Curriculum and Classes

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE FOR CLASSES IS THE 1ST DAY OF EACH MONTH

Lesson programs are tailored to student needs; from the ammateur rider through advanced. We strive to offer the most successful riding program in North Carolina. Our instructors come with years of riding and horse experience. Students learn in a professional and safe environment with access to top quality lesson horses.

All students are required to take an evaluation lesson upon beginning our program.

Want to Learn More?

Are you a potential student or parent who would like to learn more about the Southern Pines Riding Academy? Please contact us to schedule an appointment at the farm. We CANNOT accept drop-ins due to the busy nature of the facility. Our address is 344 New Haven Place, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

To schedule a farm visit and learn more about our program offerings, please submit your info in the form below.

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Below is a list of our classes offered. To enroll and pay for tuition, click here

EVALUATION LESSON

*Private Lesson Time Scheduled After Booking

Students seeking Intermediate or Advanced curriculum must take an EL - Evaluation Lesson to be placed into the appropriate program. Evaluation lessons are private, with scheduling done after booking online.

BEGINNER YOUTH/ADULT

30 minute classes scheduled by your instructor after enrollment. (Wed, Th, Fri availability - sold as a package of 4 lessons to be used within the month of purchase)

Curriculum: This class is for students with some, but minimal, horse experience. Beginning riders focus on refining walk/trot/canter and riding aides. This curriculum is also excellent for re-building confidence and getting back on track after a traumatic incident, or injury.

INTERMEDIATE YOUTH

Available as 1x per week classes. For students seeking 2x per week lessons, simply select both days in the dropdown menu of the Pay Tuition page.

Curriculum: Intermediate youth (ages 8-16) riders expand upon their beginning level completed curriculum, with work on the flat as well as lower level jumping exercises. An introduction to Dressage, as well as horse care and grooming are also included in Intermediate curriculum.

INTERMEDIATE ADULT

Available as 1x per week classes. For students seeking 2x per week lessons, simply select both days in the dropdown menu of the Pay Tuition page.

Curriculum: Intermediate adult riders expand upon their beginning level completed curriculum, with work on the flat as well as lower level jumping exercises. An introduction to Dressage, as well as horse care and grooming are also included in Intermediate curriculum.

ADVANCED SEMI-PRIVATE

Maximum of 2 students per class.

Curriculum: Students work with instructors to expand upon their existing riding knowledge and experience. With a focus on fine-tuning, higher level understanding of aids, further exploration of Dressage, Jumping, and an introduction to Cross Country/Eventing - Advanced students will gain the perspective to propel their skill-set to the next level.

PRIVATE CLASSES

*Private Lessons are Scheduled with Instructor, 1x/week (sold as a package of four lessons which must be used within the month of purchase)

Curriculum: Students work with instructors to expand upon their existing riding knowledge and experience in a one-on-one setting to provide maximum learning and advancement.


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Required Dress Code

Policies + Procedures

NEW STUDENT EVALUATION LESSONS

Students seeking to enter the Southern Pines Riding Academy program, must take an evaluation lesson for program placement. To schedule an evaluation lesson, please select EL - Evaluation Lesson from the tuition blocks below. Once you have pre-paid for your lesson, we will contact you to schedule your evaluation.

PLEASE NOTE BELOW

ALL TUITION PAYMENTS ARE DUE BEFORE THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH. For your convenience, lessons are payable online.


Where to Purchase Gear?

Check out our wonderful local tack shops and mention Southern Pines RIding School. Cabin Branch offers a 10% discount to SPRA students. Barn Door sells gently used tack and equipment.

Address : 232 SW Broad St, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Address: 232 SW Broad St, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Address : 104 Knight St, Aberdeen, NC 28315

Address: 104 Knight St, Aberdeen, NC 28315



 

Policies

Lessons and Scheduled Rides: Because our lesson programs follow a curriculum-based

approach, we tailor instruction to a quarterly schedule. Monthly fees are shown next to

each class description, and tuition is due before the beginning of each month.

Tuition Payments: We ONLY accept online payments. Please click here to be brought to

our secure payment portal.

Weather: We ride year-round, and students may experience lessons in hot, cold, rainy,

sometimes snowy, weather. Lessons will remain scheduled, unless SPRA staff announce

otherwise. Refer to our Facebook page here, for inclement weather lesson cancellation

notices. If it is too unpleasant to ride during a lesson, but still safe to travel to the farm -

instructors will teach indoor un-mounted lessons. These lessons include a wealth of great

information on grooming/tacking/riding position/etc.

We will not provide make-up lessons for any student choosing to skip a lesson

that otherwise remains scheduled.

Cancellations: As with any tuition-based program, your schedule and classes are

assigned at the beginning of each term. Classes may be rescheduled ONLY if an

instructor is out sick or with an emergency, or due to inclement weather (see weather

policy for additional information). Should you or your child experience an unforeseen

event, such as a move, medical emergency, etc. please contact the office.

RULES

 No running, yelling, or disruptive behavior while on farm property

 No bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or motorized equipment

 ALL CHILDREN (under the age of 16) must be under parental or guardian supervision AT ALL TIMES while on farm property. This includes friends/siblings/etc who attend a student lesson to watch/wait. We are not a babysitting/child care facility.

 NO feeding horses anything, (including snacks or treats, grass, etc.) unless authorized by instructor.

 PARKING is allowable in designated areas only

 PARENT/GUARDIAN viewing/observing lessons allowable ONLY outside arena/riding rings

 NO TRASH emptying from personal vehicles into SPRA trash bins or on property

 Please pick up after yourself in common areas and restrooms

 ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS or pets of any kind allowed on property or left in vehicles

 Please be respectful of instructors and students while in lessons or tacking horses

 NO open toed shoes if interacting with horses or horse activity

 NO petting or touching horses unless authorized by instructor or property employee (many of our horses are young/green, privately owned and in training)


Dress Code

  • Having the appropriate clothing and equipment keeps students safe

    and able to focus on learning during their lesson. Before your first

    lesson, visit our partner tack-shop, Cabin Branch, in downtown

    Southern Pines, and get 10% off. For lightly used gear, visit Barn Door

    Consignments, in downtown Aberdeen, or A Bit Used located in Vass.

    Dover Saddlery is a major online source as well.

    Safety Gear:

    ● ASTM/SEI certified helmet

    ● Tall boots, or paddock boots and half chaps. Half chaps will prevent leg chafing and help

    the rider be more secure in the saddle. For smaller riders, 8 and under, elastic pant

    straps may take the place of half chaps.

    Tops:

    ● A fitted polo shirt or a mock neck zip collar, in either short or long sleeves. Shirt must be

    tucked into breeches with a belt. That way the instructor is able to clearly see the rider’s

    position and make the lesson more productive. Absolutely no T-shirts, sweatshirts or

    hoodies.

    Breeches:

    ● Riding breeches in tan, khaki, or a neutral color, clean and appropriately fitting. NO low

    rise that exposes skin or makes teaching ineffective (e.g. having to pull up constantly)

    For breeches with belt loops a belt must be worn and shirt tucked in.

    Misc:

    ● Riding gloves may be worn for extra grip

    ● Outerwear and winter attire. NO sweatshirts or hoodies. Sport specific attire such as

    North Face, Under Armour, Equestrian winter garments, are appropriate.

    ● NO scarves. May use a fitted neck warmer.

    ● Hair shall be neatly tucked and in a bun or ponytail, braid, away from face. Or using a

    hairnet

    ● Jewelry- NO hoop earrings or dangling earrings, NO long necklaces or chunky jewelry of

    any kind for safety.

    ● No chewing gum

    ● Riders in the advanced lesson program who wish to cross-country school are required to

    purchase a properly fitted protective vest