JUNIOR BEGINNER COURSE
Beginner courses usually occur twice a year in September and April for boys and girls between 8 and 18 years old. The course is twelve weeks long with two - one hour long lessons per week. (Please note: in some circumstances, seven-year-old riders may be admitted with adequate previous experience).
Some riders who enter the junior beginner course have completed a summer camp or introductory program, however, the course is intended for those with little riding experience.
Riders learn the fundamentals of walk, trot and some cantering as well as how to care for horses and tack. Each rider will learn to tack up and groom their own horse, but will share horses until each has become sufficiently independent to prepare their own horse.
Riders need to be in the stable one half hour ahead of the ride time and will be in the stable at least one half hour after the ride. After the ride, each rider is responsible for having his or her horse cooled out properly and all equipment returned to its appropriate spot.
The next beginner junior course starting in September is full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list for our next session. Our wait list is lengthy but we will always work to accommodate as many riders as possible. Depending on enrollment, we may not be able to run a beginner course in April, 2018.
March Break and Summer Camps
Camps are offered in all weeks of July and the first two weeks of August as well as one week in March each year.
Registration for summer camp 2017 is closed. Please email email@example.com to be added to our contact list for March Break and Summer camp 2018.
HJBL camps are available for children ages 8-12, and are a great introduction to riding and the care of horses. We have qualified instructors teaching the camps which follows Equine Canada Program guidelines.
During the day riders get to prepare their horses for their lesson by grooming and tacking up. Kids ride for two hours per day and also clean up after their lesson is over.
While not riding riders have in-barn lessons where they learn the parts of the horse, as well as important safety considerations and barn rules. At the end of the camp, riders are awarded a certificate.
2017 summer camp is now FULL
- Beginner Course - $750 (12 week term; 2 lessons/week)
- Membership - $300/month (11 month term; 2 lessons/week)
- Camps - $350 per week
- HST is not charged on youth programs
Junior MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
Lancers junior membership program is open to young riders aged 8 to 18 years old. The program is 11 months (September - July) in duration typically with two scheduled lessons per week. Class sizes are limited to eight riders.
All riders who become junior members have completed Lancers junior beginner course or have some riding experience.
The Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers follows the Equine Canada Rider Level testing system. This is a proficiency system for riders which tests rider skills at ten levels. All lessons at Lancers are taught using the progressive guidelines of the EC Rider Level Program.
As riders become more experienced they are eligible to join The Musical Ride which is made up of sixteen horses and riders. The riders are chosen from the upper junior rides and practice in the summer.
Our junior riders can also join our Lancers branch of the Canadian Pony Club and compete in various competitions and games. See: http://www.canadianponyclub.org/
ASTM approved helmets are required. 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.