Time to Register for Summer Riding! Call or email for more information.

Lessons

 

Lesson Programs

Lessons are scheduled in two sessions: the School Session (September to June), and the Summer Session (July and August). We have several different programs to suit riders of different ages and experience levels. The Regular Lesson Program for private or group lessons. The Horsemanship For Youth (HFY) Program, ideal for beginners to learn the fundamentals, ages 7 and up. The Mini Equestrians Program for our young riders of the future, ages 3-8. Our Morning Ladies, an adult program taught on weekday mornings. Riding ‘The Fancies’, an advanced rider program. The Drop-In Class Program, modelled after the European way of teaching. Our First Ride lesson, to give newcomers an evaluation and orientation. Our Working Student program where you work in exchange for lessons.
For more information on any of our programs, other learning opportunities, our instructors, and our school horses – read on.
 

Why Ride?

Horseback riding is an excellent sport, perhaps the only sport to give a true all around education and edification for both body and spirit. It is a healthy, outdoor exercise which can be enjoyed alone or in company. Not only is it a good aerobic exercise but it is one of the few sports to develop the body muscles symmetrically. Love for horses of course is the main reason why people want to learn to ride — caring for a horse instills confidence, responsibility and qualities of sportsmanship — it calls upon the one partner to put the welfare of the other ahead of him(her)self. Understanding, patience and dedication are acquired from being around horses; and riding is one of the few sports where men and women compete against each other on equal terms.

Through the years, parents have been marvelled at how their child’s school work improves after becoming involved in our riding program. Riding requires much focus and discipline, and this transfers to everyday life.

Regular Lesson Program

Regular lessons are taught privately or in groups of varying sizes. Schedules are made up according to days/times the student is available and the skill of the student.

Horsemanship for Youth

Students are taught the in-barn skills (basic horse handling, grooming, tacking up and down), plus one hour in the saddle. For ages 7 and up.

Mini Equestrians Program

This program is an introduction to the world of horses and riding. Parent and child will learn the basics in a fun and safe atmosphere. For ages 3 to 8.

Morning Ladies Program

Week-day mornings are for the Ladies. A great time is had riding and socializing. On occasion we have extra learning opportunities and a pot-luck lunch.

Learning from the 'Fancies'

Advanced riders at times have the opportunity to learn from more highly trained horses. A unique opportunity to develop a rider’s feel.

Drop-In Class Program

The Drop-In Class is modelled after the European way of teaching riding. Riders at varying levels are taught at the same time. The focus is rider position and school figures.

First Ride Program

Newcomers can book a 45-minute First Ride, where both in-barn and riding skills will be evaluated. Also an orientation for the new rider.

Working Student Program

Centaur students may apply to work on Saturdays, or during the summer holidays.

Tell Me More

Additional Information

Other Learning Opportunities

There are many more learning opportunities offered at Centaur, other than the weekly riding lesson.

EC Rider Level Preparation Courses and Exams

More Info

Equestrian Canada, our country’s governing body for all things-horses, has devised a Rider Level Program where riders are tested in their stable management and riding skills. There are 8 levels, with RL 8 being necessary for coaching qualifications. At Centaur we hold preparation classes for the varying levels, as well as hold exams.

Seasonal Theory Courses

More Info

During the spring months, Theory Courses on varying subjects are held at Centaur Riding School.

Theory Classes

More Info

Occasionally, theory classes are taught on a variety of subjects ranging from riding theory to horse topics like health, conformation, care, etc. This class is free for full-time students.

Riding Camps

More Info

Students are taught in great detail how to present themselves in competition. Click Here for more information.

About the Regular Lesson Program

Students are taught in a variety of different size classes, different days of the week. The schedule is made to accommodate the riders’ personal schedule as well as the skill levels of the different students. Please see the FAQ for more details.

What are the sizes of the classes?

More Info

Lessons are taught in groups of maximum 6 riders or small groups of 2 to 3 riders. Occasionally the schedule allows room for private lessons.

What days of the week are lessons given?

More Info

Lessons are taught 7 days a week.

  • Monday & Wednesday Evenings – All Levels. Must be able to tack up without help.
  • Tuesday & Thursday Evenings – Advanced riders, or riders riding twice a week or more.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Mornings – The Morning Ladies.
  • Saturday – HFY, Beginners and intermediate riders.
  • Sunday – Extra activities, and private lessons.

To Register: Email or call Shirley. Students who commit for entire session have first choice of spaces. Part-time students are accepted after this.

(We require 48-hour notice for any cancellations, or the lesson will be forfeited.)

Lesson Application Form (PDF)

About the Horsemanship for Youth (HFY) Program

The world of horses is a big one — there is much to teach your children, both in the stable and on the horse, and this is the best place for a child to start out. Both stable skills as well as riding skills are taught.

What is learned in the Stables

More Info

This is where the children learn how to approach a horse, put a halter on a horse, lead a horse, tie a horse in the crossties, groom a horse using all the different brushes, pick out a horse’s feet, sweep their work area, organize all the necessary equipment they will need for their horse, saddle a horse, bridle a horse, lead it to the indoor arena, unsaddle, unbridle, put a horse away in his stall after riding. The equipment varies from horse to horse, so this is an additional challenge. The children are encouraged to learn how to perform all these skills while staying focused and managing their time efficiently. At first, the children are paired up, as they get better, they will get their own horse to prepare.

What is Learned in the Riding Arena

More Info

In the arena, HFY students learn:

  • The protocols and rules for safe riding in a group;
  • the fundamentals of English equitation;
  • how to identify and maintain safe distances between horses on the ground and at the walk;
  • how to prepare to mount/dismount;
  • how to get on/off the horse correctly; to adjust the stirrup length; hold and shorten the reins; steer at the walk; and to begin following the horse’s motion at the trot, both posting and sitting.

Basic school figures are taught. Some lessons are spent learning about ground work, and other days may be spent on a longe line, or learning gymnastics on horseback. Safety is always emphasized.

Safety

More Info

Safety is stressed at all times around and on horses. Parents as well as young siblings will be asked to follow certain procedures.

How Many Students per Class

More Info

A maximum of 12 children are accepted, with two instructors, plus assistants. This class is split for the riding portion.

Ages

More Info

Children from age 7 and up are accepted into this program.

Day & Time

More Info

Class is traditionally held Saturday morning, first lesson. (Earliest start time would be 8:00 am. Start time is decided depending on number of participants.)

Parents: Welcome to our Lounge

More Info

Parents are welcome to wait in the Lounge during inclement weather, where they can watch the riding through the windows, or at the picnic tables during nice weather. We prefer that the parents not accompany their children into the stable area, nor the riding arena. We have found the children focus better without distractions.

Parents' Day

More Info

On occasion we will hold a Parents’ Day when the parents are welcomed into the stables and indoor arena to observe their children. We want to show you what your children have been learning and the progress they are making. This will be your chance to ask any questions directly to the coaches.

On-Going Progress

More Info

We keep a binder in the tack room where notes are taken in regards to the students’ progress in the stables. Parents are welcome to look through this binder.

To Register: Email or call Shirley. Students who commit for entire session have first refusal on spaces. Part-time students are accepted after this.

(Note: Class is between 2 and 2.5 hours in duration. We require 48-hour notice for any cancellations, or the lesson will be forfeited.)

Lesson Application Form (PDF)

About the Mini Equestrians Program

This program is an introduction to the world of horses and riding. Parent and child will learn the basics of horse handling, grooming and riding in a fun and safe atmosphere.

Designed for our Future Riders

More Info

The Mini Equestrians program is designed for riders between the age of 3 to 8 years old.

A Solid Foundation

More Info

This program is an introduction to the world of horses and riding. Your child will learn the basics of horse handling, grooming and riding in a fun and safe atmosphere. A great way to build confidence, develop a relationship with a horse or pony, and to start on the life-long journey of equestrianism.

Parent Participation

More Info

Parents will join their child in learning the in-stable basics. Parents will learn how to properly lead the ponies/horses while their child learns to ride. Parents (or other adult) must participate for the entire class. Please wear stable-appropriate clothing including safe footwear – no open-toed sandals. We would ask that a maximum of two adults participate in this program.

To Register: Email or call Shirley ahead of time. To reserve your space, please pay in advance with an e-transfer.

(Note – Class is one hour in duration. We require 48-hour notice for any cancellations, or the lesson will be invoiced.)

Lesson Application Form (PDF)

About the Morning Ladies Program

The kids are grown up, you now have time on your hands and ever since you were a young girl you have wanted to ride horses…Now is your chance!

Do I need prior experience?

More Info

Beginners with no experience are accepted. First lessons may be done privately.

Extra's

More Info

On occasion the regular lesson is extended to include an extra learning activity and finishes with an informal pot-luck lunch where all things horsey are discussed.

To Register: Email or call Shirley ahead of time. To reserve your space, please pay in advance with an e-transfer.

(Note – Class is one hour in duration. We require 48-hour notice for any cancellations, or the lesson will be invoiced.)

Lesson Application Form (PDF)

About ‘Riding the Fancies’ Program

Advanced riders at times have the opportunity to learn from more highly trained horses. A unique opportunity to develop a rider’s feel.

Amazing Opportunity

More Info

It can be difficult to find opportunities for riders to fine-tune their feel on more advanced horses. When available, having lessons on these horses presents a unique opportunity.

Who are the Fancies?

More Info

The Fancies include Dark Velvet, 2014 Ontario Second Level Champion, and Rocky Raccoon, 2017 Ontario Silver Champion Fourth level.

To Register: Email Shirley, or sign the sheet in the tack room.

(Note – there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Students who cancel at the last minute or don’t show up will be billed and asked to pre-pay future lessons.)

Lesson Application Form (PDF)

About the Drop-In Class Program

Modelled after the European way of the riding school. Riders at varying levels are taught at the same time. The focus is rider position and school figures.

Participating Riders of All Levels

More Info
  • New riders with past riding experience
  • New riders with zero riding experience
  • Past Centaur riders who had to put riding on hold for a while
  • Regular Centaur riders who want the extra mileage to perfect their skills

The Cost

More Info

Cost is discounted from regular lesson price. Check our Price List for current pricing information.

The Flexibility

More Info

There is no need to pre-register or commit to a session. You can simply email that day to find out if there is room. Classes may have many participants, or just one!

The Learning

More Info

Centaur’s regular students who have taken part in these classes have greatly benefited and were surprised at how much they learned despite the size of the class and variety of riders. The instructors also have noticed a positive change in the riding skills of all riders.

Try it out! It will give you more time in the saddle perfecting your position and learning new school figures. And if you have friends who want to try out riding, it’s the perfect way to start, without breaking the bank account!

To Register: Email Shirley, or sign the sheet in the tack room.

(Note – there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Students who cancel at the last minute or don’t show up will be billed and asked to pre-pay future lessons.)

Lesson Application Form (PDF)

About First Ride Program

Newcomers can book a 45-minute First Ride, where both the in-barn and the riding skills will be evaluated. This also serves as an orientation for the new rider.

To Register: Email Shirley, or sign the sheet in the tack room.

(Note – there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Students who cancel at the last minute or don’t show up will be billed and asked to pre-pay future lessons.)

Lesson Application Form (PDF)

About the Working Student Program

Centaur students may apply to become a working student on Saturdays. Working with horses is the best way to learn about horses. Many Olympic riders have had their own start in this type of situation.

Click Here for more information.

To Apply: send Shirley an email.

Location

3845 Frank Kenny Road
Navan, Ontario
K4B 0C6

Call Us

(613) 835-2237
or Fax: (613) 835-9704

BREEDING & SALES