Riding and Horsemanship School


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Registration opens Tuesday July 18th 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, 2017)

Class Size: 8 students 

Class Time: Tuesday, 1:10-3:10

Class Tuition: $407/8-week session

A unique junior horsemanship program designed just for this special age when everything is exciting and magical, Junior Riding Club is similar in content to our Horse Experience Class. Through lessons like how to “speak horse”, hands on activities such as grooming and leading, and games such as “good hands”, Junior Riding Clubbers develop confidence around horses as they experience concepts such as communication, partnership, and leadership. Students in Junior Riding Club will enjoy weekly time on horseback during lead line pony rides, when they will receive gentle mounted instruction.  Junior Riding Club is an ideal precursor to our Horse Experience Class or our Riding Lesson program, depending on instructor assessment of student readiness. Because of the comprehensive nature of SRRHS, our instructors are prepared to hold classes 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.  

Horse Experience

Grade (as of September 2017): 3rd-6th

Class Size: 8 students

Class Time: Thursday, 1:10-3:10

Class Tuition: $407/8-week session

The perfect introduction to the world of horses, Horse Experience is appropriate for new beginners, students who have ridden and would enjoy learning more about horses and their care, and for experienced students who want to spend more time at the ranch enjoying the social dynamics of being with other equine enthusiasts. Students will spend two hours each week immersed in all things horse, developing the familiarity and skills that build confidence working with and around horses.  Our experienced and knowledgeable instructors incorporate themes such as communication, partnership, leadership, and sportsmanship into their lessons that teach topics such as stable and horse safety, herd interaction, grooming and tacking, feeding and stall care, mounted games, sports, and vaulting, ground exercises for riding, and preliminary mounted instruction focusing on position alignment and balanced seat fundamentals.

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

 

Coyote Club Equestrian Class

Grade (as of September 2017): KG-1st Tuesdays, 2nd-4th Thursdays

Class Size: 6 students

Class Time: 3:30-5:00 (Springhill Hike available), choose day based on age

Class Tuition: $324/8-week session 

The Coyote Club Equestrian program has been developed with a unique purpose- to give students confidence handling horses and to introduce them to a variety of horse related topics in addition to riding. Like our Horse Experience Class,  Coyote Club After School Equestrian is appropriate for new beginners, students who have ridden and would enjoy learning more about horses and their care, and for experienced students who want to spend more time at the ranch enjoying the social dynamics of being with other equine enthusiasts. Students will spend 90 minutes each week immersed in all things horse, developing the familiarity and skills that build confidence working with and around horses.  Our experienced and knowledgeable instructors incorporate themes such as communication, partnership, leadership, and sportsmanship into their lessons that teach topics such as stable and horse safety, herd interaction, grooming and tacking, feeding and stall care, mounted games, sports, and vaulting, ground exercises for riding, and preliminary mounted instruction focusing on position alignment and balanced seat fundamentals.

Weekly riding experiences vary by week and usually last 5-10 minutes per rider.  For a longer period of mounted instruction consider our Private Riding Lessons.

*This class is the After School equivalent of the Homeschool 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 2017): 1st and up

Class Size: one student

Class Duration: 60 minutes

Class Tuition: $567/8-week session (Session 2 Monday lessons pro-rated since there is one fewer lesson due to the ranch being closed New Years 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 focussed 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*.

*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.  


Try-It! Riding Lessons  

Grades: 1st-9th*

Class Size: 1

Class Duration: 60 minutes

Class Tuition: $80/class

Try It! Riding Lessons are stand-alone one-on-one riding lessons with one of Sienna Ranch’s horse riding instructors. They are perfect for absolute beginners who want to give horse riding a try for the first time, and for more experienced equestrians looking for the flexibility of a one-off lesson.

*Try-It Riding Lessons are scheduled in gaps where our regular riding lessons are not purchased.  For this reason we do not start scheduling them until after the first week of each session, as we give priority to those who are trying to enroll in weekly programming.  Call or email the office to check availability for Try-It Riding Lessons as early as September.

 


EXTENSION CLASSES:


Add-on: HOMESCHOOL CONNECTION

Grade (as of September 2017): K-6

Price: $21/ 8-week session

Capacity: 12

Time: Tuesday / Thursday 3:10-3:30

**Must also be enrolled in Tuesday Jr. Riding Club / Natural Building or Thursday Horse Experience / Jr. Woodshop

Looking to bundle a Daytime and After School class?  Select this option and we’ll supervise your students during a free-play period between classes.  Send along a snack for them to enjoy, and we’ll make sure they’re rested and ready for their after school program.  Available only to families who have purchased a Daytime class.

**Look for this option when you register for one of our Coyote Club programs!**


School Year Online Tools

2017-18 School Year Wait List Report a Planned Absence for a Group Class Here

*Please use our Horseback Riding Absence Tool to report a Private Riding Lesson absence.


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 you 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.


2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION INFORMATION


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

Registration opens Tuesday July 18th!

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

2017-18 School Year Dates

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Sep 4-Oct 29 Oct 30-Jan 14 Jan 15-Mar 11 March 26-May 27
no class: 11/20-26; 12/18-1/1  no class: 4/2-8