Our Lesson Programs
Competitive Development Lesson Program
This program is for Intermediate to advanced riders who know they want to take their riding to the next level. At Skyland we realize it is difficult for keen riders and parents to know what the “next step” is after you have been in a riding school for awhile.
Our primary mission is to bring a new level of riding, training and horse care to the Barrie and surrounding area. All of our staff are highly skilled in providing the best care possible for our equine friends. Our trainers are very experienced and have been leading our show team to Championship titles for over a decade. Annually all of our students finish in the top ten of their OHJA Ontario divisions.
Is competing at the Royal Winter Fair on your bucket list ? We can certainly help you achieve that. Many of our clients who are serious about their riding also qualify for and compete at the prestigious Royal Winter Fair each fall.
Our Competitive Development Lesson Program is different than a typical recreational riding school experience. It is meant to be a stepping stone to making the transition to becoming a more serious competitive rider. We have carefully selected our horses and ponies for this task and have very limited availability. Here is some information on how the program works;
First an assessment lesson is booked to allow you to come and meet our trainers and view the facility. It also allows us a chance to assess your current skill level. This is an hour generally from start to finish , and it is $85 plus HST.
After the assessment, we will discuss with you about where your level is at and approximately how long it will take you to be ready for competitions.
If you decide to join our program a minimum of two weekly private lessons are scheduled on our horses. This step can last anywhere from 3 month to a year . Once you are ready to lease or purchase your own horse we will let you know and then we will assist you in finding a horse carefully selected for your level and riding style as well as your goals and budget.
Our CDL package is $760 plus HST per month for two lessons per week and are billed on a monthly basis. 24 hours notice is required to cancel or reschedule a lesson. Without proper notice credit is not provided. Make up lessons must be taken within 30 days of cancellation.
We facilitate the trials and viewings of carefully selected horses that suit all of your riding goals and will match you with your dream horse or pony!
Our goal is to provide you with the best riding experience possible in our area. You may think you have a long way to go before you are ready to compete, but with our proven program you will be pleasantly surprised with how quickly you progress and how much you learn each week.
If joining a fun, supportive stable with riders of all levels and ages sounds like something that interests you then let us know what your availability is like and we will do our best to set up an assessment as quickly as possible.
**Please note that we do not offer lessons once per week, for this program**
Introduction To Riding
This Program is open to riders of any age and level. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have experience. The lessons are 1 hour start to finish. Within that hour you will tack up and groom your horse with the guidance of one of our trainers, you will then receive 30 minutes of private instruction and when you are finished untack and groom your horse again before returning the horse to their stall. This program is suited for anyone who would like to ride recreationally once per week.Each session is one hour and it is $385 per month plus HST.
Equipment you will need for your lesson;
1. Please make sure you have purchased a new properly fitted approved helmet that is black in colour.
2. Breeches or riding tights
3. Paddock boots and half chaps or riding boots that are tall. Please do not purchase rubber boots .
4. A hair net for your hair.
5. A polo shirt for summer lessons . For winter Lessons jackets are acceptable however hoodie sweat shirts are not or any type of scarves for safety reasons .
All of the above can be purchased at a local tack shop.
We recommend Doonaree Tack Shop! www.doonaree.com it’s located on highway 56 just south of Barrie and north of Cookstown.
Make Up Policy :Lessons must be cancelled at LEAST 24 hours in advanced for a make up to be offered . The only exception would be in the case where a positive Covid test prevents the student from attending . A copy of the positive results are required if cancelling later than 24 hours and you would like a make up. Make up lessons must be used no later than 30 days last cancellation date. Make up lessons cannot be used in lieu of a regularly scheduled weekly lesson.
Our Competitive Development/Academy Horses
We have built our program so that riders have access to quality horses to bring their riding to the next level beyond a traditional riding school. Each of our horses has been carefully selected. They all have very successful show records. Many have competed up to Grand Prix, Indoor Canadian Equitation Championships, and have won many Division Championships on the Trillium and “A” Circuit (gold). Check out their pictures and contact us to set up an assessment to come and meet them!