Sports & Education Programs
Learning & Growth
On the recreational side, Carlisle Academy is a CHA member center and all instructors are nationally certified through CHA or PATH Intl. Our youth and adult recreational and competitive riding programs build community around common equestrian goals and passion. The variety of classes are a nice complement to our therapy & adaptive classes, and family members (parents and children) often find a suitable choice in dressage, jumping, vaulting, or pleasure riding. Classes are offered in private, semi-private and group formats.
Carlisle Academy has an affiliation and/or certification through the following equestrian organizations:
Privates & Semi-Privates: Youth & Adult Lessons
TRADITIONAL RIDING LESSONS (ENGLISH & WESTERN) are provided by nationally certified instructors in traditional equestrian education. 1 hour private lessons and 1.25 hour semi-private lessons include grooming and tacking time. Riders will learn balance seat skills in all disciplines and may choose to pursue a focus on dressage, jumping or western pleasure. Traditional riding lessons require riders to be independent of horse handlers and side-walking support.
NEW! 2014 Winter “Beat the Blah’s” Riding Session. We are offering dressage and jumping lessons with Carlisle’s certified instructors on Tuesdays and Thursdays during a five-week winter session, February 4 – March 6. Click here to download the Winter Program Flyer 2014 for additional information.
PARA-EQUESTRIAN LESSONS provide the independent rider with physical disabilities a competitive track endorsed by the US Para-Equestrian Association. Riders may pursue a classification within para-dressage which allows them to compete at recognized regional, national and international horse shows. Lessons are offered as 1 hour privates by PATH Intl. instructors with an additional specialty in para-dressage. Para-equestrian lessons require riders to be independent of horse handlers and side-walking support.
Carlisle Academy also hosts several para-dressage clinics and symposia here in Maine and around the nation. International para-dressage coaches and judges help para-dressage riders and their trainers develop their riding skills and competitive edge.
Groups: Youth & Adult Classes
We have a variety of options, and also can customize a class to fit a particular group’s needs.
SADDLE CLUB – REC is a 1.5 hour after-school, co-ed recreational riding curriculum taught by Carlisle’s nationally certified instructors. Grouped according to age and ability, 4-6 riders meet weekly during a 7-week session in a socially supportive setting to develop their English riding as well as their stable management and equine care skills. Download the Saddle Club-Rec Flyer 2013.
NEW! “Frostbiters” Saddle Club – Rec: A 2014 Winter Program. Carlisle is offering recreational private, semi-private and group lessons during a five-week winter session, February 4 – March 6, on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00pm. Click here to download the Winter Program Flyer 2014 for additional information.
SPORT VAULTING is an exciting group activity for youth or adults combining
gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse. At the heart of the curriculum, Carlisle’s CHA-certified sport vaulting coach will teach fitness and the gymnastic skill progression of mounted vaulting compulsories. Stationary barrel practice is a fundamental component of the class as is safety awareness on and around the horse. As abilities progress, vaulters develop musical freestyle routines for public demos, competition, or recreational purposes. Designed for athletic, attentive participants (ages 7 and up), Carlisle’s Sport Vaulting follows the guidelines of the American Vaulting Association (AVA), of which it is a club member. Please click here for more information on AVA and the history of vaulting.
TEAM CARLISLE is an inclusive, competitive team for both adaptive and recreational riders, designed to build riding skills and team camaraderie. Adaptive and traditional coaches work together to create fun and productive mounted practices and unmounted team meetings. In addition to showcasing each rider’s skills at Carlisle Academy’s Fun Show, two additional inter-barn competitions are planned with a neighbor riding center each year. Space is limited to 15 participants. Students must be enrolled in Carlisle’s ongoing lesson program, for at least one session, in order to participate. Please click here for team requirements, dates, show details, and fees.
QUADRILLE is a four-person team focusing on developing riding skills and performing a series of creative patterns to music. The class is grouped by age and ability and requires independent riding skills to participate. This class is open to youth and adults and can be scheduled during the day or after school.
JUMP DAYS are fun and informal schoolings over fences with an encouraging group of riders, led by Carlisle’s new jump instructor, Caitlin Andrus. Caitlin creates inviting courses and gymnastic lines, offering helpful guidance to experienced and budding jumpers alike. This class is offered one Saturday afternoon per month throughout the year, open to Carlisle staff and students. Best for ages 10 and up with previous jumping experience. Please click here for more information on dates and fees.
SATURDAYS AT THE STABLES is a recreational, peer-group opportunity for horse-loving children to spend time at the barn one Saturday per month. With safe and fun learning as a top priority, this group is taught by experienced instructors and is open to beginner to intermediate riders, ages 7 and up, who do not need one-on-one supervision. Students participate in traditional riding, stable management activities, arts and crafts, and a variety of equestrian activities including an introduction to sport vaulting, carriage driving and mounted games. Space is limited to 8. Pre-registration is required. Please click here for more information on dates and fees.
SUMMER HORSEMANSHIP CAMP is a recreational day camp offered each Wednesday from 10AM-3PM during our 7-week summer session. With safe and fun learning as a top priority, the camp is taught by experienced instructors and is open to beginner to intermediate riders, ages 7 and up, who do not need one-on-one supervision. Students participate in traditional riding, stable management activities, arts and crafts, and a variety of equestrian activities including an introduction to sport vaulting, carriage driving and mounted games. Space is limited to 8. Pre-registration is required. Please click here for more information on dates and fees.
SUMMER WORKING STUDENT PROGRAM is designed for seriously motivated independent riders, ages 14 and up, desiring to improve their riding and equine management skills. The working students meet Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer session, and are supervised by Sports & Education Program Director, Cyndy West. Each working student will receive one private and one group lesson per week, as well as instruction in lungeing, ground work, long-lining, equine first aid, horse conditioning, and more. Working students will also assist in the Summer Horsemanship Camp. Space is limited. Application, tuition, and interview process apply. Download 2013 Working Student Flyer for information on schedule and fees.