John and Mary Skey established York Equestrian Riding School over 20 years ago. Their vast experience in and depth of knowledge of the equine industry has enabled them to develop and grow a safe and professional school that ensures students learn not just about riding but also about the many other facets of equestrian sport. With over 25 quality horses and ponies and access to a well-rounded lesson program, they are confident that the school can provide you with a safe and reliable equine partner so that you can achieve your riding goals.
The riding school operates within a clean and modern facility that was specifically designed with the comfort of horse and rider in mind. Whether you are a spectator or a student, you will appreciate the tastefully decorated, comfortable viewing lounge, the separate classroom area, spacious washrooms and kitchenette. These areas, including the indoor riding arena, are heated to keep the chill of winter at bay!
John Skey, York Equestrian Head Coach:
As a Certified Level 2 Equine Canada Coach, John has dedicated his life to educating both horses and riders. John has trained and continues to train with some of the best coaches Canada has to offer and has himself competed successfully at the national level for many years.
When not at home developing his young horses or teaching lessons, John can be found leading riders to horse show success at Trillium and 'A' Circuit shows. His ability to educate his students in a fun, pressure free way is reflected in the success of those students who have also gone on to succeed at the national level.
When time permits, John enjoys giving clinics and mentoring riders and coaches alike and whenever possible, he spends his winters in sunny Palm Beach Florida, showing and training horses.
Regardless of where he is or what he does, John is committed to providing superior service for the students of York Equestrian Riding School and the equestrian community.
Mary has also dedicated her life to the equestrian sport. An accomplished rider herself, Mary has several top place finishes on the Trillium and 'A' Circuits. She continues to develop young horses at home but dedicates most of her time to administering and overseeing the riding school business.
In addition to ensuring that lessons, clinics, camps and other activities run smoothly and efficiently, Mary also strives to keep the overall facility clean, modern and comfortable. Thanks to Mary's fun and enthusiastic character, the farm has an overall welcoming 'club house' atmosphere.
At York Equestrian, the safety of our students is our number one concern! All of our instructors and coaches are certified through the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF), have a current First Aid certificate and are CPR trained.
John and Mary also recognize that the continued success of the riding school is only possible with the support of trusted, reliable and quality staff. For instructors who are not yet certified, John and Mary make themselves available through mentorship to assist instructors/coaches with completing their OEF Instructor Certificate or advancing their coaching status.
Take the time to talk to our instructors/coaches and you'll quickly learn that all of them have been involved in the horse industry for many years and bring a wealth of experience to the ring.
Erika started riding at age 9 and was an active participant in the Canadian Pony Club throughout her adolescence. Her true love however, lies within the hunter world, which Erika was introduced to by her coaches at Audley Road Stables. Since then, Erika has been "showing" on the Central East Trillium Circuit; her greatest satisfaction coming from bringing along young green horses.
In 2007 Erika earned her Equine Canada Instructor Certification. Erika is passionate about teaching and creating well-rounded equestrians. She believes in promoting personal goals with all of her students regardles of age and experience and is strongly committed to helping students achieve those goals no matter how big or small.
Her kind, supportive and compassionate teaching and her riding style is evidence of her love for the sport.