LEARN 

to Ride @ Sandridge

We are proud to bring you excellence in instruction with the most up-to-date coaches and standards in a top-quality facility with a focus on classical education and rider safety.  All instructors at Sandridge Stables are certified or in process of becoming certified, through Equestrian Canada. The national governing body for equestrian sport in Canada and the National Coaching Certification Program, which governs coaching and certification standards for all amateur sport in Canada.  This ensures students have the best possible instruction with specific attention to safety and the learning progression.  Standards under this program are comparable to those in other equestrian countries such as England, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S.  Our instructors continually pursue their own professional development and teach under the guidance of Equestrian Canada High-Performance Coach, Tricia Dahms.

Beginner Rider Programs

No riding assessment is needed for beginner riders.

GROUP LESSON SCHEDULES:

Children & Youth Learn to Ride beginner programs - Primarily Saturday & Sunday mornings. 

Adult beginner programs - Primarily Saturday & Sunday mornings. However, we are always creating new lesson times based on need and availability.  

 

The schedules are based on what classes have openings and if we need to open a new lesson time to accommodate more registrations.  While we try to accommodate requests for lesson days and times, we are limited to what spots are available when you register.

Please note that lesson schedules and groupings can change as riders progress.  All lesson changes are discussed before being implemented.

We try to have no more than 5 riders per class.

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BEGINNER PROGRAM FEES:

$250 + gst/month  ~ This monthly fee includes:

  • once a week lessons on a monthly invoice

  • a school horse and all tack for the horse

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Have your own horse?  The monthly fee is $200 + gst

Please note that in winter months (November through to when the furnace is no longer needed), there is a heat surcharge of $10/month billed directly onto your monthly invoice.

Flex lessons are also available for $55 + gst/lesson (add $15 if a school horse is required).  Payable on day of lesson.  Arrangements must be made in advance.

Semi-Private lessons - $80 + gst/hour per rider  (includes lesson horse and tack) or $65 + gst/hour if you provide your own horse.  You book these directly with your instructor.

Private lessons - $110 + gst/hour (includes lesson horse and tack) or $95 + gst/hour if you provide your own horse.  You book these directly with your instructor.

Certification For Riders

Equine Canada and the Alberta Equestrian Federation have developed English Rider Standards 1-10 to assist in the development process of a rider.  While entirely voluntary, taking these accreditation standards provides focus, motivation, goal-setting opportunities and a pathway to achievement.  Exams are held annually at Sandridge Stables for students who wish to participate in the certification process to progress at their own pace.

Lease horses are available. 

At Sandridge our lesson programs are ongoing month to month.  You are welcome to sign up for as many or as few months as you would like.  You can join mid month and your fee would be pro-rated to the weeks you began attending.  To cancel your monthly program, you are simply required to give one month notice in an email to our office.

Occasionally, lessons will be a ground lesson, which means that there will be no riding. Instead, instruction will focus on proper horse care (horsemanship) and stable safety.  

To enroll -  please complete our registration form and return it either by scan and email or drop it off in our mail box in the lobby of our barn.  Payment must accompany registration.   If emailing registration, payment must be either email transfer or credit card.  we do not have interac/debit at this time.

Have more questions?  Please let us know, we are happy to help.

All lesson program forms link