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Our focus at Gordonhurst Equestrian Centre is to provide a well rounded educational program for dedicated young riders who are looking to excel in Equestrian sport. We carefully develop riders in a safe and friendly environment where we focus not only on riding skills but also on good horsemanship, which is undoubtedly one of the keys to success in any rider even at the highest levels of the sport. We believe that riding provides a unique opportunity for children to learn about responsibility, self reliance, compassion and goal setting.
Our Equestrian Centre is not only a place where children learn proper riding and horsemanship skills but also develop friendships with fellow equestrians sharing in their love of horses.
We offer riding instruction to boys and girls starting at age four. Riding programs throughout the school year are currently being offered Monday through Thursday after school and evenings, as well as Saturdays. Students are required to ride at least twice weekly.
Our Summer lessons typically run Monday evenings, Tuesday during the daytime and Thursday evenings which allow us to work around our busy show schedule.
The ponies in our program are the best anyone could ever hope to learn on. They are beautifully trained, have exceptional temperaments and each one has enjoyed years of success in the show ring. We invite you to take a look at our Meet the Horses page.
Our riding program runs year round with our winter lessons taking place in our large indoor arena with comfortable climate controlled viewing lounge. Parents can enjoy watching riding lessons without braving the cold.
This is a private lesson offered to new students and also students with previous riding experience that are new to Gordonhurst Equestrian Centre. It is 45 minutes in length and includes registration/ orientation, a barn tour, an overview of grooming and tacking up procedures and an assessment riding lesson. The assessment lesson is the perfect way to get a feel for. $79.10 ($70 plus HST)
Those wishing to enroll in our riding program or to book an assessment lesson may CONTACT US to schedule a lesson time or with any further questions. You will be required to fill out a registration form and waiver. These forms are to be submitted along with your payment prior to the students first lesson.
We ask that each parent take the time to carefully read our rules and barn policies prior to the first lesson.
For new riders joining our program:
For the first four lessons riders are permitted to wear tights or jogging pants (no jeans), and boots or shoes with a step heal for safety (not a straight sole ie running shoes). Jackets/ vests need to be waist length and preferably have no hood. If wearing earings they need to be small stud earings. We supply helmets for the first four riding lessons for new riders
Riders are expected to wear the following:
- Properly fitted helmet (girls with long hair wear hair in a low pony tail put up in their helmet with a hair net)
- jodhpurs with a belt
- paddock boots
- riding gloves
- well fitted waist length shirts/ vests/ jackets with no hoods
- stud earings only
In colder weather:
In colder weather riders should dress in layers that can be removed without going over their heads so they do not have to remove their helmet. Wear more than you think as it's easy to remove a layer if you need to. The following items help with cold weather riding:
- an extra jacket
- neck warmer/ scarf
- *hot shots hand and feet warmers
- ski rated base layers (top and bottom)
- winter riding gloves
- ear muffs designed for riding helmets
- winter riding boots