Winter Lesson Series with Jackie Smith

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/30/2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Pure Gold Stables

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The popular Winter Lesson Series is back for the  6th year.  Lessons will be on the 2nd and 4th weekend of the month with the Saturday lessons being at His Way Farm and the Sunday lessons at Pure Gold Stables. Lessons will begin November 25th and will run through the end of March.

NEW FOR 2018:

  • In order to give everyone a fair chance at getting a spot we will ONLY accept registrations 1 month at a time.  The new sign up will be available the 4th SATURDAY of the month at 9:00 PM, so mark your calendars and don’t miss your opportunity.
  • The lessons are now $40 as there has been a $5 increase in facility rental.  I think you all will agree that the facilities are worth every penny!
  • You can now sign up for stalls at the same time as you sign up for lessons

Mark your calendar for the sign up dates, the 4th Sat of the month @ 9:00PM

  • December Lessons ~ November 25
  • January Lessons ~ December 23rd
  • February Lessons ~ January 27th
  • March Lessons ~ February 24th

Sign up information and ride times will be posted on both the SGF Facebook page and on the SGF website no later than the Thursday before the lessons depending on how the groups work out.  The sign up is broken down by level; please choose the level that you would like to participate. If the level you want is full; choose the level that closest fits you and your horse. If there are no spots available be sure to sign up on the wait list as we often can fit everyone in. Groups will be put together based on compatibility. Please be sure to include the following in the comment section:

  • level of horse/rider
  • any time constraints or requests
  • trailering partner if applicable
  • indicate if you can ride on either Sat or Sun in case we have to move someone.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get help with honing your skills over the winter months so you’ll be ready to go when the competition season arrives.  Even if you don’t have any competitive goals; it’s still a great opportunity to get out of the house and spend some quality time with your horse and hang out with your horsey friends and perhaps even make some new ones.

The lesson series will have different subjects each lesson. Participants do not have to attend all the sessions but they will be progressive in nature. All the lessons will be jumping with flat work to prepare you and your horse for the jumping. Riders will be grouped together based on the level of the rider and the horse.

Groups will be 4 to 5 at His Way Farm and 3 to 4 riders at Pure Gold Stables which will limits us to approximately 20 – 25 riders / day. Spots will be assigned on a ‘first come’ basis and you must use the on-line registration form.

DATES & LESSON DESCRIPTIONS

Jan 13 & 14 – Developing Focus, Balance and more – This lesson will begin with flat work using HorsePhysio exercises designed to improve the rhythm, straightness and balance of the horse & rider through the use of ground pokes and  cavaletti.  The lesson will move forward to jumping which will be improved after working on the exercises …. at least that’s what we’ll be working towards 😉

Jan 27 & 28 – Gymnastics – there will be 3 different gymnastics set up with something for every rider and every horse no matter the level to help both rider and horse improve their jumping skills.

Feb 10 & 11 – Developing Instincts of both the horse and rider – aka survival skills:  this lesson will be similar to the first day at a Lucinda Green Clinic where a variety of unusual questions will be set up such as narrow faced fences, points, corners, interesting angles and distances where the rider will learn to ride the horse with the correct rhythm, energy, line and balance so the horse can figure out the answer to these questions.  These skills are necessary for riding cross country courses successfully and safely. Even those riders who will never ride a cross country course, these exercises will help to develop the partnership between the horse and rider.

Feb 24 & 25: Course Work – riders will practice developing the ‘quality’ canter required to jump a course smoothly throughout. Both straight line bending lines practiced before putting it all together in courses.  The courses will vary depending on the level of the horse and the rider.

March 10 & 11: Combination Lesson which will have elements of the previous lessons depending on the needs of the horses and riders.

March 24 & 25 –   Riders Choice – Participants can make requests for what they would like to do it this lesson

Pure Gold Stables is another lovely facility that boasts a heated indoor and a lounge.  Stalls are also available upon request. DAY STALL $25 / NIGHT STALL $45 / WEEKEND STALL $65

All participants will need to sign release forms  before riding.  HWF Release Form and / or Pure Gold Release Form  must be signed before riding.  Payment may be made the day of the lesson via cash or check.  There will be a large envelop for placing the payment.  please indicate if you are paying by cash or checkPlease make checks payable to Stone Gate LLC.

I’m looking forward to working with you and your horse.  Here’s hoping the weather cooperates!

Laura Kosiorek