Riding Lessons

One of the most exciting things for us here at Phoenix is the opportunity we have to introduce people to Equestrian Sports. Whether you are completely new to Equestrian sports or you have some experience we have something for everyone here at Phoenix. Check out some of our programs below and feel free to contact us to reserve your spot.

 
 

Phoenix Ranch : Senior Riding Instructor - Taylor McEachern

CHA Coach & Program Coordinator Taylor McEachern

CHA Coach & Program Coordinator Taylor McEachern

Taylor is a passionate equestrian coach. She has been coaching hunter/jumpers and dressage riders for over 20 years. Over the years she and her students have been recipients of numerous awards and championships.

She began her riding career in Ottawa, Ontario at a dressage barn and then a hunter/jumper facility in Toronto. Winnipeg was her next calling where she began training horses including off the track thoroughbreds. This is also where her love for teaching began.

A lucky break landed her in the enviable position riding horses for a retired Dutch Olympian in Palm Springs California, where she rode many talented horses under his tutelage and where she was responsible for teaching the grass roots riders.

Taylor is a Certified Horsemanship Association coach and continues to ride with high level coaches. Her love of horses and the equestrian industry is her true passion. And her hope is that she can share her love and knowledge of this amazing industry with others of like passion.

 

English Rider Training

This program is designed to suit the needs of riders aged 6 & up who are interested in becoming involved in equestrian sports or just looking for a hobby involving horses. A wide range of topics will be covered including: horse care & grooming, correct care and use of equipment, as well as stable safety and basic riding techniques suited to the English riding disciplines. All classes are 1 hour & 15 mins in duration. ** Any rescheduling of lessons require minimum 24hrs notice. **

Cost: $45 per lesson

 

Western Rider Training

This program is designed to suit the needs of riders aged 6 & up who are interested in becoming involved in equestrian sports or just looking for a hobby involving horses. A wide range of topics will be covered including: horse care & grooming, correct care and use of equipment, as well as stable safety and basic riding techniques suited to the Western riding disciplines. All classes are 1 hour & 15 mins in duration. ** Any rescheduling of lessons require minimum 24hrs notice. **

Cost: $45 per lesson

 

Advanced Rider Training

Our advanced rider training programs are run by a variety of trainers here through Phoenix Ranch. Disciplines include both English and Western including: Dressage, Jumping, Reigning, and Trail. This program is designed to take the student to their next level of their riding and horse care techniques. ** Any rescheduling of lessons require minimum 24hrs notice. **

 
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Parent & Tot Lessons

The Parent & Tot lessons give parents and their pre-school kids a chance to share some special time with their equine buddies.

  • $ 20.00 per class plus GST

During this ½ hour supervised class, parents will help their child brush and saddle a horse or pony. Then, it’s time for a lead line lesson! There must be one adult for each child. Helmets are provided. Please wear closed toe footwear-no sandals.

 
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Take Back the Reins - Rider Re-Introduction Program

Our “Take Back the Reins” project is designed to encourage new, ‘returner’ and existing adult riders to enjoy a unique combination of equestrian instruction and mentoring. If you have been out of the saddle for a while or want to get fit and are sick of the gym, try our Take Back the Reins sessions.

All classes are 1 hour & 15 mins in duration.

Cost: $45 per lesson

 

 

Rider Training

 
 

hunter/jumper (English)

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English riding is a form of horse riding seen throughout the world. English riding is an equestrian discipline with many different styles, however, at the most basic level, most versions require riders to use both hands on the reins, rather than just one hand, as is seen in western riding. Riders generally "post" or "rise" to the trot rising and sitting in rhythm with each stride.

There are many variations, but all feature a flat English saddle without the deep seat, high cantle or saddle horn seen on a Western saddle nor the knee pads seen on an Australian Stock Saddle. Saddles within the various English disciplines are all designed to allow the horse the freedom to move in the optimal manner for a given task, ranging from classical dressage to horse racing.

 

Dressage.

English or Englsih Country Pleasure.

Jumping.

Hunting.

Mounted Games.

Polo.

Hunter Pace.

 

Western

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Western riding is a style of horse riding which evolved from the ranching and warfare traditions brought to the Americas by the SpanishConquistadors, and both equipment and riding style evolved to meet the working needs of the cowboy in the American West. American cowboys needed to work long hours in the saddle over rough terrain, sometimes needing to rope cattle with a lariat (or lasso). Because of the necessity to control the horse with one hand and use a lariat with the other, western horses were trained to neck rein, that is, to change direction with light pressure of a rein against the horse's neck. Horses were also trained to exercise a certain degree of independence in using their natural instincts to follow the movements of a cow, thus a riding style developed that emphasized a deep, secure seat, and training methods encouraged a horse to be responsive on very light rein contact.

Though there are significant differences in equipment, there are fewer differences between English and Western riding than appear at first glance. Both styles require riders to have a solid seat, with the hips and shoulders balanced over the feet, with hands independent of the seat so as to avoid jerking the horse in the mouth and interfering with its performance.

 

Team Penning.

Cutting.

Reining.

Speed Games.

Trail Classes.

Roping.

Trail Riding.

Barrel Racing.