For Fall and Winter of 2021-2022, only 5 members, ages 9-17, will be able to join Kelley Kids Ranch Riders. Riders must have a positive attitude, be teachable, and willing to do their best. Riders do not have to have much riding experience, but must be ready to commit to a season of getting dirty, working hard, and learning lots while having fun.
Riders should plan to participate for at least 3 months.
Riders will be offered weekly individual riding lessons during an evening or weekend time slot as best arranged to fit the client and the instructor. Lesson topics will be personalized to best meet the riders goals and riding level. A group lesson will be offered one time a week for 2 hours to help the riders develop situational awareness, social skills, and teamwork.
Riders will be offered one structured unmounted lesson each month to cover learning the basics of horsemanship. Topics will include nutrition, anatomy, diseases, unsoundnesses, conformation, and other horse science topics. There may be homework or additional reading assigned as part of the unmounted lessons.
Riders will be given opportunities to learn in a hands-on manner, also. They will be invited to participate in grooming and bathing, preparing and giving feed, attending farrier and veterinary appointments, and providing first aid when necessary. Riders will be expected to spend time cleaning stalls and tack as part of their learning and care of the horse.
Kelley Kids Ranch Riders will be able to represent Kelley Kids Ranch in the local and regional equine community by attending trail rides, horse shows and clinics to observe, learn, and compete. Kelley Kids Ranch staff will coach, support, and supervise riders at shows and events when they are ready to compete. Additional entry fees, transportation and stabling costs, and showing equipment will be the responsiblitity of the rider and family.
Kelley Kids Ranch Riders Program is not cheap but it is a great value. For less than the price of just the lessons, riders will be part of a group that rides together, learns together, cares for their animals, and prepares for competition with supervision, support, and safety. KKRR costs $200 a month for more than 11 hours of lessons and additional opportuntities. Riders will also receive a purple and a green KKR t-shirt.