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Lessons and Day Camps

"If the art were not so difficult we would have plenty of good riders and excellently ridden horses, but as it is the art requires, in addition to everything else, character traits that are not combined in everyone: inexhaustible patience, firm perseverance under stress, courage combined with quiet alertness. If the seed is present only a true, deep love for the horse can develop these character traits to the height that alone will lead to the goal." Gustav Steinbrecht

Do you have a horse crazy child? Have you dreamed of learning to ride yourself but never had the chance?
Now at Relational Riding Academy riders of any age can learn to ride and have fun doing it in one of RRAs safe, fun and educational programs.

Do you think horseback riding is too expensive?
Riding at an academy is economical. You save the horse related expenses you fear, fulfill the possibility of learning to ride, AND develop that unique, sought after relationship with a special horse. At Relational Riding Academy, we offer a complete program for horse and rider. Whether you want to ride Western, English, Dressage, you want to jump or improve your equitation, this program provides a thorough education that creates partnership between horse and rider. Our lesson horses are safe, well trained schoolmasters experienced with riders of all ages and abilities. Have FUN learning to ride in private or group lessons!

Our focus is on creating a safe, fun, learning experience in an environment where the horses, the children AND the adults thrive.


Recommendations:
"I am so very impressed with Michelle's knowledge and style of teaching. I have worked with and seen a lot of coaches and teachers over the years, but seldom have I seen a teacher with the passion she has and the ability to get the students to visualize and perform the skills she teaches them. She is the best teacher and my grandson along with the other students are very lucky to have her as their instructor." J.S., Spokane, WA

SUMMER LESSON SESSION
June 9-August 31

RRA offers a summer lesson session that meet weekly throughout the summer. Participants ride once a week in group lessons of up to 5 riders. Lessons are available for children of all ages and ability levels and are scheduled according to experience and age. Our horses are well trained former show horses that are experienced with the lesson program. Participants must have helmets, long pants and proper footwear. Beginners learn the basics of horse care and tacking as well as develop their skills as riders. Cost of the summer lesson session is $350.00 and includes 10 1 hour weekly group lessons.

SUMMER YOUTH DAY CAMPS at RRA
July 7-11 and August 4-8

RRA offers four summer day camp sessions in 2014. You can enroll your young person in our morning or afternoon sessions. Children arrive at the farm at 9:00am and stay till 12:00pm for the morning session or choose the afternoon session from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Camp starts on Monday and ends on Friday and participants come every day. Our day camps are open to kids of all levels of experience and from ages 8 through 13. Sessions are limited to 10 participants who work in teams of two. Each team has a qualified helper at all times in addition to the instructor. The session is divided into riding and educational group activities. Participants must have helmets, long pants and proper footwear and bring a snack from home to eat during the break. Children may enroll in more than one session. Cost is 200.00 per session.

TEEN RETREAT
Dates: TBA

RRA's "Teen Retreat" is a 9 day program for experienced riders of intermediate and advanced riding level who have their own horse. Riding instruction will include Dressage, jumping, western trail, Cowboy Dressage and vaulting for a well rounded experience. Participants will study horse care, biology, feeding, various aspects of horse husbandry and take several field trips to local places important to our Inland Northwest equine industry including WSU Vet School. Riders will perform a drill ride on the last day for parents and family. Teen Retreat is limited to 15 participants who come to the farm from 9:00am until 5:00pm and must bring a brown bag lunch each day. Cost for Teen Retreat is 450.00.


Meet Michelle with the Westfalen Warmblood Acapulco and learn how to brush your horse's face so he likes it!


  • Relational Riding™ correctly done, truly begins with the rider. Gentleness, compassion, respect and love of the magnificent creature that is the horse pervade the training. In the RRA horseback riding lesson program the rider learns to understand how their body affects the horse's movements and attitudes. They learn to apply the basic aids necessary for communicating with the horse.

    The rider, learns to maintain a balanced seat and develops a harmonious relationship with the horse. The lesson program incorporates the best natural horsemanship techniques and combines them with fundamental dressage training to produce a more complete understanding of the horse/rider relationship. I believe that all horses and riders, regardless of their fields of interest or performance, benefit from basic Relational Riding™ techniques. I believe the basic principles begin with the "balanced seat". This is easily recognized in all horseback riding disciplines by the "ear, shoulder, hip and heel line".

    In developing Relational Riding™, I have incorporated techniques and philosophies from instructors, trainers and riders from all over the world. By becoming part of the Relational Riding™ lesson program you will learn and experience correct Classical training. The Relational Riding™ program cultivates a working relationship for you and your horse, accesses therapeutic techniques that increase health and vitality, and develops the horses gaits and abilities as well as your own. Relational Riding™ students are riding and showing successfully in several disciplines from the local level to AHSA recognized shows. Since 1988, Dressage students have routinely scored from 65 to up to 73 percent, earned countless ribbons, and qualified for Regional and National Championships in a variety of disciplines. Contact Michelle to discuss joining the lesson program, training fees and lesson availability or rehab.

    We have show horses and lesson horses for lease!
    Call for availability and expense (509)290-4301.
    SPOKANE RATES

  • Training ride: $35.00
  • Lesson 30 minutes: $35.00
  • Lesson 45 minutes: $45.00
  • Lesson 60 minutes: $55.00
  • Lesson 1 hr group: $35.00
  • Beginner lesson packages: Ten 30 min. private or 60 min. group lessons
    2014 Lesson Rates: $350.00
  • Show school: $35.00/day
  • Transportation of your horse:
    one horse: $50.00 plus $.90/mile over 20 miles.
    two horses: $30.00 plus $.90/mile over 20 miles.
  • Away shows: $35.00/day plus room, board, transportation
  • Horse evaluation: $35.00 plus mileage
  • Hand massage: $40.00
  • Chiropractic: $40.00
  • Acupuncture: vet charge
  • Photopuncture (BioScan, low energy photon therapy, infrared): sessions will be available for $20.00

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