Christine VanGee Equine Instruction offers a foundation of learning in English and Western disciplines. Included in the fundamentals of horsemanship are basic grooming, maintaining horse health and well-being, as well as safely handling the horse both on the ground and in the saddle. Christine will start students both inexperienced and experienced, leading them to even more advanced levels of horsemanship. Quite often students start when they are very young and continue throughout their adult lives.
Christine offers a variety of learning opportunities for students and families interested in a horse education. She maintains 15 lesson horses of various breeds and training levels. Included in the group of horses are young stock to teach the techniques involved in starting horses from the ground up. There are also several veteran schoolmaster-types that are happy to teach the beginner level rider safely and kindly. “The horse is your greatest teacher if you listen!”
As part of this diverse program, Christine offers trail riding excursions, both on and off the farm. She travels to New York State parks, county parks, as well out of state locations. She has taken groups to the California coast to ride on the beach and through the redwood forests. Plans are developing for Southern trips to accommodate the rider that seeks the warmth in winter and the adventure of riding in new environments. The peace of enjoying nature on horseback is one of the great joys that Christine is pleased to bring to her students. An avid nature interpreter, Christine shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors to enrich the riding experience.
Included in the spring through late summer schedule in New York, Christine travels with students to local horseshows following an open show circuit that develops the finest of riders. These shows are designed to give the student challenges and build confidence. As horseshow students progress in their abilities, they can expand into higher levels of competition.
Several of her students have successfully competed at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in the youth events representing the Empire State Quarter Horse Association on the Youth Team as well as in the open youth events. These events give the students goals to strive for. These are fun activities to share with family and friends, promoting team spirit and good sportsmanship-like conduct.
Throughout the year, daycamps are offered to various levels of students. These one-day events concentrate on developing horsemanship skills and working together as a group. Horse first-aid is taught, riding skills honed, horseshow preparation techniques practiced and equine feeding routines discussed. The participants bring their bagged lunch to enjoy a picnic at one of our peaceful locations on the farm. As part of the “horse family” at the farm, the driving pony teaches campers the basics of operating a horse-drawn vehicle. Often times the day is filled with so much fun we feel a need to extend our day!
As an added attraction, Christine will host birthday parties for students or their family members. There is a pond and picnic area for outdoor parties and ponies for little children to take their first ride on!
The educational possibilities are broad and the amount of enjoyment endless! Come join the “farm” family!
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