- $413 for a one-week horseback-riding summer camp ($750 value)
English Horseback Riding: From Cavalry to Country Club
Horseback-riding lessons can focus on the English style. Read on to learn more about the style’s unique qualities and history.
Though practiced in competition and for pleasure all over the world today, English-style horseback riding originates with the traditions of the European military cavalry. As such, english riders tend to ride horses that are larger than their American counterparts (who mostly practice a style known as Western riding) and trained to be much more obedient—invaluable traits on the battlefield and in the competition arena. Riders traditionally don a hunting cap or helmet, a fitted jacket, breeches, and tall boots before clambering into the saddle—built smaller and lighter than Western saddles to give the horse more freedom of movement and closer contact with the person. Textbook english equestrians sit tall and straight, directly keeping firm control of the horse with the reins. English riders also “post the trot,” rising from the saddle slightly to avoid the gait’s often uncomfortable bounces.
The English style appears on the world stage in both judged and nonjudged competition. Depending on the event, riders negotiate a series of balletic movements or obstacles while judges assess the horse’s obedience, responsiveness to the rider’s cues, and agility—attributes that complement the sport’s time-honored emphasis on elegance and decorum. Nonjudged sports include classic horse racing and polo, which uses english tacking and features some elements of the style.
A Chat with The Hidden Hills Farm
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a private, family owned, full service riding facility. Our qualified instructors teach in our state of the art indoor and outdoor arenas.
What is the experience customers can expect?
Your child will experience a safe, friendly and educational environment where both horses and riders strive. Campers will learn a safe and proper ways to handle horses, which include grooming, tacking and caring for horses.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Our daughters love and passion for horses inspired us to start our business.
What do you love most about your job?
At Hidden Hills Farm, our qualified instructors enjoy to safely teach children the art of good horsemanship. Its rewarding to see each rider gain a passion for horses.