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Riding Level 3: Riding without Reins and Stirrups

Our curriculum is liberally dosed with tests of your independent seat, as you can see from these previous blog posts on dropping the reins and stirrups (which in turn link to other blog posts on related topics).  This is because a secure independent seat from which you can guide your horse is so important when your hands may be otherwise occupied with weapons. (Also see the post on striking from the saddle)

In your Level 3 test we’ve already asked you to drop your stirrups at the trot and guide your horse at the canter with one-handed reining.  Our final test of your seat at this level is:

12. On a longe-line canter with reins dropped; trot without stirrups and reins

There is no magic to this that I haven’t already advised in previous blogs, so check out the links above and practise riding without stirrups or reins, as well as your exercises for an independent seat.

Stirrups? Who needs 'em?
Stirrups? Who needs ’em?

Upcoming Classes

Mounted Combat
Sundays May 17 – 31, June 14
1:00 – 2:30pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op
cost: $200

Intro to Mounted Combat
Here’s the place to get started in the Mounted Combat Program, whether you’re an experienced swordsman new to horses, a proficient rider new to swordplay, or a complete beginner!

Saturday 6 June, 10am – 1pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$149 + gst

Mounted Combat Playday

saluteAn opportunity to put your skills to work.  Come out for friendly practice and competition with mounted games, combat and archery.  Assistants on the ground are needed for these sessions.  If you are unable to participate as a rider, come out and be a squire for us to earn credits for future playdays.  Spectators welcome!

Saturday 6 June 1pm – 4pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$15 + $15 for use of school horse

Prerequisites:
Mounted Games: Riding Level 1
Mounted Sparring: Green Spur
Horseback Archery: Beginner Horseback Archery + Riding Level 1

Beginner Riding & Horsemanship
This six-class course is designed to help the beginning rider achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 1.
Saturdays 6 June – 11 July, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$300 + gst

Level 2 Riding & Horsemanship
Princess cooloutThis six-class course is designed to help the riders achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 2. The curriculum includes:

Saturdays 6 June – 11 July, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$300 + gst
Prerequisites: Riding and Horsemanship Level 1

Horsemanship Level 4
This 6-week course will cover the material necessary for Horsemanship 4 in both lecture and practical session

Saturdays 6 June – 11 July, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$130 + gst

Riding Level 3+
A six-class series for riders working on Level 3 and up.  Group lessons consist of up to four riders.  Additional time slots are added as needed, and riders grouped by level as much as possible.  Riders are expected to arrive at least half an hour before class and have their horses groomed, tacked up, and partially warmed up before the lesson starts.

Saturdays 6 June – 11 July, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$200 + gst
Prerequisites: Riding level 2 or permission from instructor.

Cavaliere Assessments
Sunday 5 July, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$50 for partial assessment (Horsemanship, Riding OR Mounted Combat)
$80 for full assessment (2 or 3 of the above elements)

Beginner Horseback Archery
tentative date:
Sunday 26 July, 10am – 1pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$149 +gst

Intermediate Horseback Archery
tentative date:
Sunday 26 July, 2pm – 5pm
Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
$75 + gst
prerequisites: Beginner Horseback Archery + Riding Level 1

Jennifer Landels Jennifer Landels heads up Academie Duello's Cavaliere Program. She has been swordfighting since 2008, and riding since before she could walk. She started the program as an excuse to combine those passions.
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