Riding School Curriculum Beginners – for children who have never ridden or just started During the course of a year, beginner riders will: • Learn to mount and dismount correctly • Learn to hold the reins correctly • Have the correct position in the saddle in halt and walk • Learn how to turn and stop the pony correctly • Learn to rise in the trot • Learn how to lead the pony • Learn how to groom the pony • Learn the basic parts of the saddle and bridle • Learn the basic parts of the pony • Learn the basic colours and markings of ponies • Go on outride’s • Learn to trot over trotting poles • Learn to jump small jumps • Be taught fun gymkhana events • Be moved to a more suitable group should they progress faster than their peer group Intermediates – for children who can walk, trot to jump small fence and steer their ponies well During the course of a year, intermediate riders will: • Learn to canter • Learn the correct techniques over jumps • Learn how to mount and dismount correctly • Learn how to execute trotting poles • Learn how to ride a small show jumping course • Learn how to lead a pony • walk and trot without stirrups and how to get stirrups back • learn parts of the saddle, bridle and pony • know colours and markings of ponies • learn how to groom and plait a pony • learn how to tack and untack a pony • go on outride’s • be taught gymkhana games • if the children are willing, they can be taught how to ride cross country jumps • if he/she progresses faster than his/her allocated group they will be moved to a more suitable group Advanced – for children who can ride well, and able to enter shows Advanced riders will be taught: • the correct position in walk, trot, canter and gallop • how to ride a show jumping course, cross country course, a dressage test, showing terst and an equitation test • how to tack and untack a pony • how to groom and prepare a pony for a show • how to walk, trot, canter and jump without stirrups • how to lead a pony • the parts of a saddle, bridle and pony • the parts of the grooming kit and show jumping equipment Most advanced riders are ones that ride competitively so the majority of their lessons will be to prepare, practice and plan for their forthcoming shows. Time will be taken during lessons to go through any theory, to explain the relevant rules for each discipline (i.e. show jumping, eventing) At the end of the 2nd and 4th terms, examiners will be invited in and children can take simple “tests”. These tests will cover theory and riding and are designed to acknowledge the children’s efforts. Certificates will be issued on the successful completion of the tests. The tests will increase in difficulty during the course of the year in order to extend the children, their riding ability and theoretical knowledge.
Pages to are hidden for
"Riding School Curriculum Beginners – for children who have never"Please download to view full document