Frequently Asked Questions
Our mission is to help horse lovers learn to
ride safely and effectively. The foundation of our
programs is safe behavior on and around the
horses. Horses are large and powerful animals
and the potential for injury, as in any active sport,
is very real. We have developed our programs to
assist in understanding equine behavior so that
you may learn to behave in an appropriate and
safe manner. To help get started we have the
following list of frequently asked questions…

Q. What should my child wear to lessons?
A. Comfortable clothing that is suited for the
outdoors. Choose leggings, khakis or  sweat
pants instead of jeans or shorts. Dress in layers.  
Long hair should be tied back in a ponytail or
braid. Proper Riding attire (Riding pants and riding
boots) are required for all lessons above the
beginning level.
Although all of our group lessons are centered around
English riding and traditional      English attire …don’t
worry, you will not need to purchase traditional English
riding apparel until your child advances beyond the
beginning level.

Q. How about boots and helmets?
A. Boots and Helmets are required.
  • Helmets must be certified ASTM/SEI
    Equestrian helmets.  
  • No bicycle or skateboarding helmets are
    allowed while riding.
  • Boots must have at least a half inch heel
    and a flat sole.
This is more than a comfort issue; it is a safety issue as
well. No sneakers, waffle soles, or sandals. Cowboy boots
are allowed and provide a cost effective and easy to find
alternative to traditional English boots. These boots are
frequently offered at department stores and have been
known to turn up at yard sales and in Thrift stores.
Beware! Some of the really cute decorative little girls
boots don’t have a suitable heel and we wont allow them
in the saddle.
The ever available tall rubber English boot is great for
Fall and Winter riding, but in our hot summers they are
like a sauna on your feet. If you choose to use these, dust
them liberally with baby powder first so you will be able to
get them off when you’re done.
The short paddock boot is comfortable in our hot
summers. These can be purchased in local tack shops.

Q. What other items should my child bring to full
day camp?
  • Morning snack, water bottle (bring a LOT of water!),  
    hat, lunch, afternoon snack, sunscreen ,bug
    repellent. Book or magazine. Light jacket or
    sweatshirt. Other needed personal items.
  • A backpack is a great way to coral these items.
  • DO NOT bring…portable music players (walkmans,
    ipods…) handheld video games, Knives of any sort,
    matches or butane lighters.
  • Parks and Rec campers please consult your
    handouts for specific items related to your

Q. Are cell phones allowed at camp?
A. Yes. Cell phones must be turned off during all
lessons & camp session. They should be stored
in your backpack or tack trunk.
We will give you our central cell phone number to call if
you need to reach your child during camp hours.

Q. What are our horses like?
A. We have an assortment of horses and ponies
selected for these programs. They are great horses and
have a lot to teach new riders!

Q. Which class is appropriate for my child?
A. We determine class suitability for new riders by
discussing their previous skill level prior to the
first ride.
We try to group riders of similar ages/skill levels whenever
possible. Many of our popular camp and short series
classes enroll elsewhere and arrive here for the
riding/camp sessions. We make our best educated guess on
the first day and will tweak it if need be, and if space is
available in another group.

Q. My child and a best friend have signed up for
camp…would they be in the same group?
A. Camp experience is a fun one to share with a
buddy. In the beginner programs (such as the
Parks and Rec Programs) we discuss this with
the kids on the first day. They are asked if there is
someone they do not wish to be separated from
and we respect that wish.
If one rider is more experienced than the other it may be a
repetitive experience for one. As the Parks and Rec
classes are especially for beginner riders, this is rarely
much of an issue. Progressive and more advanced
programs enroll here directly and this is discussed during
the enrollment process.

Q. How/When may I contact you to discuss my
child’s progress?
A. We love to talk horses and will be happy to
discuss your child’s progress or concerns.
Lesson Time is not always the best time to
discuss your riders progress. You may e-mail us
at, or leave a message on
our phone at 661-3426 to set up an appointment.

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Sterling Riding Academy. All Rights Reserved.
No reproduction of website material without express written permission.
All visiting
parents and siblings

should be aware that
we do not allow bare
feet or sandals in the
barn area, please dress
Beginning riders may
borrow helmets.

All riders must
provide their own