Poles to Fences is a 12-week program which takes adult students who have demonstrated consistent control at the walk, trot, and canter to the next level of horsemanship. Riders concentrate on the practical skills and knowledge necessary to earn Level 3 certification through the CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association). Students entering this program who have not passed the Level 2 riding exam must receive permission from an instructor, either as an existing student, or after riding in an assessment lesson. Students will develop their jumping position and body control through weekly group riding lessons. After mastering cross-rail jumps at the trot, while maintaining proper riding position, students will work to attain control of their horse at the canter through jumping courses.*
Participants must also demonstrate a strong commitment to education through hands on, 45-minute unmounted sessions each week. Your knowledgeable instructor will cover topics such as horse behavior, course set up, and advanced horse care. Students are expected to complete the assigned reading each week, as well as turn in any accompanying handouts or assignments. Homework may take up to an hour to complete over the course of the week preceding their next learning session.
At the culmination of the program, students will have the opportunity to take a written and practical test, the latter of which will be ridden in front of a CHA certified judge. The written exam must be passed with a score of 70 in order to take the riding exam. Students attaining a riding score over 90 are eligible to join the Adult Show Team, if they have a desire to compete.
*Safety is our priority, the lesson objectives of the riding program are dependent upon the demonstrated progress of the students; advancement through these objectives is at the sole discretion of the instructor.
To test out of the Poles to Fences series, riders must pass CHA Level 3 written and riding tests. Passing the riding test will show that the student is cantering with control and finesse and beginning to jump, and that they are ready to join the Adult Show Team should they desire to compete.