Children's Riding Program
The Dressage Center has a well rounded children’s riding program with the emphasis on a very balanced seat for Dressage, Jumping or Cross Country. Our well trained horses/ponies, together with dedicated staff will teach the children first individually and later in small groups. We teach not only riding on the horse, but also important horsemanship off the horse.
• Grooming and/or washing the horse.
• Taking care of the mane and tail.
• Tacking up the horse.
• Proper care of tack and fitting the tack to your horse.
• Cleaning of the stall.
• Preparing a horse for a horse show.
• Helping and understanding about horse shows.
• Participating in a horse show and riding in a junior class.
It is important for the children’s safety to have a very good foundation in basic Dressage. In that way they will have balance, security and control over the horse/pony. When the child is confident and secure, our program will then provide the opportunity to receive an education in jumping and cross country riding. Later they can choose to go into any kind of equestrian sport more detailed.
The kids will have a lot of fun riding and taking care of the school horse/pony or maybe even your own. Leases are available for the more advanced riders. When balance, confidence and understanding are mastered, then there are fun junior classes at horse shows to participate in.
Several students who started in our Children's Program have gone on to be successful competitors! Mary Carlquist, who was with us for ten years went on to be the California Dressage Society Junior Champion at third level and Rhianna Moehrke has successfully shown several of the ponies and has gained so much knowledge that she is able to help train the new lesson ponies and be a riding instructor herself.
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