Grand Prix Stables offers a variety of different types of lessons for Children and Adults of all ages. While our primary focus in on the Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation, we also accommodate, dressage, western and trail riders.
Grand Prix Stables' Lesson Program offers something for everyone, whether a very beginning student or someone who has been riding and showing for years. We offer private, as well as semi-private and group lessons and recommend that students partake in at least one lesson per week to ensure consistent progress. Thanks to our indoor arena, these lessons can continue year round, regardless of the weather, and our heated observation room allows lessons to be easily and comfortably viewed.
Lesssons Designed for Your Needs
Because safety is our number one concern, each student's lesson program is designed specifically for them with their experience, abilities and goals in mind. Students who do not have a horse of their own are matched with one of our lesson horses, all of whom are safe, experienced, well trained and schooled regularly.
For very beginning and young students, we recommend starting with private lessons. These are available for either 30 minutes or 1 hour. The half hour format is a good starting point for very young riders as it minimizes time and financial commitments, while maximizing time in the saddle. Grand Prix Stables' staff is also able to provide grooming, tackign and untacking when needed.
For older students and those ready to move on from the 30 minute format, 1 hour private lessons extend time in the saddle as well as including education on grooming, tacking and other ground work with and around horses. As students progress, their instructor may offer the option of moving to a semi-private or group lesson format. These lessons both follow the 1 hour format and include either 2 (semi-private) or 3 or more (group) riders of similar abilities.
Appropriate Riding Attire
Again, with safety in mind, we offer the following guidelines for appropriate dress while riding with us at Grand Prix Stables:
SEI/ASTM Helmets must be worn by ALL RIDERS when mounted. Hunters Creek provides helmets for our beginning students until they have the opportunity to purchase their own. Proper footwear is required. Boots should have a hard sole and 1/2" heel. Paddock boots are recommended. Straight leg jeans are appropriate for beginning lessons. Students may find that breeches or jodphurs are more comfortable as they progress. T-shirts, polos and the like are appropriate top layers. As the weather cools, students will want to add sweatshirts, polar fleece and/or waist length jackets for warmth. Riding gloves are appropriate for all riders, year round.