Welcome to Riding Lessons at Clip Clop, Inc.!
General Information to Know About Registering Into Our Program
All Year Long!
The sport of riding happens all year around and does not have traditional 'seasons' like hockey or basketball mainly due to the needs of the horse who requires love, care and attention constantly.
The experience of riding during the summer compared to riding during the winter provides much different experiences that our riders rave about!
For ease of registration, progression of skills, social dynamics and to accommodate the many schedules of our families, our riding program operates continually throughout the year.
When you register for riding lessons your rider's registration will roll over from month to month.
You can stop and start on a monthly basis throughout the year (see Policies for details) as it fits your schedule.
We suggest that to gain the most benefit out of your horse experience and investment that you participate for at least 3 months at a time. By doing so, your rider will see marked progress in their skills and thereby experience the pride of achieving ever progressive confidence and ability in horsemanship.
Rider Progression - Building a Solid Foundation One Skill at a Time
Rider progression from one level to the next is unique in the sport of riding because the horse plays a huge part in the rider's learning and progression. There are skills that the rider can achieve quickly without the interplay of the horse. But, there remains a significant amount of skills where a rider's progress is reliant upon the horse's disposition, training level, the relationship between the rider and horse, and the confidence of the rider when handling/riding the horse. Because of these unique factors, riders in our program progress through our levels organically and when they are SAFE to do so.
We See YOU!
To make sure our riders (and parents) know how well they are doing we pay close attention to their ongoing development and our recognition process identifies when a rider has achieved a new skill. Riders receive feedback constantly and are praised for their efforts and accomplishments. Feedback is sent home to parents regularly.
"You are you, now isn't that pleasant." Dr. Suess
Due to the idiosyncratic nature (the horses) of our sport we do not compare one rider to another to determine how they are doing and we foster and teach our riders to remain confident within themselves about their own progress. When everyone is doing this then everyone experiences the wonderful world of riding! Learning and loving horses is not a competition.
Team Effort - Individual Sport
Riding is a team effort but it remains an individual sport because of the horse/rider, rider/self inter-relationships that play a major role in how a rider progresses and how a rider evaluates themselves. At Clip Clop, Inc. we emphasize what's important and that is to remain focused on the personal voyage while each rider cheers on and gets supported by their team mates.
Seasonal Registration Boosts
You will notice that Clip Clop, Inc. boosts the program seasonally to make sure everyone is updated on our program offerings, contests, achievements, seasonal changes, and to remind parents to get their riders back to the saddle! Each season focuses on a different aspect of Horsemanship and we don't want anyone to miss out!
The Seasons of Clip Clop:
Fall: September to December
Winter: January to March
Spring: April to June
Summer: June to July
Prices are determined by
4 or 5 week months:
$310.00/4 week months
$375.00/5 week months (March and June)
Pay Before You Play Policy
Clip Clop, Inc. is a "Pay Before You Play" business.
All fees must be paid in advance of participation.
Please read our CANCELLATION, Covid
and MISSED LESSONS POLICY
CLIP CLOP Makes Room. For EVERYONE.
At Clip Clop, we love riders! And we ensure that every rider has a spot! Our classes fill fast, but don't let that deter you from registering. As soon as a class fills we do our best to create another class!
We will work with everyone to ensure the most convenient time and day is available to you.
And! We ask that you to let us know if you have a bendy, flexible schedule, so that we can accommodate parents with less flexibility.
It's how we do things at Clip Clop- working together to ride together!
2020 -21 Riding Lesson Schedule
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RIDER LEVELS EXPLAINED
As a parent of an athlete rider, it's important to have a basic understanding of your child's horse experience. The following sections have been created to explain to you what's entailed in each level.
To make it easy for you to follow - click on link below in the section that best describes your rider, and you will be taken directly to the section that applies to you.
Good horsemanship is good horsemanship.
Western and English Riding
At Clip Clop, our goal is to expose our riders to both Western and English styles of riding to inspirit them with an admiration for both.
Selecting which style of riding to ride, at this level, is easy - try both!
The basics of riding fundamentals is almost identical with a few differences such as the terminology, outfit and equipment, so we encourage riders to try both!
As riders progress through the levels, most will develop an affinity for one style more than the other. And, for some riders, they remain doing both for their entire lives.
All riders regardless of their style of riding in LTR Levels ride together and can swap in and out at their discretion.