WaterStone provides a fun and safe environment in which to learn English riding on one of our well-trained school horses or your own boarded, part boarded, or leased horse.
Lessons take place in our beautiful indoor arena, our outdoor grass ring, cross country course and hundreds of acres of hacking for experienced riders.
Our instructional program is based on the Equine Canada/Ontario Equestrian Federation Rider Level Certification program. Our instructors are certified by EQUINE CANADA (see Instructor bios).
Our lesson programs run year round and we offer lessons 7 days a week.
Riders of similar experience and learning goals ride together in a group of up to 6 riders.
Monthly lesson registration = $55 per lesson including HST
Individual lesson registration = $65 per lesson including HST
One hour private lessons = $75 per lesson including HST
Beginner riders, ‘rusty stirrup’ riders, or anyone wanting one-on-one instruction on a one-time or ongoing basis can opt for private lessons.
Select Horse Program
Monthly lesson registration only = $60 per lesson including HST
Once familiar with the WaterStone horses, a rider can select one horse that they will be assigned for each lesson.
Part Boarding Program
$320 per month including HST
This program allows rider to have the same selected horse each week and provides:
- one group lesson a week
- one practice ride in which to review and practice activities taught in lesson (flat work only)
-Part Boarding with two group lessons a week plus one practice ride = $560 per month including HST
ALLY SILLERS - EQUINE CANADA CERTIFIED LEVEL 2 COACH
With over 40 years teaching experience, Ally has owned and operated her own riding school, and has run chapters of the Canadian Pony Club from 1985 to 2000. She has taught beginner to advanced students, who have ranged in age from 4 to 70 years old. Ally has had students who have won provincial championships in Dressage, Hunter/Jumper and Eventing – and one of her students, Kara Grant from Prince Edward Island, took part in 2 Olympic Games, competing in the Pentathalon. Ally's passion for horses and riding has rubbed off on her students, and many of them have gone on to become veterinarians, farriers and part-time coaches.
Ally is a National Evaluator for the Equine Canada Coaching program and also tests for the EC Learn to Ride program for Rider Levels 1-8. She is a facilitator for the Equestrian Theory Course and has prepared over 20 successful candidates for the Instructor of Beginner Coaching Evaluation.
ANN BASTON - EQUINE CANADA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Ann is an alumni of the Governor-General Horse Guards riding club and has taught riders at every level and age range. She has been an instructor at WaterStone Estate & Farms for over 5 years and has developed and facilitated many of our riding and horsemanship programs. Ann has supervised many of our students to become capable and passionate staff and volunteers in our barn, and a number of riders have graduated from our riding program and gone on to study veterinary sciences and to work in the equine industry.
Riders must arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the lesson in order to groom and tack up your horse. Barn supervisors are always available to help instruct riders with safe ways to prepare your horse for the lesson and enter the arena with ample time to receive the full hour of instruction. Riders arriving late will be assisted as per availability of supervisors and will have to join an in-progress lesson.
All riders must wear ASTM/SEI approved helmets. WaterStone will provide loaner helmets for first-time riders, but we encourage all riders to acquire their own well-fitting helmet. Riders must wear riding footwear as per the OEF standard of hard-soled boot with a heel between ½” and 1”. clothing.
First time lessons can be paid individually.
After the first lesson, the lesson spot can only be reserved through pre-paid monthly or individual packages. Payment is due in full at the beginning of the month at the time of the first monthly lesson.