INTRODUCTION TO CENTAUR
The “How-To’s” for Beginner
& New Centaur Riders
How To Register For Lessons (new students)
offers riding lessons in 12-week sessions. A half-hour private assessment
lesson will be needed before assigning a newcomer with prior experience to an
appropriate class. Lessons are booked with Shirley and must be accompanied by
payment. Application forms and lesson price lists are available in the tack
room or from the web site. Before the first lesson, an acceptance of risk form
will need to be signed by the student (or the parent/guardian of children under
How To Ensure A Spot In The Next Session (current students)
By the 5th
of the month preceding start of next session, current students are reminded –
with a sign on the tack room schedule board – to let Shirley know their plans
for the next session. A discount is offered to “on-time” sign-ups. To ensure
a spot in the next session, a note indicating the preferred lesson day &
time accompanied by payment (full, or booking fee plus post-dated cheques) -
payable to Shirley Guertin – must be given by due date.
How To Cancel Lessons
student needs to miss a lesson, please call or email Shirley or leave a note in
her tack room mailbox at least 48 hours in advance. Lesson scheduling is done
through Shirley only, not through your instructor.
How To Make-Up Lessons
up to one year to make-up properly cancelled lessons. As long as you are
riding at Centaur this opportunity is open to you. It’s the rider’s responsibility
to look on the Make-up Sheet on the Schedule Board for riding opportunities.
Sign-up is on a first-come basis. Full instructions on how to do make-ups are
posted on the Schedule Board and website.Click Here
When To Arrive For Lessons
Grooming, saddling and bridling the
horse are part of every ride. Students should arrive half an hour before their
scheduled lesson to allow sufficient time to get the horse ready; for example,
be in the tack room at 10:00am for a 10:30 riding lesson.
Beginners who are learning the grooming,
tacking up skills will be told from week to week when to arrive for their
lesson as they learn more tasks which they can do by themselves. When they
have mastered all the preparation tasks they should also arrive at least half
an hour prior to lesson time to prepare
Lessons are sold in blocks of 12 held over a three (3) month period.
However, each 3 month period consists of a varying number of weeks - some have 12 weeks,
some have 13 weeks, and once in a while there are even 14 weeks in a given 3-month period.
For this reason, each session will have one or two "Quiet Days".
On these days we sometimes plan extra activities such as horse shows or rider level exams.
Quiet Days are listed on the opening page of the website, posted in tackroom,
arena and on the daily schedule sheets. If you do not know where to look please ask for assistance and
someone will be happy to help you.
are responsible for caring for their horse and equipment. Horses need to be
thoroughly groomed before and after each ride. All equipment must be put away
clean. The students’ work areas must also be left swept and tidy. Plan on a
minimum of 1/2 hour before and after each lesson for accomplishing all tasks.
Routine For Parents
can drop off their children at the tack room and wait in the Lounge. For
safety and stable management reasons, only riders and Centaur staff are
permitted in the stable. Parents and friends may watch lessons from the stands
in the arena or the warmth of the Lounge. Parents should read the posted
information in the tackroom to keep informed of activities and registration
Saturdays free grooming, horse-handling and tacking up lessons are given to
beginner riders at set times. This will enable beginners to practise these
skills with an instructor. This is a great opportunity for beginners to
acquire more hands-on experience with horses. Let the grooming instructor know
why you are there upon your arrival.
is the governing body for equestrian pursuits in Canada. New riders will find
EC Rider Manuals helpful in learning the fundamentals of horse care and riding.
These manuals are available for sale at Centaur. Also recommended, is the book The
Principles of Riding from the German Equestrian Federation.
The Tack Room
information is posted in the tackroom. (Shows, Theory & Rider Level
Courses, Exams, Clinics). Please stay informed.
Helmets- ASTM-certified riding helmet.
There are helmets available for rent .
Boots - with a well-defined heel.
Breeches - Leggings or sweat pants may be
worn instead of breeches.
Gloves are recommended year-long but are a
must during the cold weather.
Tops – Form-fitting tops should be worn
tucked in. Riders should dress for the weather in layers with sweaters that
zip or front-button so they can be easily removed or put on while the student
is helmeted and mounted. Jackets must be zipped up if they are worn while
Hair must be kept out of the face by
being tied back. No gum chewing while riding.
available at tack shops: Apple Saddlery, ABC Rider Essentials, Greenhawk,
Honey’s Tack’N Feed, and Horse World.
love carrots and apples. Students may bring such treats and leave in the
tackroom. The staff will add these treats to the horses’ feed.
assignments are posted on the schedule board. The instructors consider many
factors when assigning horses including the riders’ size and skill, and the
horses’ temperaments, workloads, training. Each horse will teach you
something. Asking is all right, but please don’t demand that you ride (or not
ride) certain horses.
Horse and Rider become one ... like the legendary Centaur.