What is the Rookie Riders program?
Rookie Riders is designed as the first step to start kids on the equestrian development Pathway, introducing riding skills, horses and horsemanship to children between 6 and 12 years of age. Students begin on a safe barrel “horse”, learning riding and gymnastic activities that begin the development of the skills used in equestrian sport. The program teaches key physical and mental horseback riding skills – balance, body control, agility, flexibility and co-ordination – off the horse.
The program also provides:
At the completion of the program, the child receives:
Who can teach the program?
Where is the program taught?
The New Brunswick Equestrian Association recently offered training for coaches to be certified to offer the Rookie Riders program.
Geary Hill Stables
51 Acres Stable
Lutes Mountain (Moncton), NB
15 coaches from across the province have been trained. Work will commence to make connections with stables, schools, youth groups, after-school programs, summer camps, rec programs, and the like to reach out to young students and offer this wonderful physical literacy program and introduction to equestrian skills. The NBEA has plans to acquire a number of the barrel "horses" for use throughout New Brunswick.
If you are interested in offering Rookie Riders through your stable or youth group, please contact [email protected] to contect with a trained coach and get started.