Students of Newbridge Academy have access to the Restless Pines Equestrian Program. Newbridge student athletes, from beginner to elite level, can develop and improve their riding and horsemanship skills at Restless Pines. With an emphasis on individual skill progression and increasing rider confidence, the Restless Pines Equestrian Program is designed for both recreational riders and those riders interested in or currently showing at the National (Equestrian Canada) Gold level.
The Restless Pines Equestrian Program will be offered in three terms: Fall (September 15 – December 15), Winter (January – March Break), and Spring (Post March Break – June 15)
Lessons will be offered to groups of 4-6 riders, depending on the number of riders in the program and their level of experience. The focus and goals of each group will vary according to the skill level of the group.
Lessons for beginning riders will begin with un-mounted lessons on horse care and preparation. Students will progress to mounted lessons once the fundamentals of horse care have been fully reviewed and students are able to prepare their horses for lessons with supervision and assistance from the instructor as needed.
Experienced riders will have the opportunity to improve their individual skills and can advance to preparing for competition, if desired. Lessons will progress from basic to more advanced flat work, then lessons over fences for both hunter and jumper riders.
Riders will also have the option of preparing for Equestrian Canada Rider Level Certification levels which offer quantifiable goals. Testing will be held at the conclusion of each term. This option will require more un-mounted hours to be put in by students to study the horse care requirements of the Rider Level program. Riders selecting this option will be required to take two lessons per week with 25% of the lessons per term being un-mounted in order to focus on horse care.
During each term, riders will be offered the opportunity to participate in local and/or nationally sanctioned horse shows, or additional lessons after school hours.