Riding and Horsemanship School


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Registration opens Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at 10:00am!

Before registering, please read and understand our refund and discount policies.

Questions about our hot/wet weather policies?  Read our Rain or Shine suggestions for more information about how we embrace exposure and the elements.



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Our Riding Philosophy

At Sienna Ranch Riding & Horsemanship School (SRRHS), we teach the fundamentals of a classic balanced seat to develop safe riders with the solid, correct foundation needed to advance and excel in any equestrian discipline, or to simply continue to ride for pleasure. Our students are schooled in natural horsemanship philosophy in order to nurture kind riders who can form rewarding relationships with horses through knowledge and understanding of the animal’s natural instincts. Our comprehensive program also includes instruction on all aspects of horse care, grooming, and handling. Much of our curriculum is rooted in the teachings of United States Pony Clubs.

As students progress through the SRRHS, they gain a solid, well-rounded foundation of horse management knowledge and riding skills that they can then apply to any riding discipline they choose. Our mounted lessons use many fun and challenging activities such as longe line exercises, vaulting, school figures, cavaletti, beginning dressage, trail technique, and a variety of creative and educational games on and off horseback. Our focus on cultivating an understanding of, and respect for, the horse’s point of view creates students who become confident, humane partners to their equine friends, communicating clearly as they learn to safely interact with horses on the ground and in the saddle.

At SRRHS, we believe the benefits of involvement with horses extend far beyond the saddle and the ranch, and we love sharing our knowledge and passion with our students.

Our program offers two ground-based group classes to introduce students of different ages to the wonderful world of horses, as well as one-hour riding lessons focused on developing a balanced, independent seat, and the knowledge of horse psychology and care required to create well rounded, versatile, and empathetic equestrians.  In the mounted portion, riders learn to balance on the horse without the use of hands on the reins or elsewhere through instruction and exercises that teach proper alignment, a relaxed, following seat, and the ability to control one’s body parts and use each independently of the other at all gaits.  The more refined a rider’s seat, the more clearly and subtly they are able to communicate with their horse, affording them a greater sense of partnership with the animal with whom they are working.


Horses and Heat/Rain


While weather here is typically on the mild side, the East Bay is also known for it’s hot, sometimes humid heat waves in the summer and stormy, rainy spells in the winter.  This means temperatures and humidity can sometimes exceed the heat stress index veterinarians deem too high for safe horseback riding in the summer. Likewise, if the substrate in our arena becomes too soggy and spongy horses’ hooves can sink, making riding dangerous.  Please know that it is our preference for campers to experience a mounted riding rotation each day of program. However, we reserve the right to substitute riding with other creative, experiential horse-themed lessons and games should the index be too great or the arena too soggy for the horses to be exercised safely.


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:


Junior Riding Club

Grades: PreK-2nd (PreK = at least 4 years old as of September 1, 2019)

Class Size: 8 students 

Class Time: Tuesday, 1:30-3:20

Class Tuition: $422/8-week session

*Springhill Elementary Pick Up Walk Option- FREE of Charge, choose option when registering. If there are less than 4 students registered for Springhill walk for any classes the hike may be cancelled.*

Junior Riding Club is an introduction for young horse enthusiasts at that special age when everything is exciting and magical. They will delight in learning about all aspects of horses and the special bonds that can be formed with them. In addition to learning about all of the Sienna Ranch equines, students will practice caring for them through tasks such as grooming and barn chores. They will also enjoy horse-related games and art projects and learn how to identify horses by breed, color, and other features. Through a rich variety of unmounted activities students will learn how to become comfortable, confident, and safe around horses.
Many classes will include a short ride with gentle instruction for each student. Families interested in a longer period of mounted instruction may also consider our Private Riding Lesson program. This class will be held rain or shine.

*This class is the home school equivalent of Coyote Club Equestrian Junior.

Riding Cancellation Note:

We understand that the riding component of our programs is very important to our students and will always do our best to ride as planned. We do reserve the right to cancel the riding component of our lessons without notice for the safety of our students and/or horses. We will always use our non-riding time to learn valuable lessons about horse care, anatomy, tack, vaulting or ground skills to create well-rounded, holistic horse people. We are unable to offer make-up riding time for any group classes or camps.  

Horse Experience

Grade (as of September 2019): 3rd-6th

Class Size: 8 students

Class Time: Thursday, 1:30-3:20

Class Tuition: $422/8-week session

Take your love of horses to the next level with our Horse Experience program! This class is a great opportunity for both new and experienced students to learn about horse care and history while meeting other equine enthusiasts. Students will practice their horse-handling skills through hands-on activities like grooming and doing barn chores and increase their knowledge about horses in history and culture through a variety of modalities including art, games, discussion, and literature.
This class will include mini riding lessons for each student. Families interested in a longer period of mounted instruction may also consider our Private Riding Lesson program. Class will be held rain or shine.

*This class is the home school equivalent of Coyote Club Equestrian Senior.

Riding Cancellation Note:

We understand that the riding component of our programs is very important to our students and will always do our best to ride as planned. We do reserve the right to cancel the riding component of our lessons without notice for the safety of our students and/or horses. We will always use our non-riding time to learn valuable lessons about horse care, anatomy, tack, vaulting or ground skills to create well-rounded, holistic horse people. We are unable to offer make-up riding time for any group classes or camps.  

Coyote Club Equestrian Junior

Grades: PreK-2nd (PreK = at least 4 years old as of September 1, 2019)

Class Size: 8 students

Class Time: 3:30-4:55

Class Tuition: $345/8-week session

*Springhill Elementary Pick Up Walk Option (Tuesday)- FREE of Charge, choose option when registering. If there are less than 4 students registered for Springhill walk for any classes the hike may be cancelled.*

Coyote Club Equestrian Junior is an introduction for young horse enthusiasts at that special age when everything is exciting and magical. They will delight in learning about all aspects of horses and the special bonds that can be formed with them. In addition to learning about all of the Sienna Ranch equines, students will practice caring for them through tasks such as grooming and barn chores. They will also enjoy horse-related games and art projects and learn how to identify horses by breed, color, and other features. Through a rich variety of unmounted activities students will learn how to become comfortable, confident, and safe around horses.   

Many classes will include a short ride with gentle instruction for each student.  Families interested in a longer period of mounted instruction may also consider our Private Riding Lesson program. This class will be held rain or shine.

*This class is the After School equivalent of Junior Riding Club.  

Riding Cancellation Note:

We understand that the riding component of our programs is very important to our students and will always do our best to ride as planned. We do reserve the right to cancel the riding component of our lessons without notice for the safety of our students and/or horses. We will always use our non-riding time to learn valuable lessons about horse care, anatomy, tack, vaulting or ground skills to create well-rounded, holistic horse people. We are unable to offer make-up riding time for any group classes or camps.  

Coyote Club Equestrian Senior

Grade (as of September 2019): 3rd-6th

Class Size: 8 students

Class Time: 3:30-4:55

Class Tuition: $345/8-week session

*Springhill Elementary Pick Up Walk Option (Thursday)- FREE of Charge, choose option when registering. If there are less than 4 students registered for Springhill walk for any classes the hike may be cancelled.*

Take your love of horses the next level with our Coyote Club Equestrian Senior program! This class is a great opportunity for both new and experienced students to learn about horse care and history while meeting other equine enthusiasts. Students will practice their horse-handling skills through hands-on activities like grooming and doing barn chores and increase their knowledge about horses in history and culture through a variety of modalities including art, games, and discussion.
This class will include mini riding lessons for each student. Families interested in a longer period of mounted instruction may also consider our Private Riding Lesson program. Class will be held rain or shine.

*This class is the After School equivalent of the Horse Experience class.  

Riding Cancellation Note:

We understand that the riding component of our programs is very important to our students and will always do our best to ride as planned. We do reserve the right to cancel the riding component of our lessons without notice for the safety of our students and/or horses. We will always use our non-riding time to learn valuable lessons about horse care, anatomy, tack, vaulting or ground skills to create well-rounded, holistic horse people. We are unable to offer make-up riding time for any group classes or camps.  

 

Private Riding Lessons  

Grade (as of September 2019): 1st and up

Class Size: one student

Class Duration: 60 minutes

Class Tuition: $592/8-week session (Session 1 and Session 3, Monday lessons pro-rated since there is one fewer lesson due to the ranch being closed Labor Day and Martin Luther King Jr Day)

(See prerequisites below before enrolling

Private Riding Lessons are one-on-one riding lessons. Private riding lessons are appropriate for beginner or intermediate students, especially those who benefit from or require focused individual attention. Please contact our office directly if you have questions about the structure of Private Riding Lessons.  Each 60-minute period includes grooming and tacking up their horse for the day with additional safety protocol introduced the first time a student rides at Sienna Ranch.  Remaining time will be spent on mounted instruction*. We understand if you would like to watch your child’s lesson and we welcome an adult to sit at the picnic table in the horse area or stand outside the arena. We ask that other siblings, extra adults or visitors choose Family Day or another program to attend, as Private Lessons are designed for one student and the horse and other siblings might be interested in wandering the horse area which can be unsafe.

*Riding Cancellation Note:

We understand that the riding component of our programs is very important to our students and will always do our best to ride as planned. We do reserve the right to cancel the riding component of our lessons without notice for the safety of our students and/or horses. We will always use our non-riding time to learn valuable lessons about horse care, anatomy, tack, vaulting or ground skills to create well-rounded, holistic horse people.  See Missed Lesson Policy for Riding Lessons below.  


School Year Wait List


Our waitlist feature is now included in our new registration system.  To add your child to a waitlist put the class of interest into your shopping cart and check out for $0 dollars.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating your child has been added to the waitlist.

*Please use our Horseback Riding Absence Tool to report a Private Riding Lesson absence. If your child is sick and missed school the day of their lesson please report an absence for their lesson so that the instructors and horses can stay healthy.


Private Riding Notes on Planned Absences and Non-Riding Lessons

Missed-Lesson Policy for Riding Lesson Packages: 

In each 8-week session, each student is allowed a maximum of one make-up lesson for a missed lesson (for any reason including schedule conflicts, sickness, travel, weather, etc.). In order to be considered a lesson which can be made up at no additional charge, Sienna Ranch must have enough notice to tell our staff your child will be absent.

**AM LESSONS** must be canceled by 4pm the evening prior.
**PM LESSONS** must be canceled by 9am the morning of the lesson.

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to contact the office to schedule a make-up lesson. Make-up requests must be completed within one month of the missed lesson.

Absences must be reported by clicking on the button below since it emails your instructor directly. Due to our limited office hours, leaving a voicemail or email unfortunately cannot be accepted as notification of absence.

Submit a Horseback Riding Lesson Absence notification

Inclement Weather Policy:

Instructors hold Private Lessons in ALL WEATHER.  If weather prevents riding, we will send a note home telling you which lesson our instructor covered, which may focus on ground-based exercises & games for riders, horse care and stable management practices such as grooming, tacking, tack care, stall care, anatomy, breeds, colors, etc.

We reserve the right for up to two of your eight lessons to be non-riding.  However, If more than 2 lessons in the package are non-riding, please keep coming!  We’ve got lots to do besides mounted riding and in addition to your regularly scheduled time with the horses will offer you a choice of pro-rated refund or make up class for each additional non-riding lesson (at no additional charge, max 5 per session).  Families must schedule make-up lessons within one-month of the 3rd non-riding lesson in the package and should reference the non-riding slips you received when communicating with the office. Email admin@siennaranch.net or call (925) 283-6311 with any questions.

Watching your Childs’ Lessons:

Parents are welcome to watch the lesson provided it does not interfere with the instructor’s ability to effectively teach, and are respectfully asked not to speak to their child during lesson time unless asked to do so by the instructor.  Thank you for attending without the presence of siblings.


2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Classes are eight weeks long.  Join us for one session, or register for the full year.

Registration opens Wednesday May 15th, 2019!

Before registering, please read and understand our refund and discount policies.

2019-20 School Year Dates

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Sep 1-Oct 26 Oct 27-Jan 11 Jan 12-Mar 7 March 22-May 23
no class: 9/2 no class: 11/25- 12/1; 12/23-1/5 no class: 1/20 no class: 3/30-4/5