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Horseback Riding: Learn to Ride 1
Skill Sets: 1, 2, 3

Level Description:

Join this level if you have not haltered, caught, groomed, mounted/dismounted, and tacked up your own horse (even if you have ridden before) as these skills are vital in building a solid foundation in horsemanship.

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.


Skill Sets: 1, 2, 3!


This level is sectioned into Skill Sets: 1, 2, 3 in order to organize learning and provide riders goals to achieve. Each level is recognized and rewarded when achieved.

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.


Success Trackers
Just a reminder that each session the success of riders is tracked and a report is sent home with the riders.


This is usually the time when ready riders  'level-up'.

However, in cases when riders are ready to advance sooner than the pre-scheduled Success Tracker reporting times the instructor will contact the parents and discuss options.


4-week months: $360.00/month

Monday Lessons: $274.29/month

Please note: To be consistent with provincial and federal holidays, we have created a schedule for Monday riders. There will be 3 lessons per month including the months that do not have a holiday. A schedule will be sent upon registering.


The horsemanship session is

1 hr.- 50 mins (almost 2 hours) and is a combination of the entire riding process of grooming/tacking up/un- tacking and the riding lesson.

Riders may or may not groom/tack up/untack the horse they are riding due to scheduling of horses and riders.

We do our level best to provide this opportunity to all riders but due to the logistics of certain classes and riders it is not always possible.

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Horse Requirements

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

Attire (Riding Equipment)

Riders are required to purchase their own riding gear for safety, hygienic and comfort reasons.

See “Dress Code” in the Riding Lessons Information Package sent via email upon completion of registration for complete information on cost, vendors, and items.

The Dress Code also describes correct preparation of hair which is important because correctly prepared hair is the basis for a correctly fitting helmet.

Additionally, loose hair obscures vision and distracts the rider causing a safety concern.

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. 

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

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

                                  Olivia, 9 LTR

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Bonding before riding is critical


The 2023-2024 Learn to Ride 1 Schedule:

          Mondays*:    4:55 - 6:45 pm

                                5:45 - 7:35 pm

                                6:35 - 8:25 pm

          *3 Lessons/month



          Tuesdays:    4:05 - 5:55 pm

                                4:55 - 6:45 pm 

       Wednesdays:  4:05 - 5:55 pm

                                4:55 - 6:45 pm                  


          Thursdays:   5:45 - 7:35 pm

                                6:35 - 8:25 pm

           Saturdays:  9:05 - 10:55 am

                               11:35 - 1:25 pm

                               12:25 - 2:15 pm

                               1:15 - 3:05 pm

                               2:05 - 3:55 pm

           Sundays:    9:05 - 9:55 am

                               10:45 - 12:35 pm

                               11:35 - 1:25 pm

                               12:25 - 2:15 pm


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

Our promise to you is to teach your rider a solid foundation of horsemanship; to love, ride and care for horses in a safe and professional stables. 

Through horses your rider will learn about responsibility, empathy, personal power, resilience, fitness and specialized horsemanship skills as they experience our Learn to Ride and Growth Track programs.

Building a Foundation


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.

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On-Horse Skills:

Are horsemanship skills learned through the direct contact with the horse riding and ground training.

Grooming, tacking up, and leading are examples.

Off-Horse Skills:

Are horsemanship skills learned dismounted and not in direct contact with the horse. 

Horse parts, breeds and colors are examples.

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.

Go to Step 3 here
Register your rider.

Click Here for Calgary at Carousel Stables Registration Platform

Click Here for Edmonton at Clover Leaf Stables Registration Platform

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