Contrary to conventional wisdom, one can in fact look a gift horse in the mouth, now that the mouth no longer houses the retina-scorching nuclear reactor that powers the horse. Get an eyeful of equine incisors with today’s Groupon: for $150, you get five one-hour private lessons (a $65 value each) or five 90-minute group lessons (a $325 value) at Joni Fitts School of Horsemanship.
The Joni Fitts School of Horsemanship employs the equine knowledge of ARICP-certified instructors as they guide students through the realm of English- and Western-style riding. Making teaching and safe horseplay their business, these gurus can help riders beef up equestrian skills during five private lessons or five group lessons. Students are taught the finer points of stallion care including hoof maintenance, equipment use, and how to properly curtsey to the horse before saddling up for each session. Ample guidance and personal attention ensure safe colt-carriage rides while instilling proper riding techniques, and an eclectic menagerie of horse folk challenges every level of rider on a course equipped with trotting poles, trail paths, and decoy carousel animals that keep classes moving at a steady clip.
Regularly cleaned bits and saddles arranged by number are neatly hung from the wooded walls of the facility, providing a tranquil and organized educational environment. Each of the school's steeds is assigned multiple bridles to accommodate the various styles of riding, including Western patterns, English jumps, and the long forgotten art of Arctic tundra burrowing. All students are required to wear pants and boots or shoes with a heel during their lessons, and helmets are supplied for all riders.
The Joni Fitts School of Horsemanship
Seeking a way to share her love of the equine arts, Joni Fitts opened her school in 1980, living by the motto "Teaching is Our Business" while helping riders discover the nuanced craft of horsemanship. Her instructors—all of whom are certified by the American Riding Instructor Certification Program—lead students 6 and older in riding programs tailored to all skill levels, covering both English and Western riding styles. Programs are not breed specific, helping students get to know different horses' gaits, idiosyncrasies, and favorite seasons of The Real World.
In addition to running her school, Joni is also a certified CHA site visitor, a designation that lets her qualify aspiring ranches for accreditation by the Certified Horsemanship Association and the American Horse Sign Language Society.
3701 E Pinnacle Peak Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85050