Equestrian Activities

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Equestrian Activities at Farrel-McWhirter Park

Join us for a wide variety of different types of equestrian activities. Our comprehensive and cutting edge curriculum for our equestrian riding lessons allows instructors to track student development through progressively advanced classes specifically designed for age and ability level. And our offerings are rounded with family trail rides, camps, and more.

We offer:

  • Trail rides
  • Equestrian camps
  • Pony rides
  • Equestrian riding lessons (Levels 1-4)
  • and much more!

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Learn about which Equestrian Riding Lessons are right for you:

Our My Little Pony and Beginning Pony activities are designed to foster interest in young, beginning riders. Equestrian Riding Lessons Levels 1-3 are designed to be repeated. Riding is a sport that needs consistency to build necessary muscles and coordination to advance and gain skills. Every participant will progress at their own speed, and progression will heavily depend on consistency. Equestrian Riding Lessons Level 4 are for advanced rider and require instructor approval. Explore the chart below to learn more about each level and to view videos of each level.

My Little Pony

Ages 2.5 - 4

ANIMALSPONYPAL05RIDING_5201Foster interest and build confidence while learning the basics of safety, grooming, saddling, and riding. Prerequisites: None

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Beginning Pony
Ages 4-5
Designed for the younger riders ready to move beyond My Little Pony, but not quite ready for Level 1. Students learn the basics of safety, grooming, saddling, and riding skills

Prerequisites: None

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Level 1
Ages 5-12
A young girl riding a horse along-side an instructor
Level 1 introduces the fundamental horsemanship, grooming, saddling, and basic mounted skills. This class is designed to be repeated at least three times before progressing to Level 2. Students who master grooming, correct riding posture, reigning an obstacle course off-lead, and can perform a correct sitting trot will proceed to next level.

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Level 2
Ages 5-12

Develop important horsemanship skills, correct riding position, confidence while trotting, and work towards complete independence inside the arena. Prerequisite: A minimum of 3 times repeating Level 1 classes. 

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Level 3
Ages 5-12
A young man riding a horse in a corralGain strength and confidence through learning how to: independently groom, saddle, and successfully ride off-lead at the walk and trot. Prerequisite: completion level 2 within last 3 months, and ability to ride without volunteer helpers.

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Level 4
Ages 7 and up
Formerly the Custom Equestrian Lessons, students who have completed Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 series will gain advanced skills through Level 4 lessons. Riders must be able to independently groom and saddle, and perform off-lead trotting exercises. Instructor approval and recommendation is required, as is the ability to ride without a volunteer helper.

Please call (425) 556-2307 for more information.