Students at Chinook Winds can also participate in Equine Canada's Learn to Ride Program. They earn levels 1-10 through the programs and testing which is usually offered in day camp formats. Higher level tests are conducted at central locations by outside evaluators. The program includes all as aspects of horsemanship such as:
grooming and tacking up
Long Term Equestrian
We incorporate and adopt philosophies supported by the National Certified coaching program to develop riders in their optimal training windows for various abilities:
Children 5 - 8 years old - FUNdamentals
Kids in this age group focus on skills like balance, coordination and a positive attitude towards new challenges.
Children 8 - 14 years old
Older kids and pre-teens continue to develop equestrian skills and are introduced to independent decision making.
Young Adults 12 - 18 years old
Growing bodies can start to develop strength, suppleness and more complicated skills.
The coaches are Chinook Winds work to balance lessons with the variety of show circuits available to students. The number of shows a student will have the opportunity to compete in will depend on the student's level and horse. Circuits students may have the opportunity to go to include:
the BRAVE (Beginner Riders and Valued Equines)
Tina Wagner, the head coach at Chinook Winds have over 30 years of teaching and riding experience. Her philosophy, which is what makes Chinook Winds a special environment, is the emphasis on the need for the horse to develop trust in the rider and self-confidence. If a horse feels confident in its ability, it will be willing to approach new situations (such as an unusual jump) without worrying about it.
She is also a trainer for high school students taking the Green Certificate program for Equine Production Technician facilitated through Old's College. Students taking this program test significantly higher than the average. The students are required to work in the stable to learn and complement required aspects of the program.
We offer lessons from beginners to A Circuit competition with coaches and instructors who are hand-picked based on experience, philosophy and teaching style. There is no requirement for students to compete but we encourage trying a fun show for experience and development.
This is the best way for a rider to develop their abilities and skills. Our goal is to encourage positive development of the entire individual from attaining skills, learning the joy of human-horse partnership to self-confidence.
We offer adult only lessons and groups for those who are focused on fitness, fun and learning to ride.
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