All programs are driven by our philosophy that thoughtfully presented horsemanship experiences enrich lives, empower people and provide opportunities for growing joy, connection and character. We are inclusive, offering a wide variety of service to folks of all ages and abilities. We strive to eliminate barriers by providing scholarships and outreach programs.
Riding and Horsemanship Lessons
MVRU horsemanship programs build from the ground up. We teach groundwork, halter work and round pen work according to natural horsemanship principles in order to develop respectful relationships based on clarity and consistency of communication. Riding skills taught are founded on the fundamentals of classical dressage and natural horsemanship. These common threads carry through all levels and types of riding taught including English, Western, competitive and pleasure riding.
*All programs include access to 6-8 impeccably trained school and private horses, high quality tack and standard rider safety equipment including helmets and boots.
The Sport Riding program is designed for those individuals who have discovered that horses and riding are their passion and they want to pursue horsemanship as a life sport. MVRU makes suitable horses and equipment, coaching staff and competitive opportunities available and affordable to riders of all ages and abilities. Through high quality instruction, thoughtful goal setting and the disciplined planning to achieve riders may participate in events such as vaulting, dressage, combined training, hunter/jumper, rodeo, cutting, ranch work and carriage driving. Consider joining the MVRU Equestrian Team to advance your horsemanship.
Our therapeutic riding classes serve children and adults with special challenges, from blindness and stroke to autism and ADD. By learning horsemanship skills with one of our steady horses, clients can improve self-esteem, attention, self-control, communication, balance, and other skills. Our certified therapeutic riding instructors consult with medical and other professionals to address clients’ unique needs, with safety the priority. Our Let 'Em Ride program offers therapeutic riding to kids with special needs from Methow Valley Elementary School.