Dear New Rider,
We are so excited that you will be joining us for riding lessons.  Since you have chosen a traditional Hunter/Jumper facility that teaches riding with a progressive edge and classic horsemanship in a focused, positive and safe environment you have taken the first step to being successful. 

From your very first lesson you will get to know all our equine staff that will be teaching you as you work with them in a partnership.  Riders who are part of the Great Escape Stables community learn horsemanship from the ground up.  We strongly believe in self-sufficient horsemen who are not just great riders but knowledgeable horseman.  

We achieve this through private and small lesson sizes, quality lesson horses, a structured program that is goal oriented, an organized and well maintained facility, professional staff that have been working with horses for years and have a strong, reputable background.  We strive to provide our riders with the best in programs, amenities, horse care and customer service in a family friendly/young adult atmosphere.

As the owner and trainer of Great Escape Stables, I look upon GES as a passion, not a job or business.  Horses, Riding and Teaching are as natural to me as breathing.  I love what I do and take pride in our facility, the horses, my own achievements and the achievements of all my riders.  I take a vested interest in all my students and wish nothing more for them then to achieve their goals and to see their happiness when they reach success.  Our riders and horses will always find support at Great Escape Stables.
We look forward to meeting you and welcome you to our barn community!

Robyn Schamante (click here for Bio.)
Riding Academy Lessons
Guiding Horsemen of the Future!  
Our philosophy: 
To teach safe, quality lessons through traditional horsemanship from the ground up. We work with all our riders to set fun & challenging yet obtainable goals. We teach that commitment, ambition & hard work pay off & encourage riders to enjoy their success!

~Weekly Lesson Program Levels~Ages 6 to Adult
For riders just starting out we have quiet and experienced school horses/ponies for private and group lessons.  Our levels are as follows:
  • Level A: Walk-Trot beginners are kept in private lessons until they are able to stop, steer and work at the trot. They must also demonstrate the ability to safely groom and tack up their horse or pony with limited assistance.
  • Level B: Advanced Walk-Trot riders are proficient in the above skills and work on mastering the posting trot, work without stirrups and they may start to canter and work over ground poles and cavaletti's. 
  • Level A & B group lessons are a 3:1 ratio (rider to instructor)
  • Level C: Riders become independent in handling their horse, tacking up & mounting. More canter work is introduced as are several advanced skills a the walk, trot & canter.

Riders looking to advance their walk-trot-canter skills and/or move into the world of jumping we offer a comprehensive training program.  
  • Riders can sign up for private 1/2 hour focus or group lessons.  
  • For those who do not yet own their own horse we have a limited number of experienced lesson horses to assist you in your progress.  
  • Riders must be able to canter in two-point (jump position) w/o stirrups in order to be at the jumping level for verticals.
  • Level 1 - 2', Level 2 - 2'3, Level 3 - 2'6 to 2'9, Level 4 - 3' & up

~Young Rider Lessons~​ Ages 2 to 6
Our1/2 hour long Young Rider program introduces safety, handing, grooming, tack and some basic mounted skills. This program has very limited availability.
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Tuition Information for Lessons

We are a private riding academy that focus's on building a riders horsemanship & riding skills.  Our program is designed around weekly ongoing lessons to help riders succeed. Unlike general "riding schools" we offer client based scheduling flexibility & goal oriented lessons teaching riding theory in the saddle. 

Lessons of this quality in a professional environment with individualized service have a higher value in the quality of lessons and customer service as we offer a more personalized lesson approach at Great Escape Stables.

Our lessons are based on 3 full sessions:
FALL/WINTER (Sept. - March) - 30 weeks
SPRING (April - Mid-June) - 11 weeks
SUMMER (Mid-June - Aug.) - 11 weeks

Enrollment is on-going during each session. All riders start in 1 hour private lesson. Then advance to group or half hour private lessons. 
All Young Rider lessons are 30 mins.


Students are accepted on a rolling basis. 
Tuition packages are prorated if a student begins mid-term. 
Prices are subject to change.
Missed lessons can be made up.
Advanced payment is required to hold a riders lesson spot.​
Our group lessons are limited to 3 riders.
Invoices can be paid via check, cash or credit card (service fee on cards).
No Refunds but payments may transfer depending on circumstance.

Private Evaluation Lesson - $80
$20 credit is given if rider signs up for ongoing lessons.

Friends & Family Deal - $80 (1 hour)
 (2 riders, siblings or friends) of the beginner level, close in age and would like to share 1 hour private lessons.   

Trail Ride Lesson $75 (1 - 2 people, 2 hours)
Any level rider who would like to learn about trail riding. Offered year round depending on the weather and availability.

~Weather, Attendance & Cancelation Policy~
~Attire Policy~
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Lesson or Program questions? Contact our Head Trainer, Robyn, by email or call 248-361-7922.
Currently enrolling for the SPRING session! 

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Our Trainers:
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Robyn Schamante
Hana Hanselman