Riders of the Storm

FAQs for Riders of the Storm Equestrian Academy

  1. Do I need prior experience to join the equestrian programs? No prior experience is necessary to join our equestrian programs. Riders of all levels, from complete beginners to advanced, are welcome. We tailor our lessons to meet the needs and skill levels of each participant, ensuring everyone can learn and progress at their own pace.

  2. What is the weight limit for riders? For the safety and well-being of our horses, we have a weight limit in place. The maximum weight for riders is typically around 14 stone for vaulting and 16 stone for riding. Please contact us directly for more specific information and to discuss any concerns.

  3. What should I wear for my lessons? Riders should wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing that allows for free movement. Long trousers and a close-fitting top are recommended. Proper riding boots or sturdy shoes with a small heel are essential for safety for riding and trainers for Vaulting. We also require that all riders wear a helmet with riding, which can be provided by the academy if you do not have your own.

  4. What types of lessons are available? We offer a variety of lessons, including:
  • Vaulting Lessons: For all levels, focusing on gymnastic movements on horseback.
  • Riding Lessons: Covering flatwork, jumping, and more specialized areas such as dressage.
  • Confidence Building Sessions: Both one-on-one and group sessions designed to help riders overcome fears and build confidence.
  • Riding Simulator Lessons: Using the Racewood simulator to improve fitness, balance, and riding technique.
  1. How do I book a lesson or a clinic? Lessons and clinics can be booked through our website shop or by contacting us directly through email info@ridersofthestorm.co.uk or call Kirsty on 07784119377

  2. What is the age range for participants? Our programs cater to riders of all ages, from young children to adults. Specific age requirements may apply for certain activities or clinics, so please inquire when booking.

  3. Can I bring my own horse for lessons? Yes, you are welcome to bring your own horse for lessons or clinics. Please contact us in advance to discuss the arrangements and ensure we can accommodate your needs.

  4. What if I need to cancel or reschedule a lesson? We understand that plans can change. Please provide at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your lesson. This allows us to offer the slot to another rider and make necessary adjustments to our schedule. If cancellation is within 24 hours payment will still be due.

  5. Are there any special programs for competitive riders? Yes, we offer specialized training programs for competitive riders, including vaulting athletes and those preparing for competitions. These programs are designed to refine skills, improve performance, and build confidence in competitive settings.

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Kirsty McWilliam is a distinguished equestrian coach and founder of Riders of the Storm Equestrian Academy.

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