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The OHSAA member schools are divided geographically into six districts and are represented by District Athletic Boards. The District Athletic Boards conduct sectional and district tournament contests. The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program National Office. Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time) Kristine Karlsen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN.

Getting Started

  • Register for lessons using the link at the top of the page.

  • If you are new to horseback riding, you will often start with at least one private lesson to introduce you to horses. Once a new rider is competent with handling their horse on the ground and basic riding at the walk, we encourage riders to join group lessons.

  • If you have previous riding experience, your first lesson at Hidden Hills will be a private Evaluation Lesson. It will consist of a barn orientation, tacking/untacking procedures, and a brief riding evaluation to help us determine which class level would be the best for you. Evals are $40 and may be booked with any Hidden Hills instructor. From here, your instructor will recommend a riding group or set up private lessons with you.

    • Private or Group? We encourage riders to join our group lessons for several reasons: 1. It’s more fun riding with a group! 2. Learning happens during direct instructor interaction and by watching other riders; and 3. It is more cost effective. Private lessons are great for students wishing for one-on-one instruction. All of our lessons, private or group, include tacking/untacking the horse, about 30-45 minutes of mounted and/or unmounted horsemanship instruction in the arena or on the trail, and some barn chores.

  • Riding Levels (click here to see the skills learned in each level):

    • Pony Pals (ages 5-7; balance and basic aids at the walk): These 15-30 minute lessons use games and riding exercises to help young riders develop balance and become familiar with horses. Generally taught by Junior Instructors (15-18yo) under the supervision of an Instructor.

    • Level 1 (generally ages 8 and up; ground handling and aids at the walk): Students learn basic ground handling of the horse, general horse/barn/arena safety rules, grooming, tacking and untacking, and how to use the basic aids to direct the horse at a walk. Usually these are private lessons, preparing students for group lessons.

    • Level 2 (beginning trot): Riders no learn how to ride in the arena with a group, start identifying footfall and start developing rhythm at the trot.

    • Level 3 (trot and beginning canter, crossrails): Riders should be able to tack/untack independently or with minimal help. Now riders solidify the trot: sitting, posting on the correct diagonal, and two-point. They also begin learning the basics of jumping and start the canter.

    • Level 4 (canter and jump):

    • Other riding options: Some seasons we offer other riding opportunities, such as Drill Team, Vaulting, or a Trail Riding Group. Check to see what's available!

RIdING PROGRAM TuITION

  • Monthly tuition for the riding program:

    • Private Lesson for Level 1 riders (1 rider; 60 min lesson)$188

    • Group Lesson (3-4 riders; 90 min lesson) $188

    • Private Lesson for Level 2-4 riders (1 rider; 60 min lesson) $230

    • 15 min Pony Pal Lesson (ages 4-5) $63

    • 30 min Pony Pal lesson (ages 6-7) $105

    • Lessons paid for individually: add $5/lesson

  • Lesson payment is due at the beginning of each month.

  • Cash or check is the preferred method of payment, though we can take credit card payments with an added 3% service charge.

Cancellation/Missed Lesson Policy

  • Cancellations must be made at least 4 hours prior to your lesson time or your lesson will be forfeited.

  • We will do our best to offer make ups options for missed lessons.

  • Classes cancelled by Hidden Hills due to instructor unavailability or inclement weather will either be rescheduled or will be credited to the student’s next session. No refunds will be given.

  • Cancellations may be made by calling or texting your instructor or the office at 423-488-3993.

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Procedures for Inclement Weather

  • We are thankful to have a covered arena so that lessons can generally carry on despite the weather. Plan for your lessons unless your instructor calls you to reschedule.

  • If you choose to cancel or reschedule due to inclement weather, please contact your instructor at least 4 hours prior to your lesson. Cancellations due to extreme weather conditions may be waived from the 4-hr Cancellation Policy.

  • If it is below 40⋄F, it is usually too uncomfortable to ride, though some riders are die-hards! Please contact your instructor to confirm a cancellation.

Lesson Procedures

  • Hidden Hills teaches total horsemanship from the ground up. Toward that end, we teach our students how to prepare their horses for their lessons and how to clean up afterward.

  • Do not handle horses without first checking in with your instructor. Do not mount your horse until your instructor is ready.

  • After your lesson, you will untack your horse, unless another student is waiting to use your horse in the next lesson.

  • Parents are welcome to drop their children off or stay, but instructors do prefer that parents give instructors the courtesy of teaching uninhibited.

  • We encourage our students to participate in the schooling shows and other events hosted at Hidden Hills and off site. These are great ways to “show off” learned skills and discover strengths and weaknesses in student riding. Ask your instructor about upcoming events and how to prepare for it. All events will incur extra fees.

  • Level 3 students ages 12 and up may help with Pony Pal, Level 1, and Level 2 lessons as approved by their instructor for reduced rate practice rides.

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What to Wear

  • Approved riding boots, jeans or breeches, and helmets are absolutely mandatory for all lessons at Hidden Hills, including Evals.

  • Hidden Hills provides helmets for beginning students. After that, I’m sure you’ll be ready to wear your own sweat! Your own helmet must be SEI/ATSM Approved - look for the certification sticker inside the helmet.

  • For your safety, no tennis shoes, hiking boots, or “equestrian style” fashion boots once your rider starts trotting, though we recommend proper riding shoes from the beginning. No sandals or open-toed shoes are appropriate ever, and lessons may be forfeited if proper riding shoes are not worn.

General Info

  • PAYMENT: Payment is due in full by the beginning of each month. We will charge the monthly tuition to the credit card we have on file during the second week of the month.

  • CANCELLATION POLICY:
    Cancellations must be made with your instructor at least 4 hours prior to your lesson time or your lesson will be forfeited.

  • MISSED LESSON POLICY:
    – We will do our best to offer make up options for missed lessons.
    – If you know you will miss more than 2 lessons per month, you may choose to pay for lessons weekly at $5 extra per lesson, keeping in mind that students paying in full for the month will have priority to all lesson slots and you may lose your desired spot.
    – Classes cancelled by Hidden Hills due to instructor unavailability or inclement weather will either be rescheduled or will be credited to the student’s next session. NO refunds will be given.
    – Make up lessons may not be made up after the new session begins.

  • ATTIRE:
    – Long pants, closed toed shoes, and an ASTM certified riding helmet are required for all riders. We provide helmets for new riders. Students in Level 2 and above should have their own helmets and proper riding boots (smooth sole with 1” heel). For examples of proper attire, check out the examples we put together here.
    – During cold weather, please be sure your rider is dressed warmly with appropriate riding gloves and warm socks/shoes.
    – Our Rider Apparel Exchange is a great place to exchange, buy, or donate your good, clean used riding clothes and shoes! All items, unless otherwise marked, are $10 or can be exchanged.

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*We have an INTRODUCTORY PACKAGE: Buy 4 lessons and get a 5th lesson for free. It's a great way to try out the sport without a long term commitment, but enough time toknow if you want to continue or not. This can only be used ONE TIME and is non-refundable.
**With our BONUS PROGRAM you pay a flat $180.00/200.00/$220.00/$240. per month at the beginning of each month for one lesson per week. Whenever there is a 5th week in the month you get a free or'Bonus' lesson. If you have to cancel for any reason or we cancel for any reason then you have a credit for a makeup lesson to be used on another day and time. There is no expiration dateon makeup lessons and they can be scheduled at any time. Your cancelled lessons cannot be used to lower your next monthly payment, however they will always be honored for extra lessons. Sorry norefunds with this program.

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Our MOMMY & ME PROGRAM is designed for ages 3 to 4 years old. Participants include both the child AND their parent or guardian. An instructor teaches you how to putyour child in the saddle and then takes both of you out to the arena and teaches you how to play games with them that help the child learn balance and rhythm and become comfortable on a horse's back.When the ride is over, you untack the horse and take him back to his stable.
Our newest option is our 10 Lesson Package! Buy 10 lessons at a reduced rate of $5.00 less than the regular price. So Mommy & Me lessons would be $400, Half Hour Private $450, SemiPrivate and Hour Groups $450, Hour Private $550 & Hour Groom & Ride $500. Please note: Package lessons are NON REFUNDABLE all or in part and cannot be used towards any other lesson typesoffered. They do not have to be used within a time limit and never expire.

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We also offer sibling and family discounts as well. Lessons can be purchased one at a time, or you can pay for weekly lessons a month at a time and use cancelledlessons as credit towards the next month if you so choose. We are extremely flexible with payment options.