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Rider Ability Guide

To understand which group is appropriate for you or your child please refer to the following chart. If you or your child seem to be falling in between program levels it’s best to choose the lower level.

Level

Description of Level

Yearling:

Riders ages 5-7 years old

Grasshopper:

New riders, ages 8+, working on foundational skills at the walk and trot

Kimberwicks:

Must be able to groom independently; walk/trot independently while demonstrating solid fundamental skills and control; learning how to canter

Novice:

Must be able to tack up independently; walk/trot/canter independently while demonstrating solid fundamental skills and control; comfortable trotting without stirrups; learning how to jump

*Students are responsible for arriving 30 minutes prior to lesson start time to independently groom & tack their assigned mount.

Intermediate:

Rider has passed all Novice level skills with NCAL Instructor approval! Able to identify canter leads while jumping; starting to ride full jump courses; has an understanding of fundamental lateral work

*Students are responsible for arriving 30 minutes prior to lesson start time to independently groom & tack their assigned mount.