2018 Feb 24 – 25 Lesson Schedule
The popular Winter Lesson Series is back for the 6th year. Lessons will be on the 2nd and 4th weekend of the month with the Saturday lessons being at His Way Farm and the Sunday lessons at Pure Gold Stables. Lessons will begin Jan 13th running through the end of March.
NEW FOR 2018:
- In order to give everyone a fair chance at getting a spot we will ONLY accept registrations 1 month at a time. The new sign up will be available the 4th SATURDAY of the month at 9:00 PM, so mark your calendars and don’t miss your opportunity.
- The lessons are now $40 as there has been a $5 increase in facility rental. I think you all will agree that the facilities are worth every penny!
- You can now sign up for stalls at the same time as you sign up for lessons
Mark your calendar for the Sign Upsdates, the 4th Sat of the month @ 9:00PM
- January Lessons ~ December 23rd
- February Lessons ~ January 27th
- March Lessons ~ February 24th
Ride times will be posted the SGF FB page and on the website no later than the Thurs before the lessons depending on how the groups work out. The sign up is broken down by level; please choose the level that you would like to participate. If the level you want is full; choose the level that closest fits you and your horse. If there are no spots available be sure to sign up on the wait list as we often can fit everyone in. Groups will be put together based on compatibility. Please be sure to include the following in the comment section:
- level of horse/rider
- any time constraints or requests
- trailering partner if applicable
- indicate if you can ride on either Sat or Sun in case we have to move someone.
To fill out the form simply scroll down to the date and level that you are interested in and hit the SIGN UP button and the hit the SIGN UP & SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page. After you have submitted your registration you may go back in and edit your submission as any time. The schedule will be finalized TWO days before the lessons and an e-mail reminder will be sent out confirming times and indicating if there have been any changes.
If all the slots are filled, please sign up for the wait list option and we’ll try to fit you in if a spot becomes available. If you need to scratch please do soon as you know so we can try to fill the spot with someone from the waiting list. Any withdrawals after the Thurs before the lesson will be expected to pay unless the spot can be filled from the waiting list or unless the weather conditions are unsafe for travel.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get help with honing your skills over the winter months so you’ll be ready to go when the competition season arrives. Even if you don’t have any competitive goals; it’s still a great opportunity to get out of the house and spend some quality time with your horse and hang out with your horsey friends and perhaps even make some new ones.
The lesson series will have different subjects each lesson. Participants do not have to attend all the sessions but they will be progressive in nature. All the lessons will be jumping with flat work to prepare you and your horse for the jumping. Riders will be grouped together based on the level of the rider and the horse.
Groups will be 4 to 5 at His Way Farm and 3 to 4 riders at Pure Gold Stables which will limits us to approximately 20 – 25 riders / day. Spots will be assigned on a ‘first come’ basis and you must use the on-line registration form.
Dates & Lesson Descriptions
Jan 13 & 14 – Developing Focus, Balance and more – This lesson will begin with flat work using HorsePhysio exercises designed to improve the rhythm, straightness and balance of the horse & rider through the use of ground pokes and cavaletti. The lesson will move forward to jumping which will be improved after working on the exercises …. at least that’s what we’ll be working towards 😉
Jan 27 & 28 – Gymnastics – there will be 3 different gymnastics set up with something for every rider and every horse no matter the level to help both rider and horse improve their jumping skills.
Feb 10 & 11 – Developing Instincts of both the horse and rider – aka survival skills: this lesson will be similar to the first day at a Lucinda Green Clinic where a variety of unusual questions will be set up such as narrow faced fences, points, corners, interesting angles and distances where the rider will learn to ride the horse with the correct rhythm, energy, line and balance so the horse can figure out the answer to these questions. These skills are necessary for riding cross country courses successfully and safely. Even those riders who will never ride a cross country course, these exercises will help to develop the partnership between the horse and rider.
Feb 24 & 25: Course Work – riders will practice developing the ‘quality’ canter required to jump a course smoothly throughout. Both straight line bending lines practiced before putting it all together in courses. The courses will vary depending on the level of the horse and the rider.
March 10 & 11: Combination Lesson which will have elements of the previous lessons depending on the needs of the horses and riders.
March 24 & 25 – Riders Choice – Participants can make requests for what they would like to do it this lesson
For those of you who have not had the opportunity to ride at ‘His Way Farm’ yet; I would like to share a couple links that will help you find your way and become familiar with this lovely facility: Google map and a clinic report with pics and video. As you can see from the pictures the arena is huge and the lounge very comfy. Please be sure to check out the Google map for His Way Farm before coming as it can be a little tricky.
Pure Gold Stables is another lovely facility that boasts a heated indoor and a lounge. Stalls are also available. More information on the facility and directions can be found on the Pure Gold website.
All participants will need to sign release forms before riding. HWF Release Form and / or Pure Gold Release Form must be signed before riding. Payment may be made the day of the lesson via cash or check. There will be a large envelop for placing the payment. please indicate if you are paying by cash or checkPlease make checks payable to Stone Gate LLC.
I’m looking forward to working with you and your horse. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates!
‘His Way Farm’
2nd and 4th SATURDAYS of the Month
‘Pure Gold Stables’
2nd and 4th SUNDAYS of the Month