The Horse Course . . .
Each year since 1979, The Horse Course has made it possible for us to share our knowledge and enthusiasm with students of various levels. We offer four regular sessions that allow riders to develop their horsemanship skills with other riders of comparable age and experience.
We also offer four show sessions that are for students who have the experience to compete. In these show sessions, each rider works with a single project horse to prepare for a show with guidance and supervision. On the last day of each session, we will take the students to a show to compete. It will be the responsibility of the student to pay all entry fees and have the correct formal riding attire.
Regular session classes are held Monday through Friday for one week for a total of five days of instruction. The showing sessions will work from Monday through Friday. All classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon. Each day, students will receive both stable management and mounted riding instruction.
Now! . . .Full Day Of Fun!
Since 1995, we now offer The Horse Course Extended. This course, like the regular Horse Course, is designed for young riders 8 through 16 years of age and features both mounted and stable management instruction, and will run from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a one-week session. Each student will ride in one group lesson and in one supervised group practice session per day. Daily ground instruction will include a hands-on horse care lesson and a theory lesson. The student will also expand their understanding of the horse and sport through a variety of arts and crafts projects. The necessary materials for theory and craft projects will be provided to each student, but they should bring their own lunches to enjoy in the picnic grove during lunch break
The Horse Course Basics . . .
Sessions will be composed of several levels of ability and age. Each session will be divided into groups according to their level of competence and knowledge. The courses are designed for students 8 – 16 years old.
Don’t Miss a Minute!
Make up classes will not be held. Students are urged to attend all scheduled classes. The exception will be the mounted riding instruction portion if scheduled and with an instructor. Instructors will try to schedule make-up rides but they must take place by the last day of the season.
Everyone Can Be Part of the Fun
On the last day of each session, everyone is invited to bring parents, family, and friends, to see the Horse Course in action. Students will show off their newfound skills while their guests meet the instructors and other students. It’s a great way to share the experience.
We Have You Covered
The enrollment fee includes horse rental, instruction, riding helmet, and all the necessary equipment for practical and theory classes. The enrollment fee does NOT include competition entry fees for students in the showing sessions.
Dress for Success
Students are required to wear a protective riding helmet, long pants, and a shoe with a clearly defined 1” heel for all mounted instruction. Hard hats are provided for students who do not have their own. NO sneakers, sandals, high heels, or shorts are allowed. Students will NOT be permitted to ride if their attire does not meet these minimum requirements.
Farm Facilities . . .
Somewhere Farm is a fully equipped training facility that features two large outdoor rings, a dressage arena, open fields stadium jumps, and a cross country course with obstacles designed to test a variety of levels.
Your Instructors . . .
The course is directed and supervised by Kathy Adams, a certified instructor with degrees from Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, Leesburg, Virginia, and Agriservices Foundation held at the University of Tennessee. Both she and her students have competed successfully at hunter shows, dressage shows, competitive train rides, and horse trials. All assistant instructors are accomplished horse people with active competitive careers in dressage and combined training disciplines.
Getting Started . . .
Each session must be paid in full by the first class of that session. The price of the four Show Sessions includes vanning to the event, but the students are responsible for all show entry fees. Please see the attached Application for Enrollment for a schedule of fees.
A completed insurance form (provided) and a deposit of $100 must accompany each application for enrollment. The remaining fee must be paid on the first day of the session. There will be no refunds after a student has attended their first class.
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