|SUMMER CAMPS ARE BACK! ||June 29, 2017|
|We're back with eight different camps to choose from this summer! |
|Pony Rides and Farm Tours! ||June 1, 2017|
|Farm is open to the public Sunday afternoons for the season! Doors open at 12 noon; Guided farm tours take place at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30; pony rides take place indoors between 1 - 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Admission is $5; pony rides $6. Season passes available! Follow us on Facebook for more info! |
|Family Fun Day 2016||October 16, 2016|
|Come meet our farm friends! Horses, goats, sheep, hens, pigs, cow, donkey, lama, turkeys, rooster and more! Take a pony ride, visit the critter pens, walk the interpretive trail, enjoy a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts and more! 12 noon - 3 p.m. |
|Mother-Daughter Celebration||May 7, 2016|
|Join us for a fun-filled, quality bonding day at our first ever Mother-Daughter ‘Girl Power’ Workshop. We will use movement, creativity, exercises with the horses, team building and a few surprises to inspire discussion and insights about leadership, confidence and courage. |
|Breaking Barriers||April 9, 2016|
|Join us - and the horses - for a one-day workshop where we will explore the fears and limiting beliefs that are holding us back from truly living our best life.|
|Easter Egg Hunt & Pony Rides!||March 26, 2016|
|Join us Saturday March 26, between 1 and 3 p.m. for an Easter Extravaganza. Visit the animals, hunt for eggs and take a pony ride!|
|Calling all Animal Heroes!||March 21, 2016|
|Join us for March Break Animal Heroes Camp! Children will become real life super heroes as we learn ways we can make the world a better place for animals and people. |
|PD Day Adventures are back! ||February 2, 2016|
|Join Charlotte for more fun, plenty of outdoor games, Valentines-themed crafts and animal activities! |
|Intro to Mindfulness||January 16, 2016|
|Learning to focus the mind allows us to let go of being compulsively busy, preoccupied and anxious, and access our ability to be more aware of our experience in the present moment. More info:|
|DRILL TEAM CAMP||December 28, 2015|
|An equestrian drill team is a group of horses and riders performing choreographed maneuvers to music. Riders must be able to walk and trot comfortably and safely in a large group. |
|Parents' Night Out!||December 19, 2015|
|No sitter? No worries! We are inviting the kids to Storybook Stables for the evening (between 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.) for fun, games, crafts, pizza and a movie!|
|It's Kool to B Kind!||December 4, 2015|
|Join us for a fun-filled day at the farm where our focus will be on Kindness: ways we can be kind to ourselves, each other, our communities and of course animals and nature!|
|Yoga Nidra||November 21, 2015|
|A relaxation experience you don’t want to miss! Join RYI Samantha Sambrooke for a 90-minute Yin/Nidra practice that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and restored. Click for more info!|
|Tween/Teen Girls' Night! ||November 6, 2015|
|Join us for an interactive workshop to talk about our bodies, media, love, gratitude and empowerment in this three-hour workshop.|
|Mom & Tots Yoga||October 5, 2015|
|Join us for Mom and Tot Yoga farm style! |
|LIVE YOUR MOST VIBRANT LIFE||June 6, 2015|
|Ladies only one-day retreat! A chance to rest, recharge and revitalize! |
|Rider Level Horsemanship Classes||February 21, 2015|
|We will be taking participants through weekly classes covering progressive horsemanship skills from Equine Canada's National Rider Level program. Classes covering Rider Level 1 and 2 topics will take place over 6 weeks - starting Saturday Feb 21st from 9-11 a.m. and continuing each Saturday until April 4th (no class March 21st). For those that wish to continue, four more classes will follow which cover topics from Rider Levels 3 and 4 (April 11th, 18th, 25th & May 2nd). |
Cost for the First six weeks -- including your manual covering Rider 1 & 2 = $100 + hst = $114
Cost for the entire 10 weeks of classes - including TWO manuals cover Rider 1 - 5 = $175 + hst = $199.50
|Horsemanship classes!||September 20, 2014|
|Storybook Stables is hosting a four-week horsemanship program for kids ages 6 and up, based on the national P'tit Trot program! |
The four-week session will include a beautifully illustrated four-chapter booklet (we will cover one chapter each week), four certificates (one for each level) and some other goodies as well. Each chapter (Bronze Horseshoe, Silver Horseshoe, Gold Horseshoe and Platinum Horseshoe) covers specific topics on horse care. As participants complete each chapter, they can place the matching horseshoe sticker on their certificate. Our two-hour session each week will be divided between classroom and hands-on exercises in the barn.
Classes will run from 2-4 p.m. Saturday afternoons - Sept. 20, 27th, Oct. 4th and 11th. Cost including your workbook, certificates and weekly sessions in $100 + HST ($114).
|Expand your relationship with horses - Jr. version!||December 4, 2010|
|Want to broaden your horse experience? Join us for an afternoon of ground handling techniques, including ‘join up’ activities, desensitizing games, and other natural horsemanship approaches. |
Working with horses on the ground not only provides insight into the nature of horses, but helps improve your understanding – and your horse’s understanding – of techniques you are asking under saddle.
Bring your own horse or use one of Storybook’s and join us for an afternoon of fun and horse games! Space limited to max. of 6 participants per session.
Ages 8-11 - Saturday Dec. 4th – 1:30 – 4 p.m. - $30 + gst
|Training with Confidence, Competence and Integrity||November 6, 2010|
|This short course will introduce you to a comparative analysis of training systems and offer you tools to consider your own training ideals. Whether you are looking to develop a program that suits both you and your horse or simply compliment your current training system, this course offers something for everyone. All the work will be done unmounted, using horses at the farm. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $50 + GST.|
HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAMS (Price List Below)
Welcome to the wonderful world of horseback riding - a unique sport which combines exercise, the outdoors and a love of horses.
At Storybook Stables, we emphasize correct basics along with a classical approach to understanding the horse and riding with harmony. Whether you are just starting out or are a serious athlete in pursuit of top level equestrian goals, we have a program to meet your needs.
RIDING SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Riding School Program allows beginners and recreational riders to develop skills like balance, stability and comfort at THEIR OWN PACE.
We follow Equine Canada's rider level training which provides a clear pathway for progress. Safety, fun and a sense of personal accomplishment are key elements of skill development. One & two lesson/week options - see below.
COMPETITIVE RIDER PROGRAM
Storybook Stables attends an average of 10 horse shows per year - from local training shows to Regional Gold and National 'A' competitions. For riders who aspire to compete, Storybook offers the Competitive Rider Program. Riders must take two lessons/week and must own or lease a horse/pony. The higher the level of competition, the higher the level of commitment to training/practice.
These requirements reflect the minimum level of commitment and training that goes into becoming a confident, capable, competitive rider.
RIDING SCHOOL: Prices in effect Sept. 1, 2017
LESSONS RUN IN 8-WEEK SESSIONS
GROUP LESSONS: Ages 8 and up! Beginners will continue learning to groom, tack, untack the horse before riding (some part of the lesson will include in-stable skills helping riders become more comfortable and capable preparing their horse for the lesson). Riders will then be asked to come earlier to prepare the horse on their own. The instructor will continue teaching from point reached. (i.e. if a rider groomed/saddled the horse, but cannot bridle, the instructor will continue from that point - riders/parents are encouraged to help one another). Once riders are skilled in getting the horse ready unaided, the entire lesson time is devoted to riding.
One per week: $280 + HST = $322 (or 2 payments of $161)
Two per week: $520 + HST = $598 (or 2 payments of $299)
Beginner/Intermediate: Up to 4 students per class.
Intermediate/Advanced: Up to 6 students per class.
SPECIAL Boarder lesson prices listed below!
INTRO TO HORSES - $360 + HST = $414 (or two payments $207)
All beginner riders and/or those 7 and under (or those who are returning to the sport and need a recap!) will begin with weekly private lessons including a half-hour in the barn learning horse behavior & handling techniques, grooming and tacking up and a half-hour mounted lesson. At first all riding is taught on the lunge line (a long rope by which the instructor controls the horse). This is the safest way for novices to learn. After students have mastered their balance at the walk/trot, they learn to steer/control the horse and then will "graduate" off the lunge line!
HELPING HANDS: For those who require assistance (or wish additional instruction/training in) preparing their horse for lessons.
$360 + HST = $414 (or two payments of $207)
Weekly private lesson includes a half-hour in the barn learning horse behavior/handling techniques, grooming and tacking up and a half-hour mounted lesson.
POWER HOUR: 60 minute ride time (rider arrives 30 minutes before and allows 30 miutes after their lessons to prepare/put away horse properly [unassisted])
$440 + HST = $506 (or two payments of $253)
Please allow at least 30 minutes before for adequate groomimg time and 30 minutes after your lesson to prepare and cool out/put away horse/clean tack.
HALF:Two lessons/wk (8) + one practice ride/week: $380+HST= $437
***DISCOUNTS*** are available for those that take TWO packages (ie: a Group lesson and a Private lesson each week) or have TWO or more family members riding (siblings or parent/child) - deduct $40 of second set of lessons!
LEASES (subject to availability) - Rider Level 2 (or equivalent) or higher
FULL:Two lessons/wk(8) + 4 ‘practice' rides/week = $650+HST= $747.50
NOTE: As of Oct. 1, 2017: Stable is responsible for routine farrier, vet and emergency care.
NOTE: As of Dec. 1st, 2013. Riders who wish to show OFF property will be required to have their own or leased horse. GOLD shows require a full lease for a period of 6 months or more. Lower levels require a mimimum half-lease for 6 months or more. This is to ensure riders have access to their horse outside of lesson times to provide for adequate practice and preparation.
BOARD - all options include box stall, daily turnout, 4 meals/day
Full Board including 1 lesson/wk - $550 + HST = $632.50
Full board - 2 lessons/week - $650 + HST = $747.50
*Note: Competitive riders must take 2 lessons per week.
EXTRAS (plus HST)
Private turnout - $30/month Blanket changes - $30/mo.
Turnout Boots - (4) - $30/month or (2) - $20/month
Bandaging - $10 (own bandages) or $15 (Storybook bandages)
Holding for vet/farrier - $20/hour (or part thereof)
Heated Water buckets- $20/month (while in use)
TLCs (cold hosing, hand walking, grooming, needles) - Please contact
*MAKE UP POLICY*: Lessons are progressive in nature, with the building and practicing of new skills from week to week. As such we strongly encourage regular attendance. Of course we recognize that occasionally absences are unavoidable. For this reason we allow ONE make up lesson per 8-week session for emergency or illness PROVIDED we receive at least 24-hours notice. Notice is necessary so we can arrange to fill your vacant spot with a rider waiting for a make up lesson. NO NOTICE - NO LESSON. Please contact Jana at firstname.lastname@example.org (for pre-planned travel please contact so we can arrange and alternate schedule)
WHAT TO WEAR : Beginner - While equipment and attire designed specifically for riding is recommended for both the comfort and safety of riders, beginners may start out with any properly fitting boots so long as they have a slight heel (approx 1/4 inch), long comfortable pants and LONG socks. We have ASTM-approved riding helmets on hand, at no extra charge, for students who do not have their own. All students should be neatly attired, no chewing gum or excessive jewelry, with hair tied away from their face (a low pony tail or braid for those with long hair, hair nets and/or hair bands for short/layers). Once students begin canter and/or jump work, they must wear proper riding boots.
Intermediate/Advanced riders are required to wear appropriate riding attire including breeches or tights (with a belt), paddock boots with half-chaps or field boots, their own ASTM-approved helmets with hair tucked neatly inside. Gloves are strongly recommended (required for showing). All students should be neatly attired (no loose or baggy clothing or 'pajama' pants), no chewing gum or excessive jewelry, with hair tied away from their face.