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Hunter/Jumper Riding Lessons

About our lesson program

THEC, hands down, has the most diverse and largest pool of trained lesson horses in the Kansas City area! We have several horses that are appropriate for teaching beginner children and adults on up to horses that can take you to some of the most advanced levels of competition (3 of our lesson horses can be shown up to 4'6"!). All of our horses are chosen for their kind temperament before being trained to join our lesson program. Not only do we have 15 lesson horses- but most of them also attend regular shows and can take you to the ribbons! Two of our lesson horses have been in the top 15 for AQHA Jumpers IN THE WORLD for several years of their career, while others have year-end, regional and state titles. In THEC, we pride ourselves in taking riders from the ground up- from little to no experience to a rider who can really know how to ride- not just sit on a horse!
 

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation (English riding) - Beginner through Advanced group lessons are offered to ages 7+

All group lessons are taught by Professional instructor Amara Packwood. Amara is highly qualified with a B.S. in Equestrian Science and over 15 years of showing horses. She has trained and ridden horses to many local and regional championships in the Hunter/Jumper and other disciplines. Amara and her own horse, Prince Dell Te Fire, have ridden to two Jumping World Champion titles and have competed in the Grand Prix arena.  

 

"I'm often asked (by parents new to horses), What skills do riding lessons teach young children? The key during the beginning lessons is to teach balance on a horse, the basics of riding and control, relaxation, light hands and a relaxed seat. They develop strength to use leg pressure, control their body to quietly mount and balance to dismount. In addition, they should learn that horses aren't there just to be ridden- they require special diets and care to be able to be happy and healthy. Proper grooming, tacking, cooling out and being put back to pasture is all part of riding a horse. A child should learn to be confident but firm around such a large animal. Only the calmest and kindest natured horses with solid training should be used to introduce a young rider to riding."
-Amara Packwood
 

Horseback Riding Lessons teach our children more than just how to stay on the back of a horse.  That is only a very, very small part of what riding lessons can do for your child.  Imagine the confidence that your child will develop when they have total control over that 1,000 pound horse!  What an amazing confidence booster!  Lessons teach poise, balance and coordination.  Posting the trot, two-point, cantering- it all takes practice and a little hard work. Riding lessons also teach a certain etiquette and manners that are expected in the arena.  These are lessons that will prepare your child to excel wherever their life path may lead them.   The proper manners and etiquette that are learned for the horse showing world are many of the same manners expected in certain situations in life. How to pass another rider in the ring, what to do when another rider is struggling with their animal or how to handle when your own ride doesn't go quite as planned. In the show ring, winning or losing, learning to appreciate what you learned from your performance how to cheer on a friend or even give a hand to a rider less experienced then you. They will gain the poise and ability to remain calm in stressful situations.  We all can say that would be a great asset to have. 
 

Giving your child horseback riding lessons can provide a lifetime of confidence, self assurance and poise that will serve them well during their lifetime.  It is well worth the resources that you put toward the development and education of your children.

Adults can benefit as well! Horses are like dogs in their personality and can be cuddly as well as goofy at times! They also have many therapeutic benefits can help us to ease stress in a fun, athletic way. Students are always welcome to help with horse care that takes place outside of lessons to learn more about how we care for these beautiful animals.

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LESSON PRICING

Go to www.thec.acuityscheduling.com to book your first lesson!

PRICING

Lesson services we offer:

Introductory/Evaluation/Private  Lessons

$85/lesson

This lesson is a private, one-on-one, lesson with your instructor to evaluate your current riding level as well as discuss what you need to work on to progress to your individual goals

These lessons are approximately 45 minutes of riding time and will be catered to meet the individual rider's needs.

An evaluation lesson is required before being approved to move into Group Lessons.

GROUP LESSONS

$200/month 
1 weekly group lesson (4 total)
Minimum 3 month commitment.
Ages 7-Adult
Beginner-Advanced levels

Group lessons are 1 hour of riding time.  Classes have 5 riders per class.  Rider must be able to walk and trot safely to be allowed to join groups.

Each rider is assigned a horse for the day, based on their skill level and individual goals.  The student is responsible for showing up 30 minutes early to catch, groom and tack their mount as well as staying approximately 30 minutes after their lesson to untack and take care of their horse.

Lead Line Lessons

$200/month 
1 weekly group lesson (4 total)
Month-to-month commitment.
Ages 4-7.


Lead line lessons are walk-only and are up to 25 minutes of riding time.  This is a one-on-one lesson with your instructor.  Student must provide sturdy riding boots with a 1/2" heal and will be required to wear a properly fitted riding helmet.  Horse will be tacked by your instructor, though student may be asked to assist with some basic skills as part of their learning experience.

FAQ

What ages/levels do you teach?

Our regular lessons are groups of 3-5 riders.

Children ages 7+ who are able to trot on their own and have a parent to help to tack at every lesson.

Adults under 220lbs of all experience levels are welcome.

Riders in a single weekly group lessons will be allowed to jump up to 2'.  Above 2' we feel that the rider should be riding more seriously and taking lessons more than once a week.

For riders riding in 2 or more lessons per week that are more advanced in their ability, we have horses that jump and show up to 4'+

 

Do you have working students?

Yes!  In fact we encourage students to work off lessons or horse shows to become more involved.

Lessons:  1 "day" of cleaning all stalls, bedding and cleaning the aisle after to cover a weekly group lesson.

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2 shifts of feeding + turnout/in covers a weekly group lesson.

Working students are required to keep a credit card on file- missed work that is not made up within 2 weeks (as available) will be charged to the card on file to cover that lesson credit.  

Do you have showing or lease oppertunities?

We attend 1-2 shows per month both locally (schooling shows) and in the midwest (rated shows).  Shows are open for all students to attend as space allows.

Lease options are considered on an indivudual basis.  Half-leases (3 riders per week) are $300-$600/month and must maintain a weekly group lesson in addition.

How long are enrollment sessions?

Your first "Evaluation" lesson is no obligation to continue however we ask that only serious riders take an Evaluation lesson due to our limited time.

After your evaluation lesson, groups are a minimum 3 month obligation.  

Withdrawing from lessons must be done by the 1st of the month prior of when you wish to withdrawal (J.  


 

If you wish to withdraw from group lessons, you must do so in writing (via the national processing/THEC withdrawal form ONLY- please request via email & return it via email by the 1st of the PREVIOUS month, or you will be charged in full for the following lesson month. NO exceptions are made for ANY reason.

Working students- you have the same obligation to pay and give 30 days notice (your work pays for your lessons each month). If you don't meet your work obligations, or give 30 days notice, your card on file will be charged.

 

Example Drop dates
-Drop May by April 1st
-Drop June by May 1st
-Drop July by June 1st
etc.

Note:  Lessons are 4 lesson weeks, if there is a 5th day of the month we will NOT have lessons unless a previous lesson was canceled due to a horse show.



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When/how are lessons charged?  What is the rider is unable to ride their normal lesson time? 

We require that a current credit card be kept on file at all times (for working students as well).

Lessons are charged on the 28th of the previous month. 

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Partial lesson months are not allowed, with the exception of our military who PCS (and give due notice).
 

Any additional horse show coaching, horse trailering fees, or other additional services will be charged 2 weeks BEFORE the show date! THEC barn shows will be charged the day of the show.

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ALL cancelations of lessons must be made 32 hours prior to your lesson time and made through the acuity scheduling system to receive your lesson credit back to your account.

Riders have 90 days from the date of issue to make up their riding lessons.  No extensions will be made for any reason.  Rider must be currently enrolled for the month to use make up credits.  Credits must be use in an appropriate group (no beginners in advanced lessons or children in adult-only lessons).  Credits for missed lessons are a courtesy and not guaranteed a spot will be available- we suggest you don't wait to until they are about to expire to look for a make up slot to use them.

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If a rider is suddenly unable to ride due to illness or injury, the same policies for lesson withdraw apply.  

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==NO REFUNDS OR EXCEPTIONS FOR ANY REASON==

What gear do I need to provide?

All riders must provide their own english paddock boots, breeches and a certified horse riding helmet no more than 5 years old.  Riding in jeans or street shoes is not permitted.

We will provide the horse and all tack.

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Riders with their own saddles may use them ONLY if the fit is approved by your instructor.  Riders may use their own saddle pads that are clean and NOT used on any horses outside of the THEC facility.  

MEET OUR LESSON HORSES

We have over 15 horses of all levels to meet the needs of our riders as they progress in their riding ability.

Stormy
Show name: Tally Ho Irish Storm
Breed:  Irish Draught Sport Horse
Born:  2018


Beginner-Advanced.


 

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Ariel
Show name: Left Speechless
Breed:  unknown
Born:  2015


Beginner-Intermediate.


 

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Rosebud
Show name: Angelica Rose
Breed:  AQHA
Born:  2011


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Peach
Show name: Peachy Keen
Breed:  AQHA
Born:  2006


Beginner-Advanced. 16 hands.  Peach joined our program in 2011 and has quickly become a favorite in our lesson program- she's sweet, easy to ride and has a great jump!
Jumps up to 4'6", shown to 4'

Peach is a Show Team mount.

Spirit
Show name: Jet a Bar Spirit
Breed:  AQHA
Born:  
2001

Beginner-Intermediate.  15 hand gelding.  Spirit was Amara's 2-year old western pleasure horse as a senior in high school and showed for 2 years total as a junior horse (with several state placings!). Now he's an excellent teacher for riders of all ages and levels. Small but mighty! (jumps 3', shown at 2')

Jumps up to 3'

Spirit is a Show Team mount.

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Rajah
Show name: Prince of Thieves
Breed:  AQHA
Born:  2006


Beginner-Advanced. 

Rajah is
a Show Team mount.

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Ice
Show name: Ice Ice Baby
Breed:  unknown
Born:  unknown


Intermediate-Advanced. 

Ice is a Show Team mount.

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Lilly
Show name: Galinda
Breed:  Swedish Warmblood
Born:  2003


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Spencer
Show name: Spencer Twist
Breed:  unknown
Born:  


Beginner-Intermediate.


 

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Colonel
Show name: Colonel Smokey
Breed:  AQHA
Born:  2006


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Trigger
Show name: Fabio McFabulous
Breed:  unknown
Born:  


Beginner-Intermediate


 

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River
Show name: Info Girls
Breed:  Thoroughbred
Born:  2004


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Isis
Show name: Queen of Dee Nile
Breed:  AQHA
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n:  2001

Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Sierra
Show name: KS Sierra
Breed:  Quarter Horse
Born:  2001


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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King
Show name: 
Breed:  AQHA
Born:  2004


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Tanner
Show name: Artimus
Breed:  Warmblood
Born:  2001


Beginner-Intermediate


 

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Mercedes
Show name: Shoulda Been My Sports Car
Breed:  Irish Draught Sport Horse
Born:  2005


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Prince
Show name: American Soldier
Breed:  Thoroughbred
Born:  


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Solar
Show name: Tidal Plain
Breed:  Thoroughbred
Born:  2009


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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Paradise
Show name: Pair of Dice
Breed:  Quarter Horse
Born:  


Intermediate-Advanced


 

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