Horsemanship was once a vital skill, much like the ability to avoid sailing off the end of the earth or discern which pizza trees were poisonous. Master an ancient art of survival with today’s Groupon to Leg Up Equestrian in Fort Mill. Choose from the following options:
- For $75, you get a 45-minute private horseback-riding lesson for two (a $150 value).
- For $17, you get a 45-minute children’s horseback-riding trial lesson (a $35 value).
- For $205, you get to join a 10-week Women’s Afternoon Social Riding Group, which meets once a week starting January 17 on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (a $410 value).<p>
A family-owned hub of horsemanship, Leg Up Equestrian has expert instructors and trained, safe horses to instruct students of all ages and skill levels in the arts of dressage, stadium jumping, and cross-country. Riders of any age can attend the two-person private lesson, including friends, partners, a parent and child, or a playboy-superhero and his boy ward. Children as young as 7 can attend a 45-minute trial lesson, where little ones make nice with four-legged steeds. Alternatively, women 18 or older may saddle up to once-weekly 90-minute riding-group sessions, which blend relaxing ride time with valuable lessons in horseladyship calibrated to riders’ abilities. Each outing maxes out at six students, allowing instructors to give attendees individual attention and ensuring everyone goes home knowing how to properly pronounce traditional horse greetings such as “Houyhnhnm.” Leg Up provides students with the helmets and other safety equipment necessary for classes.
Leg Up Equestrian - Fort Mill
Back when Cathy and Scott Kodell first broke into the business of horses in 1997, they were running free pony rides on the side of the road over the Fourth of July. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg for Leg Up Equestrian, which has since flourished and relocated twice to accommodate its growing size. Here, instructors work with students ages 7 to adult, helping them mount one of the resident school horses to teach hunt-seat, equitation, and dressage. Lessons range from the fundamentals of horsemanship to more advanced skills such as jumping, and pupils are given the chance to show off their talents at the annual fall and spring school horse shows, as well as the opportunity to participate in summer camps and horsemanship clinics throughout the year.