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Lesson Program

Timbermist farm hosts one of the largest and most successful riding programs in the area. With almost thirty years of experience each in the horse business, Timbermist's instructors and trainers combine their expertise to offer the beginner through advanced riders individual instruction that tailors lessons to each rider's unique learning characteristics.

Tina English and Chuck Browing combine their talents to ensure that each rider is given the best possible instruction, taking into consideration their goals. Whether they are riding strictly for pleasure or they strive to be a world's champion, quality of instruction is first and foremost.

Timbermist provides a variety of lesson horses so that the rider is challenged at every level of skill development. Each horse will teach new and different skills, setting a foundation for future success.

Our general impetus is English riding. The style of saddle that is used is called a saddle seat saddle. This is a flat seat English saddle which allows an upright position rather that a forward seat saddle, which is generally used for jumping. This style of riding allows the rider to transition into other disciplines should they so desire. We stress quality of riding, so that whatever a rider has done in the past or chooses to do in the future, their skills will only be beneficial.

We also teach driving. Chuck Browning has had many champions in Pleasure Driving, Fine Harness, and Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving, Roadster and Fine Harness. He is extremely skilled at turning the novice driver into a skilled show ring performer.

All students begin with private lessons. When learning to ride, it is extremely important that the rider have the undivided attention of the instructor. Safety is paramount! A rider needs to develop confidence, physical strength and coordination. Private lessons allow this to occur, and minimize risk.

Attire

Proper attire for riding lessons consists of a flat, hard-soled boot with a short heel, long pants, gloves and a helmet. We provide helmets, although riders are encouraged to purchase you own. After the initial lesson, the instructor will guide the rider in purchasing the correct riding apparel.

Cancellation Policy

We request that we be notified at least 24 hours in advance in the event of cancellation. We allow a make up lesson to be rescheduled within the same week. Unless illness or other emergencies arise and we are not notified 24 hours in advance, the student will be charged for the lesson.

Rates

6 classes for $210 ($35.00) each
10 classes for 325 ($32.50) each
Pay as you go $40.00 each

B-day parties
$25.00 per child
6 child minimum
mo max
$50.00 dollar nonrefundable deposit to book the date.

Payment

cash or check


Academy

Academy showing is a way in which riders can take their newly learned skills and apply them in a show setting. Academy classes allow the rider to experience showing horses without having to own a show horse. When a rider is ready to participate in the academy show, practice on the lesson horses will be geared towards the show ring experience. The rider will be taught now only how to improve their riding skills, but also the skills of showing a horse in competition. Only lesson horses are used in academy classes. In preparation for a show, the horse will be groomed, clipped, shipped to the show and cared for at the show. The riders will be coached in the ring by the instructors. Timbermist riders have been very successful in the academy program, always bringing home many blue ribbons. We stress the positive, and always try to keep riders midful of the effort that they put in, and not always the color of the ribbon. These shows are meant to be a learning experience and an enjoyment for the rider.

Academy Attire

To participate in academy classes, the rider will need to have kentucky jodhpurs, boots, shirt, tie, vest and gloves; which are considered appropriate attire. Helmets are required for those under 18. Full show ring attre is not needed. The instructors will help the rider locate the proper clothing.

P and S Enterprises in Iowa has a nice selection of riding attire. We suggest that you ask for Lou and have the inseam measurement of the rider and order the pants 'long'.







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