- Vera, A Glendon Client
Horseback riding lessons at Glendon Stables has been an enjoyable journey for me so far. It's crazy to think how much I have improved since I first started a couple years ago. Then, I would struggle to keep a trot and now I'm doing jumps and continuously cantering around the arena. For me, when it comes to taking riding lessons, I care a lot about the environment and the people. Everyone's super nice and caring and I'm encouraged every time I go. Never once while riding at Glendon Stables have I thought to give up.
- Vera, A Glendon Client
Glendon Stables is the official riding stable for the Canada China Equestrian Racing & Polo Association (CCERPA). In partnership, Glendon and CCERPA provides safe fun learning and riding opportunities from first time riding experience clinics to lessons and showing.
In July, Fairchild TV visited Glendon to help promote riding and the equestrian sport within the Canadian Chinese community. Below is a link to the video of the news cast which features our beautiful facility and horses.
Once upon a pony, a young girl's parents sent her to summer horse camp, and an addict was born. Camp soon turned into weekly lessons, and as the young girl grew up, time and opportunities to ride became less frequent, but she never stopped obsessing about horses and jumped at every chance to get back in the saddle. She read every horse book she could, watched every show jumping event on TV, and tried to learn about all things equine. Over the years, she rode on and off, when and wherever she could. She took lessons at many different barns, but never really found where she felt she belonged.
Fast forward to about 4 years ago, I found myself once again longing to ride. Having had some bad experiences at the last place I rode, my confidence was shaken, which had been tenuous to begin with. Determined to get back in the saddle, I started riding at Glendon Stables. After a few months in the riding school, I joined Nancy's program. Boy, did she have her work cut out for her! But after many, many hours of riding under Nancy's coaching, I think I have turned a corner at last. I have a new confidence in my riding, and I know my skills have improved immensely. I am now grasping concepts I had never been taught before, and understanding how correct riding is the foundation, and what that really feels like. My noodle legs are beginning to cooperate more, and I even have the occasional moment of excellence. I've had to unlearn a lifetime of bad habits and overcome some pretty intense anxiety and self-doubt, and I still work on it every single ride. Nancy has been ever-patient and consistent with me. She has pushed me when I felt I couldn't do better, or was too afraid. I've learned to trust her, and in turn, myself. Now, when that little voice of doubt and fear speaks, it's more of a whisper, and I can shush it much more easily. I now look forward to my lessons, where I used to dread them. I have found the barn where I belong.
I now feel that the time is right for me to challenge myself a little bit more, and go to my first "real" horse show. I've done some very small in-house schooling shows in past at other barns, but to me, those don't count. This will be my first official off-property, big-girl puddle-jumper horse show. Yes, the jumps will be tiny speed bumps but that's not important. I will never be Beezie Madden and that's ok. I'm ready to try something new, scary and exciting. Marilyn (my four legged partner) is an old pro and is ready to show me the ropes. Stay tuned for our show debut: coming next weekend! - Kerry (client at Glendon Stables)
So, you’re interested in learning how to ride a horse and you’ve searched the web and have narrowed it down to 3 riding stables that are local in your area. Before you tour the perspective stables, these helpful questions will help you to decide which riding facility is the perfect fit for you.
1. What type of lesson will my child or I start in?
If you have never ridden a horse before, the first part of your lesson should be learning how to properly brush and tack up your horse or pony, before you mount.
If you are an experienced rider who is simply changing stables, you will need a private assessment lesson to see where you fit into the new stable.
2. What are the qualifications of my riding instructor?
There are various levels of coaching certifications, however, you will also come across qualified instructors who have not gone through the coaching program. Things to look for in a coach or instructor are: several years of experience in producing quality riders; personal achievements; are personable, patient and provides clear instructions; puts the safety of rider and horse/pony first; and last but not least, you should have a personal connection.
3. What are the riding school horse’s qualifications?
First, the horse should have a good temperament that is quiet and calm. The horse should be suited to your skill level and is appropriately sized to you as the rider. You will want to know that your horse has a good reputation in the school, and it is a bonus to have a veteran show horse.
4. What equipment do I need, and where do I get them?
At any riding facility, safety is of utmost importance. At a minimum, a properly fitted ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet and paddock boots should be purchased before you start your first lesson. Inquiring at your new facility where these items can be purchased locally is usually the best way to go.
5. And finally…how much?
This is generally the first question asked, and although riding lessons need to fit into your budget, be wary of choosing a stable based solely on price alone. Do your research, whether on line or through referrals, be sure to tour the facility for cleanliness and safety, and chat with the coaches and instructors. At the end of the day, you need to go with your gut, just make sure that it is informed.