Summer Reading, Summer Riding

With new series of Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat having just started, I thought it may be useful to re-post links to blogs which cover topics in the curriculum.  You can use these blog posts as refreshers and checklists to support the material taught in classes.  Each group of posts is searchable under tags such as 'Horsemanship Level 1', 'Blue Spur', etc and the posts will come up in reverse order, ie, most recent to oldest.

Horsemanship Level 1:
Horsemanship Level 2:
Horsemanship Level 3:
Horsemanship Level 4:

Riding Level 1:
Riding Level 2:
Riding Level 3:

Green Spur Mounted Combat:
Blue Spur Mounted Combat:

Thank You!

We're extending thanks to two groups of people this week.  First to our intrepid crew of volunteers who came out to clean out the tack room and haybarn, as well as fix fences and engineer repairs to the grain locker.  Your muscles and brains are greatly appreciated!  Secondly, thank you to those who contributed to the Flavie fund, to help raise money to bring us a beautiful Canadian baby.  We still have a long way to go, but every little bit counts and we are truly grateful for your generosity!

Help Us Breed Flavie


Current & Upcoming Classes

There is still space in a few of the current classes that started last week.  It's not too late to get the jump on Summer Riding and Mounted Combat.  Also, next week we'll be posting the first of our popular Friday clinics. These one-off clinics each focus on a different equine activity and include mounted games, cross country, Prix Fiore, mounted sparring and more!

Beginner Riding & Horsemanship

This six-week series will teach you to groom, tack up, and handle your horses as well as get you started in the saddle.  By the end of six weeks you should be ready to teleading in handst for Horsemanship Level 1, and a second run through the course will get most people to Riding Level 1. Choose between Saturday or Sunday classes — or take both to get you to your goal twice as fast!

Saturdays 21 May – 25 Jun, 4pm – 6pm
cost: $300 for 6 classes

Riding & Horsemanship Level 2

The Level 2 course covers the same topic areas as Level 1 but in greater depth.  You will progress through the Horsemanship Level 2 curriculum while continuing to work on achieving your Riding Levels 1 or 2.  If you are unsure whether you should sign up for Level 2 or Beginner, just pick the class which has space.  The courses run simultaneously and riders are informally assessed during the first class, with placements shuffled to make sure everyone is riding with a group of the appropriate level.

Saturdays 21 May – 25 Jun, 4pm – 6pm
cost: $300 for 6 classes

Horsemanship Level 3-4IMG_2794

This six-week course is intended to get you through either Level 3 or Level 4 Horsemanship, but there are no prerequisites.  That means anyone who wants to learn about saddlery, vet & first aid, grooming, foot & shoeing and other stable management topics can take the course.  A great way to learn about horse care, taught by certified Pony Club alumni.

Saturdays 21 May – 25 Jun, 4pm – 5pm
cost: $130 for 6 classes

Jack 2Riding Level 3+

Welcome to the Open class!  Here you will further hone your riding skills, adding jumping, cross country, quadrille and mounted games work as you work towards your next riding level.

Saturdays 21 May – 25 Jun, 3pm – 4pm
cost: $200 for 6 classes

Mounted Combat Fundamentals

This five-week course covers the Mounted Combat Skills for the Green Spur.

Saturdays 21 May – 25 Jun, 6:30pm – 8pmChris vs Jen
cost: $120 for 5 classes

Intermediate Mounted Combat

Students in this five-week class will spend approximately an hour and a quarter each week working from horseback on longsword, spear, and grappling skills, as well as mounted games and general riding exercises.  The remainder of the class is taken on the ground and from the falsemount, working on more advanced weapon and unarmed skills.  Students should have their horses tacked up and warmed up ahead of class to maximize training time.  Participants who do not yet have their Green Spurs may take part in class from the ground and falsemount.

Saturdays 21 May – 25 Jun, 6pm – 8pm
cost: $160 for 5 classes

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.
Read more from Jennifer Landels.