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The Story
of Clip Clop

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Your kids love for riding starts at
Clip Clop

Welcome! My name is Clip Clop and my goal for children of all ages is to create horse-lovers and leaders in a transformative, fun and safe way.

 

Our story is one of passion, dedication, and a profound belief in the power of horses to shape young minds and hearts.

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We're shaping a new standard in the horse industry

At Clip Clop, we do things differently!

Clip Clop, Inc. welcomes newcomers to the world of horseback riding in a safe, fun and professional indoor heated arena. We are a privately owned horse and rider education company. Originally organized in 1994 as a sole proprietorship, we began with 6 riders. Since then, our company has taught over 7,000 riders how to love and ride horses. We recognized a lack of regulation in our industry, we knew there was a need. And so - we created Clip Clop Inc.,  a trusted, reliable and standardized program for you and your rider. Thank you for considering joining us!

Horses have a unique ability to mirror human emotions and intentions with astonishing accuracy. Interacting with these sensitive beings requires self-awareness, clear communication, and empathy - qualities that are fundamental to effective leadership. By learning to care for and communicate with horses, children develop invaluable interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and confidence that will serve them in every aspect of their lives.

What you'll gain 

  • Build a mutual respect and understanding for horses

  • Learn to bond and communicate effectively with horses

  • Development of leadership skills 

  • Foster empathy and compassion towards horses, oneself, and others

  • Provide a safe and supportive learning environment 

  • Create a community of horse-friendly friendships

  • Nurture a passion for riding and horses

  • Educate non-horse parents about horses and the sport to enable them to make informed decisions with their rider.

About Me.

We are more than a horsemanship program

We are a community committed to empowering young individuals to become the best versions of themselves. Our experienced instructors are not just experts in horsemanship; they are mentors, role models, and cheerleaders for every child who walks through our gates. Through personalized guidance and hands-on learning experiences, we create a supportive environment where children can explore their strengths, conquer their fears, and unlock their full potential.

At Clip Clop, Inc., we offer expert horse education for all riders, whether they're just starting out or aiming for international competition. We respect each rider's unique goals and provide a professionally-planned curriculum in a safe, youth-friendly environment. You control the pace and spending, and we'll guide you to the most successful outcome for you and your rider.

Clip Clop is Here - No Worries!

By registering at Clip Clop, we take the worry out of wondering where to send your child to ride.

Starting off right in the sport of riding horses is not as easy as it seems because unfortunately, in Canada, our sport and our industry are not regulated. Anyone who hangs a sign on their front gate is allowed to teach youth to ride. 

And, most stables do not have a plan for teaching your rider about horsemanship, nor do they have a plan for teaching you - the non-horse parent - about the sport of riding. 

Because we know that this void and lack of regulation exists in our industry, we knew there was a need. And so - we created Clip Clop Inc.,  a trusted, reliable and standardized program for you and your rider.

Clip Clop Advocates for our Parents

No longer do non-horse parents of horse-crazy kids have to feel like they’re gambling (and not even know they are gambling) regarding where to take their child riding, or to feel vulnerable trusting whether they are getting their money’s worth. We know it can be a concern starting your child in a sport you may not be familiar with. But, you don’t need to be concerned because at Clip Clop Inc., your child is in a safe place - physically, emotionally and mentally.

 

Our program advocates for you, the non-horse parent, by educating and keeping you informed of the many nuances of our sport.  There are no high pressure tactics to get you buying and showing horses. Our riders are encouraged to ride for their own reasons; joy, recreation, competition, or a combination of all three. 

You Ride for You

At Clip Clop, Inc., we offer expert horse education for all riders, whether they're just starting out or aiming for international competition. We respect each rider's unique goals and provide a professionally-planned curriculum in a safe, youth-friendly environment. You control the pace and spending, and we'll guide you to the most successful outcome for you and your rider.

You Are Your Child's Hero - No Regrets

By supporting your child's love for horses, you become the hero in their life. As they grow into young adults, they will appreciate the opportunity you provided them even more.

For 30 years, we rarely have had a parent regret enrolling their child in our program. That's because when you sign up with us, you're not just getting riding lessons, you're getting an experience that's truly one-of-a-kind.

Our Partnership with You

Together, you and Clip Clop Inc. partner to raise empowered, respectful, decisive, confident youth.

We regard our youth as more than ‘just’ kids - they are ‘adults in training’, and we take their personal development earnestly. It’s not easy raising the kind of kids we know will be great adults.  As parents, we know the struggle is real - especially in the iPhone age - to teach our kids how to become independent, self-aware, thinkers and influencers. 

We’ve partnered with thousands of parents, and together we have raised thousands of awesome, brand-new adults.

 

Our Partnership with Carousel Stables and Clover Leaf Stables Equestrian Center

Partnerships are essential to achieving success for both our customers and ourselves. At Clip Clop Inc., we believe in pooling our resources and building on our strengths to provide the best experience possible for our horses, riders, and parents.

 

With 30 years of working together professionally, the owners of Clip Clop, Carousel Stables, and Clover Leaf Stables Equestrian Center combine more than 130 years of combined professional horsemanship experience and share a vision for developing riders.

 

Crystal Kroetch, the driving force behind Carousel Stables, and a former member of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and bronze medalist at the Pan Am Games, brings a wealth of coaching, competition, and horse training experience to our team. Her dedication and expertise have guided countless riders on their riding quests, instilling in them not only riding skills but also a deep passion for horses.

 

Archie Hurst, the visionary and horse trainer behind Clover Leaf Stables Equestrian Center, an international coach and competitor and professional horsemanship expert, complements our team with his extensive background in coaching, training and competing horses. His commitment and inspiration to nurturing young talents has contributed to the success of riders who have had remarkable results in the training and competition arenas. Along with his wife, Leslie, have established a well respected home and education hub for horses and riders alike. 

 

Together, we form a dynamic and well-managed team of horse and rider-loving leaders who deliver a structured, step-by-step approach to everything young, aspiring horse lovers (and their parents) need to know.

 

Located in Calgary, Carousel Stables, and in Edmonton, Clover Leaf Stables Equestrian Center, are beautiful, boutique facilities that host our Clip Clop Horse programs. With fully-equipped indoor and outdoor areas, we are able to accommodate horse-loving riders year-round. Learn more by clicking below.

Are you ready to

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