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Learn to Ride 1

 Riders can choose English or Western style of riding.

The goal for this level is for riders to learn through guided exposure to horses and knowledgeable instruction, how to be confident horse people.

Regardless of age, this is where all riders without previous experience will begin. Classes will be grouped according to age and ability and great care is given to grouping riders appropriately.

This program enables new riders to explore the fun experience of horses while learning with a peer group. It introduces the basic FUNdamentals for riding and handling horses.

Riders will be taught the Passport to Excellence Level 1 set of Horsemanship and Horse Husbandry Skills both off and on the horse. 


Weekly lessons: $265/month

Duration: The rider arrives 30 minutes prior to the 45-minute riding session, and remains until 30 past the end of the riding lesson for Off-Horse learning and bonding with the horse.

Learning Assistants:  LAs assist the main Instructor, and attend each class to assure safety, confidence and a helping hand in tacking and grooming the horses. 

Attire: Riders are required to purchase their own riding gear for safety, hygienic and comfort reasons. See Dress Code in the Parents and Riders Guide Book sent upon completion of registration.

Long hair is to be tied back.

No hoodies.  

Horse Requirements: Clip Clop 

provides safe, sound and reliable, child-friendly horses for this level.



Currently, the Learn to Ride 1 Schedule is as follows:

              Sunday's*:  2:15 pm 

                                  3:00 pm


             Tuesday's*: 4:45 pm

                                 5:30 pm


             Thursday's: 6:00 pm


* Indicates that these days are back to back lessons in which case there is either tacking up or untacking (not both) in the lessons. (The first time-slot would tack up (add 30 min before), the second time-slot would untack (add 30 min after.))

Working Together to Build the Foundation

OUR MISSION:  We are dedicated to introducing newcomers to our sport, and to building for all riders a solid foundation of horsemanship and humanship abilities. These abilities are discovered as riders experience our FUNmanship and Learn to Ride programs that teach skills both on and off (the) horse.

The staff and educators at Clip Clop work in cooperation with the LTED (Long Term Equestrian Development) systematic approach designed by Equestrian Canada. The LTED Program focuses on athlete development and is the program that fosters the athlete and maximizes the potential of participants and athletes in our sport.  The Clip Clip Program focuses on both humanship and horsemanship .

We have Two Major Components for fostering the growth of the rider with equal importance given to both:



basic horse skills learned off, and on, the horse that are necessary for a solid foundation.


basic personal skills learned through horsemanship that are vital to success in life.

We have Two Main Categories of Teaching Horsemanship with equal importance given to both:


On-Horse Skills:

Horsemanship skills learned through riding and handling horses and primarily learned through riding lessons.

Off-Horse Skills:

Horsemanship skills learned during off-horse times and primarily learned through the tacking up and untacking of horses before and after riding lessons and during the Horse Play Saturday Series program.

Class Description and Levels

Clip Clop's riding lesson curriculum is based on The Passport to Excellence (PTE) in Horsemanship program which is a planned progression of horse handling, horse husbandry and riding skills, with an emphasis on SAFETY, EDUCATION and FUN. These skills combine to create a solid foundation for the young horse person.


Categorizing riders by age in the sport of riding can be tricky. Riding is an individual sport, the horses are individuals and the riders are individuals. Each one of these individuals is characterized by their size, personality, exposure, training, and comfort level with risk. All of these - and many more- transcend age boundaries, making categorizing riders by age alone an insufficient means of assessment.  Our goal is that each rider feels confident, safe, and that they have a sense of support and belonging in our program while progressing through the levels at their own individual pace.

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