Equestrian Programs

Afterschool Group Riding Lessons

April 29 – May 31
Sept 9 – Oct 11

5 Week Sessions – Group classes are one hour in length. 6 student limit per class. Minimum age 8 years old.

An alternate stable management lesson will be substituted in the first event of inclement weather.  If there is additional inclement weather a make-up ride will be scheduled.  If you are unable to attend a class, please let your instructor know at least 24 hours in advance.  Missed classes will only be rescheduled with advanced notice and based on availability.  No shows will not be reschedc barn 7.30_resizeduled.

If you have prior riding experience but have not participated in the Camp Speers program in the past year, please email our riding instructor, Jessica Calabrese at jcalabrese@philaymca.org to set up a private evaluation lesson in order to be placed into the correct class level.

Youngest Riders – ages 5 and under – Half hour private lessons are available to our youngest riders.  Safety is our number one priority and it is up t the discretion of the instructor if the rider can be “off-lead”. $35 per class, 30 minute class

Youth Program – ages 6 – 7 (Monday 3:30-4:15, Wednesday 4:30-5:15)  Introductory classes for our youngest students who need more one on one attention.  Classes will be tailored to the needs of the students.  Lessons will focus on safety, balance and proper position.  2 student minimum/3 student maximum $35 per class, 45 minute class

Intro to Horseback Riding (Level 1)  – (Monday 4:30-5:30, Thursday 4:30- 5:30) This class is designed for students new to the sport of horseback riding.  Lessons will focus on safety around horses, leading and mounting, proper position, and the basics of steering and control. $175

Starter (Level 2)– (Tuesday 4:30-5:30, Friday 4:30-5:30) This class is designed for students who have already participated in the introductory program.  Students should be able to lead and mount their horse correctly as well as be proficient at steering at the walk.  Lessons will focus on safety around horses, proper position and introducing work at the trot. $175

Beginner Novice (Level 3) – (Tuesday 3:30-4:30, Monday & Friday 4:30-5:30) This class is designed for students who are proficient at the walk and comfortable at the trot.  Students should be ready to work on posting and steering while trotting.  Lessons will focus on safety as well as developing more proficiency and independence at the trot. $175

14192614_10154560368817276_7429956026674838454_nNovice (Level 4) – (Thursday 3:30-4:30) This class is designed for students who can demonstrate proficiency at both the walk and trot.  Students should be able to trot (both sitting and rising) off lead while maintaining both proper position and control of the horse.  Students at this level may be ready to begin learning to canter as well as work in the two-point position. $175

Intermediate (Level 5)(Friday 3:30-4:30) This class is designed for students who can demonstrate proficiency at both the walk and trot, including proper diagonals, sitting trot and two-point.  Students will also be working on cantering.  Trot poles and cross rails may be introduced at this level. $175


Adult Program – ages 18 and up (Wednesday 5:30-6:30) Ever wanted to learn how to ride? Or maybe you haven’t ridden in years and would like to get back in the saddle.  Now is your chance.  Join one of our adult only classes and learn the basics of horsemanship or refresh your memory and refine your skill. 5 class program $175

Private lessons can be scheduled for $45 per lesson any day of the week to meet your needs and will be tailored to your ability level.  Private lessons are 45 minutes.  Private lessons must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance.  Purchase a package of 10 lessons and get the 11th lesson free.  Lesson package must be used within the calendar year of purchase.

Horsemanship Workshops

*Dates to be determined.  Inquire with Equestrian Director if you are interested.

Workshops will cover a variety of topics and will be designed to help prepare the student to become more independent and responsible while working with and around horses.  Initial topics will include grooming and tacking your horse in preparation to ride.  Additional topics may include such items as: history/evolution of the horse, horse breeds and colors, basic first aid and basic stable management.