Alborak offers programs from beginner through to international competitors.
The focus of our programs is education too further the enjoyment of the horse.
You may register for an existing program or choose to inquire about a customized program which suits you and your horse.
Before you commit to our riding school, you may be interested in choosing one of the following sessions:
Intro to Riding
For riders new to the equine world
Costs: $60 + GST
Length of Lesson: 30-40 mins per student
Details: Students will have a one on one lesson with certified instructor to see if riding at Alborak is the right fit. Instructor will demonstrate the tasks associated with catching, grooming and tacking up. Students will then have a short ride to get a feel of what it's like in the saddle.
Session includes facility tour and barn safety handout. Approx. total of time allocated to the session is 1 hour, not including travel time.
For riders getting back in the saddle or changing barns
Costs: $ 80 + GST
Length: 40-45 mins
Details: Students will have a one on one lesson with certified instructor. Instructors to complete rider assessment check list and evaluate the riders strengths and weaknesses both on and off the horse. Jumping component will be with poles both on the ground and elevated no more than 15 inches. Instructor to work closely with program coordinator to ensure that the student can fulfill their riding goals.
Please contact us to arrange one of these helpful sessions.
Looking for an Adult Program (ages 18+)?
Contact us for information and lesson times.
10 week packages
(Suitable for ages 6 to 18)
Follows the Alborak Riding School program curriculum and items on the L1 progression list or L2 evaluation sheet. Some lessons will have in hand leading or lunging components.
Items include (but not limited to):
- How to catch a horse
- Grooming before and after riding
- Tacking up
- Care of tack after riding
- Leading with a halter and rope
- Leading a horse tacked up
- Mounting and dismounting safety
- Adjusting stirrups
- Basic position, how to hold the reins
- Start trot (posting & two-point)
- Learn posting diagonals
- Steering at the walk
- Care of tack
Level 1 (MAX 3 STUDENTS) is geared towards students that are new to our Riding School or who have only successfully completed one Beginner program session. We focus on barn/horse safety as well as the foundation of proper riding. More time is spent out of the saddle to help develop the rider's ability to work safely with the horse on the ground.
Level 2 is for students who have a base understanding of all the preparation involved for a lesson and is ready to work more on the riding skill's portion of the evaluation checklist. Riders must have successfully completed at least 2 Beginner L1 program sessions; progression is up to the instructor discretion.
Novice Rider Program
This level is for riders that are comfortable with everything covered in the Beginner Program. It will follow the Alborak Riding School program curriculum and items on the novice evaluation check list. Students will have alternating dressage/flat and jumping lessons and will learn how to safely canter. The jumping components will not exceed over 2'3".
*Students wishing to enter the Novice program without progressing through our beginner programs must complete an assessment ride. Entry will be determined by one of our Certified Instructors.
NOTE: 2019 Fall Session Registration will open August 1st
Fall program is schedule to start September 16
Contact us if you are interested in our program!
6:00pm - Novice, 7:00pm - Adult Novice
5:30pm - Novice, 6:30pm - Novice
12:30pm - Beginner (LEVEL 1), 2:00pm - Novice (no jumping), 3:15pm - Beginner (LEVEL 1), 4:30pm- Beginner (LEVEL 2)
2:00pm - Novice (no jumping), 3:15pm - Novice (no jumping), 4:30pm- Novice (jumping)
1:45pm - Beginner (LEVEL 2), 3:00pm - Novice, 4:00pm - Novice, 5:00pm - Novice
1:45pm - Beginner (LEVEL 1)
Outside of the 10 week Program
As of June 2018, some of these programs have been revisited as we are now able to offer Pony Club incentives.
Intermediate Program (transition program from 10 week package)
For those looking to increase their time with the horse and prepare for horse ownership.
$800/month+GST with an Alborak horse.
Included in the program is 12 coaching days per calendar month (used for either lesson or coaching days at any show). Further details include:
- 10 mounted and 2 unmounted
- Maximum 2 jumping lessons per week
- Coaches available for this program are B.J. Desjardins, Declan Bast, Alex Nigg and Autumn Desjardins
- Predetermined lesson dates to be coordinated in junction with the Alborak 10 week lesson seasons
- Horse show options limited to local hunter shows(max height 2'3) and Pony Club (D2 and lower) events
- Must hold a minimum D1 level in Pony Club*
*All candidates who hold a D Pony Club level(or lower) or are not Pony Club members must be recommended from their instructor(s) and pass an Alborak evaluation equivalent to a D1 level test.
Competition Preparation Program* (transition program for future horse owners)
For riders ready to invest time, money and energy into showing. This program is for people looking to purchase their own horse.
$1050/month+GST with an Alborak horse (max height 2'6 or Pony Club D2 level events; max.2 jumping lessons per week).
$650/month+GST with your own horse.
Included in the program is 12 coaching days per calendar month (used for either lesson or coaching days at any shows) with any of the Alborak coaches.
“A LA CARTE” Lesson scheduling format
Riders must ensure that they are coordinating lessons with the appropriate persons/coaches. Annual assessment and goal planning meeting will count towards a coaching session however must be scheduled by the participants.
Above prices are for coaching sessions only. All other services/fees are billed accordingly and sent via monthly invoice.
*Program is mandatory for anyone wanting to school and/or show in the discipline of Eventing for the up and coming season.
- Must full lease or own a horse
- Must be able to commit riding 4 days per week and look at personal training or some other form of rider fitness.
- Work with a coach to lay out a plan for training and showing for the season
There will be opportunities for all Competitive Program Students to go to shows & clinics (as appropriate).
**At any point Alborak reserves the right to terminate the agreement if the participant's knowledge is
jeopardizing the health and well-being of the horse
Find out more about Eventing at: http://albertahorsetrials.com/index.php/eventing-101/