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-Thursday from 2:30pm - 8:00pm with a variety of trainers so that students can benefit from a wide range of expertise and backgrounds.
Level 1: Foundation (Beginner), approx. 3 months
Level 1 lessons are available for all ages of riders new to the horse world. In Level 1, you will 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. Level 1 lessons typically are private to maximize one-on-one time between student and instructor in this formative stage, but options for family group classes are available upon request. 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), approx. 6 months
Throughout Level 2, you will get to experience the wide world of horse sports and develop skills unique to each discipline. The six categories are English (featuring classes in Jumping and Dressage), Western (featuring classes in Gymkhana and Ranch), and Horsemanship (with classes on trails, ground work, and bareback). 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. Both group and private options are available for your Level 2 development.
Level 3: Specialization (Advanced), approx. 6 months
After you have had the chance to experience all the different disciplines and have reached a level of proficiency in riding and care, you are ready to choose which paths you would like to pursue to mastery. You can choose to focus on one specific riding discipline or several as you continue to develop your skills to an independently masterful level at all speeds on a variety of horses. By the end of Level 3, you should have a solid foundation in what it takes to be competitive in your area(s) of choice, and if competition isn't in your sights, a deep enough skill base and understanding of your sport so that you can continue to develop your skills independently.
Level 4: Training & Mentorship (Expert), a lifetime!
Progress on your own riding goals never ends; even Olympic level riders take lessons and get help from others! However, by the time you have reached Level 4, you are able to take charge of your own development, and the instructors around you will serve more as your coaches than your teachers. Your deep understanding of horse psychology and your sport(s) of choice will allow you to expand your skills to training horses and instructing riders. Many Level 4 riders choose to mentor those new to the sport or take on training projects, while others build an intimate partnership with a horse of their own. The possibilities are endless!