Each summer we offer 4 to 5 weeks of our Summer Riding Program. This very popular program allows our students 5 full days of riding and horse-related activities. Riders are divided into small groups by riding level to maximize their riding experience. The hours of the program are 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. This is a schedule of a typical day:
9:30 - Gather and do morning stretching and strengthening exercises.
9:50 - Riders learn to groom and tack up horses.
10:00 - First group has formal riding lesson/ Second group focuses on an aspet of horsemanship or barn management.
11:30 - Second group has formal riding lesson/ First group is instructed on an aspect of horsemanship or barn management.
1:00 - Lunch Break
1:40 - Bareback riding and games on horseback.
2:40 - Horse related game, craft or other activity
3:00 - Pick Up
This is our third year of involvement with the IEA. The IEA provides opportunities for riders in grades 6 – 12 to show at one of four ability levels. There is NO NEED to own a horse to participate in IEA. We have found the program to be valuable to our riders in several ways. First, it brings a “team” aspect to an otherwise very individual sport. Second, every rider that participated in IEA has improved their riding skills. Third, it is a wonderful opportunity to visit many other local stables and ride a wide variety of horses. Fourth, it is a valuable resume-builder for any student hoping to ride at the college level.
The regular IEA season starts on September 1st and ends at Zone Finals held on April 1st and 2nd. The team commitment involves riding in two lessons per week and competing in 5 IEA shows during the season.
Please contact us if you would like further information about the IEA riding program.
The most low-key are our in-house student horse shows. These are casual horse shows that are inexpensive and have no formal attire requirements. These shows allow first-time competitors to sample the process of horse showing in a friendly environment.
The next level of showing is with our local association, the WNE PHA (Western New England Professional Horseman’s Association). We travel to many local shows that allow our riders to accumulate points with this association. We also host three WNE PHA-rated horse shows here at Bellwether each year.
Some of our more serious riders also compete for points in the MHC (Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council) and the NEHC (New England Horsemen’s Council).
Further, we attend several week-long A-rated shows each summer. This year we traveled to the Northeast Benefit Horse Show and the Vermont Summer Festival.
Finally, we have an organized IEA team (Interscholastic Equestrian Association). This team provides riders in grades 6 through 12 the chance to show. There is no need to own a horse to participate.
I.E.A.(Interscholastic Equestrian Association)
½ hour private $45.
1 hour private $70.
1 hour semi-private or group $45.
Lesson card $450. For 11 lessons (buy 10/get 1 free)
$800 (Per Month)
Board includes large, airy stall cleaned once per day with an additional afternoon pick out. High quality 2nd cut hay is fed 4 times per day and grain is fed 2-3 times per day based on individual horse's needs. Boarders have a private tack room for saddles and tack trunks. Daily turn out in grass paddocks is included.
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