Riding lessons & summer camps

Riding Lessons

Finnegan Farms is an English Riding Stable located in the heartland of Sturgeon County. We focus primarily on starting and developing the young rider through flat and dressage, and give them a good foundation for jumping. New riders can expect to learn how to groom and saddle their lesson horses, handle them in the barn and in the arena, learn the basics of riding and eventually work their way up to jumping under the tutelage of experienced and patient instructors. 

Our riding program is always accepting new riders of all ages and ability, so give us a call to start riding! Regular lessons run from 4:00pm-8:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays all year round!. Our riding lesson program is run on a semester system and each semester runs for 10 consecutive weeks. This allows students to get the most out of their lessons. Make-up lessons are offered for notified absences, but refunds are not available once the semester has started. 

Unfortunately our schedule cannot accommodate drop-in / one-time lessons.

New riders joining our riding program must complete at least one semester of private lessons before they can join a group lesson. These imperative foundation-building lessons are 30 minutes long and one-on-one with the riding coach. Once our riders are successfully able to independently and safely control their horse at the trot they are able to move into group lessons if desired. 

If your child is interested in riding in a more competitive way, we also offer horse lease and show/competition opportunities for our students. This is a fantastic way to get involved in the horse community, set goals, and gain self-confidence in riding and in life! Our show team is always welcoming new members, and we travel to local shows throughout the show season. This includes a carefully selected number of schooling and fun shows to build the confidence of all of our riders, from our beginners to our pros. 

Cost

Private Riding Lessons: $450+GST per semester (30 minute riding sessions) 

Group Riding Lessons $350+GST per semester (60 minute riding sessions)

Supplies

1. Riding Helmet: all students must have their own equine approved riding helmet. They average $50-$150, and can be purchased at any feed or tack store. Do not purchase used, as helmets should be replaced after a hard fall to ensure safety, and a used helmet may be damaged. 

2. Shoes or boots with a heel: a 1/2” heel or more is for safety, to prevent the foot from going all the way through the stirrup. Flat-sole shoes or boots are not safe for riding. 

3. Dress Code: Close-fitting pants such as yoga/stretch pants, sweats (not too baggy), or riding pants. Please avoid denim jeans, as the seam will be uncomfortable and any bling on the pockets may damage leather saddles. For safety, loose clothing should be tucked in, and no hoods or thumb-hole sweaters please. 

4. Safety Vest: though safety vests are optional, it is recommended for riders once they start to jump in the outdoor grass rings to invest in one. They can be bought new or used, and we are happy to help source one for your child at any time. 

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