As a lesson barn, North Shore Equestrian Centre offers weekly lessons from September to June. Regular registration opens in June for the following September season, however we do have spots open up throughout the season and encourage lesson inquiries all year round. All wait lists are cleared June 1st. Please note - we do not offer trail rides or horse rentals at NSEC.
Our lessons are all English style riding lessons and correspond with Equine Canada's English Discipline Rider Level Program from levels 1 to 8. First time students start by working towards their Rider Level 1 or can be assessed and placed in the correct level that corresponds best with their previous experience. The minimum age for lessons is 8 years old, so far we have no maximum age.
We provide group lessons on a commitment basis of 4 months, however all students are booked into their group for the whole season and we require 2 weeks notice for quitting, even when the 4 month commitment period is over. Because we provide regular weekly lessons, we cannot accommodate drop ins/one time lessons for our group lessons as we feel this can disrupt the groups learning process.
NSEC offers group lessons after 4pm on weekdays and all day during weekends. Lessons run for 45 minutes. Those groups advanced enough are expected to come 15-20 minutes BEFORE the start of their lesson to groom and tack up their horse. Students are expected to untack and groom down their horse as well as properly clean their tack before they leave for the evening.
Semi-Private lessons are offered Monday thru Friday before 4pm and are 45 minutes long. Spaces are limited and dependent upon instructor availability.
Private lessons are offered Monday thru Friday before 4pm and are 45 minutes long. Spaces are limited and dependent upon instructor availability. Privates are also used as assessments.
Offered to our younger and aspiring riders of 4 - 7 years old, a Pony Playdate provides a safe environment for children to become comfortable around horses. Pony Playdates are 30-45 minutes long and your child gets to groom, decorate and do a pony ride on one of our trusty school horses. Scheduled by appointment only, Pony Playdates can accommodate up to 4 children at one time.
NSEC Summer Camps
During July & August NSEC takes a break from our regular lessons and offers week-long, half-day summer camps from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.
Registration for our summer camps opens every April for the following July & August and runs throughout the summer.