must be able to pay attention and obey instructions in order to remain safe. Depending on the student, four years old is the youngest age. Students are grouped according to age and riding level.
Our horses are all very broke and many are used for competing with at shows. We supply the horses and tack, unless you request otherwise.
Group lessons are usually in evenings once per week. Semi-private and private lessons are available whenever it suits best. Simply let me know what lesson type you prefer and we will try to fit you in.
A helmet is required when riding. Girls will need to remove braids and pony tails need to be low when wearing the helmet. Closed toe boots with a minimum ½” heel, shirts and long pants are required. No Jewelry. Gloves are optional in cooler weather. Do not wear noisy clothing. We supply helmets which are mandatory for students under 18 years old. Students may bring their own certified riding helmets.
Group 1.5 hour lesson: 3-6 riders $40/rider
Semi Private: 1hour lesson $50/rider
Private: ½ hour $40, ¾ hour $50, 1 hour $60
Lesson times are from when groups arrive to when they leave. Allows for catching, grooming, tacking, riding, untacking, grooming and turn out.So long as semi-private and private students have shown themselves capable, they can prepare for their lesson outside of the scheduled lesson time.
Group lessons are payable 50% at the first lesson and 50% at the halfway point. Add 5% gst to the fee. Payable by cheque to Cloud 9 Ranch or cash.
Timaya improving her jumping position on Guido by doing jumping gymnastics.