Lessons

What sets instructor Marg Clumpner apart from other instructors is her background in education – Marg taught in the public school system in Canada for 24 years.  As a physical education instructor and coach of high school sports, she has worked with teens and pre-teens.  She is a certified coach with a background in sports psychology, exercise, anatomy, and she knows how to develop the full athlete, not just the rider.     She is able to look at a horse or rider and analyze the movement and break it down into parts so it can be understood and learned in an appropriate step-by-step process.  She also develops exercises to improve the element that is being learned.  Many of her students experience “aha moments” in their lessons.

Her training also include sports medicine and she holds a current First Aid Certificate.  Marg is a member of the American Vaulting Associaton and holds Canadian certification in both vaulting and longeing.

Marg offers both private and group instruction, as well as coaching at shows.

The first lesson is an evaluation of the student’s ability.  Goals and riding aims will be discussed.  After this, an individual plan will be developed and followed so that the student can progress at an appropriate pace.  Students will be given a horse to ride based on their abilities as a rider, or students with their own horses are welcome to haul-in for lessons.  Students will learn proper grooming techniques, basic horsemanship and stable management along with riding.  

Guidelines

  • Students are asked to book lessons at the beginning of each week/month with a 24 hour notice of cancellation
  • Your lesson time denotes the start of your ride. Please arrive early enough to catch your horse, groom and tack up.
  • Students must wear an A.S.T.M. approved helmet and boots with a heel.
  • Dress appropriately. Clothing that should allow you to move comfortably and allow the instructor to see you clearly
  • Hair should be tied back and shirts tucked in
  • We recommend you wear gloves
  • Bring a water bottle on warm days to stay properly hydrated
  • Do not chew gum
  • Allow enough time at the end of your lesson to cool your horse, groom and put them away
  • Tack should be washed with saddle soap and bits rinsed

“Hi Marg, I wanted to share some photos from the APHA World Show this year. We placed third in Hunter Hack, fourth in working hunter and were the Reserve High Point Novice Amateur for the show. Without our strong over fences performances, we wouldn’t have even been in the running for the overall high point! A million thanks for your coaching!” -Lisa Seccomb