As of September 13, 2018: While we always appreciate your inquires, we want to share that our intermediate lesson program is currently full and working from a waiting list. If you would like to be added, please scroll to the contact form below and share details about your rider and their needs. We may be slow to reply, but we will get back with you! You might also consider our Beginner Lesson Program as a way to get introduced to our farm and back in the saddle. Thank you for understanding!
On The Rail Farms offers year-round lessons for the beginning through intermediate rider. We pair riders with one of our quality lesson horses, or we can instruct you on your own horse. We have students as young as 5, and if retirement is when you decide to take up riding, we can help make that a reality. Students learn horsemanship basics; including grooming, tacking, and safety. The riding portion of each lesson is focused on creating a balanced rider, with emphasis on how rider position influences the horse. Progressing from walk to trot to canter, riders further concentrate on changing positions in each gate. If interested, riders are also introduced to the basics of dressage and jumping.
Lessons are available in group settings, typically with no more than 3 riders in the one hour lesson. Private lessons are also available. We respect your busy schedule and do our best to accommodate your preferred time and work with you to make up lessons that are cancelled with advanced notification.
Click here to download the Equine Activity Release & Waiver of Liability needed to join the program.
Lessons are most affordable when purchased in packages.
Monthly (1 Hr Lesson Every Week) – $150.00
Single Lesson – 1 Hr – $45.00
Monthly (1 Hr Lesson Every Week) – $180.00
Bi-Wkly (1 Hr Lesson Every Other Wk) – $100.00
Single Lesson – 1 Hr – $55.00
While not a requirement of the lesson program, On The Rail Farms arranges participation in a variety of competitions, hosts clinicians for special instruction, and offers camps during the summer. All activities are open to lesson students and meant to further enhance their learning and experience.
Erin Sheets joined On The Rail Farms in June 2016. Erin started riding when just 5 years old. Now, 18 years later, she is passionate about sharing her love for horses with her students. Erin has been a long term boarder at OTRF and considers it home. She has spent the past 17 years studying Eventing with her local trainer as well as attending numerous clinics. Erin is focused on expanding her Eventing education and rides in clinics regularly with Olympic Gold Medalist and Young Rider Coach Leslie Law, as well as 4* rider Sharon White. She has also ridden with Dorothy Crowell, Ian Stark, Stephen Bradley and Lucinda Green. Erin has developed her last 2 competition horses from off the track race horses to successfully compete in sanctioned shows at the Training level. Erin graduated from Franklin College in May 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology. We know riders will benefit from Erin’s unique perspectives and experiences.