Rookie Rider is a program created by Ontario Equestrian, our provincial sport association. Rookie Rider provides the opportunity for children to experience the joy of equestrian sport in a safe fun-filled way.
York Equestrian Riding School is proud to offer this program and believes it is an innovative way to introduce children to the sport.
The program teaches activities and skills that are fundamental to success in horseback riding.
It includes basic gymnastics on mats, on a “barrel horse” and concludes with an introduction to riding.
This program is a very safe opportunity to introduce children to horseback riding that will hopefully become a passion we can all share.
Our Certified Coaches and Instructors will be administering this fundamental program through pre-planned lesson plans.
We have divided the Rookie Rider Program into 2 sessions.
This session is divided into 4 group lessons occurring once a week.
This session students will learn the basic horsemanship of grooming and tacking as well as the fundamental physical skills necessary for horseback riding. All activities will be in the barn or in our classroom.
This session is perfect for those looking to introduce a child to horses without making the commitment of buying all the safety equipment needed.
Students will be able to interact with horses in their first 4 lessons, gaining knowledge and skills of how to work safely around the animals.
For this sessions student will need a pair of boots and helmet for in the barn and running shoes for classroom time.
This session is divided into 8 group lessons occurring once a week.
In this session students will continue to progress their horsemanship and physical skills as well as be introduced to mounted lessons.
The skills introduced in Rookie Rider 1 will now be applied on the horse!
This 8-week session will progress students from short individual riding time to riding as a group with skills in walk, basic steering and group control.
For this session students must have their own properly fitted industry approved helmet and boots.
Safety vests are not required however we highly recommend students wear them; safety first!