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Skylark Ranch's Equestrian Program

Skylark Ranch offers quality riding school instruction in a summer camp setting. Our program features beginning to advanced lessons in both English and Western riding styles. Emphasis in all program levels is on skill development, progression, and expanding knowledge of horses and horse care. Campers receive a riding assessment on the first day of camp and are placed in riding classes based on their skill level.

Campers of all levels:

  • Have daily riding lessons (unless otherwise noted)
  • Participate in theory lessons
  • Take part in horse care and management
  • Participate in the sport of vaulting, which teaches balance while learning to move with a horse. Similar to gymnastics on horseback, campers first practice on a barrel, then show off their skills on the horse!
  • Receive a written evaluation of their skills throughout the session and a ribbon of completion

Choosing a Riding Style

Western Style (W)

From reining to rodeos, Western Equitation is a thrilling way to experience horseback riding. Participate in lessons at the arena or set off on fantastic trail rides… jump in the saddle and become a cowgirl today! Campers riding Western style must be able to: demonstrate correct use of leg aids maintain a light rein

English Style (E)

Are you a hunter or a jumper? From ground poles to jumping over fences, gain skills in this traditional riding discipline. Develop proper balance and form through Hunt Seat Equitation and even ride through the countryside. Campers riding English style must also be able to: jump a single course of 5-7 obstacles at the trot and canter demonstrate balanced and steady position over various jump obstacles at 2'6"

Vaulting

Similar to gymnastics on horseback, campers first practice on a barrel, then show off their skills on horseback!

Choosing Her Level of Instruction

To help you select the program that would best suit your girl, review the levels of the equestrian programs offered and their descriptions. All skills listed for the chosen style of riding need to be met consistently to qualify for that riding program. All horseback riding campers will be given a skills assessment on the first day of camp. This assessment will allow the horseback riding staff to place campers in groups appropriate to their riding abilities.

Safety is our priority! If campers are enrolled in programs outside of their ability they may be moved to a non-horse program or be unable to participate in parts of class.

Level 1 campers do no need any previous experience.

Our beginning riding programs include Saddle Sampler, Silver Spurs, Pony Tails, Climb & Ride, and Saddle & Paddle.

Riders must be able to:

  • Ride in an arena without a lead line
  • Lead a horse comfortably
  • Mount and dismount with assistance
  • Begin demonstrating control while maintaining a safe basic balanced position at the walk and trot (E) or jog (W)
  • Demonstrate correct reining position
  • Halt a horse
  • Know the correct application of turning/riding aid

We require campers to have attended a minimum of 5 previous lessons to participate in level 2 programs.

Advanced Beginning riding programs include: Take the Reins and The Mane Event.

Riders must be able to:

  • Meet all the requirements from levels 1–2 and
  • Demonstrate control in a group while maintaining a basic balanced position at the walk and trot (E) or jog (W)
  • Ride without stirrups at the walk and trot (E) or jog (W)
  • Explain the aids for the canter (E) / lope (W)
  • Mount Up campers must be able to jump 1'

Level 3 programs are perfect for campers who attend a minimum of monthly lessons at home (when not at camp).

Our Intermediate Riding programs include: Mount Upand Saddle Up.

Riders must be able to:

  • Meet all requirements from levels 1–3
  • Demonstrate control an increased and decreased speed and show confidence and control at all gaits
  • Demonstrate the ability to ride different horses showing confidence and control
  • Maintain jumping position at the trot
  • Maintain a safe, balanced position at a controlled canter

Level 4 programs are great for campers who attend a minimum of bi-monthly lessons at home when not at camp.

Riders must be able to:

  • Meet all requirements from levels 1–4
  • Mount, dismount, walk, trot (E) or jog (W), and canter (E) or lope (W) a horse with control
  • Demonstrate a secure balanced position and progress toward an independent seat and coordinated use of aids
  • Explain the application of and reasons for various aids
  • Demonstrate an increased and decreased speed and show confidence and control at all gaits
  • Demonstrate the ability to ride different horses showing confidence and control
  • Ride without stirrups at the walk and also sitting trot

Tally Ho is our Advanced riding program.