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RIDING LESSONS

Meadowbrook offers year-round group lesson programs children and adults. Our 32-week school year lesson program for ages 6+ runs from September through May, while summer lessons for ages 9+ that runs from June through August.

Group lessons are one hour consist of no more than 6 riders. For riders ages 9+ in our short stirrup program and above, there are an additional 30 minutes before and after each lesson during which the rider is responsible for taking care of their horse and equipment for the day. All lessons are taught by professionals who have been through our internal training program. Riders are placed into lessons based on age and ability. At Meadowbrook, all students are taught horsemanship and are expected to care for their assigned horse before and after each lesson. Due to the size and complexity of our program, we are unable to guarantee horse assignments or take requests. Riders are expected to provide their own helmet, boots and grooming bucket for each lesson.

School Year Lesson Program

Because of the popularity of our riding and horsemanship programs, we created a 32-week lesson program that follows the school calendar, with built-in breaks, holidays, and makeups. This schedule enables riders to be a part of a structured, consistent program that teaches them all aspects of riding and horsemanship while making friendships that will last a lifetime. This lesson program runs with the school year, from September through May.

Returning riders will be placed in the appropriate class level based on their instructor’s recommendation. New riders will be placed after an initial orientation and evaluation ride.

Summer Lesson Program

During the summer we offer several flexible lesson options. In 2017, our summer program will run from June 12 through August 11. Riders can purchase 4-, 8-, 12-lesson packages, and choose the weeks that they would like to ride.

The summer lesson program is a great way to become familiar with Meadowbrook if you are new to our facility, or to continue riding through the summer between the school year lesson program.

GROUP LESSON PROGRAMS, LEVELS & PRICES

Program Descriptions

Meadowbrook’s 2017-2018 school year program has filled. Please email office@meadowbrookstables.org to be added to our waitlist.

YOUNG HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM (Ages 6 and older, all levels)

Allows for the maximum supervision, safety, and riding time for our younger equestrians. Lessons consist of six students taught by one instructor and two assistants; a half-hour of riding instruction and a half-hour of in barn horsemanship instruction. Please be aware that with new young riders it takes time to get them back and forth to the ring and time to mount their horses.

JUNIOR SHORT STIRRUP (Age subject to ability)

A program for students advancing into Short Stirrup and need some extra help with the transition. This one-hour program contains both mounted and non-mounted work which allows young riders the opportunity to become proficient in grooming, tacking and leading the pony safely to the ring and back.

SHORT STIRRUP PROGRAM (Ages 9 to 11; Levels Beg to W/T/C)

Allows younger equestrians the needed time and help in the barn. Riders should arrive 1/2 hour before the lesson and expect to stay 1/2 hour afterwards to groom and care for their horses; a total of a two hour time commitment. There is an assistant in the barn to help these riders, but part of the lesson is the horsemanship in preparing for a lesson. Riders initially may end up taking longer to get to the ring and have to end riding earlier to ensure proper care for the horses, but this time will decrease with each lesson.

LONG STIRRUP PROGRAM (Ages 12 to Adult; Levels Beg to W/T/C)

Allows older equestrians the needed time and help in the barn. Riders should arrive 1/2 hour before the lesson and expect to stay 1/2 hour afterwards to groom and care for their horses; a total of a two hour time commitment. There is an assistant in the barn to help these riders, but part of the lesson is the horsemanship in preparing for a lesson. Riders initially may end up taking longer to get to the ring and have to end riding earlier to ensure proper care for the horses, but this time will decrease with each lesson.

TRAINING LEVEL PROGRAM (Ages 12 – Adult; Levels Mini and above)

For students advancing in the theory and practicum of riding. These riders should need little to no help in the barn. The average student teacher ratio is 6 students to one teacher. All riders should expect to come 1/2 hour before and stay 1/2 hour after each lesson to properly care for their horses and tack: a total of a two hour time commitment.

2017 Program Prices

Meadowbrook’s 2017-2018 school year program has filled. Please email office@meadowbrookstables.org to be added to our waitlist.

SCHOOL YEAR 32-WEEK LESSON PROGRAM

  • Young Horsemanship Program: $2995
  • Junior Short Stirrup Program: $2995
  • Short Stirrup Program:$2935
  • Long Stirrup Program: $2935
  • Training Level Program: $2640

SUMMER LESSON PROGRAM
Riders age 6-9 should look to ride in our Summer Camp Program!

  • Short Stirrup/Long Stirrup Program: $400/4 lessons, $645/ 7 lessons, $1215/ 14 lessons
  • Training Level Program: $350/ 4 lessons, $578/ 7 lessons, $1085/ 14 lessons

CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT & POLICIES

Required Equipment & Clothing

For safety reasons, Meadowbrook Stables will enforce the proper dress code for all riders. Meadowbrook does not condone the lending of safety equipment. *Riders without proper dress, including footwear and helmet, will not be permitted to ride.

Clothes
Britches, jodhpurs or fitted pants with chaps or half/chaps and a belt. Shirts should be tucked in or fitted. *Leggings are discouraged. A thicker pant is recommended for the comfort of the rider.

Footwear
Leather paddock boots or tall leather boots. No rubber boots, hiking boots, or sneakers.

Helmets
All riders must have their own ASTM (standard #F1163) and SEI approved riding helmet with a harness. Meadowbrook Stables does not supply/lend riding helmets. Make sure you have your name clearly marked in your helmet.

Hair
Must be neatly tied back in a ponytail or securely placed up under the helmet.

A complete grooming kit
A complete grooming kit consists of a bucket, hard brush, soft brush, hoof pick, currycomb, comb, sponge and lead rope. This pre-packaged grooming kit may be purchased at The Loft. Please make sure the bucket and each item is marked with your name.

Crop & Spurs
Please clear with your instructor the use of these artificial aids.

Program Policies

Schedule
Lessons are offered Tuesday-Sunday each week during our 32 week school-year program. The year is split into quarters for makeup purposes, giving students one makeup and cancellation per quarter of the year.

Weather Policy
Meadowbrook follows Montgomery County Public Schools Emergency Closure policies. Classes will be held rain or shine so every student should come dressed to ride. If the footing or weather is not conducive to riding, a structured indoor, unmounted lesson covering an aspect of horsemanship will be substituted.

Cancellation & Make-up Policy
We ask that you cancel at least 24 hours prior to your lesson by calling or emailing the office. Makeup lessons are offered within the regular schedule of lessons in each program and may not extend past the end of the program. Riders are guaranteed 4 makeup lessons per 32 week program and 1 per summer lesson program. In addition, each rider is allowed 2 ‘sick day’ makeups per 32 week program, meaning lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice (notice must be given on day of missed lesson). Makeup lessons must be scheduled within 30 days of original cancelled lesson.

Weight Policy
Meadowbrook horses can only accommodate riders up to 190 pounds.