Horsemanship

    

In 1960, when Triple R opened its gates for the first time, horses were an important part of the Ranch's activity plans. We meet adults today who still remember the names of their favorite Triple R horses from when they were kids! Horseback riding is still important year-round here. Triple R's riding program is supervised and taught by well trained, qualified instructors who put safety as priority one. Learning horsemanship in a safe manner is very important to us, a conviction you'll see expressed in everything we do with horses at the Ranch:

  • Experienced professional staff
  • Exceptional well-mannered horses
  • Triple R follows Alpha Omega Horsemanship Certification
  • Riders are encouraged to grow in horsemanship skill and relationship with God
  • Riders learn the importance of safety and control

Policies beginning Fall 2016

Our Spring session of riding lessons is a eight week session and starts April 22nd, continuing through June 17th.  (April 20th - June 15th for Thursday lessons.) We have a couple options available for lessons:

  1. Group lessons for ages 8 and up on Thursday afternoons from 4 pm – 5:30pm.
  2. Group lessons for ages 8 and up on Saturdays. Class time options are 9 am – 10:30 am, 10:30 am – 12 pm, and 1 pm – 2:30 pm. You may request a class time, but the schedule is determined by the number of students registered and the experience level of those students.
  3. Private lessons starting at age 3 and up.   These can be offered on days other than Thursday and Saturday.  Date and time are worked out between you and your instructor.

 

We are making a few changes to our riding program to improve your experience. Our most notable change in policy is that we will now be able to pro-rate the cost of the riding lesson package based on the number of dates the student will be able to attend.  If the student is aware of dates they will be missing and gives notice on the registration form, the cost of the session will be adjusted accordingly. This change in policy is not applicable for simply missing a lesson.  Notice must be given at the time of registration.  This is to accommodate sports and other obligations students often have.   We hope this will help as families are budgeting and scheduling out the school year, and we hope you make riding at Triple R a part of that schedule!

 

Registrations must be received by April 15th.  Registration forms and further information about lesson prices can be found below.

 

 

Lessons

While taking lessons at Triple R Ranch riders will work at their own individual pace, grow in their riding skills and build upon these skills as they complete each stage of our riding program. Always keeping safety in the forefront, the first stage riders will work through is Foundations. Then they will move on through the stages of Principles, Disciplines, Performance and Refinement.

Current Riding Lesson Dates & Prices: 

2017 Spring Group (8 Lessons): April 22-June 17 - $280

2017 Spring Private (8 Lessons): April 22-June 17 - $400

2017 Summer  Group (8 Lessons): July 8-August 26 - $280

2017 Fall Group (8 Lessons): September 16-November 4 - $280

2017 Fall Private (8 Lessons):  September 16-November 4 - $400


GROUP LESSONS (Ages 8-up) - Lessons are 11/2 hours long.
For ages 8 and up (and we mean up!)  It is never too late to learn to ride.  We encourage teens and adults to inquire about riding lessons at Triple R.  In your group lesson you will enjoy interacting with other horselovers, forming friendships, progressing in your skills together, while learning how horses interact with one another in a group setting.

Group Lessons (5 Sessions Offered Each Year)
Thursdays 4:00PM
Saturdays 9:00AM, 10:30AM, and 1:00PM
       
Cost- 8 lessons: $280 ($260 if paid in full by your first lesson)

PRIVATE LESSONS
If you prefer to have one on one instruction, private lessons will provided you with an environment that helps you progress more quickly.  Instructors will identify and address area that need attention and then spend the time to help you perfect your skills.

Ages 3-5       Cost- 8 lessons: $280 (2 Sessions Offered Each Year)

  • 30 minutes of horseback instruction
  • 15 minutes of theory (learning the basics of horse care)

Ages 6-Up Cost- 8 lessons: $400 (2 Sessions Offered Each Year)

     

    SPRING GROUP LESSONS
    For current or new students. These sessions include 8 - 11/2 hour lessons
    . This is a great option for current students to continue lessons through the spring or for new students looking to start lessons.

    Thursdays: April 20-June 15 - $280 (no lesson Thursday, May 11th)

    Saturdays: April 22-June 17 - $280 ​(no lesson Saturday, May 13th)

    PROPER ATTIRE REQUIRED - Long pants, a boot with a 1” heel, and a SEI approved helmet is necessary for all students.

    CANCELLATION POLICY - If you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled lesson, Triple-R is not responsible to offer a make-up lesson. In case of inclement weather one of the Triple R staff will call and let you know if lessons are canceled. We will offer up to two make-up lessons due to weather.

    ***When registering online for Spring Group Lessons, select "Group riding lessons Spring 2017" and make a note for Thursday or Saturday preference.***

     



    Trail Rides

    Triple R Ranch offers trail rides and hayrides for individuals and groups throughout the year (No availability during June-August due to Summer Camp programs.)  All trail rides must be payed in full before time of trail ride.

    Private Trail Rides offered Tuesday-Saturday

    $65 per person for 1 hour private trail ride (Tuesday-Friday)

    $50 per person for 1 hour private trail ride on Saturday

    Trail Rides offered on Thursday before 3pm

    $25 per person for a Group of 10 or more riders for a 30 minute ride.

    Saturday Group Trail Rides-30 minute ride

    $15 per person for overnight guest  (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance)

    $20 per person for Day Groups of 10 or more  (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance)

    $30 per person for Day Groups of less than 10  (Can be booked 1 week in advance) 

    Pony Rides on Saturday

    $6 per person for pony ride (Can be booked 1 week in advance)

     


    3R Special Equestrians

    The Special Equestrian program at Triple R Ranch uses the movement and interaction of a horse to help individuals with physical disabilities. This therapeutic riding program can help participants improve balance, core strength, flexibility, muscle tone, posture, coordination and self-confidence.

    Volunteers are an essential part of Special Equestrians. Without them our program cannot run. We need up to three volunteers per participant; a horse handler and two side walkers. Volunteering is more than just donating your time; it is helping people with disabilities achieve things they may have never thought possible before riding a horse. Volunteers do not need any experience working with horses or individuals with disabilities, we will train you to help here.  We are always looking for volunteers who are committed and are reliable, willing to learn and be kind and respectful to others. Be part of a fun, positive and rewarding experience.

    Special Equestrian Spring 2017 Dates:

    SE Training Sessions: March 1st & 2nd from 6PM to 8PM

    All volunteers must attend 1 of the 2 sessions.

     

    SE Spring Classes: Beginning March 9th through April 27th from 6pm to 8pm

     

    For more information call our office at ​(757) 421-4177.

    Special Equestrian Volunteer Handbook
    If you are a volunteer, please download and read this handbook prior to training.

    Click on the PDF file to download the handbook

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    Summer Camp 2017

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    The Ranch is committed to providing encounters with Christ through outdoor experiences. We rely on donations to make this ministry happen!

             


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