Philosophy and Methodology
The White Fences Equestrian Competition teams are based on sportsmanship, friendship and the ideal of fair competition. The goal of the team is to develop each rider’s personal character and athletic skills to better their riding abilities while having fun with their friends and horses. While everyone works hard to progress and medal, we are a team together and support each other’s accomplishments.
Our team is composed of talented riders who have a hard working, winning attitude. There is special camaraderie among our riders and other barns. Everyone gets along really well and supports each other both inside and outside the ring. The team is always looking for new riders, regardless of skill and competitiveness but a positive attitude is a must. At the show, instructors prepare the rider with the pre-show warm up lesson and then will warm-up the rider at least 30 minutes prior to entering the ring. Instructors watch their riders compete and spend time following the ride going over the performance.
Dressage riders strive to achieve perfect harmony with their horse through: Communication, partnership, and correctness in their riding. Competition is an excellent way to demonstrate what they have achieved in partnership with their horse. Members include both seasoned and enthusiastic beginners. We strive to ensure that each person is showing at the appropriate level in a stress-free environment. Prior to competing, the instructor will help build the right skills and abilities to help the rider feel confident in the ring including selecting the appropriate level and tests best suited to the rider and horse. At White Fences Equestrian Center, trainers, offers both competitive and noncompetitive riders the opportunity to “ride a test”. This aids the rider in being self-assured and at ease going through the movements. Instructors also spend time reviewing the test with the rider for comments and providing guidance for upcoming rides. The goal is to encourage the rider by allowing them to build on their successes and challenges. Most important of all is that both horse and rider are safe, confident and have fun at the shows!
Horseback riding is a sport that any age can participate in. At White Fences, we believe that your goals are our goals. We strive to create a safe environment, while recognizing the abilities in each of our riders, and helping them to realize their full potential in a fun, safe and supportive setting. We like to cater to both adult and youth riders. Our training program is a progression based on individual needs of each rider while encouraging confidence and the desire to help individuals reach their personal best in riding.
Information for Adult & Your Adult Riders
All incoming students are required to take one private class for the purpose of evaluating their individual riding levels. This approach assists both the student and the instructor in defining goals, providing meaningful lessons, and ensuring a safe training environment.
At first you may feel that just learning to stay on and steer the horse is a challenge. When that becomes easy many more learning opportunities present themselves. As you progress with riding and horse ownership you will always have questions and we are here to answer those questions. Even the most experienced equestrian would admit there is always something new to learn and that is what keeps riding so interesting.
The rider is really beginning to grasp onto the idea that they are the leader in the relationship with their horse and is beginning to see the results. The rider now can grasp theories and mechanics and begins applying them to improve response and relationship with their horse.
The rider has a well- developed sense of balance and timing. She understands sophisticated concepts of horse movement and sound principles of training and can perform the advanced maneuvers building a style of riding and it is very difficult to see the aids given to the horse. At the intermediate and advanced levels, riders might be interested in competing at home, locally or in recognized United States Dressage Federation (USDF) shows. The White Fences team competes in many local, regional and national shows. We arrange transportation, feed and care for your horse for these shows.
+ Youth Rider Program
We have two programs for young riders. One for the very beginner (Saddle Club) and those that have established a passion for the sport, take lessons on a regular basis and are interested in showing (Dressage for Young Riders Program). Click here for more information on our Saddle Club. Click here for our Dressage for Young Riders Program.