VIP Training Stables offers professional riding/training programs and is a full service equestrian training facility. Our personalized focus in all disciplines of English, Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper is what sets us apart from other equestrian facilities. Our top six trainers are focused on a single discipline and work with horse/rider to perfect skills in each riding discipline.
At this time we do not offer group lessons due to the specific goals our trainers help put together. Our training is intense and highly focused for each individual rider.
English, Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper
VIP Training Stables offers professional riding/training programs and is a full service equestrian training facility. Our personalized focus in all disciplines of English, Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper is what sets us apart from other equestrian facilities. Our top six trainers are focused on a single discipline and work with horse and rider to perfect skills in each riding discipline.
When learning to ride, whether you learn English, Western, Dressage, or Hunter/Jumper, it's important to take lessons from a qualified instructor. A riding instructor will teach you everything you need to know about keeping you and your horse safe at all times. You'll also learn about the proper care of horses, which will give you a greater respect for them.
The trainer teaching English riding requires students to learn balance and control, remaining relaxed in the saddle, leg pressure, and mounting and dismounting. The student also learns how to care for horses. Haltering and leading the horse, basic grooming techniques, and how to bridle and saddle, are part of the first lesson. The lesson focuses on teaching the student to control the horse at a walk. The lesson completes with untacking and brushing the horse.
Western riding lessons first consist of learning the three basic riding positions or "seats." The student learns the positions before mounting the horse, then puts them into practice in the saddle. The role of our instructor is to act as a spotter to ensure both rider and horse are safe and comfortable at all times. Instructor and student work together on these positions until the student has gained the confidence to ride alone. A hands-on method is the best way to teach a student to be confident around horses, and the student learns to groom, feed, and care for horses.
Dressage means to prepare or train. In dressage class, our instructor teaches both horse and rider to perform basic moves and advanced techniques, including jumping. We begin with basic techniques including walking, trotting, and cantering. Horse and rider learn to be confident, relaxed, and to work together. As the lessons advance, horse and rider learn pirouettes, turns, reversals, and advanced jumping techniques. Students who remain in our training program and learn all the basic and advanced dressage techniques, may advance to the top level, which is Grand Prix.
Part of learning to be a confident, experienced rider, means knowing how to care for your horse. Our trainer teaches riders to groom and tack their own horse before lessons. Our students are taught to jump a variety of fence styles in different settings, which prepares them for competition. This is also a good way to prepare a rider to care for a horse of their own.