Riding Academy


Riding Academy Programs

Curriculum

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. For the safety and comfort of riders and horses: rider maximum height 6’2″, maximum weight 200lbs. The final decision is at the sole discretion of the Riding Academy.
Evaluation Lesson
 
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New! Introductory package; Evaluation and three group lessons for $160.00 (Regular Price $180.00), or Evaluation and three private lessons for $220 (Regular Price $240). 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!) - $160
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 series of 4 consecutive weekly lessons. Each lesson is 45 minutes and is designed for children ages 3 and up. Maximum of 5 riders.
 
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Tiny Tots - $45
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
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.
 
 
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Beginning Equitation - $45
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
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.
 
 
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Beginning Jump - $45
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
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.
 
 
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Advanced Jump - $50
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!
 
 
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Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA)

The mission of IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools (primarily ages 11 through 19) to equestrian sports.

For student equestrians in grades 6-12, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) was established in the spring of 2002 and held its first annual national finals event the following year in Willoughby, Ohio. A non-profit organization, the IEA has grown both geometrically and geographically each year. Beginning with just 200 participants, the IEA now has over 8,000 members in 32 states across North America.

If you would like to find out more, or join IEA contact Kaycee at kayceebischoff@hotmail.com
 
 

Athletic Equestrian League

About AEL

 
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The Athletic Equestrian League (AEL) is a newly formed organization focusing on 4th-12th grade equestrian athletes – both boys and girls – who compete in practical horsemanship. We are focused on developing well-rounded young equestrians and our competitions are about learning and having fun! Participants are judged against a set of three criteria in each event: riding on the flat, riding over fences, and completion of an unmounted practicum. Members don't need to have their own horse in order to compete: the host of each event in the competition schedule will provide the mounts. This gives members the opportunity to ride a variety of horses and makes it unnecessary to transport horses to the competition. Lessons are offered 2-3 times per month.
 
Head Coach: Kaycee Kurtze-Bischoff
Assistant Coach: Gwyn Swig

ELVENSTAR AEL EQUESTRIAN TEAM RULES AND GUIDELINES
 

Birthday Parties

Elvenstar Birthday Parties Are Pure Horsey Fun!

 
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The party starts with a riding and grooming lesson designed to be fun and horseducational (yes, we invented that word!) The time spent with the horses is approximately 1-1/2 hours depending on the size of the party. A minimum of 5 riders is required. Whether you arrange to bring cake and ice cream or plan a catered affair, after the horsey fun, the picnic area is available for you to continue the celebration. Elvenstar Birthday Parties are popular and we do book up, so plan at least 6-8 weeks in advance to guarantee date availability. Weekend time slots: Saturday: 1:30 p.m. & Sunday: 12:30 p.m. Other times may be available by special request.
 

Pony Wishes

 
  • 1-5 Riders $275
  • 6-15 Riders Additional $30 per rider
 
  • 16+ Additional $40 per rider
  • Gratuity for staff is appreciated
 
Includes:
 
  • Picnic Area or Clubhouse
  • Grooming Lesson or craft
 
  • Riding Lesson (45 minutes)
  • Games on Horseback
 

Pony Dreams

 
  • 1-5 Riders $300
  • 6-15 Riders Additional $35 per rider
 
  • 16+ Additional $45 per rider
  • Gratuity for staff is appreciated
 
Includes:
 
  • Picnic Area or Clubhouse
  • Grooming Lesson
  • Riding Lesson (45 Minutes)
 
  • Games on Horseback
  • Crafts
  • Party Supplies (Plates, tableware, cups, napkins, table cover)
 
Parties are booked by appointment only Saturday and Sunday.
Please call 805-529-2800
 

Scout Troops

Plan Your Next Scout Event at Elvenstar Farms

Spend a couple of hours discovering the wonderful world of horses. We begin by fitting each rider with an approved safety helmet. We'll teach you how to mount, how to hold the reins, and we'll properly adjust your stirrups. Then, we're off to the arena where you'll learn some riding basics, how to steer, stop, walk & trot, & we'll play some games on horseback.

Once we return to the barn area & dismount, you will receive a lesson in horsemanship & grooming. Our picnic area is available for you to enjoy after your event if you'd like to bring lunch or refreshments.
Events available on Saturdays & Sundays
Minimum 5 riders – Maximum 16 riders
$40.00 per rider
 

Parks & Recreation

 
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We offer this class through the Conejo Valley (search on “horse” in their programs) and Simi Valley (click on the Oak Park brochure) Parks & Recreation Departments. Registration is through each Parks and Recreation website or call Conejo Valley at (805) 495-6471, Simi Valley at (805) 584-4400. Available to newcomers only.
 

Class Description: Horse Back Riding Ages 9+

  • 4 lesson package tailored to the beginning, returning, or rider new to the English discipline.
  • Each 1 hour session will consist of 45 minutes mounted and 15 minutes horsemanship lesson.
 
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Riders will learn proper handling of the horse, mounting and dismounting, and correct body position. Students will learn control at the walk and trot, including posting and two point. In addition, on the ground education including basic horsemanship skills such as grooming, tacking, and identifying parts of the horse.