The Savage Riding Academy delivers equine education in a progressive way to promote comprehensive, deep learning in all aspects of horseback riding and care. The program is designed so that students begin with the basic skills and knowledge needed to pilot a horse in Level 1, experience the variety of sports that the equine world has to offer in Level 2, and then develop mastery in areas of their choice in Level 3.
Riding lessons are available year round Monday-Friday from 2:30pm - 7:30pm. Our lesson signups are done through the Vagaro app, or you can visit www.vagaro.com/savageriding to schedule in a time. Group lessons are $30, private lessons are $45, and Pee Wee leadline lessons are $25. A 15% discount is available for multi-student families, and 20% discounts are available for new student signup packages (6 week or 12 week).
Level 1: Foundation (Beginner)
The twelve week Level 1 course is available for all ages of riders new to the horse world. In Level 1, you will participate in a 45 minute one-on-one lesson each week to learn the foundations of how to ride and care for a horse. Introductory skills include steering through a variety of English and Western patterns at the walk and trot, making accurate and balanced transitions between gaits, and building strength and balance through sustained practice. Grooming procedures, riding etiquette, safety protocols, saddling and bridling techniques, and ground controls all will be addressed. Once you are able to perform all of the basic skills with a correct and steady posture and a firm command of your horse at a walk and trot, you will graduate to Level 2.
Level 2: Expansion (Intermediate)
Throughout your 36 week time frame in Level 2, you will get to experience the wide world of horse sports and develop skills unique to each discipline. The six categories are Jumping, Dressage, Gymkhana, Ranch, Trail, and Natural Horsemanship, and each is broken down into six lessons. You will also begin learning to canter/lope in Level 2, and will need to demonstrate mastery of balance, control, and endurance as you complete each skill at the canter before you can move on to Level 3.
Level 3: Specialization (Advanced)
After you have had the chance to experience all the different disciplines and reached a functional level of proficiency in riding and care, you are ready to choose which paths you would like to pursue to mastery. You will set a personal goal every four weeks, and your instructor will help you develop a sequence of skills to reach it. You can choose to focus on one discipline or several as you continue to develop your skills.
Level 4: Mentorship & Training
While progress on your own goals never ends, you will reach a point at which you are able to independently continue improving with only occasional coaching sessions needed. You will become qualified to train our horses, and also have the opportunity to be a mentor for students in Levels 1-3. By this point, many students are ready to lease or purchase a horse, though that is by no means necessary. This level is completely customizable to your own interests, whether it is pursuing showing at higher levels, training horses, working with riders, or just riding for fun.