Riding School

Beverly Equestrian 2014 Spring and Summer Riding Programs

Beverly Equestrian is now enrolling riders in its 2014 spring and summer riding programs. Beverly Equestrian's riding programs welcome riders who may not have the time or resources to own their own horse, but are still highly motivated to learn how to be a well-rounded equestrian. Our riding programs are taught on safe and talented lesson horses, by Beverly Equestrian's professional resident trainers.

Riders will be grouped by age and riding experience. Our riding program welcomes new riders who may have never set foot in a stirrup, riders with moderate experience in the saddle, or riders, returning to the saddle.

The riding program focuses on the most fundamental elements of horsemanship:  safe horse handling and grooming, horse health, anatomy, and horse care and feeding, horse tack and equipment, and riding lessons.

Saturday (one day) programs in May 2014: a one-day 2-hour session, 1 pm to 3 pm, $50 per day. Open to new riders, riders with experience (Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Advanced)

May 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th

•    riders learn to handle, care for, groom, and tack up horses
•    riding lesson
•    post-riding activity to involve either a fun horse-related craft, or educational topic
•    Riders must bring their own snacks and drinks.

Spring Break Riding Program, Monday through Friday: a four-hour session, for five days, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, $400 per week. Open to new riders, riders with experience (Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Advanced)

April 14th through April 18th

•    horsemanship topics (5 topics per week:  anatomy, feed, riding disciplines, tack)
•    riders learn to handle, care for, groom, and tack up horses
•    riding lesson
•    post-riding activity to involve either a fun horse-related craft, or educational topic
•    Riders must bring their own snacks, lunch, and drinks

(Note:  please contact Beverly Equestrian for additional information about pricing and availability, should a rider would like to do one to four days of the spring break camp.)

Summer Break Riding Program, Monday through Friday:  a four-hour session, for five days, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, $400 per week. Open to new riders, riders with experience (Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Advanced)

June 16th – 20th, June 23rd - 27th, July 7th – 11th, July 14th – 18th

•    horsemanship topics (5 topics per week:  anatomy, feed, riding disciplines, tack)
•    riders learn to handle, care for, groom, and tack up horses
•    riding lesson
•    post-riding activity to involve either a fun horse-related craft, or educational topic
•    Riders must bring their own snacks, lunch, and drinks

Note:  riders may enroll once for multiple riding program dates, subject to availability. Enrollment is not guaranteed until the rider has received a confirmation email from Beverly Equestrian.

Youth riding programs are open to young (ages 7 to 9), and youth riders (ages 10 to 14). Please contact Beverly Equestrian if you have questions about enrollment the appropriate riding program, and how to assess the rider's experience level.

Rider Levels

Beginner:  a rider who has never handled or ridden a horse, or a rider who has had minimal horse handling and horseback riding experience.

Beginner Advanced:  a rider who has moderate horse handling and horseback riding experienced. Rider knows basics of how to lead a horse on the ground, groom, tack up a horse, ride the posting trot, maintain steering and control of the horse, may or may not know how to canter.

Advanced: a rider who knows how to handle a horse on the ground, groom and tack unassisted, ride a horse at the walk, trot (rising and sitting), canter, and may have jumped cavalettis or cross rails, a jump course, or may have fox hunted. If Advanced riders wish to form a more Advanced riding program for a one-day or week-long session, please contact Beverly Equestrian.

Facilities:

Beverly Equestrian's excellent training facilities allow riders the pleasure of riding in a large and well-lit 100 x 200 foot indoor arena, against the backdrop of the scenic countryside of The Plains, Virginia. The safely-enclosed arena features state-of-the-art dust-free footing. Adjacent to the indoor arena is a comfortable lounge, where parents and guests are invited to watch riders via a full-length window, allowing for optimal viewing of the activities within the indoor arena.

Beverly Equestrian is conveniently located (within a 10 minute drive) to the historic towns of Middleburg, and The Plains. Parents, guardians, or family members who drop off riders for the riding program may spend a couple of hours enjoying boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, or take a leisurely stroll in the nearby towns. Contact Beverly Equestrian for information about how to enjoy an outing in The Plains, Middleburg, or at local wineries, while riders participate in the riding program.

Riding Program Schedule and Drop Off Requirements:

To ensure the safety of riders and the efficiently of the riding program, riders must be dropped off and picked up promptly at the start and completion of the riding program. There will be a late fee of $15.00 per half hour for late pickups, regardless of the reason. Parents or guardians are not allowed to deposit minor children (under the age of 18 years old) without a Beverly Equestrian riding program staff member present. All parents or guests who wish to stay and watch riders participating in the program must sign a waiver upon arrival on the property.

Equipment:

Riding program participants are required to wear the following, to participate in the riding program:

•    Long pants (jeans or riding pants preferable, no shorts)
•    Hard-soled shoes or boots with a minimum one-inch heel. No sneakers or flat-soled, open-toed shoes allowed. (For safety reasons, riders without required footwear will not be permitted to ride, or handle horses during the program.)
•    An ASTM/SEI-certified riding helmet (helmets may be purchased at local saddlery, such as Tri-County Feeds, Dover Saddler, or Saddlery Liquidators). Bike helmets are not permitted, as they do not provide the protection required when horseback riding. (Note: riders in the riding program are required to wear helmets when handling the horses, and when riding. Beverly Equestrian will lend helmets to riders who may be participating in the Spring Break or May riding programs, should they wish to not commit to purchasing a riding helmet.)
Additional enrollment information:
•    To register by mail or fax, complete the Beverly Equestrian Riding Program registration form. Enrollment is also available online at: www.BeverlyEquestrian.com.
•    Select the riding program dates. If a date is full, Beverly Equestrian will contact the rider with alternative dates.
•    Complete riding program participant information (incomplete registration forms will be returned to obtain missing information).
•    All registration forms must be accompanied by a completed and signed and dated release form
•    Contact Beverly Equestrian at 540-253-5021 for questions about the riding programs, and registration.
•    Pay online www.BeverlyEquestrian.com, or by check, payable to Beverly Equestrian LLC.
•    In case of absence, riders may make up a one-day camp on another date within the same month. If the day is not rescheduled within the same month, the rider forfeits the riding program fee. There are no make-up days for the week-long camps, due to scheduling restraints.
•    A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at time of enrollment for the week-long Spring Break and Summer Riding Programs. No deposit is required for the One-Day Riding Programs. Remaining payment is due no later than one week prior to the first day of the riding program for which the rider is enrolled.
•    Riders are not confirmed enrollment in the riding program until complete the registration form, waiver form, and deposit are received by Beverly Equestrian. Beverly Equestrian will confirm enrollment via email. No refunds or credits after a rider’s enrollment are confirmed.