The riding instructors
at RHS all have strong backgrounds in horsemanship. While individual
personalities and teaching styles may vary, all our instructors
teach the same basic skills.
The training program is run by Diane Hake and Ann
Purdy. It is designed for riders that wish to go beyond recreational
riding and begin to show competitively. Riders in the training program
generally own their own horse. Occasionally, riders arrange a "show
lease" on one of the schools' horses until they are able to
acquire a suitable horse of their own.
The trainers help prospective owners find and purchase
a horse appropriate to their riding ability and budget. They over-see
the daily care and management of the horse and advise the owner
in all aspects of the horses' care. The trainers work with both
horse and rider to prepare them for competition, and accompany them
to Michigan Hunter/Jumper Association horse shows throughout the
Lessons are scheduled on an appointment basis.
All new students are required to take an initial private evaluation
to determine where that student will fit into our lesson program.
Inexperienced riders will remain in private lessons,
where they will get one-on-one instruction while they learn fundamental
skills and master the basics of controlling a horse. More experienced
riders may enter into a group lesson at the level that is appropriate
Lessons Rates as of 12/1/2015:
½ Hour Private Lesson - $45.00
Three ½ Hour Private Lessons - $105.00 (New students only, void after 2 months)
1 Hour Group Class Lesson - $45.00
Monthly Series (4 lessons) - $170.00
10 Lesson Series - $400 (Void after 4 months)
40 Lesson Series - $1400 (Void after 10 months)
At least 24 hours cancellation notice must be given prior to your scheduled lesson. You will be charged for that lesson unless the lesson is rescheduled for a different time/day.
RHS has several horse shows per year that students
of all levels may participate in. These are open exclusively to
RHS students. All riders are encouraged to participate. Ribbons,
trophies, and other prizes are awarded.
As some students progress in their training, they
may desire to ride more then once or twice a week. Many of these
students may be considering the purchase of their own horse at some
time in the future. For some people, leasing a school horse may
be a good option. A limited number of horses may be leased to RHS
students. Lease arrangements may vary depending on the particular
horse and level of rider. All riders leasing horses are required
to ride in at least one scheduled lesson per week. For additional
details on the leasing program, contact Sharon.