Riding lessons & summer camps
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 5:00pm-8:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September to June. Our riding lesson program is run on a semester system. Each semester is $350+GST, and runs for 12 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.
1. Riding Helmet: all students must have their own equine approved riding helmet. They average $50-$100, 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.
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Our 2019 Summer Camps schedule is up an we are now accepting registrations! Dates are as follows:
Camp #1: July 8 - July 12 Beginner/Intermediate
Camp #2: July 15 - July 19 Beginner/Intermediate
Camp #3: August 5 - August 9 Beginner/Intermediate
Camp #4: August 19 - August 23 Advanced Students Only
Camps are $350+GST per child. Please contact Shaylin at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration forms, and check out the facebook page for more information, reviews, and tons of photos.
Camps run from Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, rain or shine. Each day, children have two riding lessons, as well as a lot of hands-on theory in between. We work on all of the basic skills needed to get their horse into the barn, groomed, saddled, as well as things such as anatomy, nutrition, body language, horse care, and basic equine first aid. In the saddle we learn the basics of riding, and then delve into different equine sports so that the kids get a taste of the different aspects of riding, such as pleasure/equitation, western games (barrel racing, keyhole, pole bending), jumping, and trail riding.
Our lesson horses are friendly and patient, and we work hard to match each child with a compatible horse for their week with us. We also take photos throughout the week for parents and children to be able to have afterward. Usually we post these photos (with parent permission) to our facebook page and then you can save the ones you want.
We do ask for a $100 deposit to hold your spot, and then the rest is due by June 1st. You are also welcome to pay for the whole camp at once, or make several payments before June 1st, whatever is easiest for you. We accept e-transfer, cash, or cheques.
*Please note that this is a drop-off camp, and we cannot allow parents to stay as is is a distraction to students and disrupts the learning process.