York Equestrian Riding School specializes in the English disciplines of hunt seat equitation and jumping. All students over the age of seven (7) are welcome regardless of riding ability.
The riding school program offers:
- Day Lessons
- Evening Lessons
- Weekend Lessons
The program also offers the following camps:
Students can also participate in activities such as:
- Monthly In-House Schooling Shows
- Leasing and Show Team Opportunities
- Equine Canada Rider Level Program
Students will be assigned to mounts appropriate to their level of riding and will be matched with other students in age and ability. There is an excellent selection of well-trained horses and ponies and our knowledgeable staff will be on-hand to guide you through the process with care and expertise.
Policies and Procedures:
York Equestrian will provide each new student with an "welcome package" which contains information on the school's policies and procedures. If you have any questions or require clarification on any information contained in the package, please contact us.
For Beginner Students:
York Equestrian recommends that children participate in at least two weeks of the camp program prior to joining the school. Camp programs provide the ideal environment for kids to learn about basic horse care, safety around horses and riding equipment. Camp also provides students the necessary time to learn basic equitation principles such as the proper leg, hand and seat position prior to entering a more permanent arrangement. Of course, camp is also a fun place where new and lasting friendships are made!
Introductory Private Lessons:
At York, we recognize and appreciate that each beginner rider has different needs and goals. Our introductory riding lessons are especially designed for beginner riders of all ages who have no experience with horses. The four (4) introductory 1 ½ hour lessons strike just the right balance between social, educational and physical activities and are a requirement for students wanting to join the school. Each 1 ½ hour is broken down as follows:
- During the first ½ hour, the rider will be in the barn learning barn safety, grooming techniques and how to tack up a horse.
- The second ½ hour will comprise of a riding lesson in the arena and will focus on learning basic riding skills.
- The last ½ hour will concentrate on general horsemanship.
If you've ever thought about getting on a horse but are perhaps a bit apprehensive or nervous, you can be assured that our introductory lesson program is the right choice.
For Intermediate/Advanced Students:
Students with more experience are welcome to join the lesson program and in addition to lessons, are welcome to explore other riding opportunities offered through our leasing program or through joining the York show team.
Initial Assessment Lesson:
More experienced riders looking to join York's lesson program will be asked to complete an initial assessment lesson. During the assessment lesson, we will watch you groom, tack up and ride so that we can assess your level of ability and horsemanship. This assessment will assist staff in assigning the rider to appropriate mounts and lesson groups.
Here's how it works…
- Book and pay for a half hour private assessment lesson. This will give you an opportunity to visit the riding school, familiarize yourself with the farm, and meet the horses.
- Have your lesson.
- Receive feedback about your riding and discuss and determine a lesson time that suits your level and schedule.
Assessments are by appointment only, please contact us for details.
Lessons are offered throughout the year, seven (7) days a week, and are taught by instructors who are certified through the Ontario Equestrian Federation. Lessons take place in either the 60m x 20m indoor arena or when weather permitting, in the 200m x 150m outdoor sand ring.
Private lessons are ½ hour long.
Private lessons are available to all students but are ideal for beginners as the one-on-one instruction format ensures that the rider gets the attention they need during this critical time of learning.
Group lessons are 1 hour long.
Group lessons are available to all students but are ideal for novice or more experienced riders. There are a maximum of 6 riders in a group lesson which ensures that riders get the attention they need but also get time to practice their skills.
Lessons are non-refundable and non-transferable and single or 'one-time' lessons are not available.
Please contact us for lesson pricing and scheduling.
Riders are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the lesson to allow time to groom and tack up their horse. A York Equestrian staff member is always present to assist riders who need help tacking up their horse however; it is the rider's responsibility to have their horse ready and prepared for their lesson before the lesson time starts.
Each rider will require a properly fitted ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet. Helmets are an essential piece of safety equipment and each student must have their own.
Each rider will also require hard-sole boots with a minimum1.5 centimeter heel. Running shoes and platform shoes, or any other non-approved footwear are not acceptable. No exception.
Standard riding apparel is recommended. For beginner riders we suggest comfortable pants such as "cargo" pants or jeans. Leggings, exercise pants and/or baggy clothing in general are not recommended.
We recommend that riders wear correctly fitted safety vests when learning to ride and or jump.
Staff are happy to provide you with a list of local tack shops that can assist you with correctly fitting a helmet and vest.
York Equestrian likes to keep things fun, fresh, and interesting so we have reserved Friday evenings for just that! Whether it's a clinic with John, an in-house schooling show or an entertaining Halloween costume parade; our Friday night activities are excellent opportunities for our students to do more than just their weekly riding lesson. These activities provide an opportunity to get extra saddle time and to build on existing riding skills in a fun and exciting way!
Students are encouraged to visit the "information table" located in the viewing lounge for information on upcoming events.