Group Lessons

Our group lessons are the most popular type of lesson, for both children and adults, with a full hour riding (although we offer a half hour group for children under 7 years). The lesson is typically more social, as riders get to know each other and children build great friendships whilst attending.

Group lessons run at the same time every week and riders can just advise us whether they are attending or not. Our group lessons run mainly at 4.30 pm and later Mon – Thurs and at all hours between 9.30 am and 5 pm at the weekends.

Each group lesson is “graded” to our unique grading system of colours, so riders can swap between group lessons of a similar standard easily if they have appointments/shift work etc to accommodate their riding around.

Group lessons are suitable for any rider who is 5 years or older. If you would like to join one of our existing groups, then call to arrange an assessment lesson or just to discuss with our receptionist.

GROUP Lessons

Our group lessons are the most popular type of lesson, for both children and adults, with a full hour riding (although we offer a half hour group for children under 7 years). The lesson is typically more social, as riders get to know each other and children build great friendships whilst attending.

Group lessons run at the same time every week and riders can just advise us whether they are attending or not. Our group lessons run mainly at 4.30 pm and later Mon – Thurs and at all hours between 9.30 am and 5 pm at the weekends.

Each group lesson is “graded” to our unique grading system of colours, so riders can swap between group lessons of a similar standard easily if they have appointments/shift work etc to accommodate their riding around.

Group lessons are suitable for any rider who is 5 years or older. If you would like to join one of our existing groups, then call to arrange an assessment lesson or just to discuss with our receptionist.

private Lessons

Private lessons are individual sessions with the coach of your choice and are used for a variety of reasons:

  • Initial assessment (for someone coming to ride with us who has done some riding previously) – we will use the private lesson to assess you in before advising of group lessons of a suitable standard.
  • To work on a particular aspect of your riding – if there is something in particular you wish to improve or work on, a private lesson is ideal for this. Many of our riders use a private lesson to improve their work without stirrups, improve their riding on a specific horse or work through a specific exercise.
  • Lunge lesson – lunge lessons are brilliant for working on your position as you can work without stirrups and reins and really improve your seat.
  • Competition preparation – many riders use a private lesson to run through an upcoming dressage test or improve their showjumping prior to an event.

Our private lessons range in price depending on which instructor you choose and we offer a £2 discount for private lessons taken before 4p.m Mon – Thurs. If you would like to book a private lesson, then give our reception a call or drop us an email. Our private lesson diary runs one month in advance and always opens on the last Monday of the month before for the next month (e.g. Junes diary will open at 10.00a.m on the last Monday in May). We limit the booking of “peak time” (after 4p.m Mon – Thurs and weekends) private lessons to 2 per rider to try to ensure there is enough availability for everyone.

Private lessons are suitable for any rider who is 5 years or older.

private Lessons

Private lessons are individual sessions with the coach of your choice and are used for a variety of reasons:

  • Initial assessment (for someone coming to ride with us who has done some riding previously) – we will use the private lesson to assess you in before advising of group lessons of a suitable standard.
  • To work on a particular aspect of your riding – if there is something in particular you wish to improve or work on, a private lesson is ideal for this. Many of our riders use a private lesson to improve their work without stirrups, improve their riding on a specific horse or work through a specific exercise.
  • Lunge lesson – lunge lessons are brilliant for working on your position as you can work without stirrups and reins and really improve your seat.
  • Competition preparation – many riders use a private lesson to run through an upcoming dressage test or improve their showjumping prior to an event.

Our private lessons range in price depending on which instructor you choose and we offer a £2 discount for private lessons taken before 4p.m Mon – Thurs. If you would like to book a private lesson, then give our reception a call or drop us an email. Our private lesson diary runs one month in advance and always opens on the last Monday of the month before for the next month (e.g. Junes diary will open at 10.00a.m on the last Monday in May). We limit the booking of “peak time” (after 4p.m Mon – Thurs and weekends) private lessons to 2 per rider to try to ensure there is enough availability for everyone.

Private lessons are suitable for any rider who is 5 years or older.

Walkies
(4 Years Plus)

Walkies are a brilliant introduction to riding for younger riders as we take children from 4 years upwards for them. Walkies sessions are half an hour long and the children are led either in our indoor arena in bad weather, or out round the farm if the weather is nice. They are a great way to build confidence in younger children before they start lessons but they are also a great “one off” session or treat for a birthday or special occasion. Many parents aren’t sure whether a child will enjoy riding once they try it, so walkies are a great way to assess this whilst also teaching the younger rider the basics of how to hold the reins/steer/stop e.t.c.

Walkies (4 Years Plus)

Walkies are a brilliant introduction to riding for younger riders as we take children from 4 years upwards for them. Walkies sessions are half an hour long and the children are led either in our indoor arena in bad weather, or out round the farm if the weather is nice. They are a great way to build confidence in younger children before they start lessons but they are also a great “one off” session or treat for a birthday or special occasion. Many parents aren’t sure whether a child will enjoy riding once they try it, so walkies are a great way to assess this whilst also teaching the younger rider the basics of how to hold the reins/steer/stop e.t.c.

coach training

At ARC, we believe that anyone who is teaching the public and charging for it should be trained and qualified. Some riding schools employ one qualified coach and then use less experienced/unqualified other coaches to fill the gap, however ARC uses at a minimum Level 3 riders and coaches, who have trained and qualified with us during their career. We are a recognised coach training centre so can provide tailored training programmes for anyone in the area wishing to undergo career training and assessments. Our preference is always to provide a tailored training programme for individual career students as everyone is different and learns in a different way. We are happy to provide “coaching practice” for career students, however we do not use paying riders for this, but use our own staff as riders or offer free “guinea pig” lessons to riding school members who wish to take part on the understanding that the coach is “in training”.

Our coaching staff at ARC are all:

  • BHS qualified
  • First Aid at Work qualified
  • Have taken part in a Safeguarding Children Workshop
  • PVG (old disclosure system) checked
  • Up to date with Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Coach Training

At ARC, we believe that anyone who is teaching the public and charging for it should be trained and qualified. Some riding schools employ one qualified coach and then use less experienced/unqualified other coaches to fill the gap, however ARC uses at a minimum Level 3 riders and coaches, who have trained and qualified with us during their career. We are a recognised coach training centre so can provide tailored training programmes for anyone in the area wishing to undergo career training and assessments. Our preference is always to provide a tailored training programme for individual career students as everyone is different and learns in a different way. We are happy to provide “coaching practice” for career students, however we do not use paying riders for this, but use our own staff as riders or offer free “guinea pig” lessons to riding school members who wish to take part on the understanding that the coach is “in training”.

Our coaching staff at ARC are all:

  • BHS qualified
  • First Aid at Work qualified
  • Have taken part in a Safeguarding Children Workshop
  • PVG (old disclosure system) checked
  • Up to date with Continued Professional Development (CPD)

University Training

ARC is currently the chosen provider of horse riding instruction for The Robert Gordon University. The university has an active riding club and we provide lessons from beginner to advanced on a Wednesday afternoon for the university riders. RGU also has a competition team that train with us. Team trials are usually held in late September/early October, so if you are joining the university and have some competition experience, have a look out for the riding club stand at the RGU Freshers Fayre.

University Training

ARC is currently the chosen provider of horse riding instruction for The Robert Gordon University. The university has an active riding club and we provide lessons from beginner to advanced on a Wednesday afternoon for the university riders. RGU also has a competition team that train with us. Team trials are usually held in late September/early October, so if you are joining the university and have some competition experience, have a look out for the riding club stand at the RGU Freshers Fayre.

Stable Management

We offer a huge variety of stable management training from beginner stable management and “fun” pony days for younger riders through to career training for exams. We run stable management weeks in the (Aberdeen City) school holidays and these are hugely popular – children book their favourite pony for the week and are taught how to groom the pony and look after it and receive a riding lesson each day and an end of course certificate. These courses run from 9a.m – 2p.m and are a great activity to take part in during holidays.

We also offer “educational evenings” (details of which can be found on our Facebook page) where anyone can attend and learn about a specific subject for a couple of hours. These tend to be practical based, but we also do theory sessions in the winter when it’s colder.

We offer career training through to BHS Level 3 so can assist with lunging, theory and practical knowledge for these career exams.

Stable Management

We offer a huge variety of stable management training from beginner stable management and “fun” pony days for younger riders through to career training for exams. We run stable management weeks in the (Aberdeen City) school holidays and these are hugely popular – children book their favourite pony for the week and are taught how to groom the pony and look after it and receive a riding lesson each day and an end of course certificate. These courses run from 9a.m – 2p.m and are a great activity to take part in during holidays.

We also offer “educational evenings” (details of which can be found on our Facebook page) where anyone can attend and learn about a specific subject for a couple of hours. These tend to be practical based, but we also do theory sessions in the winter when it’s colder.

We offer career training through to BHS Level 3 so can assist with lunging, theory and practical knowledge for these career exams.

Therapy Riding

As ARC is designed to “make riding accessible to all” we have always ensured that we provide opportunity for those who may require access to the sport as a form of therapy. In 2017, ARC was delighted to be recognised as a Riding for the Disabled Accessibility Mark centre. For ten years ARC has always provided funded spaces for riders who benefit from the sport as therapy and we now run three therapy sessions a week where the session is either free or heavily subsidised in order to make it accessible. Our centre was designed with accessibility in mind and we have full wheelchair access, disabled parking areas and disabled toilet/changing facilities.

ARC has also always provided support for local RDA groups, initially at Oldfold providing free ponies and facilities, then subsidised ponies and facilities for the Aberdeen RDA group. When we moved to Anguston in 2017, Aberdeen RDA decided to move to different premises and we continued to support the ARC Hippotherapy Group, which is a specialist RDA group which provides physiotherapy using the horse as a movement tool. The Hippotherapy group aims to work with riders with more severe physical disabilities than we can accommodate in the therapy sessions as they have more specialist knowledge due to the sessions being led by a qualified physiotherapist. Hippotherapy is also suitable for those who are looking for physio after an injury or other condition in order to gain improvement. A link to the ARC Hippotherapy page is here: 

Therapy Riding

As ARC is designed to “make riding accessible to all” we have always ensured that we provide opportunity for those who may require access to the sport as a form of therapy. In 2017, ARC was delighted to be recognised as a Riding for the Disabled Accessibility Mark centre. For ten years ARC has always provided funded spaces for riders who benefit from the sport as therapy and we now run three therapy sessions a week where the session is either free or heavily subsidised in order to make it accessible. Our centre was designed with accessibility in mind and we have full wheelchair access, disabled parking areas and disabled toilet/changing facilities.

ARC has also always provided support for local RDA groups, initially at Oldfold providing free ponies and facilities, then subsidised ponies and facilities for the Aberdeen RDA group. When we moved to Anguston in 2017, Aberdeen RDA decided to move to different premises and we continued to support the ARC Hippotherapy Group, which is a specialist RDA group which provides physiotherapy using the horse as a movement tool. The Hippotherapy group aims to work with riders with more severe physical disabilities than we can accommodate in the therapy sessions as they have more specialist knowledge due to the sessions being led by a qualified physiotherapist. Hippotherapy is also suitable for those who are looking for physio after an injury or other condition in order to gain improvement. A link to the ARC Hippotherapy page is here: