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 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. 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 instruction for each student. 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 learning about tack 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. 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. 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 instruction for each student. 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 learning about tack 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. 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.   


OPTIONAL ADD ON:

Morning Equestrian Extension

Grade (as of September 2019): K-3rd 

Class Size: 8 students

Class Duration: Fridays 9-10:20 AM

Class Tuition: $345/ 8-week session

The Morning Equestrian Extension 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. 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 instruction for each student. This class will be held rain or shine.

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.  


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.


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