HOW TO GET STARTED
Information for Beginner-Level Riders
Horses are not stabled at the Club; members bring their horses to the Club from one of many local stables or private barns within walking distance of the Club. Our riding facilities are available daily from 6:00am until 10:00pm.
but i don't own a horse...
That’s okay! Some of our Club-sanctioned instructors have lesson horses available. Our instructors can also help you to find a horse for lease or purchase if this is of interest.
do beginners rider at the club?
Beginners are always welcome! As well, many of the surrounding stables and barns in Southlands have riding rings on their property; these are often where riders are introduced to the sport. Once riders have gained the basics of the sport, they may wish to take advantage of the wonderful facilities the Club offers - either on their own or with one of our Club-sanctioned instructors.
can you recommend any instructors or stables that accept new/beginner-level riders?
Yes. The Club is happy to help you get off to the right start, even if you aren’t joining right away! In addition to our Club instructors, there are stables in the community offering introductory and beginner-level lessons on suitable horses/ponies, including:
- Shannon Stables at West 55th & Blenheim | 604.657.8889
- Wildwood Paddocks at West 53rd & Carnarvon | 604.880.2779
- Maynard's Pony Meadows at West 51st & Balaclava | 604.261.1295
instruction at the club...
Instruction is available at the Club from our certified professional trainers specializing in dressage, hunter, jumper, equitation and eventing. Each instructor coordinates their own lessons and can be contacted directly for rates and availability.
The instructors highlighted below are currently accepting new/beginner-level students in their programs. Many offer lessons at the Club as well as at local stables, and all are certified instructors. Only the instructors listed here are eligible to teach lessons at the Club.
- Amanda Brook | Hunter/Jumper | 604.880.2779
- Kelsey Campbell | Hunter/Jumper & VPC | 778.837.0683
- Pippa Emrick | Hunter/Jumper | 604.351.5522
- Robyn Hunt | Hunter/Jumper | 604.220.2170
- Kaya Hunter | Hunter/Jumper & VPC | 778.986.4362
- Rick Maynard | Jumper/Eventing | 604.263.0370
- Claudia Zurmuhle | Dressage & Drill Team | 604.732.6030
what do i need to get started?
Your instructor - whether at the Club or off-site - will provide you with guidance on what equipment is mandatory for your lessons. For most, this will include an approved riding helmet and boots with a heel. The Carrington Shoppe located at 3434 West 55th Avenue can outfit you from a first lesson to the Grand Prix ring! Visit their website at www.thecarringtonshoppe.com for details and hours.