Levels of Instruction
Through our Riding Academy, we offer various Lesson Programs and Specialty Programs unique to Elvenstar and designed for riders of all levels.
New! Introductory package; Evaluation and three group lessons for $160.00, (Regular Price $180.00) all lessons must be booked at time of evaluation.
Your first lesson at Elvenstar will be a Private Evaluation Lesson. This lesson is an opportunity to introduce you to our program and allow your instructor to assess your current skill level. Afterward, the instructor will discuss your goals in order to develop a program to best suit your needs. The Evaluation Lesson is $45.00 for beginner riders and $65.00 for advanced riders.
What will you need on your first day? You should wear long pants and a boot with a heel (no high heels please)
Please give a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel a lesson. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (805) 529-2800. We have riding helmets available but you are welcome to bring your own if it is an ATSM/SEI approved helmet. Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. We ask you to please advise us of any physical limitations that may affect your ability to ride.
Mommy & Me (Daddies welcome too!) – $40.00
Parent and child work together with the help of an instructor. Your child will develop the balance, strength, and coordination it takes to make their pony walk, trot, turn, and stop. This is a 45 minute lesson for children ages 3 and up. Maximum of 5 riders.
Tiny Tots – $45.00
A walk/trot class designed for young riders that are just beginning, or have moved up from Mommy & Me. The focus is on improving their riding skills as they develop the muscle and balance required to handle a small horse or pony. Students will learn basic terminology used in horsemanship. This is a 45 minute lesson with a maximum of 5 riders.
Walk Trot – $45.00
A walk/trot class designed for young riders that are just beginning, or have moved up from Tiny Tot. The focus is on improving their riding skills as they develop the muscle and balance required to handle a small horse or pony. Students will learn basic terminology used in horsemanship. This is a 60 minute lesson with a maximum of 5 riders.
Beginning Equitation – $45.00
Students will continue working on correct body position and proper handling of the horse. Riders will learn to recognize the correct diagonal at the trot, perform circles, figure eights, and obstacle courses to challenge their abilities and build a strong foundation. When the rider is ready, cantering will be introduced. Students will continue to learn terminology including horse colors, parts of the horse, and parts of the saddle and bridle. This is an hour long lesson with a maximum of 8 riders.
Walk, Trot, Canter – $45.00
This lesson will bring riders their first experience with jumping. Students will continue to practice control at the canter, be introduced to cantering as a group, and will learn about leads at the canter. They will work on upward and downward transitions and will jump their first crossrails in preparation for their advance to Beginning Jump. Riders will review and learn new elements of horsemanship in this 1-hour lesson. Maximum of 8 riders.
Beginning Jump – $45.00
Students will learn to ride straight lines, use their arena, and square their corners in order to beautifully execute a full course of crossrails. Flying lead changes will be introduced. Riders will review and learn new elements of horsemanship in this 1-hour lesson. Maximum of 8 riders.
Intermediate Jump – $45.00
In this class, students will continue to use their skills and improve their riding ability. They will work over higher jumps that will consist of verticals, bending lines and rollbacks. Maximum of 8 riders.
Advanced Jump – $50.00
At this level, students will surely take great pride in their success. Riders can look forward to learning more technical maneuvers and riding more challenging horses while continuing to grow in their chosen sport.
Private Lessons – $65 per 1/2 hour
If you are a first time rider to Elvenstar please call 805-529-2800 to set up your Evaluation Lesson!
If you are a current student you can schedule your lesson online here!
Please note that Elvenstar is not a special needs or handicapped riding program. If you require that service please go here!