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Lessons & Training
Ages 7 - Adults

Riding Academy Lessons
Guiding Horsemen of the Future!  

Our philosophy: 
Your success is in the details. We teach safe, quality lessons through traditional horsemanship from the ground up. We work with all our riders to set fun & challenging yet obtainable goals through our unique 3 step approach.
 We teach that commitment, ambition & hard work pay off & encourage riders to enjoy their success!

~ Lesson Program Levels ~ Ages 7 to Adult
For riders just starting out we have a few 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 & B+: Advanced Walk-Trot riders are proficient in the above skills and work on mastering the posting trot, work without stirrups and work over ground poles and cavaletti's. These riders will get be purchasing their own saddle, signing up for practice rides and attending their first show. 
  • 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. Canter work is introduced as are several advanced skills a the walk, trot & canter. These riders will have their own saddle, pads, bathing items and be taking practices rides weekly. They will have attended a horse show and may even be leasing. 

Jumping (2'3" & higher)
Riders looking to advance their flat skills and move into the world of jumping; we will help you find the right partner to lease or buy and advance with:
  • Riders can sign up for private 1/2 hour focus or 1hr. group lessons.
  • By this level riders begin working with their own horse/pony either on a full lease or having purchased their own.
  • 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'-2'3  "Lesson horses do not jump over this height. Riders wishing to jump higher need to full lease or purchase a horse to do so. " 
  • Level 2 2'3-2'6" 
  • Level 3 - 2'6-2'9
  • Level 4 - 3' & up

Our lessons are based on 3 full sessions:
FALL/WINTER (Sept. - March) - 30 weeks
SPRING/SUMMER (April - Aug.) - 22 weeks
​*New riders are accepted on a rolling basis as openings in the program allow*

All riders new to Great Escape Stables start with an evaluation lesson.