Your Perfect Partner for Taking That Next Step in Learning About Horses and Yourself
TPA holds two to three summer camps a year. In 2017, there will be three camps--one during the last week of June, one during the second or third week of July and one the first full week of August. (Check our Calendar for actual dates.)TPA prides itself on how much the students are able to ride during each day of the five day camp. (Usually 3-5 hours of actual riding time during the 10 AM to 5 PM camp.) We spend more time in the saddle than most camps and when students aren't riding, they are involved with mini lessons that range from clipping, setting a horse up for a photo shoot, feeding, hoof trimming, setting up jump courses, trail courses and many other fun and practical needs. Since we have students for such a concentrated amount of time, we work on getting our students farther along in their riding journey. Our students will spend time working over cavalletti, jumping stadium courses, cross country courses and riding bareback. They might learn to throw a loop in a lariat, pull logs, ride drill rides or even cool by off riding horses through a sprinkler while working on their horsemanship skills.
We only take 10 students for each camp and each camp fills up very fast. And we have a 1 to 3 ratio of instructors to students. We take a $150 non refundable deposit one month before each clinic. 2017 camp fees will be $400.00 for each camp, and if you attend a second camp, the second camp will cost $350.00.
If your child or you yourself are interested in honing your riding skills, learning more about horses, or even to start riding, please consider calling us and perhaps attending a TPA summer camp.
Here at TPA we believe in dressing in a respectful and safe manner. Thus the following requirements for personal clothing, boots and helmets.
All students should wear some sort of legging or jean that covers the ENTIRE leg, down and into the boot. Jeans should not have large snaps, large buckles or seams that will mar leather saddles or be uncomfortable. Pants should not have rips or tears of ANY kind. Belts without large buckles should be worn whether the student is in breeches, leggings or jeans. Tops must cover the midriff, be able to be tucked down into the pants and have sleeves that cover half of the upper arm. All of these requirements are for the safety of the rider.
Boots can be of any sort (English, or western) as long as they have a correct heel.
We will provide helmets for the first 4 rides. By the 5th ride, the student should purchase their own ASTM type of helmet and then mark their name on the inside.
This Page is designed to answer many of the questions that you may have about our teaching program, prices and what to expect when you arrive at the farm...
We hope that you give us a call, make an appointment and come vist to farm to see what we are all about..
Any private items left at the farm for more than 6 months after you no longer take lessons at TPA will be given away to Good Will. We simply cannot be responsible for your items, nor can we store items as our space is limited.
Because this is a private home with a business that is open for visitors on only four days a week, we really value our privacy when the farm is closed. So, please call and make an appointment before arriving at the farm for your first time or for a visit so that someone can be available to answer any of your questions. Thank you.
We do NOT rent our horses out on an hourly basis, nor do we rent our horses out for trail rides, birthday parties or other such items. We are strictly a lesson facility.
HOWEVER, we do rent our arena and round pen out for private riding and work. We charge $5.00 a ride or $30.00 a month. Please call ahead to check for times and availability.
Our lessons are currently $50.00 for each 3 hour block. Please pay at the time of lesson or please pay in advance. If you give us a minimum of two hours notice that you will not be at your lesson, we will not charge for that lesson and that money will be advanced to the next time that you do ride. We will charge a $40.00 Billing Fee at the first of each month for TPA not receiving timely payment no matter what the balance may be.
We will charge $40.00 for each NSF check that we receive. If we receive more than two NFS checks in a year, we will request that any further payments be made in cash only.
As you enter the parking area, please drive extra slow and please notice where any dogs may be. Benjamin, the black and white two year old male is not very savvy around cars and always comes to greet you. Rachel and Raylan, the two puppies are very friendly but are still too young to be aware of moving cars. If you see ANY dog, please drive even more slowly and be aware of where everyone is or may be moving to. All the Corgis bark a lot, but if you move slowly, they will come up to greet you. Also, please check your car if you leave any doors or windows open. The young tuxedo cat (Mookie) and his brother, the short hair yellow cat, (Tulley) are both infamous for checking out the inside of your vehicle if you leave any door or windows open.
And finally, please do not park directly next to or in front of the garage so that we can not get the tractor, car or truck out at any time. Please park to the right of the large cedar trees located in the middle of the driveway circle
We have several small Cardigan Corgis and as of May 2017 we will have puppies on the ground. We now have some very young Cardigan puppies as well as several young visiting puppies who often are not paying attention to incoming cars. In addition, we have several cats that visit the neighbors across the driveway and who often come screaming across the driveway on their way home--regardless of who or what is coming down the driveway. Couple all of the above with the fact that we share the driveway WITH a neighbor, and we ask that you drive the speed limit while on our ENTIRE driveway...
THE SPEED LIMIT ON OUR ENTIRE DRIVEWAY IS A VERY SLOW 10 MPH.
And it is 3 MPH as you make the turn into the entrance of our driveway/parking area through the main gate where the puppies frequent.
Please drive that speed limit the entire length of the driveway.
Most of our horses are 15 hands two inches or less. Because of the fact that we use smaller horses, we cannot take students who weigh more than 230 lbs.
Because our program can be very labor and time intensive, we prefer not to take students less than 8 years old. We have taken and started some students at 7, but these youngsters are very mature for their age and do not tire easily. We suggest that you come out and visit our farm to see if your youngster might fit the latter group.
Please call or visit Nature Nurture at http://www.naturenurturesfarm.org/ for the availability of programs for younger students. They have incredible programs for younger students and for students who may not have the time available for our program...
January of 2017 we talked with Nature Nurture's Farm and have started our very own Young Rider Program for young students age 4-7 who would like to be around ponies and would like to start their life long education with horses. To this end, we'd like to welcome Jessica Knapp to our teaching program. She creates a fun and individual program for each young student. There is never more than two students per lesson, and lessons are only 1 hour long because of the young age of the student. For more information, please call the farm and ask any questions, or set up a time to come and visit and watch Jessica work with a young student.
Tho they are extremely cute, and are very adept at begging, but please do not feed the Cardigan Corgis ANYTHING at all. They also bark a lot and make a lot of noise, but they are extremely friendly once they get to know you. They do know their job of greeting people, and so they are just very excited to do it. However, please do not chase them or run after them in any way. This is their home and we appreciate people and children who are respectful to our animals...In the past, people have thought it to be very fun to chase Benjamin. This hasn't helped make him bark less or be more trusting. So, just ignore the noisy dogs. Thanks a bunch!