2023 Winter Session Enrollment and 2022 Thanksgiving and Winter Break Camps are Open for Hugo & Stillwater Locations! (11.14.22)

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Stepwise Riding Program

Our stepwise program for kids ages 7-18 follows our comprehensive, six-level system. The first three levels—Introductory, Rookie & Novice Riding—are geared toward taking students who have minimal horse experience and teaching them the basic skills of riding. Most of our students opt to start at the Introductory level, even if they have taken a couple of lessons elsewhere.

Introductory, Rookie & Novice classes typically consist of a 45 minutes in the saddle and 40 minutes of horsemanship education*.

Once riders have mastered the skills outlined in our Introductory, Rookie, and Novice levels, we welcome them to move on to the more experienced levels: Intro to Specialized Riding, Dressage & Jumping Basics, and Competitive Dressage & Jumping. At these levels, riders are expected to independently catch, groom, tack, and mount their horses prior to their 60-minute riding lesson, as horsemanship is no longer a part of these lessons. Please see our FAQ page for more information about testing into our experienced levels as a new Spark Equestrian student!

Outside of our stepwise curriculum, we do offer a Tiny Tots class for students ages 3-5 years old.

TINY TOTS

For ages 3-5 (not a part of our stepwise levels-system)

DURATION OF lesson

45 minutes

NUMBER OF Lessons

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

Curriculum

In the Tiny Tots class, our youngest students will learn the very basics of grooming and riding. This is an interactive class that involves the parent or guardian learning basic grooming and horse leading skills as well. Parents/guardians should be prepared to lead their child around on a horse or pony for about 15-25 minutes during the riding portion of the lesson.

  • Learning how to safely interact with horses and ponies

  • Becoming confident and comfortable around horses and ponies

  • Learning how to brush and groom

  • Building strength and balance in the saddle in a seated and two-point position at a walk

DURATION OF lessson

85 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

Our introductory course will cover the very basics of riding and is designed for students with little-to-no horse experience. The skills that will be learned at this level include:

  • Safely mounting/dismounting

  • Developing strength and balance in the correct position(s)

  • Developing independent aids at a walk

  • Steering using the outside aids

  • Steering patterns at a walk

  • Walk-to-trot and trot-to-walk transitions

  • Two-point at a walk and trot

  • Introduction to independent horsemanship

PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$295
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$675
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$450

INTRODUCTORY RIDING I

Level 1A

INTRODUCTORY RIDING II

Level 1B

DURATION OF LESSON

85 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

Introductory Riding II classes continue to strengthen and build off of the Introductory Riding I skills:

  • Review & mastery of Introductory Riding I skills

  • Increasing strength, balance and confidence at a trot

  • Improving steering & independent aids at a walk and trot

  • Learning how to post the trot

  • Increased horsemanship independence

rookie riding

Level 2

DURATION OF LESSON

85 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

Designed for students who have sufficiently learned the skills covered in our Introductory Riding I and II classes, our Rookie level course will be working on the following skills:​

  • Learning posting diagonals at the trot

  • Timing and use of different rein aids and seat positions

  • Various steering exercises at the trot

  • Introduction to cantering

  • Increased horsemanship independence

NOVICE A RIDING

Level 3A

DURATION OF LESSON

85 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

Once riders have completed Rookie Riding, they will learn the following:

  • Improve upon Rookie Riding skills

  • Increased expectations regarding steering at a trot

  • Increased independent aids at a trot

  • Improving half-halts

  • Building strength and balance at a canter

  • Increased horsemanship independence

NOVICE B RIDING

Level 3B

DURATION OF LESSON

85 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

Novice B is the last class in our levels-system that has a horsemanship component to it. This is the level where students review the skills from all previous levels and are able to fill in any educational holes before they go on to Intro to Specialized riding. As such, these are the focus points of Novice B riding:

  • Review & mastery of all previous skills

  • Preparing students for non-horsemanship levels

  • Performing more advanced patterns at a trot and canter

INTRO TO SPECIALIZED RIDING

Level 4

DURATION OF LESSON

60 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

In this course, riders will use the skills learned in the previous courses to get their feet wet in jumping and dressage. This is the first level in which riders will not have a horsemanship portion to their lesson. Riders are expected to get their own horses ready and be mounted in the arena by the start of their lesson time. The skills riders will master at this level are:

  • Differentiating between what is required for hunters, jumpers, and dressage competitions

  • Introduction to USDF dressage tests

  • Jumping over individual cavaletti and/or small cross rails

  • Competing in a mock-Dressage Seat Equitation Class

  • Competing in a mock-Hunter Equitation Class

DURATION OF LESSON

60 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

The skills that will be addressed at this level include:​

  • Dressage: Improving position, strength, balance, and independent aids at a walk, trot and canter. Test riding and equitation class practice. 

  • Jumping: Improving proper position over fences, finding the proper rhythm to carry to a fence, being aware of what canter lead your horse lands on

DRESSAGE & JUMPING BASICS

Level 5

COMPETITIVE DRESSAGE & JUMPING

Level 6

DURATION OF LESSON

60 minutes

NUMBER OF LESSONS

Summer Session: 8

Fall/Winter/Spring: 12

CURRICULUM

Competitive dressage and jumping classes are geared toward students who are preparing to lease or own a horse for the purpose of horse showing. These classes will focus on preparing students for the various showing expectations of the equestrian sport they have chosen to focus on. 

Classes for Kids

PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$330
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$840
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$560
PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$330
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$840
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$560
PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$330
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$840
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$560
PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$330
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$840
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$560
PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$330
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$840
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$560
PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$295
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$780
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$520
PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$295
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$780
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$520
PAY MONTHLY
(ALL SESSIONS)
THREE PAYMENTS
$295
PAY IN FULL
(12-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$780
PAY IN FULL
(8-WEEK SESSION)
SINGLE PAYMENT OF
$520

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Spark Equestrian Academy
13850 30th St N,
Stillwater, MN 55082

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