JUNIOR BEGINNER COURSE
The junior beginner course always occurs once a year in September for boys and girls between 8 and 18 years old. Occasionally, when space permits, we run a course in April. 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.
Please click below to join our wait list! Our wait list is lengthy but we will always work to accommodate as many riders as possible.
March Break and Summer Camps
Our summer camps are designed to introduce boys and girls ages 8 to 12 with little to no experience with horses to the basics of horse care and English riding. All riding lessons are taught by Equine Canada and NCCP certified instructors. Camp counselors are highly experienced riders and horse people and are First Aid certified.
Children will learn how to groom the horses, tack them up, feed and clean up after them. All this is done in a structured, supervised, and fun setting with lots of equestrian-themed games. You will see their confidence blossom as they develop skills to communicate with these very large, but kind-hearted animals.
What does a typical day like? First, riders prepare their horses for their lesson by grooming and tacking up. Campers have two riding sessions a day and then clean up after their lesson is over. When not riding, children have in-barn lessons where they learn the parts of the horse and tack, as well as important safety considerations and barn rules. Games are played on and off horseback, especially horse-marking trivia and the famous Lancer game, “Capture the Brush”! A highlight of the camp is when riders get to try vaulting! Throughout the week, campers will also have chance to enjoy their packed lunches in the Public Gardens and the Citadel as well as a trip to the Museum of Natural History. Camp goes on rain or shine as we have indoor and outdoor riding facilities!
By the end of the week, campers will be able to walk and trot a horse and will have learned valuable skills in grooming and riding safety. Most of all, they will make lasting memories and new friends (equine and human!) in the heart of downtown Halifax. The week ends with a fun show on Friday afternoon where riders can show off their new skills to their families. Each child will even receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the camp.
In terms of attire and equipment, campers only have to provide boots with a hard sole and a half-inch heel, as well as a comfortable pair of close-fitting long pants are required for comfort and safety. ASTM approved helmets are a must but are provided free of charge if necessary. Don’t forget peanut-free snacks too (and maybe a carrot or apple for the horses?!)!
The cost of each week-long camp is $400.00, and they run from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Early drop-off (8:00-9:00am) and late pick-up (4:00-5:00pm) options are available.
Registration for summer camp opens on March 19th at 8:00am. To confirm registration, the completed paper forms as well as a $50 cash/cheque deposit per child must be received. We are unable to process e-transfer or credit/debit card payments.
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To register, please follow these steps:
1) Print and complete the registration form (attached) - one per child.
2) Provide a $50 deposit - cash or cheque only (no Visa nor E-transfer payments can be processed)
3) Submit your form AND deposit to the office at the stables (1690 Bell road, office is inside the barn door, on the right with the red door).
4) Ensure you write on the envelope, the time at which you submitted your forms
5) Drop envelope into office mail slot (instructions are on the office door)
As a non-profit, we are pleased to accept a reduced rate for campers who qualify and receive funding from Jumpstart/RecKids or KidSport. Please see our “funding options” for more information.
2018 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL
2018 Summer Camp Dates
Week 1: July 2-6 FULL
Week 2: July 9-13 FULL
Week 3: July 16-20 FULL
Week 4: July 23-27 FULL
Week 5: July 30 - August 3 FULL
Week 6: August 7- 10 FULL
- Beginner Course - $900 (12 week term; 2 lessons/week)
- Membership - $300/month (11 month term; 2 lessons/week)
- Camps - $400 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.