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:  LA's assist the main Instructor, and attend each class to assure safety, confidence and provides an extra set of helping hands in tacking and grooming the horses. 

Horse Requirements

Clip Clop 

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

Learning to groom and tack up a horse all by yourself is a terrific and important skill. Well done!

"I can tack up all by myself now, because Miss Kendra helps me."

                                  Olivia, 9 LTR



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.))

A Solid Foundation is the KEY to a successful future, and it's Our Promise to YOU.

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 Learn to Ride and Growth Track programs that teach skills both on and off (the) horse.




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.

All smiles for mom and dad on Show Off Day!

"My brother said I should try to win a red ribbon, but I want a purple one because it's my favorite color."                 

                             Sarah, 7 LTR

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 un-tacking of horses before and after riding lessons and during the Horse Play Series program.

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 .

Class Description and Levels
& Age

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.