Junior Beginner Course

Providing a well-rounded and high quality introduction to riding and horsemanship for youth aged 8 to 16


Program Details

The Junior Beginner Course is a 12 week program which teaches the basics of horsemanship, riding, and being a Lancer. Children from the ages of 8-16 will learn groom, tack up, ride, and take care of the horses, equipment, and stables. Lessons are one hour long and run twice a week. Riders are expected to be at the barn at least thirty minutes before and after their rides. 

All instructors are Equestrian Canada and NCCP qualified. Lessons may be mounted or unmounted depending on the instructor’s lesson plan. The Junior Beginner Course is designed for riders with little to no riding experience. For riders wishing to join Lancers and who can already walk, trot, and canter unaided, please see our Junior Membership page


More than Just Riding Skills

Our Course teaches not only the basics of horse riding but also the basics of horsemanship. As Course participants, you will learn how to properly groom a horse, pick out a stall, clean tack, and maintain a clean a barn! After their lesson, riders are responsible for making sure their horse is put away properly, tack cleaned, and the aisle is swept clean. Each group is also assigned a chore to complete. This can be cleaning a water bucket, sweeping a common space, picking out a stall, feeding hay or any other chore that may need to be done that day.


Upon Completion


At the end of the 12 week course, your child will have over 48 hours of horse experience. They will be able to properly take care of their horse and equipment as well as able to ride at the walk and trot and the early stages of cantering. Once the course has been completed, participants will have the option to become members of the Halifax Lancers and will not have to rejoin the wait list. We look forward to welcoming your child and your family to our Lancer community! 



Program Highlights 

  • $900 for twelve week course

  • 2 lessons/week

  • Teaches riding, horsemanship, and basic horse care skills

  • Equestrian Canada and NCCP qualified instructors

  • First Aid certified and skilled barn monitors

  • Guaranteed space to enter Junior Membership upon completion


Equipment Requirements

All riders must wear their own ASTM approved helmets. Boots with a hard sole and a half-inch heel as well as a comfortable pair of long pants are required for comfort and safety. Red shirts are encouraged. Grooming kits are provided. 



The Junior Beginner Course usually runs once a year in September. Enrollment is limited to eight riders per course and is on a first come, first served basis. Due to our strong reputation, location in the city, and cap of eight riders per course, we have a registration waitlist. Although the course is for riders aged 8 to 16, we encourage individuals to join the waitlist sooner rather than later.

Every June, after membership registration has closed, we are able to assess the possibility of Beginner Courses in September. Once decided, we begin to contact those at the top of our waitlist. We are dedicated to equality and as best practice, once registration opens, we move down the wait list and offer spaces to individuals in order. Click here to read more about how our waitlist and enrollment works.

If you have not yet been contacted, there has not been space yet for you to register. The Autumn 2019 session is now full. The next junior beginner course will run when spaces becomes available in our schedule, likely in September 2020. If your child has riding experience and can walk, trot, and canter independently, please see our Junior Membership page.