The Advanced Rider Program (ARP) is a leasing program specifically designed to offer Advanced Riders* the opportunity to lease from a pool of more higly trained horses with experience in different disciplines. The Advanced Rider Program (ARP) allows unstructured riding time without an instructor present. Instruction is not a requirement in the Advanced Rider Program(ARP) although it is available. ARP members may go on trails with others or ride in rings or on the property as they wish twice per week. A seven month lease agreement applies to horses in the Advanced Rider Program (ARP).
*Advanced Riders are considered to be proficient at the walk, trot, and canter in an open field. Advanced Riders may come from a variety of equine backgrounds such as US Pony Club C2+, Dressage, Fox Hunting, Showing, Intercollegiate Competitions, Eventing, Pleasure Riding or former horse owners. There is an assumed higher level of stable management knowledge as well as the ability to tack up and care for horses and equipment properly.
We have elderly welsh ponies perfect for children from 5 to 11, some being former A rated show champions. These lovely ponies have very gentle ground manners for teaching children the basics.
Just as popular with adolescents and adults are some of our well trained quarter horses and crosses. These steady mounts will enable instructors to rapidly teach you the finer skills of English riding due to their good nature and willing spirits.
Additionally, more experienced riders can choose from a wider range of temperaments and abilities and may also have the chance to ride our younger and greener horses.
Missed rides cannot be made up. There is no Prorating of ARP fees.
Horses may not be jumped unless in a riding lesson.
Horses may not be trail ridden unless accompanied by a guide.
Friends of ARP riders are not eligible to ride as it is prohibited by insurance.
Saddles and Bridles are provided.
Riders must purchase and launder their own saddle pads.
Boots with heels and ASTM Approved hard hats are required.
Riders need to get their own grooming equipment (brushes, picks and towels).
Riders are responsible to care for tack by cleaning it and conditioning it after each use.
It is permissible to use your own saddle providing it properly fits the horse.
Rates and Scheduling
ARP evaluation ride | $70
Two rides per week | $350 per month
Maintenance Fee | $150 bi-annually (October & April)
** Lessons for ARP riders are available. These rates do no include the instructor fee. Our instructors are independent contractors and fees are approximately $35-$75 per lesson. Riders pay fees directly to the instructor.
** ARP members are free to schedule their own rides, provided it does not conflict with already scheduled rides. For example, you may not ride a horse someone has already signed up for on the same day. If there is a problem scheduling a horse an instructor or stable management will be glad to help you find a suitable replacement. There is a board in the barn where riders and instructors can write down which horses are being used each week.
** Lessons missed due to inclement weather will be made up based on the availability of the instructors and horses. Missed independent rides need to be made up within the same week - rides may not roll over into the following week(s).