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At Sprout Meadows we believe that basics of horsemanship helps form the proper foundation needed for riders to succeeded in the horse world, and ensure many happy years with our equine friends.
Sprout Meadows is happy to offer several riding programs on one of our safe and friendly lesson horses or your own mount. We offer a variety of riding disciplines to choose from, with multiple coaches to choose from to suit your riding requirements. Each coach specializes in a variety of aspects from ground work, hunter/jumper, dressage, and much more. With both Western and English Disciplines we are the Comox Valleys premier facility for all your learning with equines,
We welcome riders from ages 4 years and up, at all skill levels. Whether for fun or competition everyone is welcome to come ride and enjoy the fun, relaxed environment. Focusing on the riders safety and the horses well being; helping to create a great partnership with your equine friend. All coaches are insured and first aid certified with Criminal Record Checks.
Our Lesson Format
Students are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to lesson to catch their horse, groom and tack up, classes for Tiny Tots and Learn to Ride do not require early arrival. Students should be in the ring, mounted and ready to ride, at the scheduled start of their lesson (private lessons should mount 15 min early to warm up once approved by their instructor). After the lesson, students are expected to properly cool out and groom their horse before putting them away. Students are also expected to clean their tack and properly put it away before leaving. Overall, it will take approximately 1-2 hours for a group riding lesson. Learn to Ride classes are a total of one hour and arriving early will be required once in a regular lesson program.
An assessment lesson may be required for each new rider to ensure proper placement in groups based on current skill levels.
Once students are deemed ready to join a group, lessons will consist of dressage and beginning stages of jumping. However, in the interest of the well being of the horses, lesson content will always be subject to the discretion of the instructor/riding school and in some instances a jumping lesson may need to be replaced by a dressage lesson.
We offer lessons for those wanting to enjoy horses and learn (non-competition, beginner riders) and for those wanting to train for a higher performance and/or competition. For those looking for high performance/competition please inquire for full details. Any rider wanting to compete will be required to own or have a lease horse.
All riders are required to have the following gear:
We do recommend English riders wear paddock boots with half chaps or cowboy boots for Western Riders. Long hair must be tied back neatly or tucked into helmet with hairnet.
When fitting a helmet please remember the following key points:
The rim of the helmet should be one to two finger widths above the eye. The straps of the ears should form a V just beneath the ear lobe. When a rider opens his mouth, the buckle should feel snug on the chin and the helmet should hug the head. If it is a new helmet it should be slightly tight as the padding does loosen after some time.
Below prices are also subject to 5% GST
LESSON RATE CHANGE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2023
Payment and cancellation policy available at the top of the page. Please read carefully.
Submit your lesson change requests by email and we will do our best to accommodate, pending schedule availability.
In an effort to ensure the well being of our staff and horses we also schedule 4 weeks Vacation a year that is planned quarterly. Monthly membership fees are still applicable for the off weeks and are calculated into the monthly fee.
For School Horse lessons in the Regular Group / Privates lessons sometimes the horse will be used before or after your scheduled lesson and may not need to be groomed/tacked prior or after your lesson
Any riders under the age of 18 must have a Parent/Guardian present at all times.
Tiny Tot Lessons ages 4-6yrs
$155/monthly membership fee (min. 6 month commitment)
Join us for a 20 minute Tiny Tot lesson. These lessons can be booked as a one time lesson or as a regular lesson time. Please contact us to book a time for your young riders mini lesson!
*Please note that this class is just a mini lesson and does not include catching, grooming or tack up of the ponies.
Learn to Ride ages 6yrs plus
$200/monthly membership fee (min. 6 month commitment)
Learn to catch, groom, tack up, a walk/trot lesson then untack, groom and put the horse away. Class will run for 1 hour
1-2 Months of Learn to Ride Classes then riders are assessed to see if they are ready for group placement.
School Horse Lessons ages 6yrs plus
$250/monthly membership fee (min. 6 month commitment)
Lesson time varies between 45-60 minutes per lesson and rider level(s) in a group setting
Private lessons available in limited offerings
Lessons on Own Horse or Leased Horse
Lesson time varies between 30-60 minutes per lesson in a group setting
Private lessons available in limited offerings