WRA EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

There is a Difference!

WRA Established 35 Years!

Before riding anywhere it is essential to visit the stable, speak with the instructor, and watch a lesson in progress. Be wary of unaccredited facilities that are unqualified to teach riding.

When visiting WRA, you will see safety is a priority. Horses are schooled, well fed & cared for, with shiny coats & clean stalls. Stable and riding areas are maintained & uncluttered.  Riding helmets & boots are worn by all riders, plus saddles & bridles are in good repair. We promote a "hands-on" approach that encourages a bonding partnership with your horse.

We also run fun, informative lectures on equestrian theory & education, and all students are welcome to participate in our schooling shows!  Jumping, Dressage, & Eventing are the primary focus of our English-style riding lessons, with a focus on the fundementals at evey level.

There are fewer differences between "English" & “Western” than most think.  Both styles require riders to have a solid seat, with the hips and shoulders balanced over the feet, & hands independent to avoid jerking the horse.  Watch WRA video.
Before riding anywhere it is essential to visit the stable, speak with the instructor, and watch a lesson in progress. Be wary of unaccredited facilities that are unqualified.

When visiting WRA, you will see safety is a priority. Horses are schooled, well fed and cared for, with shiny coats and clean stalls. The stable and riding areas are maintained and uncluttered, plus saddles and bridles are in good repair. We also promote a "hands-on" approach that encourages a bonding partnership with your horse.

WRA runs fun lectures, and all students can participate in our schooling shows!
Watch WRA video.

Horseback Riding for Children

With proper instruction, being able to ride horses in a safe and controlled fashion is only the start to a lifetime passion. Riding provides excellent health & fitness benefits, promotes confidence and responsibility, and its fun too!  We firmly believe that additional time spent grooming, tacking, and bonding with the animal ensures a better, more productive riding experience.

For children, learning to ride independent of a leader requires the ability to focus on instruction while on horseback for a minimum of one hour.  Don’t forget we are dealing with a large animal with a mind of its own!  For this reason, it is recommended that children are turning seven the year they begin formal riding instruction.  Before this age, a simple pony ride with a leader would be more appropriate, which is both safer and more economical.

WRA Summer Riding Camp is a wonderful introduction for children and teens (age 7 to 16), to learn the basics of riding and the care of horses in a fun environment.  Campers ride every day for a full hour, plus are immersed in a wide range of equestrian and stable activities for the week, which reinforces the fundamentals of safety both on the horse, and on the ground.

WRA Riding Lesson Programs operate throughout the entire year, and are specifically designed for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced riders, guiding them through the various levels of riding and horsemanship.

Horseback Riding for Adults

Horseback riding is a challenging and rewarding sport for every age, level, and ability.  And for adults it’s never too late to learn!  Whether you are a beginner, or returning after an absence, or an experienced rider looking for recreation, exercise, or competition, we have a variety of trained horses and certified instructors that will suit your equestrian goals.

Our riding school operates all year long, with the primary focus of coaching riders to master the fundementals and advance their skills in a safe, positve, and inclusive environment.

For those new or returning to riding, our Introductory Lesson Special is an excellent primer that provides a balance of both riding and horsemanship.  We firmly believe that time spent grooming, tacking, and bonding with the animal ensures a better, more productive riding experience. Whether it’s to satisfy a lifelong passion, or to prepare for a trail riding vacation, all the basics for safety, confidence, and comfort are covered in this program.

For Intermediate and Advanced riders, there are Group, Semi-Private, and Private Lessons available seven days a week, and a Riding Assessment can be arranged to fit you into the best program.  Whether you wish to advance your current riding level, brush up on past skills, show competitively, or ride recreationally, we can provide a specific program for you.
Our Facilities

Instructors

Riding instructors and qualifications can vary widely.  Some attain formal coaching levels, while others have worked through the stringent levels of the Canadian Pony Club, and still others have years of coaching and training attained from the higher levels of competitive show experience.

It can be confusing, and you will find no fixed standard within the industry.  And each approach can be completely acceptable.  What is important is to investigate the teaching and expertise of the riding academy and instructors, the temperament and training of the horses, and the safety record and reputation of the facility. 
The background and experience of each WRA Instructor can be found on the Home Page of our website.

The first step in choosing a riding academy is to visit and watch a lesson, and ask the following questions:
Is the instructor clear in their teaching?
Does the lesson & horse fit the student’s ability?
Does the instructor have complete control of the class & horses?
Are the horses fit and healthy, and the equipment in good repair?
Are they putting a priority on safety?
Is it a positive and enjoyable riding experience?

Physical Benefits

Horseback riding is a great form of exercise which has both cardiovascular and muscle conditioning benefits.  Although it may seem the rider is not engaging in much physical exercise, an hour's activity can burn similar calories to that of a 30-minute jog or bicycle ride.

Plus all the health benefits associated with engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise are gained.

After your first ride you may feel muscles that you never knew you had! As the rider reacts to the horse’s movements, the deep postural muscles of the trunk and pelvis, and the adductor muscles of the thighs, are continuously being conditioned.

Psychological Benefits

Horseback riding is recognized as having excellent therapeutic qualities, and the psychological benefits can be of equal importance to riders as the physical.

Simply being outdoors and enjoying the farm will boost your general well-being, and act as a great stress-buster. There is a real sense of exhilaration and freedom when you ride, a wonderful feeling that is second to none. 

Furthermore, developing a relationship bond and sense of trust between yourself and your horse is truly rewarding.  And learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself builds confidence and self-assurance.