Here at Sarabande we feel that goals and goal oriented learning work best with horses and young riders. We have designed our level program to allow students to see what is expected for each level and to choose where they want to go with their riding ability. We feel that giving the students guidelines and marking achievements allows for a greater learning experience and a better learning atmosphere. Below are the levels and the basic skills each child will have to attain before moving on to the next level...
Level Bronze: lead-line (constant assistance) Student will learn basic grooming skills, basic horse anatomy and basic arena maneuvers, i.e. figure eights and circles.
Level Copper: Off lead-line (minimal assistance) Students will learn proper riding posture, basic independent skills, i.e. grooming and tacking of the horse, as well as basic arena maneuvers. Advances copper includes beginning trot and posting on a lunge line (instructor controls horse)
Level Silver: Students will know how to tack and groom their horse independently. In the arena they will begin to trot their arena maneuvers as well as master the post. Prior to Advanced silver The student must MASTER diagonals and arena maneuvers, once that is completed the student will begin cantering on the lunge line (instructor controls horse)
Level Gold: Student will begin gold by cantering off the lunge line (instructor no longer controlling horse) These students mush show confidence and competence with all arena maneuvers and all gates (walk, trot, canter). Students must know anatomy of the horse as well as parts of the tack. Advanced gold must perform a simple lead of changes as well as know the difference in leads of the horse while cantering.
Level Platinum: Students must know all aspects of the program and all of the school maneuvers. Students will be presented patterns and will be expected to perform them without a hitch. Students will now begin to learn training practices that are used to keep lesson horses in shape and in the right state of mind. i.e. lungeing, lining, and round penning.
Level Diamond: (Counselors) These students must know all Saraband rules and regulations and must have completed a safety training. With their riding abilities they must be able to ride at lease two disciplines and must be able to assist with any training that is necessary for their assigned horse. Students must be able to perform basic care of horses without assistance, i.e. give shots, worm, and assist with vetrinary visits.
A membership is an optional amenity offered by Sarabande. For $200.00 a month, your child is able to come to Sarabande 3 days a week, once for their lesson and the other two are per the students schedule. Those additional days give the student an opportunity to practice their skills taught to them in their lessons in an independent scenario. Parents are required to be present for students under the age of 18 in order for the student to ride. Their additional riding time could be in the morning or in the evening, which ever works best with the students schedule.
The students who become members of the riding club will be assigned a horse upon arrival and upon availability. The students will be using the lesson horses, so there is a need for flexibility and understanding in regards to horse assignment. The riding club member needs to focus more on mastering their abilities as a rider. Not the horse they are riding. We understand that relationships are formed and students have their favorites, but we also need our members to understand that the horses that they are using are also the horses needed to run our lesson program.
If you wish to become an member of Sarabande riding club, please submit and application below...
Students who apply must be at least level beginning gold and must have been riding at sarabande for at least two years.
Please complete the form below
Southern Arizona Arabian Horse association Show (SAAHA)
Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Shows: Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association Horse Show is a wonderful introductory show for first time riders and for new show parents. It is low key, while still creating a fun competitive show atmosphere… without the stress of a big show.
Show off Show
Show Off Show and Open House at Sarabande : Our Show Off Show is a time to “Show Off” to family and friends. It is a little show that we put on here at Sarabande so there is no stress about competing, just about looking good for your friends and family. We do not compete within the academy. We receive prizes for what each rider did the best at and the judge critics the advanced students on what they can improve on. It is fun, educational and a great first step into showing without any competition…. except yourselves!
Team is our Saturday camp day. We have Team most Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 cost is $50.00. At Team we make sure that the students have lots of hands on with the horses beyond their riding lesson. The students arrive and we separate into groups depending on their different riding level. While one group is getting their hour riding lesson the other groups are doing barn chores, mucking stalls, grooming horses, washing horses and other aspects of horsemanship. We rotate these groups after all our lessons we have pony school and each week pony school is different. We learn horse anatomy, tack, and sometimes the vet or the horse shoer will come and do a demonstration for us. Pack a lunch for Saturdays as they work up an appetite at the barn!
Most parents drop off for our lessons and for Team Saturdays and extra barn time is always encouraged at Sarabande during the weekly lessons as well. We have a great barn community and we believe it is important to have that bond with the horses and other students.
Not only will the students learn how to ride but they will also learn all aspects of horsemanship including grooming, how to saddle, how to bridle, how to exercise horses and barn chores. Beyond horse care, other subjects taught are horse heath; barn management; learning horse breeds and colors; learning horse anatomy and other horse-related educational topics. Special events offer the kids opportunities to learn from guest experts such as farriers, veterinarians and trainers. During these sessions, the kids have the chance to interact with various specialists in the equine industry. We have a lot of fun activities always planned but safety is forefront and there is always supervision for all activities.
Winter Break Camp
Not only will the students learn how to ride but they will also learn all aspects of horsemanship including grooming, how to saddle, how to bridle, excising horses and barn chores. Beyond horse care, other subjects taught are horse heath; barn management; learning horse breeds and colors; learning horse anatomy and other horse-related educational topics. Special events offer the kids opportunities to learn from guest experts such as farriers, veterinarians and trainers. During these sessions, the kids have the chance to interact with various specialists in the equine industry. We have a lot of fun activities always planned but safety is forefront and there is always supervision for all activities.
Cost : $250 for the week or $60 day
Spring Break Camp
Camp includes: an hour long lesson with grooming and tacking up our horses. Then barn chores and horse maintenance. “pony school”each day to learn something new about horses Wear long pants closed toed shoes and bring a lunch.
Cost is $60 a day.
Great way to get in the spirt of rodeo week. Our camp offers hands on with the horses. The students will learn: horsemanship skills, hands -on experience around horses, the importance of safety around horses, riding lessons, and arts & crafts. During this workshop we focus on the western style of riding and we learn about the tradition of the rodeo. We even have special guests from the rodeo visit!
Fall Break Camp
Fall Break camp is all of October due to each school having a different week off. Camp at Sarabande will be available every morning from 9:00 to 1:00.
Cost is $60.00 per day