Lessons

Our weekly group lesson program is geared towards beginner to intermediate level english, western, & jumping for ages 8-14 and 14-adult. We do also have shorter beginner lessons for ages 5-7. Lessons run year round in our heated indoor arena. We don't cancel due to temperature in the winter. We teach in the outdoor arena when the weather permits.

 

You may submit a registration form for the all sessions you plan to take. Please note you risk losing your spot in future sessions if you don't register for all at once, as anyone can register for future sessions anytime. If you need to cancel a session, please email us at least 2 months prior, or you will be charged for lessons that session until we are able to fill your spot.


2020 Lesson Rates (GST not included below)
$400 per 8 week session for group lessons on one of our lesson horses, or $160 per 8 week session on your own horse boarded at Paints-Plus Equine Center.

 

Private and Drop-In Flat, Dressage or Jumping Lessons for boarders only. Cash must be paid to instructor at each lesson, as these may not be billed after.

+ Private lessons are $40/half hour or $60/1 hour.

+ Drop In lessons are available to boarders at $25/lesson and haul ins at $45/lesson, only if there is space available in any class, so contact instructors for available days and times once each session has started. Iris has a drop in dressage class every Sunday 5:30pm or 630pm Sept though June. Check calendar page to confirm if drop-in is running, as sometimes shows/clinics conflict.

 

Leasing Lesson Horses

$200 per 8 week session additional for 1 lease ride per week on a lesson horse if already paying for 1 or 2 lessons per week. Some lesson and boarded horses are available for part lease. This is an opportunity for intermediate to experienced lesson students to do an additional day of practice flat riding each week, and ride the same horse for 1 or more sessions. Supervised lease rides for those under 18 are Tuesdays 5:30 or Sundays 4:30. Makeup lease rides may be allowed, but only within the week of missed ride. Students interested in leasing must be approved by their instructor as being capable of catching, grooming and tacking up safely on your own. Experienced students over 14 may be approved to lease without taking weekly lessons: 2 days/week $220/month or 3 days/week $330/month.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

CAN I BOOK A TRIAL LESSON? A trial lesson may be available in a group that has space for $60 cash or for a private (1/2 hour ground, 1/2 hour riding) for $80 cash. You may also come watch.


DO YOU HAVE LESSON HORSES? We have over 35 for different levels of riders. The horses are kept outside, clipped & blanketed in the winter, to speed up cooling out for students after their ride.

 

CAN LESSON STUDENTS GO TO SHOWS IF THEY DON'T HAVE THEIR OWN HORSE? We do a barn fun show for all students in December with flat classes and games and a jumping show in February. We also take students to some flat/gymkhana and jumping schooling shows. We recommending leasing so you can become familiar with the horse you take to shows.

 

DO PARENTS NEED TO STAY? For our 5-7 year olds, 1 parent/guardian is required to stay and help per child in the barn and arena. Age 8 and up, parents are welcome, but not required to spectate.

 

WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE FOR MY LESSON & HOW LONG DO I STAY? Students must arrive 1/2 hour before the lesson to get horse caught, groomed and tacked. Assistants help beginners. Lessons are 1 hour in the arena, and run back to back, so if you are late, your lesson will be shorter. Plan on staying after the lesson 1/2 hour to cool horses out, untack, groom, blanket & turnout.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? All students must have their own properly fitted ASTM approved riding helmet and boots with a minimum 1/2" heel (paddock boots, ropers or cowboy boots are preferred, but rubber boots with a heel are acceptable -- its difficult to put your heel down in rubber boots). Hiking boots or winter boots are also acceptable, provided they don't get stuck in stirrup and have a heel. The arena is heated to 8 Celcius in the winter so horses don't overheat, so wear warm layers in the winter, including gloves and headbands. The tacking area is 12 and upstairs spectator area is 17.

Text Box: English & Western Horsemanship, Jumping & Dressage

Specializing in building a relationship between horse and rider 
for beginner to intermediate level recreational riders and
 riders competing in open and schooling level shows.
Lisa riding MisterText Box: Instructors

Lisa Harrison teaches english, jumping, western. Diploma in Equine Science

15+ years experience coaching, training, showing pleasure, jumping, driving, dressage, gymkhana, trail.

Certified Equine Canada Coach 780-237-7587

Click here for Lesson Horse Pictures and Descriptions

 

Click here for a Video clip from our different lessons

+ Paints-Plus Equine Center +

Due to the COVID-19 Virus private/drop-in lessons for boarders/leasors will restart May 14. May 25 - June 28 we will complete the 5 weeks of Session 4. Session 5 is cancelled.

New students register for summer you-pick lessons, day camps or fall/winter sessions.

We will stay closed to the public until Strategy 3 launches this fall. During Strategy 1 we will post new rules for current clients. Boarders/leasors must book times to come out when no lessons.

 

Click for 2020/21Group Lesson Student Registration Form 8 Week Session

Session #4: Feb 28 - March 19 & May 25-June 28, 2020

Session #1: Aug 28 - Oct 22, 2020

Session #2: Oct 23 - Dec 17, 2020

*lessons run on holidays in between dates listed above

 

Click for July/Aug 2020 You-Pick Lesson/Lease Form due June 15

 

Claire will also be offering flat summer lessons Thursday and Fridays.

 

Email for new student trial lessons if space available in current classes.

 

Jen Maciej joined us in Feb 2017 to teach some western beginner to intermediate and western dressage students.

Equine Canada Certified Instructor.  Jen is the past President of the Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Association. 780-686-3423

Text Box: We are offering Birthday Party Rides for current or past students (and their friends). Saturdays 4pm (different limited days available in summer) 
$50/rider, with a min of 5 and max of 8 - half hour ride plus can use upstairs area before or after the ride (may have to share with others viewing)
We do have some riding helmets for friends to borrow. If no heels on boots/shoes they will have to ride without stirrups. Email to book ahead.

Claire Sandercock joined us in September 2019 to teach some adults and home school students Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon lessons. She is also available for training.

Check out her website to register with her directly for her group or private lessons.

Trish Thompson has been a student and tacking assistant for many years and completed her CHA Level 2 English, Western and Jumping Coaching Certification in November 2019. She will be teaching some of the beginner lessons, and also available for training and to sub for the other instructors. Trish can do private trial lessons for new prospective students. 780-270-1363

Iris Rau teaches English, jumping, western, dressage. Diploma in Equine Science CHA Certified Coach. Also trains English and Dressage.

25+ years experience coaching, breeding, training, showing. 780-977-1376

Alexys Mishak teaches age 5-7 and 8-14 beginner to intermediate classes. CHA Coach Certiified. She also does training rides English, Jumping, Western and Side saddle. 780-938-4707