riding is a physical and psychologically demanding sport. The amount
of time it takes for individual riders to develop their skills varies
greatly. At RHS each student is allowed to progress at his or her
own speed. Before promotion to a more advanced level, it is imperative
that students have mastered specific skills and have developed enough
confidence to move on to more advanced work. The programs are detailed
Private Lead Line & Beginner
All beginning students start with 1/2 hour private lessons where
they receive one-on-one instruction in the basics of riding. Students
learn how to lead their horse into the ring, and how to mount and
dismount. They are taught the correct body position to english-style
riding and allowed to develop the muscle tone and balance required
to maintain that position on a moving horse. Students learn to post
the trot on the correct diagonal and two-point at the walk and trot.
Students must master the basics of steering and controlling their
horse before progressing to group lessons.
Students ride in one hour group lessons. They continue to strengthen
their position and balance. Students are expected to master diagonals
and continue to develop steering skills at the walk and trot.
Students continue to strengthen their basic position and maintain
balance at a walk, trot, and canter. Students must be able to distinguish
the correct lead at the canter and maintain control of the horse
at all three gaits.
Students continue to work at walk, trot, and canter. Students are
expected to maintain control of their horse while cantering in a
group and be required to perform excercises "off the wall".
At this level students will begin to work without stirrups to develop
leg strength and balance required for more advanced flat work and
Students will learn to work without stirrups at trot and canter.
They will ride over ground poles and caveletti. Lateral work will
be initiated and more advanced patterns will be performed "off
Students at this level will ride ground poles and begin jumping
cross-poles on the wall. They will continue to improve their equitation
skills with basic lateral work and more advanced flatwork.
At this level students will jump both cross-poles and vertical
fences. They will develop the the basic skills required to ride
a jump course.
Students will begin jumping a variety of fences and ride simple
Advanced Flat and Jumping
Students work on basic dressage techniques on the flat and ride
courses over a variety of fences.