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The Village Club Riding Program
The focus of the Village Club equestrian program is the development of horsemanship skills both on and off the horse. Safety is taught from the very beginning and at every level. Focusing on safety allows all riders to enjoy being around horses without unnecessary risk.
The goal of the Village Club lesson program is to help develop the whole rider. Our lessons are geared to meet the needs of the rider while reinforcing positive character development, such as safety, good judgment, responsibility, accountability, and respect.
Our experienced school horses are capable of taking a student from their very first ride through learning to confidently jump small fences. A rider may use a school horse in a lesson for a nominal fee or ride their own mount.
All riding courses include skills to improve the rider’s position and ability to safely control their horse in the arena. The curriculum is progressive and is designed to build a strong foundation of basic skills and knowledge helping riders to develop confidence at one level before moving up to the next.
The Village Club Riding Program teaches the balanced seat, which is an all-purpose seat which enables
the rider to stay in balance with the horse and influence the horse without the use of force. With a good
basis in the balanced seat, a rider can easily adapt to any style of riding be it jumping, dressage, or western riding.
Horseback riding lessons are available year-round for adults and children. Children must be 6 years or older to participate.
EQUINE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
The Village Club is happy to announce the arrival of our new Equine Programs Director, Kayce Douglass. Kayce has been given the good fortune to have ridden most of her life and has competed in Hunters, 3-day Eventing, and has enjoyed Fox Hunting with different Hunt Clubs across the country, with her horse "Pappy Haynes".
We are so happy to have Kayce bring her expertise to VC! Kayce teaches both children and adults. She appreciates and encourages her students, while sharing her knowledge and experience. Her love and compassion for the horse is a direct extension of her love of teaching and devotion to building a strong relationship between horse and rider. If you are interested in lessons, you may use a Village Club school horse or ride your own. Kayce also offers training rides, exercise and lunging sessions for your horse, by appointment.
A native of Colorado, Kayce attended the University of Denver and raised her 3 boys in Englewood. She has recently moved back to the area from Texas and is very excited to be teaching at the Village Club. Kayce is very appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the Club's tradition and history and is looking forward to meeting our members and horses!
Please be sure to welcome Kayce to the club!
BARN AND ARENA POLICIES
RIDING LESSON CANCELLATION POLICY: If you must cancel a scheduled riding lesson, please do so at least 24 hours in advance by calling or emailing the instructor. Failing to cancel at least 24 hours in advance will result in the full price of the lesson being charged to your member account.
The Village Club offers boarding for its members' horses. In addition, the Village Club owns several school horses which are available for members to rent during lessons. The stable has 27 box stalls with attached runs.
Our outdoor riding arena is usable throughout the year. The Highline Canal trail system is easily accessible from the Club property and provides miles of beautiful trails for riding.
Members who keep their horses at different facilities, may bring their horses to the club to use the facilities, take riding lessons, or join other members for recreational riding.