Every four years, right after the Summer Olympics, horseback riding lessons increase nationally. The Canadian Equestrian Team (CET, also known as the Équipe Équestre Canadienne, or EEC) name collectively describes the athletes that represent Canada at the World Championship, Olympic, and Paralympic levels. When young people see others their age dominating the sport at the highest levels of competition, it’s no wonder they want to get involved. But how can outsiders ever get started in this sport?
Buying and leasing dressage horses and racehorses happens in the fall and Canadian Thoroughbred magazine lists yearling sales and reports the average price for weanlings which can be indicate the health of the industry.
…people living in Montreal are blessed to live close to some of the best horseback riding…
Young people living in Montreal are blessed to live close to some of the best horseback riding, coaching and horse training facilities in Canada. HorseSport magazine is an internationally recognized equestrian publication and their website has an index of stables that offer riding lessons. This handy Stables resource can be searched by name or by the proximity. A quick check of the region shows how Montreal offers some of the best barns in the country.
Located on the south shore of Montreal, in St-Roch-De-Richelieu in Monteregie, Ranch Liberté offers students, including new riders, a variety of different horses and riding experiences. Family, friends or co-workers are welcomed. With over 35 years of experience in horseback riding rentals, they are specialized in safe family rides. They offer equestrian day camp for kids aged 6-13. A reservation is required in order to help them plan our days.
The rate is 25$ per hour (tax included). They provide helmets for the 16 years old and younger, free of charge, since it is required by law. Do not hesitate to give them a try and get a wonderful day horseback riding on their safe trails.
Au Ranch Rebel
On the South Shore of Montreal (in Saint-Philippe), you’ll find Ranch Rebel (the Rebel ranch!). This is one facility that loves their horses and treats guests with professionalism. They offer day camp, riding camp, children’s parties, horseback riding on nearby trails, and even sleigh rides!
Ferme du Brin D’Air
This farm is located north of Montreal in Saint Jerome. It’s a fun equestrian centre where people go both for leisure riding and private lessons. They also offer family lessons. Note that they have limited space and so reservations are required. While they don’t offer summer camp, they can refer you to nearby equestrians who do.
Allardyce Farm/Hemmingford Equestrian Center
While Hemmingford is known as being where you can find Parc Safari, another popular outdoors option nearby is the Allardyce Farm and Hemmingford Equestrian Center! They offer horseback riding lessons but also training in hunter jumper equitation as well as trail rides and summer camps for kids. You can learn western style riding in private lessons or groups, which are matched in age and ability. Lessons are run year-round with winter classes being held in their indoor arena. They have three outdoor sand rings and a hundred acres of trails.
Situated north west of Montreal in the town of Lachute, SRA Stables provides highly experienced staff, wonderful horses, and high-quality facilities. Both new and old riders are welcomed to their tranquil surroundings. Children and adults of all skill-levels can take lessons here. SRA Equestrian is a friendly and family run business where horses and riders learn and evolve in harmony. For three generations, the Boesch family has passed on its passion for horses and English riding offering a professional, personalized service.